Program Manager – The Maritime Alliance

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Seeking a Full-time Program Manager

The Maritime Alliance (TMA) is a nonprofit 501c6 industry association and organizer for the largest and most active ocean and water technology cluster in the United States. Its mission is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean and Water Industries” and it is a proud founding member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance, which is made up of 8 leading BlueTech clusters from 7 countries (Canada, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, U.K and U.S.A.).

Now in its 11th year, TMA has over 75 regional and international members. It focuses on economic development, business ecosystem development and workforce development by bringing together academia, industry and policy makers to Promote BlueTech and Blue Jobs®.

TMA is seeking a motivated, full-time Program Manager to join our small team in Class A office space on the water in Liberty Station to help with our expanding programs related to education and workforce development, event coordination, membership relations and international collaboration.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Education, Global Studies, International Affairs, or related field
  • Entry Level with relevant internship or volunteer experience; 2-3 years of academic or industry experience

    preferred and a passion for ocean and water industries

  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Collaborative, dependable, ethical, high integrity, and a strong work ethic
  • Experience working with education partners either developing curriculum, collaborating with industry or

    interacting with students to encourage STEM experiential learning and career pathways

  • Experience developing and updating websites on Squarespace, for example
  • Experience planning events
  • Proficiency with database record keeping, Microsoft Office and online newsletters
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in Spanish is highly valued
  • Working knowledge of BlueTech sectors and the marine or maritime sectors, also known as the Blue

    Economy, is a plus.

  • Experience using Esri GIS software, such as Story Maps, is a plus

The ideal candidate understands the need to balance conservation and economic development and has a passion for helping to develop the “Blue Economy Workforce of Tomorrow.” We are looking for somebody who enjoys working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and is motivated to work collaboratively to translate the workforce development needs of industry into meaningful, metrics-based programs for students, schools and other stakeholders. A working knowledge of Blue Economy industry sectors is ideal, but we are open to hiring somebody with excellent communication and listening skills who can learn on the job quickly and would like to help grow the impact of TMA.

Under general supervision of the Executive Director, the candidate will be evaluated annually on performance in the following areas.

Job Description:
60% Education, Workforce Development and Jobs

  • In partnership with MiraCosta College and its Technical Career Institute, provide outreach to industry, parents, students and teachers to promote consortium programs
  • Coordinate the development of 4-5 short videos per year, working with an outside videographer, that highlight workers and career pathways in different Blue Economy sectors
  • In partnership with the San Diego Unified School District and other organizations, help develop and support a pilot Blue Economy CTE Career Pathway for grades 6-12 including curriculum development, arranging industry guest speakers, teacher externships and student internships
  • Coordinate with international cluster partners and other regions on job training programs and resources
  • Organize quarterly OceanSTEM events to highlight career opportunities
  • Develop and manage a web-based Jobs Portal for TMA members that lists job openings, highlights career pathway videos, education requirements and resources available to job-


20% Event Coordination

  • Assist with event planning and on-site logistics for conferences, seminars, and trade shows
  • Help select and manage volunteers
  • Coordinate event sponsor payments and ticket registrations

10% Membership Relations

– Help manage a growing list of corporate members in San Diego and internationally, including regular renewal notices, member information, database record keeping, member invoicing, and member communications

10% Other

Position requires up to 50% travel in the region during any given month, with possible out-of-country travel. Must have a valid California Driver’s License and access to a reliable personal vehicle. Must be able to lift 20 pounds.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to TMA Executive Director, Greg Murphy at by Thursday, August 10th at 11:59pm. Ideally, applications will be received as soon as possible and interviews could take place the week of August 7th or sooner.


2877 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 300

(619) 450-4600 San Diego, CA 92106