Training and Outreach Coordinator: NSF Arctic Data Center at NCEAS

The NSF Arctic Data Center was established in 2016 to preserve, curate, and enable discovery of data and software from NSF’s Arctic science community in support of open, reproducible science. The Arctic Data Center is hosted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to the Arctic Data Center, NCEAS leads, operates, and/or collaborates on many nationally-scoped research programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research Network's Network Communications Office (NCO), Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and DataONE.

The Training and Outreach Coordinator leads a national effort to coordinate training and outreach for the Arctic Data Center. Training activities center around techniques and approaches towards open science and data-driven synthesis, including topical foci on research computing, communication, collaboration, and other aspects of data science that support scientific synthesis. Outreach activities focus on increasing awareness of the Arctic Data Center, supporting users and soliciting feedback, and building a community of practice around the center.

Job Description
The Training and Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for managing a community engagement, training and outreach program in a manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the Arctic Data Center. They are responsible for facilitating, coordinating, designing, conducting, and integrating multiple training and outreach initiatives across the Arctic Data Center. They are also responsible for continued community engagement outside these initiatives through social media and other communication channels. This individual works closely with the Principal Investigators for the Arctic Data Center to successfully build a nationally-recognized program that meets the needs of the Arctic research community.

● Coordinate, design, and deliver training in open science serving the needs of the Arctic research community;
● Collaborate on and develop training content and community training resources to be shared openly via the Arctic Data Center web site and other mechanisms;
● Support outreach and general program promotion for the Arctic Data Center;
● Engage and build community of users around the Arctic Data Center;
● Collaborate with other community programs on the development of cross-cutting training programs and resources;
● Lead a team in the delivery of community-wide training, engagement and outreach activities;
● Mentor graduate and undergraduate interns working on training, engagement and outreach projects;
● Develop and conduct assessments and usability evaluations for tools, services and trainings;
● Collaborate with other staff in research, education, engagement and training; and program evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:
● Experience with training and development of training curricula
● Experience in data science and research computing, including programming in one or more research computing languages (e.g., R)
● Bachelor's degree (B.S., B.A.) in science, information science, or related fields;.

Additional Qualifications:
● Experience with research in ecological, environmental, and/or sociological research, with an emphasis on Arctic science;
● Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication;
● Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances accessibility and usability;
● Experience with internet-based communication technologies, including social media, new platforms for science publishing, video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion platforms;
● Familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software;
● Experience with survey and other assessment methodologies;

Preferred Qualifications:
● Strong preference for an advanced degree (M.S., PhD) in science, information science, or related fields;
● Ability to translate complex scientific and computing information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public.
● Able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
● Outstanding organizational skills;
● Ability to manage several projects at the same time;
● Strong networking and relationship-building skills and interest in building broad collaborations;
● Able to work well with a wide range of constituencies, including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and communities;
● Experience with community management or with community groups.

Salary and Benefits:
Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications.
Full benefits package included.

How to Apply:
Please apply through UCSB Recruit:

Required Documents to Apply:

  1. Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Name and contact information for three references

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.