MESAS Program Coordinator
University of Alaska - Juneau, AK

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  • W = Statewide
  • A = UAA
  • F = UAF
  • G = UAFGI
  • S = UAS
F-SFOS Fisheries Division

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University of Alaska Fairbanks


Juneau/Southeast Region

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University of Alaska Fairbanks - (907) 474-7700

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Job Posting Summary

The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS) conducts world-class marine and fisheries research, education and outreach across Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctic. 55 faculty scientists and 135 graduate students are engaged in building knowledge about Alaska and the world's coastal and marine ecosystems. SFOS is headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and serves the state from facilities located in Juneau, Seward, Anchorage and Kodiak. This position will work with an interdisciplinary team of UAF graduate students and faculty from the "Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic (MESAS)" IGERT program by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, exercising decision-making authority, and a high level of independent judgment in providing operational support. The position will work under general direction of the Director and will lead coordination, planning, budgets, reports, grant and contract management, and outreach. The position will be located at the Juneau Center, SFOS, on Lena Point. The MESAS program is funded into 2014; further employment is contingent on the receipt of research funds.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

Successful applicant will have research experience in the natural or social sciences, analytical skills and experience in project management, data management, fiscal management and report writing. Will have excellent organizational skills and strong written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, data management and bibliographic software is required.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

Master's degree in the natural or social sciences and two years research experience at the postgraduate level in the natural or social sciences, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

Two years research experience at the postgraduate level in the natural or social sciences, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

PhD in natural or social sciences, knowledge of marine ecosystems, knowledge of fiscal restrictions on grant monies, knowledge of publishing requirements

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Job Duties


Develop & Maintain Program Infrastructure
  • Establish and maintain a communication network with all collaborating UAF faculty, graduate students, academic units and outside partners including other national programs with similar sponsorship and objectives. Develop and maintain contact tracking systems, shared resources, and data-sharing procedures to aid smooth communications related for program goals, student internships, and quick dissemination of program information.
  • Prepare, implement, communicate, and maintain project-management strategies for coordination of program leadership meetings and large-scale events and projects including annual and semi-annual meetings, seminars, technical conferences and short courses.
  • Prepare program Newsletter on regular basis.
  • Consult with staff on similar programs on best practice strategies as necessary.
  • Maintain program website & monitor blog and Facebook page. Develop other media to facilitate communication among program participants and to the public.
Fiscal Management
  • Prepare grant and budget activity reports. Establish and maintain account management procedures. Apply principles of financial management and cost-accounting standards to perform such functions as analysis, budgeting, payroll, travel, purchasing and other types of fiscal operations.
  • Assist in preparation of grant proposals, transfers, continuing awards, supporting materials, current & pending documents, and other proposal-related documentation; Maintain program database on proposals and awards; maintain grants and contracts files.
  • Plan, organize, monitor, and coordinate the grant budget for the program.
  • Analyze financial data and make recommendations or take appropriate corrective actions in compliance with policies and procedures. Prepare financial spreadsheets and reports. Reconcile various Budget Activity Reports
Data Management & Analysis
  • Develop, implement, and assist in maintaining program databases. Become knowledgeable of all aspects of the UAF and funding sponsors' data reporting requirements and maintain database systems that meet these requirements. Use UAF and NSF systems to run queries and prepare reports.
  • Develop queries for regular and ad-hoc reports from various databases; orient and assist staff in the use of data resources. Assist in developing common data definitions and tools to enhance data resource management and analysis; develop tools and reports in Endnote, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Summarize data graphically and conduct basic summary statistics.
  • Develop and maintain a library of participant publications, presentations, partners, and other information generated by the program or required by funding agencies.
Report Preparation
  • Prepare annual and other reports required by funding agencies using information compiled from program participants, external evaluator, and a variety of sources.
Program Representation
  • Serve as the program point of contact for outside organizations
  • Represent program at scientific conferences and to outside organizations, delivering presentations to articulate and promote the program's mission and programs.
Student mentoring
  • Supervise graduate student activities including internships, undergraduate mentoring, and other outreach activities.

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