Project Coordinator – Alaska Alliance for Community Engagement

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  • Job Number:524103
  • Classification:Administrative Specialist 4
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to manage and cultivate partnerships on a research award funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Alaska Alliance for Community Engagement- Climate and Health (AK ACE-CH) network will bring together a diverse, multi-disciplinary and community-engaged team of experts to assess and co-develop strategies to mitigate climate change and health impacts in remote and rural regions of Alaska where the sustainability of Alaska Native (AN) communities and cultural ways of living are most highly threatened, and health disparities are already among the highest in the world. The AK ACE-CH will focus on the engagement of rural and Indigenous populations in research at the intersections of climate change and health. The AK ACE-CH Project Coordinator manages and cultivates partnerships for the project with Alaska Native community groups, organizations, and other stakeholders to advance rural engagement activities. This position develops strategies and community engagement initiatives for working with community partners throughout the state and attends meetings to assess partnership opportunities, build relationships and communicate AK ACE-CH mission objectives. In addition this position will engage AN communities in a process of knowledge co-production to create culturally-sound assessment tools that examine the health effects of changes to the weather and subsistence resources across a broad set of rural AN communities.


1-45%Communication and Planning: • Develop a strategic plan for AK ACE-CH outreach and engagement within the UA System. • Develop a strategic plan for AK ACE-CH outreach and engagement within the State of Alaska and within the specific region(s) where AK ACE-CH data collection will be conducted. • Raise broad awareness of the AK ACE-CH program by creating connections, collaborations, and partnerships across the state and the UA system that will help to facilitate outreach and engagement in the program and also meet the project goals • Maintain continuous communication with AK ACE-CH partners and stakeholders and facilitate communication between the AK ACE-CH team members and members of the advisory groups. • Organize and oversee logistics for the quarterly partner meetings and the annual AK ACE-CH meetings. This includes assisting with travel, catering, meeting space, etc, for the meetings as well as attendance at each meeting.Essential
15%Outreach: • Increase the visibility of AK ACE-CH program through marketing materials and events. • Assist with updating the website and web content and responsible for monitoring and keeping website content current. • Attend meetings, lunches, and other events, where appropriate, to increase the visibility of AK ACE-CH and establish strategic partnerships. • Outreach to community partners through project social networking sites.Essential
40%Program Administration: • Work collaboratively with the project leadership team to manage and administer the AK ACE-CH activities. • Work collaboratively and maintain regular communication between the Principal Investigators and the project co-investigators and key partners. • Organize and attend weekly team meetings • Track measurable progress, manage data collection for outreach activities, and draft reports as requested and required • Coordination of the AK ACE-CH network and assessment advisory groups. • Coordination of a large-scale data collection engaging rural Alaska Native communities in the assessment of climate change and health impacts including providing payments to research participants. • Responsible for facilitating audio/video conferences and IT needs for the project. • Responsible for processing travel arrangements in collaboration with the Travel Customer Service Office and the Center for Alaska Native Health Research. • Respond to other requests as needed.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: • Self-starter with the ability to manage time effectively
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong evidence of working effectively as part of a team
• Ability to be proactive and work independently and in a team environment
• Strong orientation to managing and measuring performance
• Ability to establish clear goals and expectations and to continuously track and measure outcomes in meeting those goals and expectations
• Strong interpersonal skills are essential, both verbal and written
• Must be able to meet deadlines and multitask
• Must have the flexibility to meet demand during specific times of the year
• Knowledge of techniques to foster and cultivate ongoing communication with outside partners is essential
• Ability to think strategically and skillfully develop a work plan to complement grant initiatives
• Ability to coordinate all aspects of an event, including logistics, correspondence, printed materials, etc
• Ability to coordinate and lead internal and external meetings and events
• The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a connection to the people and communities CANHR serves
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and advanced computer skills and database experience
Typical Experience:
• Demonstrated experience working with Alaska Native people and communities and/or with Alaska Native organizations
• Some demonstrated administrative experience
• Some experience with research
• Strong verbal communication skills
Required Education or Training:

Master's degree in any discipline (preferred) or an equivalent combination of training and experience working with Alaska Native communities and/or organizations.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, term-funded, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 80, based on education and experience.

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 with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on March 20, 2023.


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 without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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.

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