The Executive Director (ED) is the senior executive of MTS and leads all facets of the global organization to further the mission and provide services and support to its 2,000 members. The ED, is a visionary leader who, with the Board, will envision, develop, communicate, and drive strategy that supports the MTS’ mission. The ED must be adept at translating strategic vision into realistic, actionable business plans and be able to identify and take actions on new opportunities to grow the organization with measurable metrics. The ED reports to the Board of Directors, primarily through the MTS President. The ED serves as the spokesperson for MTS and cultivates both the internal relations and external strategic partnerships.
Required Skills and Abilities
A thorough knowledge of and experience in marine technology, oceanography, or similar
Strong interpersonal and team building skills are essential to interface effectively with
volunteers, employees, professional service providers, clients, funding sources, other
societies, and government agencies.
Administrative and project management skills and experience are necessary to organize and
effectively conduct the business of MTS and provide stewardship of MTS’ resources.
Strategic skills and outlook to ensure a sustainable business model that creates, delivers, and
captures value for all MTS members and stakeholders (public, private and academic sectors). Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors (voluntary and rotating) for the effective leadership and efficient financial, operational, and administrative management of MTS and serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and of its committees.
Collaborate with the Board of Directors in planning the strategic direction of MTS and identify future trends affecting the field.
Engage the Board with a high-level of executive function, balancing direct responsiveness with thoughtful action plans ready for discussion and implementation
Develop, grow, and maintain key partner relationships, network affiliates, peer organizations, and other strategic partnerships that advance MTS’ strategic priorities.
Regular, Full-Time/Exempt Board of Directors, via President
Manage major new programs or legacy program redesign based on market demand or major organizational shifts to meet current and future strategic objectives.
As needed, stand-in for any Board member and represent MTS at the senior levels of industry, government, academia, and not-for-profit organizations.
Hires and supervises all staff, providing leadership that sustains increased customer service, effectiveness, productivity, entrepreneurial thinking and teamwork on MTS staff. Current staff is 3 with additional contract support.
Develop and lead a high performing member-centric staff that is focused on member service and delivery of top-quality products and services.
Manage the day-to-day operations of Headquarters and the Society, managing staff to ensure all program and organizational goals are met as planned.
Oversee the accounting, all services contracts e.g., Human Resources, Legal etc.
Effectively support member relations, and sections, committees, and Society events (in
person, digital, or via a hybrid format).
Lead the annual budget preparation and provide top-level oversight of MTS’ fiscal operations
to ensure the financial viability of the worldwide organization and all associated financial
Grow and Retain membership by overseeing the creation/implementation of
communications/membership marketing strategies to attract new members and enhance the
value of membership to retain existing members.
Promotes a positive image for MTS with the public and in the marine technology field,
positioning MTS as a leader through events, publications, and social media.