SEES Associate Director for Outreach, Inclusion, and Education
Job Opportunities
November 22, 2023
Synchrotron Earth and Environmental Science(SEES) seeks an associate director responsible for developing and implementing innovative educational and outreach programs with an emphasis on engagement with individuals and communities historically underrepresented in the Earth and environmental sciences. The Associate Director plays a key role in leading administrative tasks related to outreach, education, and inclusion programs; the SEES User Group; and communications. Creates structures to organize and coordinate high-level deliverables on the project. This position is eligible for partially remote work.



  • Serves as the primary contact in partnership with outreach, education and communications staff at all SEES partner sites to leverage and coordinate existing programs to provide equal opportunities and resources.
  • Serves as the SEES Outreach & Inclusion officer, a member of the SEES Executive Committee, which discusses all major concerns of the organization to make recommendations to SEES leadership.
  • Leads development of the SEES strategic BAJEDI plan.
  • Participates in major DEI events, including national venues, to learn/share best practices for increasing diversity and inclusion of SEES investigators.
  • Develops appropriate mechanisms to systematically track, measure, and interpret EOI and BAJEDI metrics to report to SEES leadership and NSF regularly.
  • Strategizes with SEES Directors, research leads, and staff in developing and executing BAJEDI surveys among SEES investigators, students, and staff.
  • Responsible for preparing content for the annual progress report and evaluation by the SEES advisory groups and NSF.
  • Serves as the principal executive support person by reviewing emails, triaging issues, and assisting with identifying high priorities for follow up.
  • Responsible for creating high-level communications such as announcements, memos, meeting invitations and agendas, meeting minutes.
  • Collaborates with Dean’s office personnel to make sure that staff are hired and onboarded into the group.
  • Prepares materials for communications including editing, formatting, and ensuring all requirements of the outlet or publication are met.
  • Under the direction of senior leadership, develops programs and relationships to advance program initiatives.
  • Coordinates program initiatives, ensuring unity of focus and purpose.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Five years of experience in an education, outreach & inclusion role.
  • STEM education experience.
  • Background or interest in Earth and environmental science.
  • Progressively responsible administrative experience.
  • Experience working in an academic or research institution.
  • Experience coordinating virtual meetings using platforms such as Zoom.
  • Experience writing and editing business communications


Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Multi-task and track multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Work productively despite competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines.
  • Take initiative and organize and complete projects with minimal supervision.
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion.
  • Use appropriate resources to resolve an issue.
  • Proficiency with word processing applications, presentation software, and spreadsheets.
  • Proficiency with expense reimbursement systems such as GEMS.