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Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) Coordinator

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 10th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Sep 4, 2020 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: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 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 Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) is a new degree program offered in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, in collaboration with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and participating departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The 11-month MEDS program will matriculate students beginning in August 2021. We seek an MEDS Coordinator (“Coordinator”) to administer the new MEDS degree program. The Coordinator will take a lead role to guide program management, logistics, development, outreach, and events. The Coordinator will collaborate with other staff to guide admissions, recruitment, student affairs, academic programs, and career development. The Coordinator will be jointly supervised by Bren’s Assistant Dean and NCEAS’ Director, and will work from both UCSB campus and NCEAS office in downtown Santa Barbara. The basic qualification for this position is a master’s (or higher) degree in ecology, environmental science, data science, social science, geography or a related field at the time of application. Preferred qualifications include at least two years of project management experience, excellent communication skills, ability to work with diverse populations, good organizational skills, strong analytical/critical thinking skills, ability to identify/resolve problems, ability to work independently, and basic skills in word processing, data management and analysis, and visual presentation software, familiarity with environmental science and data science, at least 2 years of project management experience, and experience supporting higher education and event planning. The Coordinator will be appointed for one year with the opportunity to be reappointed annually following a successful performance evaluation. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2020.

MEDS Program Management: Daily 40%
The Coordinator supports Bren faculty and staff and the NCEAS administration by managing the launch of the MEDS program and the program’s growth to capacity over five years. The Coordinator collaborates with Bren staff to manage admissions, recruitment, student affairs, academic programs, and career development for the MEDS program. The Coordinator plans for and addresses logistical needs of hosting a degree program in two locations, Bren Hall and NCEAS.

MEDS Student Affairs: Daily 10%
In collaboration with the MEDS Student Affairs Coordinator, the MEDS Coordinator serves as a resource for MEDS students. The Coordinator stays connected to MEDS students and offers opportunities to hear their ideas and concerns through surveys, one-on-one meetings, and town-hall style meetings. The Coordinator works with the program administration and staff to address students’ needs and incrementally improve the quality of the program and the students’ experience.

MEDS Academic Programs: Weekly 10%
The MEDS Coordinator serves as a resource for MEDS academic programs. The Coordinator works with faculty and the MEDS Academic Coordinator to guide the direction of the MEDS degree program. The Coordinator cultivates relationships with prospective corporate and foundation partners who have the potential to become capstone project clients. The Coordinator serves as a liaison to address issues and opportunities that may arise with clients.

Events: Weekly 20%
The Coordinator collaborates with Bren staff to plan and host events in support of MEDS students, including Orientation, Open House, Admitted Students Day, annual capstone project presentations, and Commencement.

The Coordinator serves as the chair or co-chair of the steering committee to plan and host an annual Environmental Data Science Global Summit. The Coordinator will create agendas and activity plans in partnership with the NCEAS Director and Deputy Director. The Coordinator will perform administrative tasks, including scheduling and organizing steering committee meetings, distributing invitations, organizing travel, and confirming participant lists. The Coordinator will liaise with prospective event contractors and confirm partnerships, including for venue, hotel, caterer, and other rentals. The Coordinator will manage event budgets, create binding agreements with contractors, and manage related payments/transactions.

Outreach and Communication: Weekly 10%
The Coordinator leads outreach and communication efforts on behalf of the MEDS program. The Coordinator develops and implements communication strategies for social media and the Bren School’s website section on the MEDS program. The Coordinator collaborates with the Bren School’s Media Communications Director to create web content, social media campaigns, advertisements, announcements, brochures, newsletters, and other media. The Coordinator primarily targets communications to prospective students, admitted students, current students, alumni, and current and prospective donors.

Administration: Weekly 10%
The Coordinator tracks MEDS program expenditures and provides financial reports to the Bren administration and NCEAS Director. The Coordinator works with Development staff to create annual reports for donors who support the MEDS program. The Coordinator performs other duties as assigned.

Please submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references online at: and address questions to Applications completed by September 4, 2020 will receive priority consideration; the position will remain open until filled.

The University 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 applicant will receive consideration 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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)