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NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 5th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator for our open science and synthesis projects, with an emphasis on community building, communications, and data science training for the Arctic Data Center.

The candidate will work across several projects run at NCEAS, including, but not limited to, the Arctic Data Center, Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART) and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). In addition to the projects above, NCEAS leads, operates, and/or collaborates on many nationally-scoped research programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research Network's Network Communications Office (NCO), the Ocean Health Index, and DataONE. The projected time allocation to these projects will initially focus on the Arctic Data Center and SNAPP, however the position will shift emphasis as the needs of the projects and Center change.

The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator will support a national effort to coordinate community engagement around these projects. Outreach activities will include representation of the projects through written communications, presentations, participation in meetings and conferences, webinars, exhibitor events, social media and in the development of promotional and educational materials. These activities focus on generating meaningful engagement of target communities, increasing awareness of the project, and soliciting feedback. Activities are designed to support users, build engagement, and develop a community of practice around the project. The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for managing community engagement and outreach program in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the Arctic Data Center, CART, SNAPP and NCEAS. The individual will report to the Director of Community Engagement and Learning while working closely with leadership and team members at the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS, SNAPP, and other NCEAS programs.

● Support and build a community of users around programs like the Arctic Data Center and SNAPP;
● Develop engagement campaigns to solicit feedback and design of resources and services;
● Lead outreach and general program promotion activities for projects;
● Represent the Arctic Data Center and other projects at community meetings and conferences, through written communications, presentations, webinars, exhibitor events and social media;
● Prepare presentation and other materials and visuals in support of Center promotion;
● Lead promotional use of project social media accounts;
● Maintain and update project websites (in collaboration with developers), including content development, as well as site design and layout
● Support the creation and enhancement of training materials to convey best practices in data management;
● Collaborate on the development of tutorials / learning aids for the promotion of software and tools associated with projects like the Arctic Data Center;
● Co-lead the recruitment and management of data science fellows and project interns
● Develop and conduct assessments and usability evaluations for tools, services and trainings;
● Support reporting on community engagement and other activities;
● Collaborate with other staff in research, education, engagement and training; and program evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:
● Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in science, information science, communications or related fields.

Desirable Qualifications:
● Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication;
● Demonstrated skills in graphics design and visual communication;
● Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability;
● Experience with community management or with community groups;
● Expertise with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms;
● An interest in Arctic research;
● A strong interest in advancing the scientific endeavor through education, engagement and providing access to existing knowledge;
● Collaboration experience to facilitate work within a broad network of colleagues across disciplines and for engagement with the wider community;
● Outstanding organizational skills, and ability to undertake several projects in parallel;
● Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
● Experience with Arctic research and familiarity with the Arctic community;
● Preference for an advanced degree in science, information science, communications or related fields;
● Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations;
● Able to work well with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities;
● Experience with software for visual media creation and editing (screencast, film and audio editing software),
● An understanding of and familiarity with research data management;
● Proficiency with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software;
● Ability to communicate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public;
● Experience with survey and other assessment methodologies;
● Experience with data science and/or research computing;
● Experience with research in ecological, environmental, and/or sociological research.

NCEAS works to accelerate scientific discoveries that will enhance our understanding of the world and benefit people and nature, as well as to transform the scientific culture to be more open, efficient, and collaborative. NCEAS is part of UCSB but housed in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

NCEAS facilitates synthesis research and collaboration in environmental science, ecology, and environmental data science, conducted as part of research initiatives led by NCEAS and Center Fellows. Each year NCEAS hosts more than 700 visiting scientists and practitioners and over 30 resident scientists, including a growing community of post-doctoral associates, Center Fellows, and Researchers, and has a staff of approximately 25 administrative, scientific computing and informatics staff.

Salary and Benefits:
Academic Coordinator I, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
Full benefits package included.

Apply by 10/4/2019 for primary consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

Please apply through UC Recruit:

Required Documents to Apply:
Applicants must submit (1) a current Curriculum Vitae, (2) cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, (3) One or more examples from your graphic design or visual communication portfolio and (4) names and contact information for 3 references.

Anticipated Start Date: 11/18/2019 or as soon as possible after then.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • One or more examples from your graphic design or visual communication portfolio

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)