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Community Coordinator at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Position overview

Salary range: Academic Coordinator II position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications; full benefits package included.
Percent time: 50
Anticipated start: Negotiable
Position duration: Like all Academic Coordinator positions, the Community Coordinator is appointed for one year with the opportunity to be reappointed annually following a successful performance evaluation. Formal merit reviews will occur every two years.

Application Window

Open date: July 26, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 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: Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 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.

Position description

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a 50%-time Community Coordinator (Academic Coordinator II) to manage a new initiative to support graduate/undergraduate scholars from diverse backgrounds and perspectives on their path to developing careers as environmental leaders. The Coordinator works with relevant UCSB departments to select and mentor underrepresented undergraduate students in environmental studies and related fields with the goal of placing students in graduate programs and jobs. The Coordinator cultivates partnerships with corporations, NGOs, and governmental agencies to hire and/or fund pairs of graduate and undergraduate student interns with the goal of building networks of emerging environmental professionals and employers. The Coordinator fosters an inclusive community to promote diverse perspectives essential to understanding and solving environmental problems. The Coordinator plans and hosts professional training for students, guest speakers, and events to further the Initiative’s and the Bren School’s goals. The Coordinator is supervised by the Bren School’s Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

50% time (10 hours per week): Manage Leadership Programs between Bren School & UCSB Undergraduate Departments

The Bren/Environmental Studies (ES) Leadership Program is an initiative designed to launch environmental careers for promising undergraduate students (“Leaders”) who bring diverse perspectives to the field. The Coordinator sends the annual call for program applications in Spring Quarter and works with faculty sponsors to select a new cohort of Leaders. The Coordinator works with the Student Affairs Manager to ensure that Leaders are paid their quarterly stipends. The Coordinator organizes and runs monthly activities for Leaders, including activities ranging from career guidance, coaching communication skills, and networking with current Bren graduate students to discussions with Bren faculty on environmental issues. The Coordinator ensures that Leaders have access to visiting scholars, selected Bren events, and guest speakers for small-group meetings and mentoring.

50% time (10 hours per week): Coordinate Partnership Development for paired Graduate/Undergraduate Internships

An additional element of the Bren School’s efforts to support diversity in the environmental field is an internship program where underrepresented and first-generation undergraduates in the environmental and natural sciences are paired with Bren graduate students to share unique experiences and professional networks through joint summer internships that build lasting bonds through mentorship. Participating students gain vital skills to launch successful careers and the program helps to improve representation of diverse professionals in conservation and the environmental field. The Coordinator supports key aspects of this program: 1) facilitate successful undergraduate/graduate team formation; 2) expand partnerships with organizations (corporations, NGOs, governmental institutions) who would like to host and/or fund paired internships; 3) support mentorship training for graduate students to enhance the impact of paired internships. The Coordinator works with the Student Affairs Manager, Academic Programs Manager, Bren School Development team, and staff in partner departments and programs across campus to achieve these goals. To enhance external partnerships, the Coordinator will build strategies to demonstrate to employers the likely benefits from this program through direct access to high achieving underrepresented and first generation students known to and mentored by the Bren School and UC Santa Barbara.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s degree
• 1-3 years of experience working with community building and communication

Preferred qualifications

• Master’s or PhD degree in a relevant field
• Experience working with graduate students in community building, communication, or a related field
• Experience working with undergraduate students in outreach or career development
• Experience with community building related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Training or work experience in environmental science and management
• Experience working with students
• Excellent organizational, and oral and written communication, skills
• Ability to manage a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously
• Ability to work well independently and as a part of a team
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Experience building and maintaining professional relationships

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be contacted only if the candidate becomes the finalist.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA