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Project Manager, TEX


Title: Project Manager, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)
Position Type: Full-Time (Two-Year Term Position)
Location: Washington, DC

What we do and offer our team

AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Project Manager, TEX, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our employees exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.

AGU’s Workplace Values

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

What the Project Manager, TEX does

The purpose of the Project Manager, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) position is to help AGU fulfill the commitments outlined in the funded grant with the Moore Foundation.
The Project Manager, TEX will recruit and manage a cadre of volunteers and ensure the design, launch, and completion of 8 Thriving Earth Exchange projects in 8 communities, using Thriving Earth Exchange’s existing resources and processes.

In addition, the incumbent in this role will lead the development, testing, and implementation of new resources and processes that improve the capacity of local leaders and scientists to communicate science effectively to broader audiences; and facilitate opportunities for people involved in Thriving Earth Exchange (especially the 8 projects they lead) to communicate with local decision makers about their projects and their community’s priorities, as well as the value and applicability of science to local constituencies.

This is a two-year term position and is part of the statement of work associated with the grant.

* Develop and guide approximately 8 TEX projects that include significant public outreach and engagement in policy. This entails:
- Working with Public Affairs staff to identify significant issues and locations, and to build connections to communities in those regions.
- Developing additional criteria and connections and using those criteria and connections to recruit fellows to work on those projects.
- Expanding and adapting the standard fellow’s orientation to include instruction in community organizing, science communication, and outreach to decision and policy makers.
- Ensuring the scoping of projects that integrate policy and public engagement objectives, as well as scientific objectives.
- Developing and delivering a new workshop for TEX projects focusing on science communication and public engagement.
- Mentoring scientists, fellows, and community leaders on community science interaction and the strategies used to ensure productive partnerships.
- Ensuring the overall success and documenting the impact of those 8 projects.
* Collaborate with the Public Affairs and Sharing Science departments on these activities.
* Develop new resources, materials, and processes as necessary.
* Solicit, incorporate, and respond to feedback of TEX participants.
* Work closely with the TEX team to incorporate new learning and materials into regular program offerings.
* Participate in program wide efforts to identify, implement, and revise strategies to scale TEX.
* Represent TEX, both in writing and speaking, both formally and informally in scientific and community-oriented forums and use that broad engagement to develop new strategic partners.
* Analyze TEX processes to look for areas that can be streamlined, or materials that can be prepared to help people learn and apply the processes with less interaction from TEX staff. This might include tutorials, workshops, guides, etc.
* Participate in regular TEX meetings and support TEX activities, as needed.
* Other duties as assigned.

What the Project Manager, TEX brings to the team
* 5+ years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent education and work experience; PhD is preferred.
* Experience in leading community inspired science projects that produce local impact.
* Experience in science engagement and/or science policy.
* Experience developing and implementing programs that engage volunteers, offer training, and build collaborative networks.
* Demonstrated skills using science in working with diverse communities, including experience in public engagement and/or policy.
* Broad knowledge of AGU science and a strong foundation in applied or use-inspired research and an ability to make connections between myriad community priorities and Earth and Space Science.
* Ability to coach others through a defined process while remaining responsive to individual and local priorities.
* Demonstrated project management skills; previous success in leading programmatic activities to successful completion.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and culturally appropriately with people from many backgrounds and in many contexts, including great listening skills as well as the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
* Ability to interpret and apply program policies and make good decisions without direct daily oversight.
* Ability to follow through on commitments and accept ownership of responsibilities and with utmost professionalism.
* Must be able to perform responsibilities with composure under the stress of deadlines/requirements for accuracy and quality and/or fast pace.
* Ability to exercise highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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