CIRES/ EDUCATION AND OUTREACH CLEAN Program and Communication Coordinator

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is encouraging applications for a CLEAN Program and Communication Coordinator within our Education & Outreach Program . We are seeking a motivated, experienced individual to manage the climate education efforts of this national climate education project (CLEAN). This CLEAN Program and Communication Coordinator will work with the CLEAN program manager and team to develop, support, and coordinate climate education resources and initiatives as well as broaden the reach of CLEAN through effective communication, and partnership building with education and community engagement organizations and CLEAN partners. The candidate will manage the resource review process, professional development opportunities, and marketing/communication strategies. The candidate will help with logistical and administrative support as well as management of website content and updates. The ability to collaborate with scientists, educators, students, and other partners is essential to this role. A self-motivated individual interested in a diversity of work and excited to be part of a climate education program who brings work experience in an educational setting will be our ideal candidate.

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

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences:

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

CIRES Education & Outreach Program:

CIRES Education & Outreach is a team of 17 outreach, education, and evaluation professionals. CIRES E&O is a well-known and trusted partner for connecting CIRES science with educators, learners, and communities. We strive to make research data accessible, inspire environmental action and empower curiosity and scientific engagement. We provide accessible, inclusive, high-quality environmental science curriculum and informal learning experiences, as well as meaningful professional and career development opportunities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Provide program support and leadership in a climate education program ( CLEAN ). This includes but is not limited to

CLEAN project work

  • Review and catalog educational resources around climate and energy topics.
  • Maintain integrity and quality of CLEAN collection of educational resources.
  • Solicit expert science reviews for CLEAN educational resources.
  • Manage the CLEAN review process and curation of materials.
  • Support educators in the use of CLEAN-selected educational resources and background materials through in-person or virtual teacher professional development.
  • Support and coordinate climate education initiatives across the country.

Climate Education Communication

  • Maintain professional development calendar and social media for NOAA’s portal and CLEAN website.
  • Market the CLEAN program to educators through social media posts, mailings, and through the development of partnerships with educational leaders across the country.
  • Reach diverse audiences through targeted marketing strategies.

Climate Literacy Network Support

  • Support CLEAN Leadership Board implementation of critical initiatives.
  • Coordinate the Leadership Board and steering committee.
  • Maintain relationships with and recruit new CLEAN partner organizations.
  • Coordinate CLEAN Network calls.

Additional tasks include:

  • Presentation of program results at national and international conferences.
  • Publication of program results in peer-reviewed journals and whitepapers.
  • Develop project reports for funding agency.
  • Work with administrative staff on budget and finance topics.
  • Build education and outreach partnerships.

What You Should Know
  • Candidates who can work in Boulder will be given preference but applications from remote candidates will also be considered.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000 - $65,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Modest relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES's and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Work experience in an educational setting focused on climate or sustainability.
  • Experience working across teams supporting a variety of partners (e.g., educators, scientists, policymakers, and community partners).
  • Experience in program management for a minimum of two years.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and time management skills.
  • Experience in maintaining a web presence.

What You Will Need

  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively utilize different communication methods (e.g., written, verbal, visual).
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, and requests in a fast-paced environment while effectively managing resources and utilizing appropriate time management skills.
  • Positive, solutions- and service oriented work attitude.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Working experience in an academic setting and/or educational setting.
  • Prior experience working with climate education programs.
  • Experience maintaining social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook), creating newsletters and website content.
  • Self-motivated and independent.

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 contact information for 3 references who may be contacted on your behalf.

You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will also use Skillsurvey to check references. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution.

This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee 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.

Review of applications will start on 7/23 and continue until the position is 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: Anne Gold

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