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Professional Development Education Consultant

Ocean Discovery Fellowship



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Term of consultancy is six months. See note in job description below about possible extension.

The Ocean Discovery League (ODL) aims to remove barriers to equity in deep-sea exploration by developing low-cost deep-sea technologies, creating AI-driven data analysis tools, and building capacity with historically excluded communities.

There is a significant capacity gap between high and low income countries with respect to access to tools, training, and infrastructure for deep-sea exploration and research. ODL has been conducting design research to inform the development of the Ocean Discovery Fellowship, our flagship equity program to identify, train, and support ocean explorers and researchers from historically excluded backgrounds around the world. Our goal is to build international capacity in ocean exploration to foster a demographic and generational shift that will change how we understand and care for our oceans. We are hiring a Fellowship Strategist & Manager to design and develop the program in advance of the launch of a pilot Fellowship program in late 2023/early 2024.

Essential Job Functions:

Design the structure and curriculum of the Ocean Discovery Fellowship program: The Fellowship Manager will lead the design and development of the new Ocean Discovery Fellowship, in collaboration with our team and global network of partners. Tasks will include design of the program structure and curriculum, as well as processes for identification of potential inaugural fellows. They will serve as facilitator for all Fellowship activities both internally at ODL and with external partner organizations. 

Serve as the primary point of contact for the program: The Fellowship Manager will build relationships with stakeholders, including individuals and organizations, incorporating feedback into the program design to make it stronger. Stakeholders may include individual instructors for courses and institutions that we may partner with to deliver the curriculum to Fellows. The Fellowship Manager will foster consistent interaction with stakeholders throughout the year via conference calls, email, or other methods of communication. 

Contribute to grant-writing and fundraising efforts: ODL is currently funded to develop the Fellowship program, but additional funding will be required to execute the program. The Fellowship Manager will assist the ODL team with writing proposals, preparing and giving presentations, and other fundraising needs as they arise.

This role may expand or evolve as funding for execution of the Fellowship program is secured.


We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and are looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field preferred, plus five years of directly-related experience in program management, capacity development, educational program development, professional development pedagogy, or other related experience. 

  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted, as long as it relates to the essential duties and responsibilities. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of capacity building and adult educational development.

  • Experience developing educational program structures and curriculum, preferably at the university level and/or adult learning programs for a target audience of early- to mid-career professionals.

  • Experience managing adult learning and/or professional development programs.

  • Experience developing international and multicultural programs. An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias; and a genuine commitment to equity and inclusion.

  • Experience fundraising for large-scale, multi-year projects.

  • Highly organized with strong project management skills.

  • A “driver” personality – constantly pushing toward clarity and delivery while balancing the need for great collaboration.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and build authentic relationships with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender backgrounds.

  • Strong analytical writing skills and oral communication skills.

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge and/or fluency in additional languages would be an asset.

  • Ability to develop and conduct presentations and training sessions, both remotely and in-person.

  • Ability to think and plan strategically.

  • Knowledge of Google Suite, Microsoft Office applications, and project management software. 

  • A passion for the ocean is a plus!


$30,000, flat rate

Benefits Eligibility:


About Ocean Discovery League

The Ocean Discovery League aims to remove barriers to equity in deep-sea exploration by developing low-cost deep-sea technologies, creating AI-driven data analysis tools, and building capacity with historically excluded communities. With a growing global population and increasing anthropogenic pressures on earth, the time for innovative initiatives to explore, understand, and share the full depths of the oceans is now. We need to invest in new technologies, research methods, and social systems to transform what it means to explore and discover in the 21st century. By creating a suite of low-cost, distributed tools and supporting a community of explorers around the globe, we will make significantly more progress in understanding our planet than ever before.

How to Apply

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Applications will be reviewed starting January 3, 2022; open until filled

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