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NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Position overview

Position title: NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Salary range: This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 36 for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% $65-$80K annual. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. Full benefits package included.

Application Window

Open date: November 16, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 3, 2024 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 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.

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.

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)
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree program or currently have a Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in natural science, social science, information science, communications, or related fields of study
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • A 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 - We encourage your cover letter to include:

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

  • Visaula Communication 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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