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Research Assistant

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Civil & Environ Engineering
Pay Grade: 17
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

Job Summary

Communicate with major stakeholders in the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC); organize website, newsletter content and production; identify, extract and promote, maps, figures, slides and brochures related to NE CASC; plan and implement outreach; and coordinate graduate students training program.

 

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate all aspects of the communications and outreach program of the NE CASC, draft an updated Communications and Outreach Plan.
  • Collect, review, evaluate and analyze data with regard to program evaluation, research accessibility/usability, effective science delivery, and outreach analytics in preparation for annual and final grant review; make recommendations for increasing program effectiveness and accomplishment of primary NE CASC objectives.
  • Communicate with major Department of Interior, state, tribal and NGO stakeholders across NE CASC region.  Facilitate communications through webinars, videos, presentations, e-news, and web literature. 
  • Respond to inquiries from NE CASC Consortium researchers and federal, state, and tribal stakeholders regarding NE CASC program details; connect stakeholders with appropriate research teams.
  • Coordinate planning and logistics of annual meetings, regional meetings, regular webinars, conference calls, and stakeholder meetings; coordinate graduate student webinar series, workshops and interactions between NE CASC stakeholders and Consortium faculty.
  • Author and deliver weekly highlights to National CASC USGS program headquarters on NE CASC activities and accomplishments.
  • Author and publish regular e-newsletter; maintain mailing list and subscription service.
  • Author original content for NE CASC website; screen and post contributed website content from NE CASC Consortium members, institutions and researchers. 
  • Author, coordinate, and publish news and press releases and technical writing on NE CASC research. 
  • Develop and coordinate administration/update of the NE CASC website as needed and required by the Principal Investigator, including backend development of CMS system (Drupal), writing CSS code, building website functionality, content management, original content publishing, and the development of new information delivery systems. 
  • Design charts, graphs, reports, and maps for research data; assist researchers in conforming website graphics and figures to a contiguous and recognizable theme.  
  • Develop and write research reports, marketing materials, grant reports, and other materials for NE CASC projects and research.
  • Design and develop documents, maps, figures, slides and brochures related to climate change science using technical graphic design tools, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and In Design   
  • Prepare relevant materials and talking points for engagement with congressional members and staff on NE CASC accomplishments. 
  • Prepare reporting documentation for funding agencies.
  • Develop curriculum and trainings for graduate and postdoctoral researchers on climate science communication and co-production of knowledge; develop annual trainings and research meetings; provide information on career opportunities.
  • Conduct interview and hiring process for all undergraduate student employees and provide input on skills needed/associated with other non-student positions for hiring process. 
  • Supervise undergraduate researchers (5-10); provide on-the-job training and orientation for student employees.
  • Coordinate and review staff and student data analyses.
  • Search for, review, and evaluate available research grant opportunities.
  • Act as NE CASC systems administrator including computer administration; data oversight and management; website management; videoconferencing management.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to researchers and stakeholders in line with the NE CASC Communications and Outreach Plan, including data presentation, science communication, web tool development, and videoconferencing facilitation.
  • Represent NE CASC at statewide and national conferences; present research findings. 
  • Conduct program evaluation.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Course work and experience in the study of climate change.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of climate change on natural resources. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Content Management System (CMS) web development and maintenance experience.  
  • Technical writing, communications, marketing, graphic design, and scientific data presentation experience.

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Master’s degree (in a field of study relevant to climate and/or climate change) is preferred.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment

 

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, First Shift  (37.5 hours per week)

 

Salary Information

Grade 17

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of interest, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references.

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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