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Public Servcie Assistant/Associate; SERRPAS/DoD Liaison
Company: University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Location: Athens, GA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 04/08/2021
Expire Date: 06/08/2021
Job Categories: Science
Job Description
Public Servcie Assistant/Associate; SERRPAS/DoD Liaison
Background: Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant (http://gacoast.uga.edu ) promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources. The program achieves its mission by providing research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments. The program is part of the National Sea grant network of 35 Sea grant programs around the U.S. (https://seagrant.noaa.gov/)

The Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) is a unique six-state [NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS] partnership comprised of state and federal agencies that promotes collaboration in making resource-use decisions supporting national defense, conservation of natural resources, and sustainable working lands and communities in the Southeast U.S. SERPPAS serves as a forum to build effective working relationships between diverse partners, identify overlapping interests and implement mutually beneficial actions that support the mission of all the partners. Through a strategic planning process, SERPPAS has identified specific focus areas and strategic objectives that will protect the military mission, while at the same time promote conservation of key habitats and species, sustain rural economies and industries, and create better coordination across agency, state and governance boundaries.

Job Description: The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant program seeks an individual to serve as a liaison between the National Sea Grant program and SERPPAS and to work with military bases and their surrounding communities on implementing coastal resilience measures. The liaison is expected to develop a comprehensive research and outreach program that facilitates the transfer of information, tools, and resources between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Sea Grant program, and military installations in and adjacent to U.S. coastal areas. The program will leverage Sea Grant’s significant stakeholder engagement and coastal community resilience expertise with the compatible land use planning, conservation and coastal resiliency efforts occurring on and around military installations to advance the sustainability of coastal communities, ecosystems and military readiness. The liaison will also transfer findings and impacts of specific research and outreach projects across the national Sea Grant network to encourage greater collaborative coastal resilience efforts between military facilities and coastal communities beyond the SERPPAS geographic region.
This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position with five years of initial funding secured. This position is based in Athens, Georgia with travel to other regional and national locations required to ensure the most critical needs of the program are met. Alternative work location can be considered.

Major Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of this liaison will be building relationships between SERPPAS, specific focus on military installations, and Sea Grant resilience professionals in the Southeast region with expectations that these relationships will expand to other regions of the U.S. The Liaison will:

• Conduct research necessary (document review, structured interviews, and focus groups) to identify relevant tools and resources among the partners;
• Identify information, resource and research gaps related to assisting coastal communities in implementing resiliency measures adjacent to military installations;
• Understand partner strategic priorities and identify approaches and best practices for Sea Grant professionals to engage with military installations in collaboration with the surrounding communities; including how Federal, State and local programs can be leveraged for building resilience at a local level.
• Leverage partnerships in order to successfully develop training modules and presentation materials to expand programs across the region and country;
• Work collaboratively with Sea Grant programs and extension professionals to connect with communities and adjacent installations, with the goal of identifying pilot projects to serve as demonstrations; specific focus on how installation and community resilience planning can be integrated to identify shovel-ready projects.
• Identify and communicate to the Department of Defense, using information gathered from Sea Grant programs and professionals, needs, challenges and opportunities related to community engagement efforts with military installations.
• Similarly, the Liaison should promote and disseminate the Department of Defense-related research and outreach opportunities and needs identified to be included in Sea Grant programs research portfolios
• Disseminate knowledge to Sea Grant professionals on best practices for engagement with military installations and their surrounding communities.
• Evaluate efforts on an on-going basis and disseminate findings in annual reports to the liaison advisory committee, SERPPAS Coastal Resilience & Regional Adaptation work group and the sea grant network;
• Secure and manage extramural funding to support pilot projects, research and extension initiatives.
• Represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, SERPPAS, and the Sea Grant network at community events, professional meetings, collaborative working groups or advisory committees and partnerships with other organizations.

TO APPLY: The direct link to the posting is https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/188914
Posting number is 188914. information, including phone numbers, for three professional references. All applications received by April 30, 2021 will be assured consideration.

“The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (facultyjobs@uga.edu).”

Qualifications & Requirements
Education and Experience Requirements:
A Bachelor's degree in a related field is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
• An M.S. degree related to climate change science and basic understanding of resilience and sustainability related to climate change science is preferred.
•PhD or terminal degree in a related field.
•At least one year of experience in extension and outreach programs or with military installations.
•Training in natural resource and environmental sciences, and fundamental knowledge of climate impacts and resilience issues.
•Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and lead applied research efforts.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment and develop productive partnerships and collaborations with diverse populations.
•Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
•Capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship with diverse audiences through research and outreach activities.
•Strong ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, particularly as it pertains to interpreting and translating research-based technical information for the understanding and use by decision makers, practitioners, and the general public.

Contact Information
Contact Name: UGA Central HR
Company Name: University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Contact Email: facultyjobs@uga.edu
Website: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postin...
Company Description:
University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources. The program achieves its mission by providing research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments.
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