Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Job #JPF02011
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis / Office of Research / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:NCEAS Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Anticipated start: 9/1/21 or as soon as possible thereafter

Application Window

Open date: July 21st, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 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 Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART), the Long-Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (NCO), the Ocean Health Index, 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 Community Engagement and Learning 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.

Salary and Benefits:
Academic Coordinator I or II, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
Full benefits package included.

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 at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication;
Demonstrated skills in graphics 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 describing your qualifications and interest in the position, and brief statement addressing philosophy and past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service
  • Visual Communications Sample - One or more examples from your graphic design or visual communication portfolio
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

3 references required (name and contact information only)

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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.


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