Position Announcement – PISCO Policy Program Coordinator

Position Announcement. PISCO Policy Program Coordinator

Professional Faculty, PISCO Policy Program Coordinator, (Department of Zoology), Oregon State University. Position is a full time, 12-month fixed term position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include a strong scientific background, in the areas of ecology, marine biology, and/or conservation science. Experience working with policy and management is preferred. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0006098.

Closing Date: 09/17/10. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.


The Department of Zoology at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position, “PISCO Policy Program Coordinator”.

The Coordinator will support the effective implementation of major activities of PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans).

This scientific program focuses on marine ecology and oceanography in coastal waters off the west coast of the United States. Scientists and students are involved in the project at 4 lead universities [Univ of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Univ of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Stanford Univ, and Oregon State Univ (OSU)] and collaborating institutions. PISCO was established to provide the interdisciplinary knowledge and effective outreach to accelerate transfer of scientific knowledge of coastal ecosystems to policy-makers and assist society in using coastal resources responsibly. www.piscoweb.org

Responsibilities include:

Policy and outreach activities at statewide (Oregon), regional, and federal levels. Major focal areas are climate change, marine reserves, and ocean resources. In close consultation with lead Investigators and the consortium-wide policy team, s/he will work on specific policy processes in Oregon and at federal level, and be responsible for (a) translating and summarizing scientific information and data specific to these policy processes, (b) creating opportunities to improve how science informs policy and management, (c) developing strategic relationships between PISCO research groups and key policy making and management entities.

Overall organization and strategic planning of PISCO policy and outreach activities. S/he will work closely with other Coordinators and Principal Investigators to ensure (a) strategic program development, (b) coordination and integration of policy and outreach activities and (c) effective communication of PISCO scientific research with management and policy activities.

Educational support, to increase understanding about marine conservation science among relevant citizens’ groups, NGOs, industry groups, and the general public. S/he also will engage with PISCO scientists and collaborators on policy issues by staying current on marine issues and contributing to educational activities such as PISCO communications training, workshops, and university courses. The Coordinator will participate in the publication of PISCO products, including scientific papers, reports, white papers, brochures, and similar materials.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

A Master’s Degree in Ecology, Marine Biology, Conservation Science or a closely related field. Strong scientific background as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD and considerable post-graduate experience. Ability to work successfully toward the achievement goals and objectives with a wide variety of constituents, such as scientists, managers, funders, and decision-makers.

Strong organizational, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills. Attention to details, demonstrates decision-making abilities and can coordinate group projects in accordance to set targets/deadlines.

Recent experience at the state and federal legislative and policy levels for ocean issues working with large groups, demonstrated experience in communicating scientific information to diverse audiences, and demonstrated ability to understand, evaluate and communicate scientific concepts.

Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement plans and programs, develop written materials, facilitate one-on-one or group meetings and coordinate multiple priorities/projects to achieve program goals and objectives.

Relevant management experience on policy formulation, strategic planning, administrative budget and program development.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Apply to posting # 0006098.

Closing Date: 09/17/10.

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