Prairie Research Institute
Sea Grant Outreach Program Leader
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prairie Research Institute/Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
This position is located in Urbana, Illinois
Position: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) seeks an individual to serve as a critical link between IISG extension specialists, scientists, and communities with the goal of improving ecological, economic, and societal resilience in the two-state region. The program leader will be responsible for the coordination of development, expansion, and delivery of science-based programs that empower communities and individuals to make informed resilience and natural resource management decisions. The program leader will be housed in IISG, which currently supports 17 extension specialists and assistants and conducts community resilience outreach in 12 topic areas at local, regional, and national scales.The program leader will also be an active member of the Resilient Watershed Initiative, which seeks to build community resilience by expanding linkages between Prairie Research Institute (PRI)-based scientists and IISG. PRI is comprised of five university-based, state-wide scientific surveys engaged in proactive, multidisciplinary research and service to promote economic development, environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation.
The program leader will be located in IISG’s office in Urbana, Illinois and report to the program’s director (who also serves as the PRI Deputy Executive Director for Decision Support). The incumbent will coordinate with PRI scientists, University of Illinois and Purdue University faculty, state and federal agencies in Illinois and Indiana, and other partners related to ongoing and emerging initiatives. The incumbent will serve on the IISG program management team, oversee IISG outreach specialists and activities, and represent IISG on regional and national Sea Grant initiatives. Travel is required.
- Serve as the IISG outreach program leader to coordinate and grow outreach capacity and initiatives. These include, but are not limited to:
- Setting the strategic vision and long-term implementation plan for IISG extension and education, in collaboration with the director, management team, and extension specialists.
- Leading, mentoring, and supporting IISG extension specialists to spur innovation and partnerships, and expand capacity and impact.
- Shaping detailed work plans for outreach specialists and overseeing their implementation.
- Interfacing with university-based research teams to address knowledge and practice gaps.
- Coordinating with IISG outreach specialists to build and expand research-based outreach programming.
- Engaging communities to apply university-based research.
- Master’s degree with ten years of experience or Ph.D. and five years of experience in natural resources, community development, or a closely-related field.
- Experience building science-based outreach programs at the state, regional, and/or national level.
- Ability to connect research to community and individual decision-making.
- Experience supervising and mentoring outreach professionals.
- Experience leading and facilitating meetings and projects involving a broad range of stakeholders, including community leaders, governmental agency personnel, natural resource managers, scientists, and the public.
- Ability to work independently, function in interdepartmental and interagency teams, and work effectively with clients and scientists.
- Experience working with federal, state, university, NGO, and community partners.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
- Knowledge of natural resource issues in Illinois, Indiana, and the Great Lakes.
- Leadership ability.
- Experience in Sea Grant, Extension, and/or other outreach capacities.
This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applications must be received by October 30, 2015. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references, and 4) up to three writing samples relevant to this position. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application will not be reviewed.
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, PRI/Illinois State Geological Survey, at email@example.com or 217-244-2401. Technical inquiries may be directed at Lisa Merrifield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-0045.
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Updated 09/23/15 AW