SEARCH Assistant Director - IARC

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Classification:Research Professional 3
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The International Arctic Research Center is recruiting for a research coordinator to help lead a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional study of environmental change in the Arctic. The project will make expert understanding of Arctic environments accessible to decision-makers in governments, businesses, and elsewhere. We are seeking candidates with passion for and demonstrated skills at making expert knowledge accessible to diverse audiences. The position will be physically located in Monterey, California (Middlebury Institute of International Studies). This position is contingent upon funding from the National Science Foundation.


15Supervision: Supervise undergraduate, graduate students, and Indigenous trainees. Support collaborators in building research capacity among Indigenous trainees by providing resources and knowledge in culturally appropriate formats. Mentor students in scientific integrity and model professionalism and inclusivity.Essential
20Policy: Forge new boundary-spanning approaches to inform policy. Analyze and synthesize scientific, Indigenous, and policy knowledge. Develop and employ effective tools for cross-cultural communication. Adapt scientific and Indigenous expert knowledge publications, reports, and oral presentations to briefs that succinctly inform policy. Maintain communications with key policy offices to ensure that the project is responsive to policy needs.Essential
20Research: Conduct research in collaboration with Principal Investigators and scientific and Indigenous partners. Seek input on all stages of research from the project Advisory Committee. Collect and analyze scientific data and Indigenous knowledge. Contribute to work of other research professionals or faculty members. Manage and archive scientific data. Analyze and publish results in peer reviewed journals. Present findings to scientific, Indigenous, and policy audiences. Represent the program to funders and external audiences. Take initiative to continually monitor research progress and modify the course of research accordingly. The incumbent in this position will be one of several senior researchers, each leading one or more areas of research. For those research topics led by this position, the incumbent will be expected to make final decisions on the course or research. Propose new research directions.Essential
35Collaboration: Collaborate with scientific and Indigenous experts to synthesize and report results. Design and lead meetings and workshops using best practices in co-production of knowledge. Adaptively manage the SEARCH research program. SEARCH leads a multi-year study in which scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts collaborate to understand the drivers and consequences of environmental change in the Arctic. Co-production of knowledge, a process that brings together diverse groups to iteratively create new knowledge and practices, is central to the SEARCH program, which includes 14 institutions spanning multiple cultures, languages, disciplines, knowledge systems, time zones, and perspectives. Review co-production and Indigenous knowledge literature and share accessible synopses with scientific and Indigenous experts. Design and facilitate co-production of knowledge workshops involving scientific, Indigenous, industry, and policy experts. Draft and edit workshop reports as well as professional publications. Share progress and final outcomes in written and spoken reports to collaborators, funders, policy makers, and other audiences. Write and edit clear, non technical synopses of research results for widely read publications. Oversee project outreach via web pages, social media, written, and spoken presentations with an emphasis on employing the media most effective for specific audiences. Ensure that visuals are clear and of professional quality. Maintain correspondence with collaborators, funders, decision makers, and the general public.Essential
5Data: Oversee archiving of data and methods with the Arctic Data Center. Ensure accuracy of data input. Ensure on-time delivery of quality controlled data and metadata.Essential
5Service: Serve on the project executive committee. Share insights and contribute to adaptively managing activities to meet project objectives and goals. Participate in IARC committees and governance.Essential


This position will be key in coordinating co-production of knowledge and communicating syntheses of scientific and Indigenous knowledge. The coordinator will have opportunities to creatively reach diverse audiences through writings tailored to specific needs. The successful candidate will build and maintain collaborative relationships among scientific, Indigenous, and policy experts. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. 

The position will be physically located in Monterey, California (Middlebury Institute of International Studies).



Knowledge of professional literature on co-production of knowledge.

Ability to apply best practices in the co-production of knowledge.

Ability to communicate clearly with Indigenous experts.

Strong communication skills in spoken and written presentations to diverse audiences.

Ability to use bibliographic databases as well as visualization and publication software.

Ability to publish in professional journals and books.

Ability to publish scientific results in popular magazines and other venues.

Knowledge of all aspects of publishing in commercial and non commercial outlets.

Skilled at managing and reporting budgets to funders and auditors.

Skilled in applying for and reporting on government and non-government grants.

Ability to guide day-to-day work of diverse students and Indigenous experts.

Skilled at mentoring students in professionalism and inclusivity.

Ability to field requests for information from diverse audiences.

Ability to articulate perspectives in a clear and respectful manner.

Skilled in graphic design and layout appropriate to professional publications and presentations.

Skilled in using office and research software.

Skilled at managing time and workloads.

Knowledge of ocean environments, cultures, and policy challenges.

Knowledge of legal frameworks affecting environmental decision making.

Knowledge of grant reporting requirements.

Skilled at listening to and reflecting diverse perspectives.

Ability to distinguish when to take initiative and when to seek guidance.

Ability to manage travel and other logistics in rural Alaska.

Knowledge of UAF codes of conduct and expected behavior with respect to diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Ability to adapt to norms in other cultural contexts.

Knowledge of Arctic cultures, governance, and social organizations.

Ability to successfully lead the work of others.

Ability to communicate research results effectively to diverse audiences.

Knowledge of environmental policies in international contexts.

Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree and two years postgraduate research experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience in a scientific, business, or policy field.

At least two years of experience in communicating science to professional, non-technical audiences.

Experience informing policy with science.

Experience communicating in cross-cultural contexts.

Experience working at the boundaries of diverse knowledge systems.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. The position will be physically located in Monterey, California (Middlebury Institute of International Studies). Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

The funding to support this position is contingent upon final approval of the project grant which is anticipated to be received in June 2021.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 6/3/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 6/4/2021. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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