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Ocean Science Education and Professional Development Specialist

Apply now Job no: 525777
Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty), On-site (work in-person at business location)

Classification:   Student Services Professional, Academic Related I or II - 12 Month
Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $80,000 - $90,000 per year
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.
CSU Salary Schedule
Full-time / 40 hours per week 

Priority Screening Date:  April 5, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled   


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students, CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


CSU Monterey Bay is home to multiple broad marine science initiatives: 1) Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), 2) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, 3) NSF Geo-Bridge and Geo-Futures programs, 4) NSF Diverse Ocean Science Communities through Collaboration, and 5) California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (CSU COAST). The collective goals of these myriad programs are to engage more students and provide them with the experience and training necessary to successfully enter the workforce in a degree-related career path and/or to pursue advanced degrees in marine science and related fields. The Ocean Science Education and Student Professional Development Specialist (incumbent) will split their time evenly between the first four programs (50% of the position) and CSU COAST (50% of the position), and common responsibilities will be shared among the programs. The incumbent will be under the general supervision of the CSUMB faculty Program Director and the CSU COAST Director.

CSUMB is a Hispanic Serving Institution: as of Fall 2022, the student body was 46% Latino, and 68% of students identified as people of color. CSUMB is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, which is the largest public four-year university system in the U.S. Over 70% of CSU students identify as people of color, more than one third of undergraduates are the first person in their family to attend college, and over half of undergraduate students are Pell grant-eligible. It is within these contexts that the marine science programs based at CSUMB are working collaboratively to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive marine science community in which students who are members of groups that have been historically excluded from ocean and coastal science can thrive and pursue their dreams.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coordinate summer opportunities:

  • Coordinate offerings, organize and process applications, assist in placement of students, provide logistical support for students, complete all paperwork.
  • Monitor students' experiences to ensure quality and inclusion.

Develop student talent and build community:

  • Develop and deliver cohort-building programs and events to build an inclusive community and support STEM student success and engagement.
  • Organize, plan, and deliver STEM student professional development content.
  • Organize, plan, and deliver workshops and training modules for mentors.
  • Connect students with internship and research opportunities.
  • Provide feedback to students on oral and written proposals, applications, and reports.
  • Coordinate support for students participating in conferences and symposia.

Measure Impact:

  • Track participation in all programs.
  • Implement program evaluation and assessment.
  • Develop reports, presentations, and publications in coordination with program leads.

Program Management: 

  • Participate in planning meetings and conference calls; provide day-to-day work direction for graduate assistant, peer mentors, and support staff.
  • Manage project budgets and ensure accurate tracking.
  • Assist program leads with grant development and management.


Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Organizational development, planning and structure; principles of administrative, personnel and fiscal management; professional student support techniques and strategies; statistics and research methodologies.
  • And ability to understand the role and functioning of STEM education curricula and pedagogies and program assessment in a higher education setting.
  • Principles of educational self-efficacy/self-belief, identity, goal setting, commitment, resilience, STEM career and professional development, and STEM graduate school preparation.
  • And experience with proposal development and award management including project and budget management, documentation, and reporting.

Ability to:

  • Develop and implement co-curricular programs that support STEM students from diverse backgrounds and enhance their experiences; work with students from diverse backgrounds and meet the needs of multicultural, multi-sexed and multi-aged groups of students presenting various attitudes and value systems; plan and deliver workshops and instruction utilizing innovative teaching techniques; visualize needed changes and improvements in student support and mentor training; originate new, different or creative solutions to student problems.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners; understand the roles and responsibilities of others; build support through positive working relationships and recognition and understanding of the need for compromise; gauge relationships by taking into account the variety of backgrounds, interrelationships, motivations and goals of the partners involved.
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize data and information, draw conclusions and solve problems; apply and utilize various statistical and research methods; organize and present data and information in a concise and logical manner; prepare and present oral and written reports, presentations, publications, and proposals that are clear, concise and comprehensive; and continually increase the range of comprehension and knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of the research performed in the areas specific to this position.
  • Manage complex projects; work both independently and collaboratively; work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables; and complete tasks on time.


Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in a related field, or equivalent, in accordance with University guidelines.


  • Ph.D. in Science Education, or M.S. in Science Education and three years of professional experience. Candidates with STEM Ph.D. or M.S. degrees NOT involving science education will be considered if they have at least two years of progressively responsible experience in science outreach, curriculum development, teaching, undergraduate research and working with undergraduate students from historically excluded groups.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and to quickly adapt to shifts in plans and priorities; flexibility.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and willingness to take initiative.
  • Impeccable oral and written communication skills, particularly with vocabulary and grammar.
  • Strong interpersonal skills utilizing tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.


  • Experience leading the work of other staff and/or students in the context of larger goals and ensuring that project goals and deadlines are met.
  • Background in the geosciences (specifically ocean science), marine biology/marine science, or ecology and evolutionary biology, and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues specific to these fields.
  • Experience coordinating multiple programs simultaneously.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Knowledge of web content management systems and graphics software to maintain program websites.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to CSUMB's Vision.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary.  Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Employee Housing.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education's Family Education Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clary Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5 of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or email All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.   We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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