Outreach Coordinator at Old Dominion University

The Old Dominion University/ Virginia Sea Grant Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) is searching for an Outreach Coordinator to be located at Old Dominion University.

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is a university-based, state-federal partnership program that conducts and funds integrated research, communication, education and outreach programs that advance the health of coastal and marine ecosystems and the communities that depend upon them. VASG established a partnership with Old Dominion University (ODU) to develop an extension program in climate adaptation and resilience. Demonstrated background/experience promoting synthesis and integration of existing knowledge, and connect research, via targeted outreach, to the local, state and regional communities of greatest needs.

The Outreach Coordinator will provide outreach for the ODU/VASG program projects and MARACOOS, providing project coordination, programmatic support, including internal and external communications, and specialized outreach/engagement to a variety of external members, partners and management personnel. The position will be based at Old Dominion University and will report to ODU/VASG program lead faculty and the MARACOOS Program Director.

Bachelor’s degree in oceanography, environmental science, or other sciences with minor or experience in communications, writing or outreach. Or a bachelor’s degree in communications, writing or similar field with a minor or experience in oceanography, environmental science or natural science.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Work with the ODU/Virginia Sea Grant on Climate Adaptation and Resilience projects throughout coastal Virginia, with an emphasis on Hampton Roads including developing and disseminating communication materials including presentations, documents and other media to engage stakeholders in resilience programs. Plan, assist and lead outreach events and activities including invitations, program development, facilitation, and evaluation.

2. Collaborate with ODU resilience and Virginia Sea Grant extension program partners including university partners, community stakeholders and other organizations in the resilience focus area. Communicate effectively with stakeholders and develop strategies and approaches to engage with communities on climate adaptation and resilience issues.

3. Work with the Program Director to develop a compelling outreach strategy for the southern area of the MARACOOS region (primarily Virginia). This includes maintaining relationships with current partners and identifying new/appropriate stakeholders to expand the reach of MARACOOS influence.

4. Identify and capture individual stakeholder contacts and associated information including interest areas and data requirements/needs as appropriate, as well as keeping stakeholder database and contact info lists up to date.

5. Maintain active engagement with regional stakeholders. Strategies for engagement will include: Familiarization with stakeholder user community including targeted outreach to stakeholder user community via direct communication including, but not limited to, presenting MARACOOS-focused talks and conducting surveys/interviews with stakeholders. Assist in developing and scheduling program events in accordance with stakeholder goals and funding. Assist and potentially lead efforts related to identification of and participation in projects with MARACOOS partners. Plan and participate in MARACOOS-related workshops. This may include organizing and facilitating panel discussions at these workshops.

To apply, send a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to Old Dominion University Research Foundation website http://researchfoundation.odu.edu/ then click on the employment tab to begin viewing career opportunities with the Research Foundation. Position # 19-025 AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free

Position Number: 19-025
College or Other: College of Sciences
Department: Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
FT/PT Status: Full Time