Associate Extension Specialist - Coastal Resilience
Job no: 517943
Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Virginia Seafood AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science
The AP Faculty, Associate Extension Specialist - Coastal Resilience position is part of a new, multi-institutional, Commonwealth initiative in a coastal resilience and adaptation economy through strategic planning at the local and state levels, public-private partnerships for workforce development and research and development (R&D), faculty-student innovation in resilience design, and building collaborative team science capacity. This position will play a critical role, as project manager and facilitator, in collaboration with Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) leadership and staff, Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (VSAREC), and project partners in support of VASG’s GO Virginia award and the broader development of public-private R&D partnerships, towards a coastal resilience and adaptation economy in Virginia.
• Encouraging collaboration among program member institutions, extension partners, and the private sector to advance innovations in designs, products, technologies, and services to adapt coastal communities to the adverse effects of climate change;
• Budgeting and tracking project milestones, coordinating team efforts, and managing subcontractors;
• Building and maintaining partnerships with the private sector for applied R&D;
• Preparing property and neighborhood-scale coastal resilience designs with a focus on highly integrated blue-green-gray infrastructure strategies (e.g., landscape architecture, engineering, ecology, or other related disciplines) and energy-efficiency, net-zero and carbon-encumbering building;
• Managing collaborative research and team science activities; and
• Building a program area for VASG and Virginia Tech (VT) in climate adaptation and resilience design, technologies, products and services.
This position will be responsible for program and project reporting to VASG, in support of VASG’s GO Virginia and NOAA reporting. The individual will also work closely with the VSAREC, Virginia Tech, and VASG Communications programs to help create and disseminate project progress, updates and results to stakeholders.
A terminal degree in landscape architecture, architecture, design, engineering, or other related field. Experience with project management software is critical. Strong writing, reporting, and communication skills is essential, as is the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and programs towards a common goal. Experience in grant writing and successful fund-raising is very important, as is experience in program assessment and reporting.
Must already be able to work legally in the US (project timeline mandates immediate start).
Experience in working concurrently on multiple projects, multi-tasking, and self-motivated. Demonstrated experience and success working in a team environment. The ability to work independently with minimal direct oversight. A working knowledge and application of program management software. A working knowledge/experience with Cooperative Extension, Sea Grant, or similar programming.
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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