Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

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Director- Romberg Tiburon Center

Administrator Level

This position is an Administrator III in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting to the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering.


Department: College of Science and Engineering (COSE), Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC)


The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) is the marine and estuarine research center of San Francisco State University. Its mission is to advance understanding of the world's complex marine and estuarine environments through research, education, and outreach, with a focus on San Francisco Bay. The Center is located approximately 20 miles north of the main campus on the Tiburon Peninsula on a 34-acre waterfront parcel. The physical facilities are comprised of a number of buildings that house the main research/laboratory facility; the administrative/teaching facilities; the Bay Conference Center; the Ohrenschall Guest Center, the Marine/Technical Operations Shops, the Art Department graduate studios and a storage facility and Anthropology archives. RTC is also home to the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Taxon Biosciences, Inc. The site offers one of the few areas in the Bay with deepwater access from the shore. RTC operates several boats used for research including a 38' aluminum hulled vessel, the R/V Questuary, a Twin V outboard, and several Boston Whalers.  


Presently, 15 PhD level scientists (tenured/tenure-track and research faculty) and 4 postdoctoral associates lead research efforts that involve 25 research technicians and 60 masters level graduate students and represents approximately $30 million in grant generated funding.


Time Base: Full-Time (1.0)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $130,008 - $160,008  per year and is commensurate with experience. 


Benefits: SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.


Position Summary: Collaboratively lead faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement RTC's strategic plan for ongoing excellence and future expansion.

Recruit prominent and promising faculty scholars, and support faculty in their efforts to obtain government and private grants and contracts related to the Center activities. 

Promote and represent RTC at university, community, state and federal levels.

Design and implement a strategy to raise substantial external funds for continuing site development and program enrichment. 


Direct a dynamic interdisciplinary faculty and staff; maintain collaborative relationships with the main campus and the local community.


Provide program leadership and facilitate communication and coordinated decision-making between the Center's faculty (tenured/tenure-track and research faculty) and staff, the College of Science & Engineering, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and other SFSU entities.


Position Information


MANDATED REPORTER UNDER CANRA: This position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


Minimum Qualifications

An advanced degree in marine or estuarine science, and extensive experience in research and teaching; success in administration and management of a university field station, department, or large, multi-disciplinary research program; excellent leadership and communication skills; and success in program development and in securing private-sector and government funding. 


Demonstrated strong management and leadership skills relating to successful multi-level or multi-institution partnerships; ability to interpret, evaluate, develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure effective management of programs and services; exemplary oral and written communication skills.


Knowledge and experience with: research facility operations issues; marine or estuarine research programs; planning, implementing, and managing programs in estuarine and coastal environments. Demonstrated experience managing personnel, budgets, grants, contracts, and other administrative practices. 


Vision and ability to implement complex initiatives; present findings and recommendations clearly and diplomatically and reconcile various divergent points of view; analyze complex financial statements; draw conclusions and develop recommendations; prepare written reports and develop contacts, including the leading of meetings and negotiations.


License/Certification Required

Must possess a valid California driver's license and comply with Defensive's Training Program requirements.



Position is based at the research site located in Tiburon, California. Position involves frequent travel to the main campus in San Francisco and to other off-site locations and occasional air travel to national and/or regional meetings and conferences.


Pre-Employment Requirements

Must pass Live Scan Background check.


How To Apply

Submit letter of interest, a statement of leadership philosophy and experience, a statement of fundraising experience and strategy, and a curriculum vitae to: Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., Thornton Hall, Room 323, San Francisco, CA 94132. Electronic submission is encouraged, via email to  Also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent to Sheldon Axler.  All applications and inquiries will be kept confidential. 



The Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872 or (415) 338-1873. 

SF State is Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity.


Application Deadline

This position is Open Until Filled.

The position will remain open until filled; applications received by 3 February 2014 will receive full consideration. The ideal starting time for this position is Summer 2014. 

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time. 


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