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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Water Center is seeking a highly motivated and detail oriented collaboration specialist to join the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative program hosted by the Center. The successful applicant will integrate into a team whose members are equally comfortable in leading project planning and integrating input on their work as they are in providing thorough and thoughtful feedback to the work of teammates. Work is fast-paced and variable, covering a variety of activities supporting the Science Collaborative. This is a three-year, limited term contract with the opportunity to extend the position if the program is renewed.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) excels at the practice of collaborative science and has pioneered many techniques that make it successful. One such innovation is theReserve System’s Science Collaborative. With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the  NERRS Science Collaborative provides grants and other support for collaborative projects that are conducted in partnership with one or more National Estuarine Research Reserve sites located around the country. The Science Collaborative helps the Reserve System address critical coastal management needs by providing resources and tools for developing strong projects, selecting and supporting collaborative research and science transfer projects through annual national competitions, and disseminating the knowledge, processes, and key lessons learned from projects. With a national network dedicated to sharing tools and knowledge, research conducted at one reserve strengthens all 29 sites and the communities they serve, leaving them better prepared to manage our changing coasts


Work closely with the Science Collaborative (NSC) team to:

  • Manage and provide support to a suite of collaborative science, catalyst and/or science transfer projects, including conducting check-in calls with project teams, tracking and approving invoices, reviewing and approving project reports, providing communications support, overseeing project closeout/archival;
  • Lead development and implementation of workshops and other opportunities to foster peer-to-peer learning about collaborative science;
  • Contribute to the communication of project and program activities and impacts,  including generating content for email updates, newsletters, the Science Collaborative website, progress reports, and other content as needed;
  • Support national request for proposal solicitation and review processes; 
  • Provide input and support to program learning and adaptation; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Collaboration experience (for example, within research, policy, communication, or other contexts);
  • Flexible/adaptive to different systems and processes for organizing the program’s work flows;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with virtual engagement;
  • Complete openness and willingness to be part of a collaborative team with the expectation that team collaboration includes input and feedback on all aspects of the work. 
  • Graduate degree in a relevant natural or social science field, and demonstrated interest in natural science-informed or human dimensions of coastal issues such as water quality, climate adaptation, coastal land use planning, or wetland habitat restoration;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects with tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly-collaborative team environment that is both fast-paced and detail oriented;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement virtual and in-person trainings, and collaborative meetings employing a variety of meeting facilitation methods and approaches;
  • Proven ability to work independently;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets) applications.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with organizational learning and development, evaluation, and systems thinking;
  • Comfortable providing leadership, leading planning and ensuring team coordination.

Additional Information

This is a three-year position with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.