Moving Forward Together (MFT) Coordinator-International Arctic Research Center

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  • Job Number:523462
  • Classification:Research Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Part-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

We are seeking a dynamic Project Coordinator for a 2.5 year planning project, “Moving Forward Together: Transforming Arctic Geosciences for Alaska Native Sovereignty and Science”, awarded under the new program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Cultural Transformation in the Geosciences Community. The goals of the project are to build synergy and collaboration among multiple groups across the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus to lay the foundation for a graduate learning environment that is supportive of Alaska Native, first-generation, and other underrepresented students in the geosciences. A major outcome of this project will be the submission of an implementation proposal for five (5) years of additional funding. Partners in the project include the First Alaskans Institute and the UA Alaska Native Success Initiative, the UAF Department of Equity and Compliance, and the Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH). Activities will include workshops, training, dialogues, and establishing the basis and framework for a mentoring program and a culture camp. The project will include the integration of sustainability science and the human dimension into graduate geoscience education and will work closely with the Sustainability Concentration of the proposed Earth System Science program. Coordinator responsibilities include 50% research related activities and 50% project management and coordination, including interdisciplinary research and Indigenous evaluation. The successful candidate will have a role in laying the groundwork for a culture camp and graduate student mentoring program and in implementing workshops and diversity dialogs at UAF. This position also provides experience and on-the-job training in writing project summaries for diverse audiences and in proposal writing. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


50Program Management and Coordination -Serve as principal spokesperson and central point of contact for project activities. -Coordinate and organize collaborative relationships and network building for the project as to ensure and contribute to the project success. This includes external collaborators such as First Alaskans Institute and internal university partners: the Alaska Native Success Initiative, the UAF Office of Equity and Compliance, and Diversity and Equity groups across campus, the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) Diversity Coordinator and other research, educational and diversity groups in the geosciences and inter-disciplinary sustainability across campus. -Carry out convening, coordination, scheduling, room reservations, creating zoom meetings, note taking and assisting the PI(s) in identifying key participants and tracking to-do lists and progress for project events including: ○ First Alaskans Institute Dialogs (Governance and Protocol & Advancing Dialogues on Racial Equity (ANDORE)). ○ Workshops and training related to building a supporting graduate education for Alaska Native students and students from diverse backgrounds. ○ Out-of-town speaker multi-day events including evening lectures and smaller group workshops. ○ Regular team meetings, including preparation of follow-up proposal(s). ○ Planning and coordination for developing a culture camp. ○ Planning and coordination for developing a successful graduate student mentoring program. -Work with the business office to submit, track, and complete necessary paperwork for contracts with external speakers, collaborators, and evaluators, and honoraria for Native Elders when and as appropriate following University Guidelines and Protocols.Essential
50Research Related Activities: -Analyze, interpret, and synthesize project outcomes and results in a clear written format for internal and external audiences. -Lead the preparation of project annual reports to the funder or funding source. -Present project activities and outcomes to a range of audiences, including at professional conferences. -Interpret and summarize data from the UAF Office of Equity and Compliance as applicable to the project and project coordination. -Participate in idea generation, compile, and cross-check references, write literature reviews, format, and edit the project outcome follow-up proposal. -Communicate project activities and outcomes to collaborators. -Work with the external project evaluator(s) to synthesize, organize, compile data, and create reports on project metrics of success and progress, including Indigenous evaluation. -Assist as co-author in writing peer-reviewed publication about the project as project deliverable. -Possible work assisting in matching students with community research needs in student research internshipsEssential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

-Demonstrated understanding and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
-Demonstrated ability to take initiative on projects.
-Strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience with project coordination.
-Strong written and oral communication skills, especially with cross-cultural communication.
-Proven aptitude in collaboration and team-building, especially cross-cultural and among diverse groups.
-Ability to understand and independently solve complex problems.
-Ability to conduct business in a professional, timely, and ethical manner
-Ability to embrace and exhibit values of kindness, humor, and equity
-Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to respond to and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

-Experience in graduate education settings.
-Experience with mentoring programs.
-Experience or involvement with culture camps.
-Experience or familiarity with geoscience disciplines, sustainability or integrated interdisciplinary research and/or willingness to learn.
-Experience or willingness to learn and adapt to new methodology, implement research methods and analytical procedures.

Required Experience, Education or Training:
Bachelor degree in Alaska Native Studies, Rural Development, Cross-Cultural Studies, Geoscience, Education, Sustainability or related field or equivalent professional experience and 1-year experience. Master’s degree and 2-years experience preferred.
Salary Information:

This is a part-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with a competitive salary based on education and experience. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 80.

Regular part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week may elect one of the UA Choice Health Care plans or opt out of coverage if already covered by another health plan. All regular full time and part time exempt or non-exempt staff members are eligible for Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) benefits on the first day of employment and will be enrolled automatically. All relevant Benefits will be covered during an Employee Benefit Orientation session.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references, and a Diversity and Inclusivity Statement with your application.

This position will be posted until successfully filled. The hiring committee for this position will begin the review process for applications on January 12, 2023 and on an ongoing basis after January 12, 2023.

Additional info:

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

Term Position:

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


At IARC, we value a culture of inclusion that leverages the research, educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all individuals to help each thrive. Our strength and success as a research institute and university are built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences. IARC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, follow this link to IARC's DEI statement . If you are interested in helping IARC build a deeper understanding of the Arctic and respond to society's needs through actionable science, we encourage you to apply.

UAF COVID Requirements:

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

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.

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

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

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

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Delia Lopez-Ketzler, HR Coordinator, International Arctic Research Center, and Office of Grants and Contract Administration (OGCA) at or (907) 474-1960.

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