Coastal Resilience Specialist

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Vacancy TypeEHRA Non-FacultyIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleCoastal Resilience SpecialistSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience and qualifications.Position Number00004084Work ScheduleMonday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pmFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.0Department061501 - Sea Grant ProgramDepartmentSea Grant ProgramJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Sea Grant is part of a national network that conducts research, extension, and outreach to address the needs of coastal communities and ecosystems. It is a multi-campus program of the University of North Carolina System. Its headquarters is located in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University.

Essential Job Duties

The Coastal Resilience Specialist will develop extension programming that helps North Carolina coastal communities identify actionable steps that can be taken to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards (e.g., flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, and wildfires). This can include the coordination of applied research to discover solutions and support decisions. Extension services will be provided at multiple jurisdictions/scales (i.e., local, state, and regional). Audiences served include coastal and watershed communities, public/private land owners, and managers of critical infrastructure or natural resources in the coastal region.

Other Work/Responsibilities
  • Conduct periodic needs assessments among stakeholder groups to identify needs and values. Define goals and objectives that address priorities that fit North Carolina Sea Grant’s strategic plan and can be used to shape annual work plans. North Carolina Strategic Plan 2018-2021 Resilient Communities and Economies goals support include:
    – Communities understand risks associated with living, working, and doing business on the coast, and make informed decisions for efficient use of land, energy, and water resources to sustain coastal ecosystems and economies.
    – Communities and economies have capacity to effectively prepare for, respond to, and adapt to the current and anticipated risks and impacts of hazards and catastrophes.
  • Work independently as well as closely with university researchers, government agencies, and non-governmental agencies involved with local planning, climate change, resilience, shoreline management, and other topics to develop and implement extension programming.
  • Extension programming can include, but not be limited to, processes and/or tools for decision-making; as well as publications, media, in-person and individual consultations.
  • Maintain and establish working relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Identify extramural funding opportunities to support extension programming implementation and applied research, develop proposals, and fulfill grant reporting responsibilities.
  • Oversee student interns, program volunteers, or individuals hired through grants and contracts.
  • Coordinate, lead, and/or participate in statewide, regional, and national coastal resilience projects and programs, as appropriate.
  • Periodically evaluate programming using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Develop and monitor annual plan of work through activities such as monthly reporting, annual eSeaGrant extension project reporting, and annual self-evaluation, and through tracking of objective performance-based measures of success including but not limited to:
    – Number of communities that have implemented hazard resiliency practices to prepare for, respond to or minimize coastal hazardous events as a result of Sea Grant activities. This measure includes all communities that receive training/assistance with hazards resiliency practices.
    – Number of communities that adopt/implement sustainable economic and environmental development practices and policies as a result of Sea Grant activities.
  • Share extension program results at regional or national professional and other relevant conferences.
  • Frequent travel required in order to establish and maintain successful relationships with various stakeholders. Overnight and weekend travel as necessary.
  • Participate in Sea Grant planning meetings and interdisciplinary projects.
  • Review minigrant requests, core institutional research proposals, other special funding opportunities, and final reports.
  • Assist university and agency researchers in proposal development, project implementation, and project reporting.
  • Provide story topics and technical expertise for Sea Grant communications product development.
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Master’s degree with an emphasis in environmental science; geography; climate science; land use or environmental planning; natural resources; coastal management; law; public policy/administration or other field relating to place-based resilience to natural hazards.
  • Two years of experience working with community stakeholders to understand and address vulnerabilities to natural hazards.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, planning, delivering, and evaluating education or outreach programs for diverse audiences.
Departmental Required Skills
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and/or outreach focused on coastal communities and hazard mitigation/resilience topics.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and group presentation communication skills, with experience in helping non-scientists understand scientific concepts.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with land use and natural resource planning practices, laws, policies, tools, and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability of working effectively in a team setting and to self-motivate.
  • Ability to develop annual work plans with measurable outcomes.
  • Computer proficiency and the ability to use virtual communication technologies.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Ph.D. or J.D. with an emphasis in environmental science; geography; climate science; land use or environmental planning; natural resources; coastal management; law; public policy/administration; or other field relating to place-based resilience to natural hazards.
  • Experience in extension or education related to coastal communities and the hazards they face.
  • Knowledge of coastal ecosystems and processes.
  • Understanding of climate science, models, and anticipated impacts to coastal regions.
  • Knowledge of relevant policies and legal principles governing North Carolina’s coastal communities.
  • Experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and other mapping programs to visualize data and conduct spatial analysis.
  • Experience in using design and visualization tools (e.g., SketchUp, Google Earth).
  • Experience working with complex issues with diverse stakeholders, including facilitation.
  • Experience in securing external funding for community-based resilience projects.
  • Experience in developing productive partnerships and collaborations among community stakeholders.
Required License or Certification

Valid NC Driver’s License

Special Instructions

In addition to your application please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample from within the last three years, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin October 21, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

The position will commence as soon as the successful applicant is available, expected as soon as December 2019.

Job Open Date09/19/2019Anticipated Closing DateIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date12/01/2019AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a valid North Carolina Driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of your start date?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Short Writing Sample
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 9/20/2019
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