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Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Intermediate

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Job Opening: Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Intermediate

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan

We are seeking an individual to lead our efforts to engage stakeholders in the co-design of Great Lakes research that will lead to socially useful research products. The Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Intermediate will work with multiple research teams to ensure research products address the needs of natural resource management decision-makers and stakeholders by designing collaborative research initiatives that bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholder groups (e.g., local water managers).

You will work with the CIGLR Associate Director to develop priorities for co-designing research that is of mutual benefit to scientists and stakeholders and oversee the implementation of the co-design process. You will supervise an associate-level engagement specialist, who will assist you with identifying and building trusted relationships with stakeholders, facilitating researcher engagement with these groups, assessing end-user information needs and decision-making processes, translating these needs into product conceptual designs, evaluating the usability of research product prototypes, and tracking and evaluating the use and impact of CIGLR science in decision making. You will also help identify opportunities to align NOAA research with the strategic priorities and goals of various government agencies and organizations involved in the co-design process. Examples of NOAA/CIGLR research products developed using co-design methods include the Experimental Lake Erie Hypoxia Forecast and the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast.

In addition to leading the stakeholder engagement component of multiple research projects, you will develop and implement strategies to enhance CIGLR’s engagement with underrepresented populations, Regional Consortium members, and other NOAA-funded programs in the Great Lakes to optimize our collective strengths and fill critical needs. Finally, you will lead the preparation of reports; co-author peer-reviewed publications, and represent project teams on various committees, advisory groups, and at scientific conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and at least 4 years of experience in a social science field related to environmental or sustainability studies.
  • Experience with social science methods for focus groups, interviews, and surveys including data analysis.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating workshops, focus groups, and project teams.
  • Strong communication skills, particularly in front of the public. Must be able to produce technical reports, as well as translate science to a lay audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on individual job responsibilities and goals, but to also work well as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD and/or 3+ years of professional experience in a social science field related to environmental or sustainability studies.
  • Experience working with researchers and stakeholders in the Great Lakes region, including government agencies.
  • Knowledge of relevant Great Lakes and national water quality policies and research.
  • Experience working with individuals or groups that represent disadvantaged communities.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring personnel and leading small teams.

For more information and to apply:
The application deadline is July 25, 2022.