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Community Collaborations Program Manager - Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center (CRESCENT)

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Earth Science

Department: CAS Earth Sciences
Rank: Research Scientist
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

September 28, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications should include:
- A current resume/CV
- An up to two page cover letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position
- Three (3) professional references

Department Summary

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Hazards Center (CRESCENT) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research center that coordinates research, educational, and community engagement activities surrounding earthquake science and hazards in the Pacific Northwest. The center is operated out of the University of Oregon and involves researchers and students in the Department of Earth Sciences, but its activities also involve a broad consortium of groups external to the University and within the U.S.

The Department of Earth Sciences is an instructional department within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports significant research activities in many fields of Earth and Environmental Science. The Department includes approximately 25 tenure track faculty, many of whom have large research grants, 30 research assistants and associates, 42 graduate students, and 90 undergraduate majors.

Position Summary

The Community Collaboration Program Manager (CCPM) will manage the community collaboration program at CRESCENT, which includes overall program strategy and outcomes. The community collaboration program is responsible for coordinating the dissemination of research findings from the earthquake hazards research teams to community partners, working with community partners to promote the active use of those findings, and providing the research teams with feedback and inquiry requests.This position serves as the liaison between the research teams and the community. This position requires the ability to translate highly technical research findings into useable resources for community partners (e.g. hazards maps).

The CCPM designs strategies for effective engagement with community partners, and provides engagement opportunities and resources with the goal of helping the community partners effectively use the research produced by the center. Additionally, the CCPM will inform the center's research projects via community engagement.

This position will collaborate with CRESCENT leadership to ensure programmatic compliance of the community collaborations and to perform quality assurance activities. The CCPM will work closely with the Principal Investigator on the NSF grant, Center Director (Prof. Diego Melgar), and Community Collaborations lead (Prof. Valerie Sahakian) to develop the strategy to translate research into actions and to ensure vibrant and sustainable program operations, coordinate external partners, and growth of new research endeavors.

This position requires the exercise of independent judgement, the recognition of and response to new opportunities, working knowledge of Earth Science and earthquake hazards, earthquake-related risk in Cascadia, and knowledge about community engagement and communication strategy. The incumbent will need the ability to coordinate the programmatic or institutional requirements of sponsors, the University of Oregon, and a broad range of external collaborators.

Minimum Requirements

• Master's degree in Earth Sciences* or a related field
• Two years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations, journalism, or community engagement programs.
• Supervision and project management experience

*A master's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or related field will be considered in place of an earth science degree with an additional 2 years relevant work experience in natural hazards.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Strong organizational and analytical skills with exceptional attention to detail.
• Strong working knowledge of earthquake science and earthquake hazards.
• Ability to develop a work plan and timeline based on grant guidelines; work effectively with collaborators; and ensure submissions meet deadline targets.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with overlapping deadlines and frequent interruptions while maintaining a high level of customer service and professionalism.
• Understands research program funding through grants process.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents. Adept in multiple media formats including in-person, written, graphical, and social media.
• Ability to develop knowledge of and respect for those from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; electronic citation/reference managers; Adobe Acrobat; and using the internet.
• Experience applying administrative policies, rules, and procedures in a higher education setting.
• Familiarity with research design and methods and natural hazards research.
• Familiarity with colonialism, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in Earth Science, as well as a working knowledge of equitable scientific practices with respect to building and maintaining community partner relationships.
• Familiarity with terminology and subject material specific to Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences, Information Technologies,mTelecommunications, and related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Earth Sciences or related field.
• One or more years of experience related to program coordination in higher education, research organizations, or a related environment.
• Experience with research and science advocacy
• Experience working in higher education.
• Experience with formal project management workflows

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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