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Extension/Coast Resource Program Specialist

Sea Grant Program Los Angeles, California

The USC Sea Grant Program is seeking an experienced outreach professional to lead our coastal resilience extension efforts. The Extension Specialist will serve an integral role in interpreting and disseminating Sea Grant research findings on coastal and climate change issues while working with a wide range of entities to promote education and develop new outreach programs to meet the information needs of local, state and federal agencies and interest groups.

We are interested in an individual who is comfortable in public settings and in engaging a wide variety of stakeholders, and whose fundamental interest is in wise management of our marine and coastal resources. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of climate science, coastal impacts especially including sea level rise, and the ability to comprehend and disseminate accompanying model data. Further, they will help coastal communities develop and implement strategies for understanding how the challenges associated with adapting to impacts such as sea level rise can be addressed through planning, policy, and project approaches.

Primary responsibilities also include leading collaborations across a variety of scales including with colleagues at the USC and University of California Sea Grant Programs, and extension professionals in the National Sea Grant College Program network, along with numerous stakeholder groups including municipal authorities, state agency officials, landowner and watershed groups, NGOs, and others concerned with natural resource and hazard management in marine and coastal regions. The Specialist will work with faculty, scientists and other extension professionals to provide training, develop collaborative programs, maintain and develop new partnerships with private marine and coastal industries, and share approaches to managing the nation’s coastal resources. Internally, the specialist will participate in the solicitation and review cycle for Sea Grant research, conveying stakeholder priorities and linking them with the research community, and be responsible for periodically reporting project updates and progress reports, and needs, metrics and/or outcomes for programmatic reporting. 

This position will require travel throughout Southern California, with occasional trips to meetings and conferences in California and throughout the US. The specialist will perform other related duties as assigned or requested and the university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. This is a full-time, grant funded position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s or Ph.D. degree in life sciences, oceanography, climate science, marine and coastal resources, environmental policy or management, coastal engineering, geology, planning, or related fields focusing on coastal resilience.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with community stakeholders to address coastal and/or marine resource vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies.
  • Excellent personal engagement and communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to effectively convey complex scientific information to a lay audience.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to the marine environment, coastal processes, sand replenishment programs; extensive knowledge of sea level rise adaptation strategies is highly desirable.
  • Broad knowledge of coastal management policy and practices, including the California Coastal Act and Local Coastal Programs.
  • Proficiency in developing workshops and presentations, facilitating groups, and coordinating with a variety of councils, boards, commissions, agencies and stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in grant writing and managing grants and grant-funded projects and studies.
  • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully within a team setting as well as independently on projects, grants and outreach across a wide range of settings and groups.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.


Job Profile Summary Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.


REQ20081482 Posted Date: 10/08/2019
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