Coordinator of Physical Science
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Coordinator of Physical Science


Job #JPF02520
  • Environmental Studies Program / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Academic Coordinator II
Salary range: Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 36 for the salary range for this position:
Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience; the budget for the position; and the application of fair, equitable and consistent pay practices at the University. The full salary range for this position is $74,896 - $145,892. The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $74,896 - $104,012.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023; or thereafter
Position duration: This is a 100% time appointment for 1-year from the start date, with the possibility of reappointment in the title contingent upon performance.

Application Window

Open date: June 9, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Jun 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for ELI (Environmental Leadership Incubator) and CUEL (the planned Center for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership). The core goals of ELI and CUEL are to equip undergraduate students with the skills and experience to flourish as environmental leaders at UC Santa Barbara and upon graduation.

Enabled by the generous support of private donors, ELI is a nine-month program that trains undergraduate students to become environmental leaders. The ELI program is organized around student-initiated projects that seek to implement positive environmental change. It combines coursework and leadership skills training in the fall quarter, with project implementation and mentorship by real world professionals in the winter and spring quarters. Once CUEL is launched, ELI will become one of the new center’s four programmatic initiatives, alongside the UCSB Environmental Mentors Network, career readiness training workshops and support, and the environmental internships and jobs clearinghouse.

The successful candidate will have experience in education and/or non-profit administration with a focus on leadership skills and environmental careers, experiences mentoring undergraduates, and subject matter expertise related to a broad range of environmental problems and solutions. Working in collaboration with the ELI and CUEL Faculty Director, the AC’s main duties will focus on (1) management of ELI program, (2) programming and events for CUEL, (3) development and scaling of UCSB student- alumni networking database, (4) management of ELI job and internship clearinghouse website, and (5) communication, budgeting, and administrative support for both the ELI and CUEL programs as well as the ELI seminar series.

Responsibilities include:

Center for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (CUEL)
• Oversee the management, implementation, and growth of the CUEL career readiness workshops. Scaling this program will include building out recruitment, curriculum development, and program logistics. Workshops will focus on general and job-specific professional skills, digital communications, and career readiness.
• Research and develop relationships and partnerships with on and off-campus programs supporting undergraduate environmental careers, including but not limited to UCSB Career Services, the new NSF Center for Equitable Environmental Science, Bren-ES Fellows program, etc.
• Co-lead research projects on the needs of environmental employers in the Santa Barbara area.
• Offer one-to-one career advice and coaching
• Develop plan for evaluating and measuring the impact of CUEL programming.
• Collaborate with the ELI and CUEL Faculty Director on developing key communications, including the CUEL/ELI website, CUEL/ELI Annual Report for donors, ELI updates for mentors and other friends of the program, etc.
• Support CUEL fundraising efforts, through grants and interactions with private donors
• Assist with budgeting, and administrative support for both the ELI and CUEL programs.
• As appropriate, serve as lead instructor for ES environmental career course offerings.

Alumni-Student Environmental Career Mentoring Database
• Oversee the management, implementation, and growth of the Alumni-Student Environmental Career Mentoring Database. Scaling this program will include identifying appropriate software platform, building out recruitment, and determining program logistics.

Undergraduate Environmental Job and Internship Clearinghouse
• Oversee and manage the ELI job and internship listings page on the ELI website, which aggregates environmental work opportunities aimed at undergraduates from a range of sources and is updated weekly.
• Supervising part-time ELI Communications Assistant.

Environmental Leadership Incubator (ELI)
• Identify, recruit, and maintain an active relationship with a network of expert environmental professionals from the Santa Barbara community, the community of UCSB alumni, the UCSB faculty, and other external constituencies. These experts serve as mentors/advisors to ELI student projects.
• Serve as lead instructor for ENVS 195 A, B, and C, the ELI three-course series.
• Support and advise circa 25 ELI students/year in the winter and spring project implementation phase of the ELI program.
• Manage all aspects of annual ELI program evaluations by students and mentors.
• Plan and oversee ELI activities including annual ELI Capstone Presentation event, project check-in events for ELI students and mentors.
• Research and develop relationships and partnerships with other academic, nonprofit, and other organizations running innovative programming, both virtual and in-person, in the undergraduate environmental leadership space.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Master’s degree in environmental studies and/or sciences or the equivalent
• At least 2+ years of experience in education and/or nonprofit administration required, with specific experience growing and operating mission-driven education and/or career advising programs or the equivalent

Preferred qualifications

• PhD degree in environmental studies and/or sciences or the equivalent
• At least 4+ years of experience in education and/or nonprofit administration
• Extensive contacts with environmental professionals at UCSB, in Santa Barbara, and in the California and national environmental communities
• Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with external constituencies, specifically expert environmental professionals
• Experience leading fundraising conversations
• Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students
• Experience managing academic programs or programmatic budgets
• Skills in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines
• Experience designing and implementing programs to increase diversity, equity and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate vision for programs with high-level stakeholders and partner organizations
• Subject matter expertise related to environmental problems and solutions, leadership training and career advising as evidenced by their prior job and education experience

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - We encourage applicants to include past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (if applicable).

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

The candidates that advance as a finalist will be notified that their references will be contacted.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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