The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator will be based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in support of two projects; DataONE and Make Data Count.
DataONE is a geographically distributed project enabling new science and knowledge creation through universal access to data about life on Earth and the environment that sustains it. It is a collaboration across multiple institutions including the University of New Mexico, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, NCEAS and others. DataONE provides a resilient, scalable infrastructure networking across data repositories to enable easy search and discovery of Earth and environmental science data. DataONE also supports research by developing an engaged community of users and repositories via the DataONE Users Group and the Member Node Forum; encouraging working groups (small groups of community experts) to support cyberinfrastructure and community engagement activities; educating the workforce by providing online best practices, curricula, and other resources; and collaborating with other cyberinfrastructure and community efforts nationally and internationally.
The Make Data Count project is a collaboration across DataONE, the California Digital Library and DataCite and aims to address the significant social as well as technical barriers to widespread incorporation of data-level metrics in the research data management ecosystem through consultation, recommendation, new technical capability, and community outreach. Project work builds upon long-standing partner initiatives supporting research data management and data level metrics, and enlists the cooperation of the research, library, funder, and publishing stakeholder communities.
In addition to the DataONE, NCEAS leads, operates, and/or collaborates on many nationally-scoped research programs, including NSF Arctic Data Center, the Long-Term Ecological Research Network's Network Communications Office (NCO) and Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP).
The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator will support a national effort to coordinate community engagement around DataONE and Make Data Count. Outreach activities will include representation of the projects through written communications, presentations, participation in working groups, webinars, exhibitor events, social media and in the development of promotional materials. These activities focus on generating meaningful engagement of target communities, increasing awareness of the projects, and soliciting feedback. Community engagement activities will be designed to support users, solicit feedback and build a community of practice around the projects.
The Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for managing a community engagement and outreach program in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the DataONE and Make Data Count. They are responsible for facilitating, coordinating, designing, conducting, and integrating and outreach initiatives across DataONE. They are also responsible for community engagement outside these initiatives through social media and other communication channels. This individual works closely with the Director for Community Engagement at DataONE and the Director for Informatics Research and Development at NCEAS to successfully build and maintain a nationally-recognized program meeting the need of the DataONE and Make Data Count communities.
● Coordinate and implement the creation and enhancement of training materials to convey best practices in data management;
● Coordinate the development of tutorials / learning aids for the promotion of software and tools associated with DataONE project;
● Collaborate on and develop training content and community training resources in open science;
● Support outreach and general program promotion activities for the DataONE and Make Data Count;
● Support and grow the community of users around the DataONE;
● Engage and build community of users around Make Data Count;
● Develop and conduct assessments and usability evaluations for tools, services and trainings;
● Collaborate with other staff in research, education, engagement and training; and program evaluation;
● Create materials and visuals in support of project promotion;
● Represent the projects through written communications, presentations, participation in working groups, webinars, exhibitor events and social media.
● Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in science, information science, or related fields;.
● Demonstrated skill and understanding in science data management;
● Experience with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms.
● Collaboration experience to facilitate work within a broad network of colleagues across disciplines and for engagement with the wider community.
● Experience with training and development of training curricula
● Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication;
● Experience with information management and demonstrated project management skills;
● Familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software;
● Experience with the Adobe design suite;
● Demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public.
● Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability;
● A strong interest in advancing the scientific endeavor through education, engagement and providing access to existing knowledge;
● Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
● Ability to manage several projects at the same time;
● Experience with survey and other assessment methodologies;
● Outstanding organizational skills;
● Strong preference for an advanced degree (M.S., PhD) in science, information science, 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 community management or with community groups;
● Experience with software for visual media creation and editing (screencast, film and audio editing software),
● Experience in data science and research computing, including programming in one or more research computing languages (e.g., R)
● Experience with research in ecological, environmental, and/or sociological research.
Salary and Benefits: Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full benefits package included.
How to Apply
Please apply through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01055
Required Documents to Apply
Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position
List of References: 3 non-peer references (name and contact information only at this point)
The department 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 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.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.