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NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Position overview

Position title: NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Salary range: Academic Coordinator I, See Table 36 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60-$70K annual.
Full benefits package included.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: February 2023, or soon there after

Application Window

Open date: January 26, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 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 projects, with an emphasis on community building, communications, and data science training for the Arctic Data Center.

The candidate’s primary work focus will be with the Arctic Data Center, with the potential to contribute to other projects and activities at NCEAS as the needs of the projects and Center change. NCEAS leads, operates, and/or collaborates on many nationally-scoped research programs, including the Permafrost Discovery Gateway and DataONE. The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator will support a national effort to coordinate community engagement around the Arctic Data Center. 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 Arctic Data Center. The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for conducting community engagement and outreach activities in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the Arctic Data Center and NCEAS. The individual will report to the Director of Research and Development, Informatics while working closely with leadership and team members at the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS, and other NCEAS programs.

Salary and Benefits:
Academic Coordinator I, See Table 36 ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60-$70K annual.
Full benefits package included.

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 approximately 25 administrative, scientific computing and informatics staff.

NCEAS is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in science. We value the diversity of expertise, backgrounds, needs, and experiences reflected among our residents, visitors, and broader communities. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, parental status, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, citizenship status, and nationality. To see the steps we are taking to advance diversity and inclusion please see our full statement here:

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in natural science, social science, information science, communications, or related fields of study
Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrated skills in graphic 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
  • Interest in advancing science through open science and open data approaches
  • 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

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter including:

    Interest in the position
    Qualifications related to the position
    Experience supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Visual Communications Sample - One or more examples from your graphic design or visual communication portfolio.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Name and contact information for three references. The top candidate's references will be contacted before the final job offer.

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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 Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.