Research Coordinator III

Apr 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 516243
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Sarasota
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:57201000 - FSG-MANAGEMENT

Classification Title:

Research Coordinator III

Job Description:

This position and programming will coordinate communications on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and the development of new data-driven HAB communication tools among three NOAA line offices (OAR, NOS, and NESDIS) to better serve decision-making end users tasked with addressing this growing concern. This position will work with points of contact from seven Sea Grant programs, two federal partners – NCCOS and CoastWatch – and coordinate with six regional IOOS’ to develop programming to serve all of them. Specific tasks of this four-year grant funded position are to:

1. Establish collaborative relationships between state Sea Grant programs, NCCOS, CW, and IOOS Regional Associations with a focus on HAB issues;

2. Harness the Sea Grant network of extension, outreach and education expertise to augment NCCOS’, CW’s and IOOS’ research and monitoring/forecasting outcomes and engagement with end users; and

3. Lead the development of a Community of Practice (CoP) to meaningfully engage; share issues of concern; synthesize information; build expertise; acquire and develop new tools and policies; and more fully integrate HAB outreach within Sea Grant and partner networks to ensure the continuation of efforts beyond this project.


Establish Collaborative Relationships

The Liaison will develop a:

  1. HABs contact list, including key contacts within the SG Network, NOAA, academia, agencies, and organizations focusing on expertise: what, where, who? This list will include those that NOAA partners are currently involved with and others as identified through the AC and PT members, and will be updated throughout the project;
  2. State of the States report: What’s happening (in regard to HABs) in different Sea Grant associated states, and how are states responding?
  3. Recorded webinar series which summarize efforts of IOOS programs, focusing on their respective research priorities and deliverables as relevant to each region; and
  4. Compendium of the organizations that fund efforts related to HABs (e.g., research, mitigation, and education).

Harness the Sea Grant network to augment NCCOS’, CW’s and IOOS’ research outcomes and engagement with end users

The Liaison will:

  1. deliver more integrated, user‐friendly HAB forecast services to a broader range of coastal stakeholders;
  2. expand the use of Coast Watch products by increasing training opportunities (especially to non-technical audiences) and feedback on user needs for satellite products, and
  3. during each year (a) convene two input/output workshops for stakeholders and (b) collate input obtained from an innovative mix of social media and traditional engagement forums to enhance HAB forecasting and delivery.

Lead the development of a Community of Practice (CoP)

CoPs are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain. The CoP structure as envisioned for this project is intended to support the domain (shared interests), community (relationships), and practice (using tools). Part of the process that underpins success is the development of a vision statement for the HAB CoP and identification of short-term (1-year), mid-term (3-year), and long-term (5-year) work plans. With this framework, the CoP will increase the probability of ensuring this position will benefit the network’s efforts directed towards minimizing the impact of HAB events over time.

Reporting and other functions

  1. Review and assist in development of reports and recommendations and communicate findings to appropriate agencies.
  2. Update the Sea Grant Network, including NCCOS and CW leadership on the status of the project.
  3. Provide other support and reports as needed.


This is a grant-funded time-limited exempt (TEAMS) position with the Florida Sea Grant College Program, University of Florida. Current funding is for four years for this more than 50-year-old state/federal partnership program.


The coordinator is responsible for the production and marketing of materials generated in support of the goals of this position regarding HAB communications.

Expected Salary:

$70,000 - 80,000

Minimum Requirements:

This position is open to current UF employees only.

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and five years of experience; knowledge of and direct work on HABs and prevention, forecasting, mitigation and control measures; demonstrated ability to initiate and complete projects with minimal supervision; work effectively and communicate with diverse audiences, and interpret technical information and relate it in nontechnical language to local community concerns. A high level of analytical, organizational and planning skills; ability to work independently and as a part of a team; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to interact objectively and effectively with diverse audiences; fluency in computer and communications technology; knowledge of the biology and socioeconomic impact of HABs, type of HABs and impacts nationwide, satellite forecasting tools and products, and the federal agencies involved in HAB research and communication; experience planning and evaluating workshops, trainings and symposia; experience in public outreach/extension. Proficiency in grant writing; willingness to travel, and work occasionally in evenings and weekends.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

A valid passport may be necessary to attend international meetings.

This position is open to current UF employees only.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:


Advertised: 05 Apr 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 12 Apr 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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