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Program Manager at Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP, seeks a highly skilled and energetic program manager. This person will be the lead point of contact for ACCAP whose mission is to conduct innovative and collaborative research and engagement to inform climate policy, decision making, and action for a just and sustainable future. We seek a collaborative individual who can help us fulfill our commitment to building partnerships that make climate-related science directly relevant to policy, management, and decision making and improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate. We place high priority on research and action with a holistic perspective in supporting and building capacity in rural and Alaska Native communities based on community defined goals, values, and priorities. ACCAP is housed within the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This position offers the opportunity to learn and to work in a highly dynamic and collaborative environment and to build professional relationships with leading scientists and practitioners in climate research and adaptation throughout Alaska. The individual will be instrumental in building and maintaining networks and guiding innovative processes that support climate research and adaptation. The successful candidate will support and manage team integration, develop and maintain connections across people, projects, and organizations, and synthesize program activities for diverse audiences. Travel opportunities will be available. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.


Lead or supervise: Lead or supervise others on discrete projects, as needed.

Program Management: Perform project management including tracking and organizing program projects, requests, inquiries, and required reports. Serve as primary communication lead to the funding agency. Assist with the grant process and grant management. Organize and lead as needed meetings and teleconferences relevant to program management, relevant projects, and outreach materials. Organize and suggest agenda items for Steering Committee meetings. Schedule, organize, host, and lead monthly climate webinars and other relevant workshops and forums. Maintain social media accounts. Oversee and maintain the program website. Plan and publicize events, manage communication, develop and distribute agendas and supplemental materials, facilitate discussions, and ensure follow-up with stakeholder and participants.

Research: Conduct research related to science communication, program evaluation, needs assessments, climate change adaptation, and vulnerability including those specific to Alaska Native communities. Develop and maintain relationships with Tribes and Tribal organizations, scientists, planners and managers, industry, and public and non-profit partners. Act as a liaison between the center and scientists, stakeholders, public, and media at conferences and industry events using discretion, diplomacy, and political acumen. Synthesize research results and create reports to funders and other groups as per program requirements. Design and implement systems and procedures. Create presentations and outreach materials about program projects and activities. Ensure quality control. Respond to information requests from diverse stakeholders. Oversee the development of program outreach activities and materials. Develop and maintain databases for research and project activities. Troubleshoot and problem solve issues related to data collection, data synthesis, and interpersonal communication. Conduct stakeholder and partner communication and interaction. Initiate new research, new work and new projects. Work is performed under general direction. Assignments are only outlined. Contribute to work of other research professionals and faculty to produce complete projects.


  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information and research results for internal and external reporting and outreach.
  • Advanced knowledge of interdisciplinary research methods, analytical procedures, and peer-review publication processes.
  • Ability to maintain databases.
  • Knowledge of climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in Alaska and the Arctic.
  • Knowledge and understanding of boundary spanning, science communication, and knowledge co-production, including with Alaska Native communities.
  • Awareness and understanding of Alaska Native cultures.
  • Ability for cross-cultural communication.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to create comprehensive reports, including experience or interest in basic graphic design.
  • Ability to understand and independently solve complex problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage and write website content.
  • Knowledge of University, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to outreach, publication, and grants management.
  • Knowledge of grants and federal reporting agency requirements.
  • Basic knowledge of budgets and the granting process.
  • Ability to conduct business in a professional, timely, and ethical manner.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and to respond to and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively solicit, collect, and synthesize responses from diverse people for completing reports and scheduling meetings.
  • Ability to be highly organized.
  • Ability to track deadlines and prompt others to contribute to keep projects on track.
  • Ability to successfully lead or supervise others in research, decision-support tool development, and outreach products.
  • Proven aptitude for collaboration in research and other projects.
  • Ability to observe and assess situations and to communicate with stakeholders and funders diplomatically.
  • Willingness to learn and take initiative.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to see and make connections between people, projects, and organizations.

Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree and two years relevant experience at the postgraduate level in geography, political science, sociology, economics, climate science, natural resource management, ecology, Indigenous studies, community and rural development, or other related fields relevant to this position, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on their first day of employment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  The cover letter must address the candidate’s ability to see and make connections between people, projects, and organizations. Inquiries about this position should be directed to: Nathan Kettle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 907-474-5574.

Please submit your application no later than 12/7/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 12/8/2021. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498.

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


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