Outreach Coordinator - Geophysical Institute

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Classification:Communications Specialist 3
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Education/Instructional, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

You can help bring cutting-edge science to Alaskans of all ages! The Geophysical Institute is a world-leader in research from the center of Earth to the center of the sun. The Geophysical Institute’s Outreach Coordinator has the critical task of channeling our cutting-edge science into classrooms, community events, and public programs across the state through the GI Education Outreach Program. This position involves a mix of public interaction, logistical planning, fiscal management, and communications responsibilities. It also provides opportunities to travel to rural Alaska villages. If you want a job that offers variety, challenge, opportunities to collaborate with diverse communities, and mental stimulation, this is where you belong!


10Design and implement outreach strategies and analyze effectiveness of education outreach programs: -After finding appropriate evaluation tools by collaborating with external evaluator, design spreadsheets and implement procedures for collecting data on student achievement associated with a variety of diverse education programs. -Once data is compiled works with external evaluator regarding individual and group data on student achievement to analyze and interpret student performance to ensure education outreach program objectives are met, and to report data and research findings to PI for inclusion in annual and final education program performance reports to funding agencies, schools and other interested parties. -Analyze evaluation methods, curriculum and overall programs for effectiveness based on student performance data, teacher suggestions, Native Elder input, and scientist input. Resolve problems by revising content and provide suggestions for revision of program implementation strategies.Essential
10Research and co-develop Geophysics Science and Math Curriculum for K-12 Alaskan students: -Lead UAF Science faculty and other geophysics researchers, education specialists, teachers and Native Elders in planning sessions for culturally appropriate geophysics science and mathematics curricula then compiles the ideas presented. Curricula produced by the Outreach Office is published in teacher''s manuals contain classroom lessons, rubrics for assessment, and individual and unit objectives based on national/state standards in science/math (and related standards in language arts and social studies). After creating classroom lessons and researching associated assessment tools, this position compiles them into scaffolding units of scientific and mathematical instruction. -In order to prepare each curriculum''s classroom lessons and rubrics, this position must be able to comprehend, then translate complex scientific, technical and mathematical information into a format understandable to teachers, students and public. -Researches information for/drafts geophysics lessons for online format. -Submits draft curriculum to Scientists and to Alaska Native organizations for review, then revises all lessons within each curriculum set to resolve scientific or cultural concerns. -Identifies National, State and Cultural Education Content and Performance Standards met by curriculum in science and mathematics (and in lang. arts and social studies as these standards apply). -Collaborates with teachers and other education program personnel including external evaluator to conduct field-tests of all geophysics lessons within each set of curriculum in culturally diverse, multi-age classrooms. -Communicates with teachers in AK and regarding curriculum and education outreach programs. -Independently identifies supplies/materials needed for field testing and resulting implementation and commits education outreach programs to such expenditures.Essential
30Proposal Drafting, Editing and Assistance: -Research and identify funding sources for education outreach programs. -Conduct needs assessments for Science Education Outreach proposals by communicating with state and local education officials, using the Internet or researching other sources to obtain data from individual schools and districts in Alaska. Base assessment on student performance, school resources, dropout rates, student-teacher ratios, etc. -Establish goals and objectives of proposals correlated to the needs of the population served. -Contribute ideas, primarily in specialty areas of GI outreach to proposals. -Draft sections of Science Education Outreach Proposals, write and compile information for proposal appendices, and perform content and technical editing of complete proposals. -Recruit scientists to serve as mentors for Education Outreach projects. Cooperate with scientists to find ways to educate/mentor and engage students and teachers. Serve as a liaison between scientists and teachers/students. -Obtain support and commitment of rural Alaska teachers, school principals, school superintendents and native elders to Education Outreach projects. This includes contact via phone, mail, e-mail and in-person and may involve travel to rural AK. -Research cost of supplies, labor and other program expenses for proposal budgets. -Assist in compiling and editing performance reports to funding agencies for a variety of diverse education outreach programs. This includes writing and compiling appendix data and material for publication in reports. -Position may perform technical editing of proposals for UAF scientific faculty and researchers, and other publications at GI Director request.Essential
50Participate in UAF and GI Education Outreach Events, Teacher Training Workshops, Public Tours and GI-Designed Geophysics Curricula Marketing -Participate in UAF education outreach science camps, including assisting in teaching geophysics lessons to students. Assist in scheduling events, delegating tasks, purchasing supplies, tracking inventory and stocking lesson kits for large groups of students and/or teachers. May include representing the education program to the public through media interviews. -Implement professional development courses for educators: creating course descriptions, completing necessary forms, acquiring course approval from UAF Special Topics Course committee, recruiting educators, assisting with course enrollment, and assisting course instructor by maintaining communication with educators while course is in session. -Organize or assist in the organization of Teacher Training workshops associated with Education Outreach Projects: collaborate with PI, prepare training materials (course syllabus, activity supplies, visual aids, equipment), and recruit and coordinate speakers or presenters, as needed. -Participate as a presenter at Teacher Training workshops. -Represent the GI (and its affiliated agencies) and IARC to the public through tours, multimedia presentations and public speaking, as needed. -Communicate with school district superintendents, science curriculum coordinators, principals and teachers throughout Alaska to network and promote GI-related activities. May involve travel to cities and remote villages throughout the state. -Deliver multimedia presentations of GI-designed science curricula. Transact sale of the product. -Travel to present curricula at national science education conferences, including public demonstrations, distribution of printed information, etc. -Maintain knowledge of new geophysics findings using the Internet and education catalogs and conversations with GI personnel.Essential


This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

The Geophysical Institute’s Education Outreach Program works closely with the Public Information Office to inform all members of the community about the science carried out by more than 100 researchers in space physics and aeronomy, atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, snow, ice and permafrost, seismology, volcanology, and tectonics and sedimentation. Staff from this office travel all over Alaska to work with schools and other community organizations. This department coordinates the Geophysical Institute’s traveling planetarium program, develops curriculum for Indigenous learners, and plans local events to share educational resources.


Strong computer, writing, and editing skills.

Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, scientists, teachers, Alaska Native elders, and the general public.

Knowledge of lesson plan format and national and state education standards.

Advanced knowledge of and skill with the English language and grammar.

Technical editing skills.

Strong organizational skills.

Understanding of basic scientific terms.

Record keeping and data collection skills.

Good rapport and discretion in handling the public.

Ability to communicate the infrastructure of GI, IARC and PFRR.

Ability to relate scientific concepts to teachers, students and the public.

An understanding of marketing.

Strong library and Internet research skills.


Experience with proposal or report writing.

Required Education and Experience: 

Bachelor's degree in Education or experience commensurate with duties and skills of position.
Background course work and experience in the sciences and/or science education. An Education degree provides required lesson creation experience and assessment.

A minimum of 2 years experience in education outreach. Demonstrated educational or professional experience in the sciences. Public speaking and team leadership experience. Working knowledge of National and State Science and Math Education standards.

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. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

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 9/29/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 9/30/2021. 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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