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Diversity and Outreach Coordinator

Job no: 518817
Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: ICTAS
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Administrative / Clerical

Job Description

The National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth) at Virginia Tech seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Diversity and Outreach Coordinator. The position’s primary responsibility will be to support the education and outreach mission of the center by coordinating the Multicultural and Underserved Nanoscience Initiative (MUNI) and other general education and outreach activities. The position will work closely with and in support of members of the NanoEarth team to develop and coordinate impactful programming with a goal of supporting populations that are traditionally underserved in the sciences.
Strong candidates will: have outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with broad, diverse audiences (K-16 and graduate students, teachers, faculty, government and industry professionals, administrators, etc.); be independent, self-motivated team players that value the contributions of others toward shared strategic goals; be committed to honest, respectful, direct communications with all colleagues both at Virginia Tech and other institutions; be flexible and exhibit excellent organization and time management skills while maintaining quality and attention to detail; and have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.
Evening and weekend work/travel may be required occasionally.

About NanoEarth
NanoEarth is the leading destination for earth and environmental nanoscience discovery. We serve the scientists and engineers solving our greatest environmental challenges.
NanoEarth supports researchers across academia, government, and industry to enable critical discoveries at the nanoscale. We provide the advanced tools and expertise to guide nanotechnology research and propel environmental solutions.
The National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure is a node of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), an NSF-funded network of 16 centers spread throughout the United States serving as user facilities for cutting edge nanotechnology research. NanoEarth is part of Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), and proudly headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia.

About MUNI
NanoEarth's Multicultural and Underserved Nanoscience Initiative (MUNI) supports populations that are traditionally underserved in the sciences and specifically by nanotechnology facilities. Examples of underserved groups include, but are not limited to, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with low socio-economic status, women, and, given our geographic location, inter-generationally Appalachian. Additionally, MUNI supports facility users that may not be performing research that fits in with a typical National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) node, but aligns well with the earth and environmental focus of NanoEarth. MUNI provides access to and educational opportunities on state-of-the-art nanoscience-relevant instrumentation, as well as nano-synthesis and processing laboratories, for underserved professionals and students. For students, MUNI serves all academic levels, from K-12 to community college students, to students in four-year programs and even graduate school. MUNI grants can cover all travel costs and usage fees, and requires no previous experience in nanoscience or nanotechnology. MUNI participants also get a chance to interface with a variety of professors and gain valuable insight into the nano-fields, especially as it relates to nano Earth/ environmental science and engineering, but in many other nano-related areas as well.

Required Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field or demonstrated relevant training, education and work experience.Strong communication/interpersonal skills.Experience interacting effectively with diverse and underrepresented groups.Professional work experience with organizing and managing events.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated commitment to diversity through personal and professional development endeavors.Professional work experience in higher education.Experience with video content development, website management, and social media platforms.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

January 18, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisa Stables at [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: December 21, 2021
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