Position overviewPosition title: Grants and Operations Coordinator
Open date: September 15, 2023
Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 23, 2023 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, May 31, 2024 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.
Who we are
The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at UC Santa Barbara that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, emLab aims to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet. emLab generates timely insights into effective and equitable solutions within four programs: Climate & Energy, Land & Freshwater, Ocean & Fisheries, and People & Poverty. emLab is seeking a Grants and Operations Coordinator with excellent writing and operations skills who will work closely with emLab’s Executive Director, eleven Principal Investigators, and operations and research staff to support and advance emLab’s mission and impact.
About the role
We are looking for a passionate Grants and Operations Coordinator who can help turn novel research ideas into compelling project proposals and communicate research findings to diverse audiences. The Grants and Operations Coordinator will support emLab’s operations with a focus on the execution of emLab’s fundraising strategy, including tracking emLab’s fundraising pipeline; identifying new funding partners and prospects; linking new project ideas with potential partners and funders; liaising with potential partners, funders, and principal investigators; and grant reporting. They will be responsible for overseeing the development and submission of proposals to secure funds for emLab research projects and initiatives, a process which involves writing proposal content, managing document review and proposal contributions from project leadership and staff, setting and holding teams accountable to deadlines, developing project budgets, and managing contracts and grants with the University and external partners. This individual will also be expected to write and edit diverse research communications products, including newsletter and website content that highlight key emLab research findings and their real-world applications.
We are seeking a highly-motivated, detail-oriented team player who is able to juggle many responsibilities to fill this exciting and dynamic role. The successful candidate will have strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills to work across emLab project teams to bring our research to life and support the realization of emLab’s mission and values.
This appointment includes a competitive benefits package with medical, dental, and vision insurance and a UC retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience.
Position open until filled.
The Department 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.
Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resource economics, economics, environmental communications, biology, public policy, journalism, or a related field at time of application.
2+ years of experience developing written materials and/or supporting fundraising, communications, project management, or research operations at time of appointment.
● Master's degree in environmental science and management, natural resource economics, economics, environmental communications, biology, public policy, journalism, or a related field;
● Excellent writing skills, including experience writing fundraising or communication materials such as project scopes of work, grant proposals, technical science reports, website content, blog posts, and press releases;
● Exceptional organizational skills including demonstrated ability to manage detail-oriented tasks and processes, set and track deadlines for themselves and others, and work in a collaborative, welcoming manner;
● Experience documenting and synthesizing information gathered from meetings and brainstorming sessions, as well as existing written materials, to develop clear and cohesive fundraising and communications products for diverse audiences (e.g., philanthropic, NGO, government, and Universities);
● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including a proven ability to establish rapport with diverse internal and external colleagues and to facilitate meetings and speak to groups when needed;
● Experience or interest in developing project budgets for research or other programmatic activities;
● Ability to proactively anticipate challenges and upcoming work with a solutions-oriented mindset;
● Ability to handle a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously with speed, accuracy, and minimal oversight;
● Ability to quickly and effectively adapt to the dynamic fundraising landscape;
● Excellent computer skills, including fluency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar.
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About UC Santa Barbara
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, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.