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Research Coordinator, Senior #605940

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs
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Full Time
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Job Description

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) seeks a professional with interdisciplinary experience to serve as a Research Coordinator, Senior. The Research Coordinator, Senior will be responsible for assisting the Director of Policy and Communications and other ERI staff as directed with all aspects of social science knowledge development and application, public policy analysis, collaboration and partnerships, and communication services.

The successful candidate is passionate about advancing science-based forest restoration, skilled in social science research and methods, familiar with policy and legislative processes, enjoys working with diverse stakeholders, familiar with and appreciates the language of science, and dedicated to assisting ERI professional staff communicate new knowledge to strategic audiences. Social science, partnership, and communication activities serve the goal of accelerating the pace and scale of forest restoration to improve forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic fire to communities and rural economies.

The successful candidate will report to the Director of Policy and Communications at the Ecological Restoration Institute. This position is grant funded and is subject to the availability of funds. This position has been funded continuously since 1999.

Social Science Research – 50%

  • Research, analyze, apply, and communicate cutting edge knowledge in the social sciences.
  • Topical areas of focus include, but are not limited to, collaborative natural resource management, wildfire social science, co-production of science, and decision support.
  • Scientific methods include, but are not limited to, primary and secondary social science research methods.
  • Develop ERI publications (white papers, working papers, fact sheets, reports, etc.) as relevant to communicate social science findings to affected entities.
  • Develop and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts as relevant to the research community.

Collaboration and Partnerships – 30%

  • Work with collaborative groups in convening, facilitating, and information capturing and dissemination.
  • Assist ERI staff in the Science Delivery and Native American Forest and Rangeland Management units with collaboration and partnerships across all-lands.

Policy Analysis – 10%

  • Assist the Director of Policy and Communications with analysis of federal, tribal, and state policies related to forest restoration and fire.
  • Assist the Director of Policy and Communications in responding to scientific information requests from elected officials.

Communications – 10%

  • Assist in the planning, initiation, production and delivery of communication products for ERI stakeholders. These products include, but are not limited to, white papers, working papers, fact sheets, social media and web-based information.
  • Assist the Directors of Policy and Communication and Science Delivery with science communication activities.
  • Assist the Director of Policy and Communication and Knowledge Specialist with media outreach.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Geography, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, or a related field and 4-6 years of directly related work experience pertinent to this position.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Geography, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, or a related field pertinent to this position.
  • Ability to independently lead social science research projects, including the development of proposals, research questions, methods, analysis, and writing.
  • Familiarity with natural resource or forest management.
  • Familiarity with collaboration and collaborative processes.
  • Proven communication skills in written and oral communication formats.
  • Interest and facility working across biophysical and social science disciplines.
  • Comfort learning and communicating about diverse subjects with diverse audiences and the media.
  • Ability to think and act strategically across multiple scales and different organizations to advance ecological restoration at the landscape scale.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.


Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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