Salary: $6,200-$6,800 per month
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Posting Date: 01/27/2023
Closing Info: Closes On 02/24/2023
Shift: First Shift

EarthLab is an institute that is reimagining how academia can respond to the climate crisis. Our visionary approach connects the University of Washington’s world-class research capabilities with communities from around the globe to create novel, equitable and scalable climate change solutions. We’ve got big ideas for the future, which you can learn more about in our strategic plan. This will give you a solid understanding of our vision, mission and goals for the next several years. We think it’s worth perusing to help you better understand what we do.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

EarthLab is seeking a full-time lead to cultivate partnerships across the university and the broader community

The EarthLab Community Partnerships Lead is a new role that will build on initial efforts to support a critical aspect of EarthLab’s strategy: to activate, leverage, and sustain cross-boundary relationships.

This role will proactively engage with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders, both across the broader community and with University of Washington faculty, students, and staff. The Community Partnerships Lead works closely with EarthLab teams and partners to increase awareness of EarthLab’s activities and relevant issues, actively participate in relevant forums and coalitions on behalf of the organization, mobilize community participation in EarthLab programming, mobilize UW participation in community programming and events, and facilitate the development of trusted relationships with partners at the UW and in the broader community. This position will also be a resource for EarthLab member organizations to support their community engagement goals. The Community Partnerships Lead will report to the EarthLab Communication and Engagement Manager.

Cross-boundary connector and relationship manager
• Develop and maintain a community engagement plan that builds new and strengthens existing strategic partnerships, both across the UW tri-campus and with the broader community.
• Develop a current network map of EarthLab partnerships and stakeholders; use the map to implement community and partner engagement and outreach strategies to build connections that support EarthLab programs, member organizations and strategic goals.
• Serve as a primary point of contact and connector for the EarthLab team for incoming community requests and support existing partnerships across all of EarthLab as needed.
• Proactively develop and maintain relationships with regional stakeholders, decision-makers, and influencers in the environmental space and with partner organizations.
• Develop innovative ways to cultivate and support networks on campus interested in advancing EarthLab strategic focus on climate and its intersection with social justice.
• Champion community priorities and interests to EarthLab and foster opportunities for direct engagement between community stakeholders, EarthLab member organizations, and the broader UW, including faculty, researchers, and students.
• Partner with the EarthLab Programs Manager to enhance effectiveness of the Innovation Grants and Student Programs and EarthLab’s connection with community partners and UW colleagues.
• As part of the EarthLab communication and engagement team, partner and coordinate closely with the College of the Environment advancement team as appropriate.

Communications and events
• Plan and manage events that include EarthLab partners and ensure they are accessible to a wide range of community members.
• Partner with Communications Lead on the development of tools, fact sheets, presentations and templates to support community outreach and engagement.

Other duties as assigned
• Additional duties as needed in support of the EarthLab mission.

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, public affairs, communications or related fields
• 4 years serving as a public-facing representative of their organization

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Demonstrated communications skills, both oral and written
• Experience building and maintaining successful relationships and networks across sectors
• Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

• Experience or education in climate change/environmental issues
• Experience with academic partnerships
• Experience using web conferencing applications
• Experience building diverse teams/partnerships
• Ability to develop and maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion

Additional Application Instructions
At EarthLab, we focus on equity and justice in all that we do. In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Application Process
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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