CIRES/ NSIDC Navigating the New Arctic Community Office Program Manager (PRA)

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO) welcomes applications for a full-time NNA-CO Program Manager to provide community coordination and engagement, office management, and support to research, data management, and educational outreach activities. This position will work closely with the NNA-CO Director and team to advance the office’s support of use-inspired convergence research in the Arctic—collaborative research that deeply draws on information and expertise from across fields and knowledge systems to solve complex challenges. This position will uphold the Office’s vision and commitment to supporting the NNA community (researchers, Arctic community partners, Indigenous knowledge holders, decision-makers, etc.) through coordination, enhanced communication, and interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and institutional learning.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) initiative, which is one of the National Science Foundation's 10 Big Ideas, is a growing community of researchers, boundary organizations, Indigenous Peoples, Arctic communities, and other partners addressing complex challenges in the rapidly changing Arctic. NNA empowers new research partnerships, diversifies the next generation of Arctic researchers, enhances efforts in formal and informal education, and integrates the co-production of knowledge where appropriate.

The Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO; ) fulfills a key part of the NNA mission through coordination of NNA projects and broader communities, enhanced communication, and a focus on interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and institutional learning. The NNA-CO builds awareness, partnerships, opportunities, and resources for collaboration and equitable knowledge generation within, between, and beyond NNA projects; increases recognition of Indigenous knowledge and data sovereignty; promotes inclusive and collaborative research design and implementation; and coordinates effective knowledge dissemination, education, and outreach. The office builds capacity in early career researchers and provides unique opportunities to inspire and engage a wide audience toward a more holistic understanding of the Arctic—its natural environment, built environment, and diverse cultures and communities.

The NNA-CO is a distributed office with three parts located at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), Alaska Pacific University (APU) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The Central Office at CU is co-located within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). The office works closely together with the National Science Foundation to serve all NNA funded research teams and their partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Research & community support
  • Supporting the development of resources for the NNA community (e.g., research guidelines/protocols, scientific reports, capacity building resources, outreach products, research planning tools, etc.) through management and intellectual contributions.
  • Responding to NNA community requests and inquiries, which may relate to research or data management support, collaborative research planning, education and outreach activities, etc.
  • Developing and managing content for the NNA-CO’s research support web-portal.

Outreach & communications
  • Supporting and demonstrating culturally-appropriate communication and engagement with Arctic residents, Indigenous Peoples, researchers, and other audiences.
  • Supporting the NNA-CO team in representing the NNA-CO externally by attending/participating in conferences, workshops, and meetings, and preparing and delivering short presentations and updates.
  • Writing for and assisting with the monthly newsletter.
  • Managing social media (Twitter, Facebook group).

Convening & event planning
  • Planning for the annual NNA investigators meetings and other meetings, workshops, or trainings (virtual and in-person) for the NNA community.
  • Collaboratively designing and implementing NNA-CO events to address the expressed needs of the NNA community (including researchers, Arctic community partners, Indigenous Peoples organizations, decision-makers, etc.) using approaches that invite and support multiple ways of knowing and learning.

Project management
  • Scheduling and developing agendas for team meetings.
  • Prioritizing office activities and tasks to meet assigned achievements and goals.
  • Budgetary tracking and planning.

What You Should Know
  • Remote full-time work is possible for this position. However, preference will be given to candidates who are able to base themselves out of our Boulder, Colorado office location.
  • A stable and speedy internet connection is needed to perform the job duties.
  • The hiring and administering of this position will be through the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • The NNA-CO is a 5-year cooperative agreement (awarded February 1, 2021) with the National Science Foundation. Funding for this position is anticipated through January 31, 2026.

What We Can Offer
  • We will offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000- $70,000.
  • Reimbursement for some relocation expenses may be available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


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What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to Arctic communities and/or research.
  • Prior work experience that required knowledge of Arctic environments, communities, and/or cultures.

What You Will Need
  • The ability to communicate with a broad range of audiences to include researchers, Arctic community partners, Indigenous knowledge holders, scientific educators, decision-makers, etc.
  • The ability to contribute to and manage a highly collaborative, distributed team environment.
  • Scientific or research-based writing skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Technical competence in working with email clients, cloud-based file-sharing platforms, and other web-based collaboration tools.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience, including leadership experience working directly with Arctic communities and Indigenous Peoples, and/or engaging directly with Arctic research communities.
  • Interest in and relevant experience for promoting and demonstrating the NNA-CO’s guiding principles ( ).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of 3 references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history. If you are identified as a finalist for this role, we will ask your professional references to complete a SkillSurvey on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an automated online reference check solution.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Matthew Druckenmiller

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