Community Science Coordinator
Open Society University Network (OSUN)Community Science CoordinatorEmployer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/82117
Bard College invites applications for the position of Community Science Coordinator for the Open Society University Network (OSUN) Global Community Science Coalition. The Community Science Coordinator will work with the Director of the OSUN Community Science Coalition and the Director of the Community Science Lab to strengthen partnerships with local and regional community groups while supporting community science engagement efforts involving faculty, students, and staff across the international campuses of the Open Society University Network. This is a full-time position.
The OSUN Community Science Coalition works to bridge the widening gaps between climate-adapting communities, academic institutions, and the equitable management of shared natural resources including drinkable water, fertile soils, and clean air. Through place-based, community-centric activities, the coalition leverages OSUN’s global distribution by creating a network of community-academic institution partnerships to investigate and address the coupled human and natural dimensions of resource sustainability in the face of climate change. Building on the strengths of the Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water, the Community Science Coalition supports community science projects through its Community Science Lab. This core lab facility conducts environmental testing in response to community concerns. The data generated will be used, along with measurements from field-based Climate Observatories, to evaluate local climate impacts and inform decision makers.
The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.
Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with 1900 undergraduate students; the campus also features multiple graduate programs. The 1000 acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, the Hessel Museum of Art, as well as the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as five international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.
Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focussed on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.
● Conduct virtual (and, when possible, in-person) meet-ups, workshops, training sessions, and lectures for new and existing programs
● Assist with the production and maintenance of web and social media content
● Collect and organize regular reports and updates on coalition project activities
● Work with the Bard Center for Civic Engagement to support educational outreach programming at Bard-Annandale and across OSUN and the Bard Network
● Support Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water programming including recruitment, training, coordination, and supervision of volunteers
● Mentoring of student interns
● Serve as the liaison between the Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water and local community collaborators, enabling student-community interactions and outreach efforts
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
● Bachelor’s Degree or two or more years of closely related employment
● Science background and/or citizen science experience
● Excellent listening, writing and speaking skills
● Ability to work with community collaborators (local and international)
● Potential to work autonomously, in close communication with other staff
● Flexibility and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
● Community organizing and/or outreach experience
● Demonstrated commitment to social justice/environmental justice
● Experience teaching and/or training
● Web/social media design and management
● Ability to use Geographic Information Systems and applications (e.g., Google Earth, ArcView)
● A valid driver’s license and comfort driving 12-passenger vans
● Master’s Degree
● Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
● Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed to participate in community activities
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:
● Passion for environmental issues and engaging with people and science
● Creativity and initiative to contribute to a range of new and ongoing projects
● Readiness to lead and work collaboratively with others in a variety of contexts and environments
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/82117. Review of applications will begin January 4 and will proceed until the position is filled.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.