Community Climate Adaptation Coordinator-IARC

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  • Job Number:525920
  • Classification:Research Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Remote within Alaska, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Science

Position Summary:

Make a difference in the lives of Alaskans. Become part of a unique partnership dedicated to making climate science actionable in support of community sustainability. The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) is a partnership between the University of Alaska and the US Geological Survey, and is Congressionally mandated to meet state and federal needs around climate impacts, adaptation, and resilience. The AK CASC provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and others interested in land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to adapt to climate change. Visit to learn more. The Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP) develops the capacity of Southeast Alaska communities to pursue triple-bottom-line approaches to sustainable development. SSP Regional Catalysts work closely with Community Catalysts and local residents to implement projects that improve food, energy, natural resources, and economic sustainability. SSP Community Catalysts operate in the communities of Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Sitka, Skagway, and Yakutat but the partnership is broadly active across Southeast. Visit to learn more. The Regional Climate Adaptation Catalyst will serve as a liaison between the AK CASC and communities in Southeast Alaska. Primary responsibilities will be to coordinate community climate adaptation needs assessments, projects, and initiatives; facilitate information exchange among communities, the university, and agency partners; and develop and implement climate adaptation projects. This position can be based in any Southeast Alaska community. The AK CASC invests in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility efforts. We are an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: -Able to gather, comprehend, translate, and convey knowledge, concerns, and technical needs to researchers.
-Able to gather, comprehend, translate, and convey science and technical information to community members.
-Knowledge about current and developing climate-related issues affecting Alaska.
-Familiarity with one or more natural, physical, or social science disciplines, such as ecology, hydrology, biology, geography, sociology, etc.
-Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills and able to effectively communicate via multiple avenues.
-Well-developed interpersonal skills to establish working relationships with scientists, managers, community members and leaders, including Alaska Native Elders.
-Organized and detail-oriented, self-driven and creative in solving issues as they arise. Ability to work and solve problems independently. Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize work tasks associated with many competing and shifting priorities.
-Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and partners across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
-Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and knowledge of how to navigate complex communication situations.
-Experience with cultivating funding and technical assistance opportunities.
-Capacity for catalyzing engagement and collaboration with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
Preferred Experience & Education:
Knowledge of Southeast Alaska culture, geography, history, economics, ecology, and climate change challenges. Experience working with Indigenous and rural communities toward positive outcomes that draw on co-production of knowledge approaches.

Master’s degree in Natural or Social Sciences (Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Sustainable Development, or related field.) Experience writing successful grant and project proposals.
Required Experience & Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Natural or Social Sciences (Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Sustainable Development or related field) and two years of progressively responsible experience relevant to the position, or an equivalent combination of training and experience, or a similar combination of Indigenous and traditional knowledge, training, and experiences.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, term-funded, 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 (DOE).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

The position is open until filled with the initial review date taking place on October 30, 2023. To ensure full consideration for this position, please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, October 29, 2023.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: 

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.

*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.

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

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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider 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, International Arctic Research Center (IARC) HR Coordinator & Personnel Specialist, at or (907) 474-1960.

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