Department/Organization: 750501 - Alabama Water Institute (AWI)
Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm
Job Summary: The Research Project Coordinator is responsible for supporting the overall development of the project. Assists with project design, management, and implementation. Promotes the project and serves as liaison between the project and contacts internal and external to the University. Position may also supervise students, provide general office assistance, create promotional materials, and assist in the development of other potential projects.
Additional Department Summary: Research Project Coordinator for the AWI Community Oriented nature-based Science for Ecosystem Restoration and versatile Engineering (CONSERVE) research group hosted by AWI Cultural and Water Resources Preservation Program. The Research Project Coordinator will work under the general supervision of the CONSERVE Research group director to support implementation of the CONSERVE Research program. Specifically, the Research Project Coordinator will organize all aspects of the program including recruiting and evaluating student applicants, organizing student activities (e.g., seminars, field trips), providing professional development training and mentoring to students, coordinating an internship program, managing internal communication, maintaining project web site and social media, budgeting, record keeping, managing data, coordinating logistics and travel, tracking progress, evaluating the program, serving as the primary author of the annual report, and building cohesion across the research cohort and faculty members. The incumbent will foster a positive and inclusive environment, work collaboratively with a diverse team of faculty and students, and offer creative and impactful ideas in support of the CONSERVE program.
This position is supported by several multi-year CONSERVE research projects. Beyond five years, continuation of this position is based on having sustained external funding. The position will be with the Alabama Water Institute (AWI). AWI is one of The University of Alabama’s five research institutes with a specific focus on water. Our research is vital to sustain waterways, marshes, estuaries and coastal areas, and the CONSERVE research group provides a forum for interdisciplinary research and education; bringing together university researchers, students and staff to foster collaboration and a broad interdisciplinary focus on water issues that face our world today. CONSERVE-affiliated researchers specialize in water security and quality, remote sensing, hydrological modeling, biodiversity, watershed management and human health through synergies with existing centers and the creation of new centers under the umbrella of AWI.
Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of experience with coordinating research programs and completing administrative tasks, or other relevant transferable work experience in research administration.
Skills and Knowledge: Strong leadership, facilitation, interpersonal, and collaboration skills. Positive attitude. Good communication skills, both written and verbal. Also required are computer skills, not limited to spreadsheet applications, personal computing networks, and internet software. Must have the ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary groups under high levels of activity. The incumbent must be detail oriented and manage details to meet deadlines. Anticipates and plans proactively for known deadlines and annual reporting cycles.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree, masters or doctorate in a social science related field or other discipline connected to water or environment. Career interest in applied science and water-related scholarship that impacts communities. Ability and interest to apply Traditional Ecological Knowledge would be considered an advantage but not required. Experience working on complex projects, with diverse groups, and across disciplines is preferred.
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