Academic Coordinator/Unit 18 Lecturer

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
La Jolla, California
Mar 10, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
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Academic Coordinator/Unit 18 Lecturer

(Assistant Director of the MAS in Climate Sciences and Policy)


Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. SIO is a world-renowned center of climate research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. The Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Climate Sciences and Policy (CSP) is a one-year professional degree program that combines the scientific knowledge of the Earth's climate system with an understanding of the political, legal, and economic challenges associated with applying that knowledge in particular governmental and social contexts. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare practitioners to make wise and realistic decisions about the management of climate impacts and their associated risks.


We seek to fill the position of Assistant Director of the MAS in Climate Sciences and Policy with a professional in the field of Climate Sciences and Policy. The Assistant Director of MAS-CSP at Scripps Institution of Oceanography assumes lead responsibility for on-going development, management and supervision of all MAS-CSP educational activities conducted by Scripps and related faculty. These include assistance with course development, academic mentorship, admissions, oversight of students’ capstone research, and instructional lead of an interdisciplinary multi-instructor summer course. The Assistant Director is also expected to coordinate interactions with students, lecturers, campus administrators and with public and private sectors. The CSP program is overseen by a member of the faculty who serves as CSP Director. The Assistant Director is expected to work with the Director and other participating faculty members to manage the intellectual content, ongoing development of the MAS-CSP degree, as well as courses offered by SIO faculty and researchers. The Assistant Director reports to the SIO Department Chair while working closely with the MAS-CSP Program Director.


Additionally, the incumbent will serve as a Unit 18 Lecturer when fulfilling teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate will participate in teaching as an instructor or co-instructor of selected MAS-CSP courses including ones in the candidate’s area of specialization. The Assistant Director works closely with the MAS-CSP Director, the MAS-CSP Steering Committee, staff in the SIO Education Department, SIO Alumni Office, and faculty and researchers across UCSD. In addition, the Assistant Director is expected to develop and maintain an extensive, professional network with external individuals, organizations, and businesses related to Climate Science and Policy and act as a bridge between external organizations and the university.


The candidate ideally has credentials in climate sciences and experience in some aspect of national, international, or local science policy, or in a related communication, business or non-governmental organization. The successful candidate should have a college degree (MS, PhD or equivalent experience) in a field relevant to climate sciences (i.e. climate sciences, earth sciences, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, oceanography) as well as policy-relevant experience. Significant experience in organizations involved with implementing and communicating climate policy is desired. The successful candidate will have experience and interest in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Substantial initiative, leadership, creativity within the parameters of existing University guidelines (which could include research and grant-writing related to developing the program), and an established professional network within related fields are expected.


The payroll title will be proposed (subject to approval) at the Academic Coordinator I, or II level, commensurate with education and experience, which is subject to review and reappointment every two (or more) years. Salary will depend on the experience of the successful applicant and will be based on the UCSD pay scales.


For full consideration, please apply by the 4/7/17 deadline at:


The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.