Academic Coordinator - Wildland-Urban Interface Climate Action Network

Job #JPF08858

Criminology, Law and Society / School of Social Ecology / UC Irvine


Salary range: The salary range for this position is $59,727-$85,860. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level. See Academic Coordinator I Scale for the salary range. “Off-scale salaries,” i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Review timeline: Posted Feb. 9, First review March 1, Final date March 15


Open date: February 15, 2024

Next review date: Monday, April 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Research Justice Shop at UC Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science & Society is hiring an Academic Coordinator to support establishment of the Wildland-Urban Interface Climate Action Network (WUICAN). The appointment is a career position at 100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is based on UCI salary scales and dependent on qualifications and experience. 

With funding from the California Climate Action grant program, WUICAN builds a network of environmental justice organizations, academic partners, and Tribal nations to address the impacts of climate change on California’s landscapes and people while promoting community resilience to climate change. The Academic Coordinator will work closely with a diverse team of faculty, academic staff, community leaders, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to establish the WUICAN network. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Support diverse teams in co-designing research related to the needs of communities impacted by climate change in California landscapes.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration with environmental justice organizations, Indigenous communities, and academics from multiple disciplines, including environmental science, law, social science, and the humanities..
  • Write reports and create media that describe project activities and outcomes.
  • Give presentations to public and academic audiences about WUICAN.
  • Organize and lead on logistics for WUICAN meetings, conferences, and policy design workshops.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings with program leaders, partners, and participants in virtual, university, and community venues.
  • Co-design and manage educational programming and fellowship support for graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students.
  • Contribute to program evaluation and assessment.

Interested applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals; (b) current curriculum vitae; (c) inclusive excellence activities statement; and (d) names and contact information of three references.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Masters-level degree in social science, environmental science, public policy, management, communications, or a related discipline conferred by December 1, 2023

Desired qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in social science, environmental science, law, environmental policy, management, communications, or a related discipline conferred by December 1, 2023; or at least 3 years of relevant experience beyond the Master's degree
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working independently
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working as a member of cross-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated abilities in oral and written communication, organization, leadership, mentoring, conflict resolution, relationship building, and cultural awareness
  • Experience with consensus building, facilitation, and/or collaborative problem-solving
  • Experience managing complex, multidisciplinary projects
  • Professional experience, training, or strong interest in learning about team science
  • Experience with community-based research practice and methods
  • Interest in climate science, ecology, environmental law and policy, climate policy, environmental justice, conservation, restoration, and/or resource management


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. 
  • Cover Letter
  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement. 

Misc / Additional (Optional)

Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

Reference requirements

3-5 required (contact information only)

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The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Irvine, CA