Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Columbia University New York
United States

Job Requisition Number: 00001559

Position Title: Associate Research Scientist/Assistant Director, Education & Outreach for USSSP

Department: EIL Lamont Divisions

Division: Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Location: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Summary Description

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is seeking an Associate Research Scientist/Assistant Director of Outreach and Education for USSSP. The successful candidate will manage and oversee the US Science Support Program (USSSP) Education & Outreach (E&O) program which will consist of: 1.) Raising awareness of the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and Earth Science; 2.) Provide support and outreach for IODP expeditions; 3.) Inspire students in STEM fields to pursue careers in science or engineering within the Earth Sciences; 4.) Empowering educators to incorporate IODP data and scientific materials into their curricula; and 5.) Increasing diversity in IODP via targeted outreach. Will also provide skilled development of these objectives and supports USSSP-PI in achieving them. Works collaboratively with USSSP personnel.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities include:

• Write grant proposals as PI or co-PI to fund new scientific research projects related to Education & Outreach in IODP and the Earth Sciences.
• In concert with the USSSP PI and staff, develop an updated USSSP E&O plan with linkages to the scientific objectives of IODP. This will encompass all of USSSP’s existing E&O programs as well as possibly devising new ones, including a media interface strategy.
• Assist the USSSP PI and staff in developing the E&O portion of the USSSP Annual Program Plan each year.
• Provide oversight for two Education & Outreach Officers.
• Make presentations at regular intervals to the US IODP scientific community at meetings and communicate via listserv or periodic letters.
• Coordinate USSSP’s collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.
• Manage the implementation of the USSSP Onboard Outreach Program.
• Supervise implementation of USSSP’s social media strategy and upkeep of USSSP’s public-facing outreach website.

Minimum Degree Required


Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Earth science, with at least two years of experience in education and outreach and demonstrated management skills.

Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills required.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with IODP is strongly preferred.

Additional Information

The Associate Research Scientist will report to the Research Scientist (designee of USSSP Director) and will directly supervise two Education & Outreach Officers.

The Associate Research Scientist will assist the USSSP PI in monitoring and prioritizing expenditures within a budget of approximately $500,000 annually.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

RAPS posting date 03/09/2020

Special Instructions to the Applicant

All prospective candidates must apply online.

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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Documents Needed to Apply

  • Required Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
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