OVERVIEW The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Research Associate to support a new interdisciplinary initiative called CREATE (Co-developing Research and Engaged Approaches to Transform Environments). CREATE combines applied research on water quality and environmental justice with a new graduate training opportunity for students at the University of Minnesota. For more information on CREATE, see z.umn.edu/CreateChange.
The Research Associate would support CREATE Co-Directors Dr. Bonnie Keeler and Dr. Kate Derickson and work closely with the Program Coordinator, external stakeholders, community members, students, researchers, faculty and advisors. The position offers the opportunity to shape the development of a new University-wide Initiative and interact with leaders inside and outside academia on pressing environmental issues including urban stormwater management, water pollution, drought, and flooding as they intersect with issues of equity, environmental justice, cultural values, and community capacity.
The primary role of the Research Associate is to support the CREATE Initiative’s commitment to conducting research of interest to our community-based partners. The Research Associate will work with the Project Directors and Program Coordinator to identify issues of interest to our partners and stakeholders, conduct literature reviews, generate internal and external research-based reports, and develop expertise in key issues relating to green infrastructure, urban water governance, community-based research, and housing policy. Research tasks include conducting literature reviews, compiling best practices, writing public facing documents distilling research findings and managing database of relevant research. Communications tasks include crafting effective promotional materials for the project, representing the program to stakeholders and university staff, students and researchers, and writing and editing blog posts.
We seek candidates who will thrive as part of dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders. There are ample opportunities for the candidate to pursue their own interests, expand their professional network, and develop skills in environmental leadership and program management. The position offers the opportunity for national and international travel to work with communities and partners – domestic study sites include Minnesota, Georgia, and Florida with international sites in Ecuador, Peru, and South Africa.
This is a one year position, funded through December 31, 2019.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities 80% Research support: identifying policies and problems of interest to community partners, conducting literature reviews and establishing best practices in relevant policies, developing reports for internal use and external distribution, managing databases of existing research, drafting policy briefs and compiling research for grant proposals and peer reviewed publications.
20% Communications and outreach: Working with the Project Coordinator to represent the project’s goals and objectives both internally and externally. Assisting in the development of communication materials (web, print, blogs, presentations). Staying abreast of local efforts relevant to the project and representing the project to community partners, stakeholders and others when necessary.
Working Conditions: The majority of the work will take place in an office setting at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. There is the potential for national and international travel as part of the position. Desk space will be available at the University, although some remote work hours are possible.
Application Requirements Provide a cover letter, current resume or CV, and a list of professional references with your application materials. Your cover letter should address the required and preferred qualifications noted above and include a summary of your past work experience and interest in the position. In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit a brief diversity statement as part of your cover letter to address your interest in contributing to an academic community that embraces and engages with a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values.
Required Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in any disciplinary field or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years Interest in or willingness to learn more about the environment, sustainability, environmental justice, and interdisciplinary research Cross-cultural competency and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people Creativity, enthusiasm, and positive attitude Excellent project management skills, organization, and attention to detail Excellent communication skills, including the ability to send professional emails Ability to work quickly and efficiently, manage deadlines, and keep projects on task Proficiency in Google Drive and Microsoft Excel
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in a non-profit, agency, or community-based setting Experience supervising interns or volunteers Experience developing professional communications materials Experience managing budgets or projects or teams Skills in professional writing and public speaking Foreign language skills
Internal Number: 327928
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