Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG)
March 11, 2019
Galveston, Texas
Job Type



Job Title:                                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Accountability:                      Board of Directors

Creation Date:                       2/10/2019




The vision of Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG) is to create a place where through high adventure, at the edge of, and on the water, all people, especially youth, have an opportunity for discovery of their duty to God and Country, others and themselves. This aquatic community base will be a launching point from which many will enjoy on-the-water programs for the very first time, while others will find a means to reclaim their sense of independence. Still others will discover lifelong hobbies, or even their vocation. The various components of SSBG will work together just like the parts of a sailboat to support this course of discovery.



Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG) is to provide a high-adventure marine and maritime destination offering aquatic education programs that instill lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence of body, mind and spirit.



SSBG will fulfill the Vision to become the Gulf Coast Area’s premier location through and for the following programs:

  • The Special Needs program will serve all people needing support. This support may be physical, emotional, monetary, an illness, or some combination with an emphasis in on-the-water programs.
  • The Education and Training program is to provide lifelong learning; safety; sailing instruction as an officially sanctioned U.S. Sailing Community Center; and introduce, promote, and provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math instruction with an emphasis in on-the-water programs.
  • Events include a host of activities designed to meet any need, including, but not limited to leadership off-sites, retreats, team building, weddings, family or school reunions, birthday parties, regattas, aquatic sports, volleyball, swimming, concerts, private cruises, and banquets.



The Executive Director is the chief executive officer and chief spokesperson for Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG).  Responsibilities are assigned by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) in its sole discretion and they include the overall operation and management of SSBG facilities, staff, budget, programs and strategic activities. The Executive Director or his/her designee represents SSBG on all government, business or community committees that impact SSBG and serves as its advocate. The Executive Director works closely with the Board and its Chair to define and implement all policies and procedures in accordance with the goals and objectives of the strategic plan. This is a full-time position in Galveston, Texas. Hours will include some evenings and weekend hours. The ideal candidate will have experience leading a nonprofit organization or business, managing a diverse staff, managing a budget, fundraising and public relations.

Essential Job Functions



  • Manages timely implementation and management of the organization’s strategic plan, including objectives and goals, and reports any changes for consideration and action on proposed policy, strategic plan, funding or operations by the Board;
  • Provides oversight of all SSBG programs and services to ensure they meet or exceed the requirements and expectations of the Board, program participants and key community stakeholders;
  • Develops an annual business plan for the organization with input from staff and the SSBG Board;
  • Meets deadlines in a competing, goal-driven environment;
  • Effectively manages conflict and complex issues (internally and externally) that would adversely impact the best interests of SSBG;
  • Implements, follows, and consistently enforces effective personnel, financial and administrative policies.
  • Provide direction for and oversight of emergency operations planning, implementation, and actions.
  • Implement and monitor a quality improvement process to achieve high standards in all operations.


Staff Management:

  • Manages and/or oversees the interviews, hiring, termination, discipline, and evaluation of all staff;
  • Determines employee duties and compensation in accordance with established policies and practices;
  • Develops and recommends annual performance goals with objectives and priorities for staff;
  • Creates and maintains a positive working environment resulting in positive employee attitudes and retention.
  • Abide by, maintain a working knowledge of, and ensure compliance with employment laws and human resources.


Financial Management:

  • Oversees the preparation of all proposed annual budgets for final approval by the Board;
  • Responsible for the protection and maintenance of all assets of SSBG;
  • Exercise control over SSBG’s revenues and expenses to meet established budgetary objectives.
  • Abide by, maintain a working knowledge of, and ensure compliance with, funding source policies, fiscal management practices, and business operations.


Board Relations:

  • Provides necessary and timely correspondence, documents, effective communications, financial accounting, record preservation, and accurate minutes of Board and Committee meetings;
  • Works with the Board Chair to prepare the agenda for Board meetings and provides necessary briefing materials in advance of meetings.
  • Recommend policies and provide clear and accurate reports required for the Board to effectively monitor and adopt the operations, policies, and procedures of SSBG.


Fundraising and Communications:

  • Leads and manages fundraising, including writing grant proposals and solicitation of contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals in coordination with SSBG’s marketing and development staff;
  • Prepares or directs preparation of all official publications and marketing materials; informs media of SSBG events and noteworthy news to promote the organization;
  • Interfaces between the SSBG and its patrons and maintains high-quality and effective relationships; identifies specific problems and needs of existing patrons and prospects through direct outreach and networking;
  • Participates in community activities, including public speaking opportunities to develop a positive image of the SSBG and participates in activities of the county, state, national and international level as needed;
  • Represents SSBG at large and maintains effective working relationships with all appropriate local, federal, state and national governmental officials, economic development, business organizations, community committees, educational institutions, Sea Scout/BSA, marine entities and other key stakeholders.
  • Ultimate responsibility for securing funds necessary to support the current and future operations.
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with donors, foundations, and other resources to support SSBG’s mission and vision; oversee fundraising through grants and public and private resources.
  • Cultivate relationships and opportunities for collaboration with community and business leaders, public officials, professional organizations, and donors to increase awareness of the Mission and Vision of SSBG.


These responsibilities will be carried out in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and the highest ethical standards.


Core Competencies and Values:


  • Acts with integrity and the utmost professionalism at all times as a representative of SSBG;
  • Puts the interests of the organization and safety of SSBG employees and patrons above other considerations such as personal interest or profit;
  • Does not engage in discrimination, harassment, nor favoritism of any employee or patron;
  • Conducts oneself in a professional manner both on and off duty and on social media;
  • Complies with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and fiduciary responsibilities in an effort to create transparency in all of SSBG operations;
  • Communicates openly, honestly and timely with Board, staff and patrons;
  • Adheres to ethical practices and moral leadership standards for adults and youth;
  • Refrains from soliciting, promoting or engaging in any personal or professional activity that conflicts with supporting and promoting SSBG; and
  • Demonstrates unwavering commitment to SSBG Core Values: Safety, Integrity, Inspire, Leadership, Respect, Accountability, Trustworthy and Fun.




  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA with at least 10 years of senior management experience preferably in nonprofit.
  • Strong background in business operations, financial management, public relations, fundraising, marketing and/or communications with demonstrable success in all fields;
  • Proven leadership skills, including the ability to motivate, coach, develop and retain employees;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented self-starter with a proven high level of initiative;
  • Ability to identify and evaluate risks to SSBG’s people, property, finances and image, and implement measures to control risks;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people;


Working Environment/Location of Position:

This position will spend time both in a traditional office environment and outdoors in and on boats.  Occasional travel is required to attend SSBG activities and local, state and national events.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


SSBG is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants for employment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, genetic information, engaging in legally protected activity, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. SSBG also provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees in accordance with applicable law. Applicants desiring an accommodation to complete this application or participate in the interviewing process should contact SSBG.


Background Check Authorization and Drug Testing:

SSBG will conduct standard pre-employment background checks on the qualifications of each applicant to whom it intends to make an offer of employment.  Applicants may therefore be required to sign standard background check notice-and-consent forms presented by SSBG.  If an applicant refuses to sign these forms, he or she will not have his or her application for SSBG employment processed further.

Any offer of employment from SSBG will be contingent on the applicant successfully passing the organization’s standard pre-employment alcohol and/or drug tests.  If hired, the applicant would also be subject to random alcohol and/or drug testing as a condition of continuing employment.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and references to:


Eric J. Ford

Email: ejford@ssbgalveston.org

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