Program Coordinator

The School of Marine Sciences is accepting applications for a Program Coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide professional support to a faculty member in managing a Packard Foundation funded international Marine Fisheries Partnership (MFP) and coordinate various activities of the MFP under the guidance of its Advisory Committee consisting of members from the University of Maine, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Washington, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Shanghai Ocean University, Ocean University of China, and Zhejiang Ocean University. The position requires the individual to act as a liaison to the Advisory Committee in planning, organizing, providing logistical support to, and participating in research study tours of fisheries scientists and managers.
The individual will coordinate the MFP activities including research study tours for the best practice in fisheries management, developing training programs for Chinese fisheries managers, and identifying fisheries education and collaborative research opportunities in the USA, China and other countries. The individual is also expected to produce relevant materials for the study tour and training; develop and maintain a program webpage, database, and literatures related to the MFP program; and produce monthly updates/report to the Advisory Committee and stakeholders.
The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences in Orono, Maine. Salary for this position is between $45,000 - $52,000 commensurate with experience.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with the NGOs and Universities involved in this partnership to develop study tours (including advance preparation and follow-up) that could give Chinese experts and managers exposure to practices that could help inform their decision-making or could bring individuals with that expertise to China and that could give international experts and managers exposure to the Chinese fisheries management system.
Prepare briefing materials (in Chinese and English) in advance of the trip with information on the issues and topics that will be the focus of the study tour and their relevance to policy or management issues that China is confronting.
Identify opportunities for exchanges of the information/experience between Chinese and international managers/scientists.
Help identify knowledgeable experts who would take part in the entire trip to provide context and general information relevant to the different meetings.
Work with the Advisory Committee and the relevant agencies and institutions in China to develop a curriculum for a training course for marine capture fisheries managers and researchers to implement new fisheries management policies.
Work with the Advisory Committee to identify specific areas where collaborative research (including possible fellowships or other exchanges of faculty or students) will be needed.
Work with the Advisory Committee to identify possible international institutions that are suitable for hosting China-funded visiting students, scholars and managers and for possible collaborations in fisheries research programs in China.
Coordinate future annual meetings of the Advisory Committee. Coordinate interim communications and update emails among the Advisory Committee.
Develop and maintain a program webpage and database for hosting the MFP-related information (e.g., relevant data, research papers, and reports).
Contribute to report and proposal writing
Present at scientific meetings.
Coordinate international and domestic travels for research and meetings
Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Typically has the education associated with a Master's degree or a Bachelors degree and equivalent combination of related experience in fisheries or environmental science/policy.
Require professional working proficiency in both English and Chinese.
Demonstrated experience doing data analysis, critical thinking and report writing.
Prior training and knowledge in webpage development and maintenance preferred.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; previous experience and a desire to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies from people of different cultures and backgrounds, NGOs, faculty, administrators, policy makers, industry, as well as delivering presentations at scientific and public meetings.
Proven organizational skills, experience multitasking, working both independently and in a team. A balance of collaborative and leadership skills is important.
Arranging regional and international travel for study tours and conferences/workshops is preferred.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervising of undergraduate interns and graduate students in study tours, report/paper translations, preparation of training materials, and other MFP related activities.
Position Type: This is a full-time, fiscal year position. Initial appointment is for 12 months, and continuation of the position will be contingent on external funding and successful job performance.
Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Work beyond regular hours (to include nights and weekends) may be necessary in order to meet the requirements of the position. In consultation with the supervisor, the employee will establish regular office hours and adjust schedule as necessary. Can be variable with long hours during the study tours.
Work Environment: Varies from office to regional and international travel.
Schedule for Evaluation: Every 6 months during the probationary period and thereafter in accordance with UMPSA agreement.
Job Family/Salary Band: 03/04
Appropriate background checks are required.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is found.
If you have any question, please contact Professor Yong Chen at ychen@maine.edu.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with questions or concerns.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Don't Be Fooled

The fraudster will send a check to the victim who has accepted a job. The check can be for multiple reasons such as signing bonus, supplies, etc. The victim will be instructed to deposit the check and use the money for any of these reasons and then instructed to send the remaining funds to the fraudster. The check will bounce and the victim is left responsible.