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Community Engagement Specialist
Job SummaryThe Outreach and Education section of VI-EPSCoR is growing and as we start hosting more events/activities to promote Mare Nostrum research, we need more assistance in working out the logistics of such events.
Job duties will include:
- Contacting various community based organizations, businesses and authorities on St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix to plan, schedule and execute Mare Nostrum outreach and education events and activities. (e.g. restaurants/pubs, conference and community centers, hotels, parks, beaches and other recreational or meeting areas).
- Traveling to a wide range of locations across the territory to investigate suitability of locations, and discuss logistics for events; spearhead set up of sites for events, smooth functioning of the planned activities, and post-event breakdown of the setting, if required.
- Maintaining schedules, planning and logistical timelines for general outreach and Citizen Science-related public events.
- Interfacing with VI schools to build relationships and to schedule and execute VI-EPSCoR’s outreach and education activities (e.g. celebrity scientists’ tours).
- Possess the ability and competence in operating university transportation vehicles as needed.
- Provide general planning and logistical support for the Outreach and Education Coordinator, and the Citizen Science Coordinator as required.
A Bachelors degree in Business, Communications, or related field OR equivalent years of experience is required. Administrative skills,experience with Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), and experience using basic office equipment such as a computer, printer, fax machine, copier, etc.
Due to the nature of this position, a valid driver’s license with good driver’s record, is required.
It is essential for the successful applicant to have a good understanding of VI communities and the Territory’s cultural diversity in order to ensure VI-EPSCoR’s successful and sustained connections with the range of communities across the islands. Highly developed interpersonal skills are therefore of extreme importance in the successful applicant’s personality, along with the ability to self-motivate, and to be independently innovative when faced with planning and logistical challenges and conflicts.
Additionally, the successful applicant will need to have an outstanding work ethic, as this position will occasionally require working throughout the islands on weekends, and also long hours consistently at times outside of the regular work day.