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Projects and Operations Coordinator

SFG (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/) is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Bermuda, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States.

We are seeking a Projects and Operations Coordinator to work closely with SFG’s Principal Investigators, Program Director and project researchers to provide administrative, coordination and project management support to a team working on domestic and international projects. Approximately 50% of the Coordinator’s time will be focused on providing administrative, operational and communications support to the Sustainable Fisheries Group program and the other 50% will be focused on assisting in the management and execution of specific research projects. We are looking for a detail-oriented, team player with the ability and willingness to juggle a broad spectrum of responsibilities to fill this dynamic role.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate teams of SFG faculty, researchers, and partners working on applied research projects;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with diverse partners to plan and execute applied research projects;
  • Communicate results of SFG’s research and analysis to diverse audiences through developing new content for SFG website, an active social media stream, and other media outlets;
  • Manage task lists, help organize project execution and track deliverables and next steps from meetings and workshops;
  • Assist with writing research proposals, developing project budgets and annual operating financial projections, and grant reporting;
  • Work with University personnel and the SFG Program Director to process paperwork to establish or revise grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and other partnership materials;
  • Coordinate recruitment, hiring and appointments for staff, post-doctoral scholars and interns, including screening and matching students with mentors and skill-appropriate research projects;
  • Support visiting scholars and faculty, including facilitating visa applications, booking travel and other logistics as requested by Principal Investigators.
  • Schedule and coordinate SFG travel, meetings, workshops and events, including developing agendas, sending event invitations, handling reimbursements and coordinating meeting logistics;
  • Broadly lend support to staff where needed and tackle special projects where appropriate.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology, economics, environmental science or a related field;

 

Additional Qualifications

  • At least 1-3 years of project coordination experience and a proven track record of excellence in administrative and logistical support.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Demonstrable people and project management skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience writing to a diversity of audiences;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, while earning and maintaining the trust and confidence of SFG staff and management;
  • Ability to handle a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously, with speed, accuracy and courtesy, and exhibit exceptional levels of insightful planning;
  • Ability to efficiently and accurately analyze problems, gather relevant information, propose and implement practical solutions with varying levels of input from senior staff;
  • Excellent computer skills including fluency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, Gmail and Google Calendar;
  • Strong work ethic—highly motivated to go above and beyond a job description to support the team as needed, including a willingness to take on any task or to take the initiative to develop a deeper understanding policies or protocol in areas that will clearly benefit SFG’s operations.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and managing project or programmatic budgets;
  • Experience writing proposals and managing grants;
  • Experience tracking milestones and deliverables to keep projects and staff on track;
  • Experience developing systems and processes to increase organizational efficiency;
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia or Mandarin a plus;
  • Experience with centralized systems used by UCSB or similar academic institution for financial management, human resource management or purchasing, including IT Works, Grand Unified System, Gateway, or other similar software.

 

Salary and Benefits: Academic Coordinator I with salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be no later than June 15, 2016. Full benefits package included.

To Apply: Initial review date will be May 20, 2016. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2-3 references online at:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00714

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.

Sustainable Fisheries Project Researcher

Position: Sustainable Fisheries Project Researcher (Associate Specialist- 2 positions)
Sustainable Fisheries Group, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

Job Description: SFG (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/) is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, aquaculture, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tonga, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States. One of the primary responsibilities of this position would be to contribute relevant research and provide scientific support for a partnership with the Waitt Institute (http://waittinstitute.org/) focused on collaborations with local governments and communities to create comprehensive ocean zoning and fisheries management solutions that improve sustainability and productivity.

SFG seeks a Master's or PhD level individual to conduct research and analyses for diverse research projects, including but not limited to: leading economic analyses and biological assessments of marine resources, conducting literature reviews and syntheses focused on fisheries, ecology and natural resource economics, and running bioeconomic models and tradeoff analyses in order to address critical ocean problems, and help improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses.

The successful applicant will have the technical skills to contribute to existing models used by SFG and develop new models and analyses independently. We are seeking an adaptable, motivated team player who is able to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects. The successful candidate would also be involved with working with partners on the ground to communicate results to diverse audiences and developing products to influence natural resource management decisions and policy outcomes, including both peer reviewed publications and products aimed at non-technical audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s in marine ecology, natural resource economics, environmental science and management, fishery science or related field or 5-10 years of experience providing analytical research support to applied projects.

 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent quantitative, statistical and modeling skills including experience developing and manipulating models related to fisheries management, stock assessment, aquaculture, MPA design and/or marine spatial planning;
  • Coding skills and proficiency with Matlab and/or R;
  • Relevant academic and/or practical experience with fisheries modeling, stock assessment, quantitative ecology, bio-economic models, and/or natural resource economics;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team;
  • Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously;
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on international fisheries or marine conservation projects with multiple partners;
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS);
  • Proficiency with Github, Shiny, and other modern data management, sharing and presentation interfaces;
  • Interest or experience working on the interface and dynamics between aquaculture and wild capture fisheries;
  • Familiarity with scientific literature on small-scale fisheries assessment and management;
  • At least one peer-reviewed publication in an internationally recognized journal;
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Dutch.

 

Salary and Benefits: Associate Specialist position, with level and salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be no later than August 8, 2016. Full benefits package included.

To Apply: Initial review date will be June 15, 2016. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references online at:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00734

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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.

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