Old Dominion University — Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives

Old Dominion University (ODU), located in the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia, invites nominations and applications for the newly established position of Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives. The University seeks a dynamic visionary who is energetic, creative, and collaborative, to coordinate efforts within the region and to ensure a thriving maritime ecosystem that benefits the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. 

ODU is an R1 doctoral research university with extensive maritime-related research, education, and talent development. The Maritime Initiative was established in 2021 to advance ODU as a globally recognized institution for maritime opportunities by coordinating and expanding the University’s maritime-related academic offerings, talent development, research, entrepreneurship, and innovations. The new Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives (AVPMI) will work at the intersection of academic programs and research initiatives, external partnerships, and regional economic developments. 

Within the University, the AVPMI will have the opportunity to collaborate and identify interdisciplinary capabilities across faculty and academic sectors to facilitate maritime-related research and innovation opportunities. To build and enhance the competitive advantage for ODU among Virginia universities and other institutions in the maritime space, the AVPMI will connect and leverage ODU’s existing academic degree offerings, academic programs, and research centers to optimize talent development for the maritime industry and facilitate collaboration and innovation opportunities with external partners.

The AVPMI will be the external-facing lead for the Maritime Initiative stakeholder engagement, engaging with industry, military, and government entities at all levels, the public and private sectors, nonprofit organizations, and the community. The AVPMI will be a coalition builder on and off campus, who finds success in the success of others and who is dedicated to serving and leading the Maritime Initiative through stewardship of its current capabilities and future maritime potential within the University and region. 

Reporting to the Vice President of Research at ODU and coordinating with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the AVPMI will be responsible for catalyzing maritime-related activities across the University and with outside stakeholders to build an academic infrastructure that synergizes the regional ecosystem and accelerates infusion of innovation into the maritime industry. The OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub will report to the AVPMI, who will be responsible for sustaining OpenSeas and using it as leverage to scale up maritime innovation activities in the region with particular emphasis on SBIR/STTR funding sources. The Maritime Industry Base Ecosystem (MIBE) and Digital Shipbuilding initiatives – fraternal maritime innovation resources – will also report to the AVPMI, with administrative support from the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).

The AVPMI will be responsible for driving the strategic and tactical plan for the Maritime Initiative, collaborating, leveraging, and facilitating the complexities of systems across the maritime ecosystem for the University and Hampton Roads. The AVPMI will be a systems thinker who possesses a deep understanding and appreciation of the maritime industry and impacted sectors, and a demonstrated leader in building relationships and developing resources among internal and external stakeholders. 

ODU, located in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, is a diverse public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. ODU delivers top-quality education to populations in need and provides internationally recognized research in areas of regional and national significance, including coastal resilience, data analytics, modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.  With a number of key strengths in the region, including significant Department of Defense investment, the world’s largest naval base, ports of national, strategic importance, the largest deep water harbor on the East Coast, national labs (DoD, DOE and NASA), a nationally prominent shipbuilding, repair, and modernization sector, a newly emerging offshore wind industry, and new trans-Atlantic broadband capacity, ODU is capitalizing on its unique role as a central connection point by training the workforce, providing advanced research, and engaging in meaningful community service to further the regional maritime economy.

The successful applicant will have at least ten years’ experience in a maritime-related area that has significant economic promise for Hampton Roads (such as port logistics, supply chain management, shipbuilding/repair/modernization, coastal resilience, offshore wind energy, naval systems acquisitions, or naval fleet support). A graduate degree is required and demonstrated experience in higher education is highly preferred. Demonstrated experience with federal contracting (either on the federal or contractor side) is also highly preferred. 

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically as soon as possible. Applications should include a letter of interest that outlines a vision for Maritime Initiatives at ODU, a curriculum vita, and five professional references. References will not be contacted until later in the process and only with the candidate’s permission. All application materials will be considered in full confidence. Please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, electronically to:  

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Kate Phillips, Senior Associate

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.