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CIRES/Earth Lab Program Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support
Employment Type
Part Time
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Job Summary

Earth Lab , funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks a Program Assistant to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of Environmental Data Science. The qualified candidate will be responsible for carrying out administrative and scientific duties related to the operations of Earth Lab and assisting the Earth Lab Director in implementing the program. Earth Lab partners closely with ESIIL , and this position will work closely with ESIIL staff as well. The duties for this position are varied and require an interest and ability in learning new skills, working within a science research team, ability to write and interpret scientific data and working across disciplines.

This position is part-time, 75% (30 hours per week) through June 30, 2023 and offers benefits !

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

Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Communication and outreach

  1. Create the quarterly science newsletter for Earth Lab including design and content and write blog posts on key topics of interest for Earth Lab programs (e.g., summarizing recent publications and new projects related to global environmental change).
  2. Update Earth Lab website (e.g., create new project pages, update content), working with the software developer and CIRES IT as needed for technical help.
  3. Work on developing Earth Lab’s social media presence (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) including promoting the Earth Data Analytics Certificate Program that teaches skills in earth science, data analytics, interdisciplinary collaboration and science communication.
  4. Work on signage and branding materials (e.g., one pagers) for Earth Lab and ESIIL for specific events (e.g., conferences) and SEEC spaces.
  5. Coordinate with CIRES comms team by participating in their bi-weekly meeting to support Earth Lab communications and attend CIRES town hall meetings and report back to whole team.

Program administration

  1. Coordinate Earth Lab administrative needs including room scheduling, convening groups (coordinating schedules, creating calendar invites, setting up zoom meetings), purchasing, updating contact lists and listservs, student hires.
  2. Help track Earth Lab publications, press coverage, and grants submitted.
  3. Help create reference libraries for grant proposal submissions.
  4. Pathfind on best practices for remote engagement for day-to-day and one off events (e.g., using BlueSky Timer for workshops).
  5. Assist the Earth Lab Education and Analytics teams with various efforts as needed (e.g., EDS seminar, trainings).
  6. Help with various administrative needs as we launch ESIIL including interfacing on hiring, finance, IT, or event planning.

What You Should Know
  • The selected individual needs to be able to consistently commit 30 hours a week. This position is a temporary appointment lasting until June 30, 2023. Any continuation of this position beyond June 2023 would be contingent upon funding.
  • We provide space in our Earth Lab suite for staff to work to facilitate collaboration across Earth Lab projects and teams. ​
  • This will be a hybrid position with some in person work and some remote work.
  • Hybrid work arrangements will follow current CIRES and university guidance and policies.
  • The in-person work will be conducted in the Earth Lab offices in the SEEC Building on the CU Boulder East Campus.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual salary range for this position is $35,880 - $42,120 at 75% FTE (equivalent to a full-time, 100% salary of $47,840 - $56,160). Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • No relocation assistance is available for this position.

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 in Geography/Ecology/Environmental Sciences or related field.
  • At least 1 year of relevant work experience.
What You Will Need
  • Excellent communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience in scientific writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated experience working with collaborative software (e.g., Slack, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides).
  • Independent worker.
  • Background knowledge of global environmental change.
What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required and preferred skills and experience, we invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on the job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • Experience using Drupal for website development and maintenance.
  • Experience with social media platforms (e.g., Twitter).
  • Experience with reference management software (e.g., Zotero, Endnote).
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 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request a letter of recommendation at a later time.

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.

To apply for this position, please submit your application through CU Jobs. The position will remain open until filled. Applications received by 9/13/22 will receive full consideration.

For more information about Earth Lab, visit the website: .

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: Rachel Chelsea Nagy

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