Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator-International Arctic Research Center

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  • Job Number:521541
  • Classification:Administrative Specialist 2
  • Grade:Grade 78
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Other

Position Summary:

The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) seeks an administrative professional who will serve as the Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator for IARC at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). This person will lead the enhancement of IARC’s Diversity and Inclusivity work to include justice, equity and access; build on the IARC Diversity and Inclusivity program and initiatives for our staff, researchers, faculty and students; promote diversity, equity, inclusivity, justice, and access efforts with other UAF units, and will serve as the primary liaison between IARC and UAF Department of Equity and Compliance. This person will align IARC’s Diversity and Inclusivity activities with UAF’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. This person will support and be a resource for IARC efforts for equitable, ethical, and respectful engagement with historically marginalized groups, and align relationship building with Indigenous Peoples and communities while honoring and including Indigenous Knowledge. IARC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, follow this link to IARC's DEI statement https://uaf-iarc.org/about-iarc/


10Meeting and Administrative Coordination: Lead IARC Diversity and Inclusivity Working Group meetings and associated administrative responsibilities, i.e. drafting agendas, correspondence through email, maintaining listserv and IARC DEI shared drive, setting up working group sub-groups. Participate and collaborate as appropriate with the UAF Department of Equity and Compliance.Essential
20Communications, Consultation, and Outreach: Strengthen existing partnerships and seek out new opportunities to partner with Indigenous peoples, scholars, collaborators, and organizations that can help advance and build IARC’s capacity to conduct respectful, ethical, and equitable research and education throughout Alaska and the Arctic. Develop and strengthen IARC’s diversity- and inclusivity-related relationships and collaborations with other UAF units, and key stakeholders with whom we share a vision and that can help us achieve key objectives. Center and implement the perspectives of underrepresented groups, provide consultation and facilitate reviews of reports and documents coming out of IARC to ensure equitable and inclusive representation from relevant scholars, knowledge holders, and other potentially impacted groups. This may include the development and initiation of an Indigenous Advisory board. Expand the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity digital resource library. Prepare and present Inclusion minute at the All-IARC meetings, submit content to highlight Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity news in the weekly IARC Newsletter and other relevant places, in coordination with the IARC Science Communication Team, the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) and the Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH). Convene reading discussions and sharing circles to promote safe spaces for difficult dialogues.Essential
20Program Development: Identify funding opportunities and lead proposal development to support the growth of IARC’s Diversity and Inclusivity efforts, for example, a) Expansion of program activities, b) Training opportunities, c) Assessment efforts through surveys e.g. climate survey, training impacts, etc. Expand Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in IARC’s research proposals. Provide examples of equitable and just compensation to IARC researchers for meaningful collaboration and engagement with community/citizen observers, traditional knowledge holders, and otherwise unpaid research partners.Essential
45Development and implementation of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program: Serve as the primary point of contact for IARC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity related interests. Coordinate the development and implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity initiatives based on the IARC Strategic Vision 2030. This will include receiving and responding to feedback from the IARC management team and members of the IARC community. Ensure that UAF’s Strategic Plan Goal #5: Embrace and grow a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring is met within IARC. Arrange training opportunities relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity issues for IARC staff, researchers and educators, such as inclusion leadership training, decolonization training, land acknowledgement training, cultural awareness training, and theory of change training. Collaborate with IARC staff, researchers, faculty and students to actively seek out and implement evidence-based best practices regarding prevention of discrimination and promotion of diversity, equity, inclusivity and justice, with the aim of cultivating a culture of respect and caring on projects, ideas and policies at IARC. Collaborate with personnel across UAF Department of Equity and Compliance, Nanook Diversity Action Center (NDAC) and other Diversity and Inclusivity organizations on campus to identify and implement evidence-based best practices regarding prevention of discrimination and promotion of diversity, equity, inclusivity and justice. Promote a working environment at IARC and everywhere IARC’s research, education and outreach is conducted that is free of discrimination, including harassment and violence, and promotes diversity, equity, inclusivity and a respect for all cultures.Essential
5Reporting: Analyze data and write reports on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity activities to be included in annual reports and/or presentations, for example, IARC, AK CASC, and AAOKH (internal), and AGU (external).Essential

Since the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) works with Alaska Native knowledge holders, Elders, and teachers from many rural communities, we are looking to recruit a skilled, comfortable cross-cultural administrator who can communicate effectively with both Alaska Native & rural Alaska community members and with members of the University system.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-Excellent listening and relational skills.

-Ability to communicate ideas in both scientific and non-technical language; Good oral and written communication skills as well as group presentation skills; Strong negotiation, facilitation and consensus-building skills; Ability to be considerate of human factors that are present when discussing sensitive issues.

-Highly self-motivated and self-directed, with an ability to bring enthusiasm and energy to develop programs, inspire others, and foster a collaborative team environment; Excellent time management and listening skills.

-Grant writing or fundraising experience. Experience with Proposal development.

-Strong interest in promoting diversity, equity, inclusivity, access and justice. Ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions.

-Working knowledge of Google Workspace Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.

Typical Experience:

-Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, Tribal, or organizational partners.

-Experience coordinating events and providing logistic support.

-Demonstrated project management skills and/or experience.

-Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including a proactive disposition toward identifying problems and providing/seeking solutions.

Required Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Preferred Master’s Degree in a relevant field(s) OR as a traditional knowledge holder with a focus on Alaska Native Studies, human resources, sciences (including natural and social science), science communication, or social justice, and three years of progressively responsible experience working on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Justice and Access issues in a higher education and research environment, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including a proactive disposition toward identifying problems and providing/seeking solutions.

Position Information:

This is a full-time, non-exempt, Grade 78, minimum $23.84 per hour, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. This position may require you to travel or work some nights/weekends for events. Hybrid work is defined as a flexible work model that supports a blend of in-office, remote and on-the-go workers. Hybrid work options are available within Alaska, Fairbanks preferred. 

Term Position: 

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

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible. 

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references. In addition, write a Diversity Statement describing how you have or intend to uplift marginalized and/or diverse voices.

To ensure consideration, please submit your application no later than 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, on Sunday October 2, 2022. Review of applications by the hiring committee will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022.

UAF COVID Requirements:

In the event that the successful candidate is located on the UAF campus, please note the following: All new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination. 

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

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

Public Disclosure Statement:

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

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

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 University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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