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National Water Extension Liaison

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Applicant should include a letter indicating interest, qualifications and experience, a curriculum vita, and a list of five references with telephone numbers and email addresses.

Posting Details

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Requisition Number: 0810539
Number of Open Positions: 1
Position Title: Assistant Research Personnel
Other Title Information: National Water Extension Liaison
Position Type: Faculty
Organization: 701101 - VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH
Position Summary:

As part of a growing effort for collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Serivce and NOAA Sea Grant, The University of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of National Extension Liaison (henceforth referred to as the “Liaison”). The Liaison will be located at the National Water Center (NWC) on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Funding for this position is for five years. continuation to and beyond the initial five years will be contingent upon a favorable program evaluation, need and availability of funds.

The role of the Liaison will be to ensure that new and relevant science coming from the NWC is provided to community stake holders. The Liaison will work nationally as a member of the NWC and with scientists at the NWC and with Sea Grant extension professionals across the country to bring NWC research results to those who need them.

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This individual will develop an outreach program grounded in NWC priorities, related research and the needs of target audiences and also engage with the NWC and the Sea Grant Extension Assembly participating in relevant meetings. They will also participate in and help lead outreach sessions and workshop venues around the UA. They will develop and deliver outreach and communications products in collaboration with NWC administration and partners which includes authoring at least three relevant water-related extension publications in the first two years, convene at least three science seminars/workshops (e.g. hosting science seminars and/or theme-based workshops) per year and contribute to other outreach activities supported by NWC and Sea Grant where appropriate. The Liaison will also convene at least three target audience input workshops in the first two years and collect and synthesize input form Sea Grant Extension professionals to assist NWC in identifying priorities and needs across the nation. They will also be responsible for working with and reporting programmatically to the director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium for national consistency, coordinator and synthesis of outreach products, conduct program evaluations and submit quarterly and annual reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters degree of Science (MS) or equivalent degree and at least four (4) years of practical experience beyond the M.S. or equivalent degree. The Liaison must have an educational background and working experience in one of the following areas:

1) Hydrology, including hydrometeorology, surface hydrology, hydrogeology, drainage-basin management water quality or closely aligned field.
2) Chemistry, including soil science, environmental chemistry or closely aligned field.
3) Biology, including ecology, marine biology, biological oceanography or closely aligned field.
4) Land use planning, including behavioral science, socioeconomics, environmental risk assessment or closely aligned field.

Required Licenses and Certificates: A valid driver’s license

Strong science interpretation skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in one of the fields described above and at least two (2) years of practical experience. A successful track record of working with diversegroups and developing and implementing outreach programs is essential. Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following is preferred:

1) Adult Education (program design, delivery and evaluation)
2) Facilitation
3) Conflict Management
4) Public Speaking

Ability to switch between tasks; work cooperatively; plan, implement and evaluate national water extension programs for adults; and leverage resources.

Preferred Licenses and Certificates: Sea Grant Academy or similar leadership programs.

Additional Position Information:

The Liaison must be able to understand and translate technical water science results for diverse audiences; engage with people with different perspectives; and lead and facilitate public meetings, seminars and workshops. The Liaison will work nationally, and therefore occasional travel within the United States is expected.

UA EEO Statement

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.

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Search Initiation Date: 01/25/2017
Expected Starting Date: 03/01/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant should include a letter indicating interest, qualifications and experience, a curriculum vita, and a list of five references with telephone numbers and email addresses.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Other Document 1