Indigenous Food Security Working Group Liaison - International Arctic Research Center

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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 (IARC) is recruiting for a Research Professional to join our collaborative, research-oriented team as a Liaison and member of the Indigenous Food Security Working Group (Arctic Observing Summit). IARC’s research focuses on useful, actionable science and responds to society’s needs in a rapidly changing Arctic. We solve problems through local to international collaboration with different disciplines, knowledge systems, and by engaging with rights holders and stakeholders at local and regional levels. This position includes opportunities to work with a broad range of Alaska Native experts and scholars, as well as university and government researchers interested in the effective monitoring of rapidly changing Arctic environments. Engagement and communication across different knowledge systems and research approaches will be a key part of the work. The position will help bring Indigenous perspectives into regional and international environmental observing efforts, in particular those coordinated through the Arctic Observing Summit and the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks initiative. The successful candidate will collaborate with Alaska Native food security experts at the community level and will help support and advance co-production of knowledge to ensure community relevance of sustained observations of Arctic change.

Duties:

25Develop opportunities and research: ● Draft key documents (e.g., reports, white papers, and best practices) under the guidance of the FSWG to advance FSWG priorities; ● Support team in identifying funding and partnership opportunities, including proposal development that advances the FSWG priorities; and, ● Lead research activities for the FSWG in doing interviews, analysis, and writing peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as collaborate with other researchers and community members in research activities.Essential
25Organize and communicate: ● Oversee planning/ logistics and organization of regional events as laid out in the FSWG and Arctic CoObs RNA planning process; ● Lead and/or participate in education and outreach at the intersection of FSWG priorities, Arctic observing and needs in the region of interest.Essential
50Link and coordinate: ● Serve as liaison for the Indigenous Food Security Working Group (FSWG), and Indigenous experts and organizations to advance FSWG priorities in Arctic and global observing; ● Develop, strengthen, and expand contacts at the community level and with community-driven monitoring efforts across the Arctic; ● Coordinate efforts with FSWG members, other FSWG liaisons, Arctic CoObs RNA project team, community contacts, and other partners to connect with broader Arctic and global observing community; ● Maintain the FSWG’s focus on identified priorities while balancing available time to proactively respond to relevant emerging issues and activities. ● Engage with Arctic CoObs RNA Regional Expert Teams and identify potential membership and mode of operation for the Pacific Arctic Regional Expert Team in the context of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network (SAON) Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) process.Essential

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 

Required
● Must demonstrate background and experience in working with Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic;
● Must have first-hand knowledge of the intricacies/complexities, components of and risks/threats to food security systems and a sound understanding of the Indigenous values around food security;
● Must have demonstrated ability to work and organize at the village/community level;
● Must have experience with cross-cultural communication skills and a desire to build and expand upon these skills;
● Strong skills in organizing and facilitating meetings amongst Indigenous Peoples, across generations, and for diverse audiences, including across multiple cultures and research disciplines;
● Strong writing skills, including writing technical and general reports, grants or articles;
● Ability to learn, work independently and as a team member with others, and organize and prioritize work;
● Intermediate to Advanced Computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) skills;
● Problem-solving abilities with high attention to detail and accuracy.
● Experience in research design and/or execution of research projects.

Preferred
● Experience engaging with policy-making bodies relevant to food security such as Tribal governments, regional subsistence advisory boards, and Alaska Board of Fish and Game.
● Experience in creating and disseminating outreach materials for a variety of audiences and media formats/outlets;
● Working knowledge or an interest in learning about how Indigenous Peoples across the Arctic observe their environment in different ways;
● Interest in communicating Indigenous worldviews to diverse audiences in order to strengthen food security in changing Arctic environments;
● Interest in being part of a team that seeks to advance knowledge sharing.

Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree and two years of research experience at the postgraduate level in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. (Such as five years demonstrated experience or a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, ideally with Indigenous values around food security; organizing and communicating/engaging at the village and community level and cross-culturally.)

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.

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 07/29/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 7/30/2021. 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: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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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