Title: Project Support Liaison, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)
Position Type: Full-time
Location: Washington, DC
What we do and offer our team
We are home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Project Support Liaison, you will be part of a dynamic forum for Earth and Space scientists to 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.
What the Project Support Liaison does
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.
The Project Support Liaison, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) position is key in assisting AGU to promote discovery in Earth and Space science for the benefit of humanity, by being operational in focus. The incumbent will lead the development of several TEX community science projects and help develop tools and services that will allow people to develop and complete TEX community science projects more independently. The Liaison will meet with community leaders to understand their priorities and help them design TEX projects that use Earth and Space Science (ESS) to address community priorities. The incumbent will recruit and select scientists, especially AGU members, to work on TEX projects; help scientists and community leaders form effective teams; and guide teams to develop impactful solutions. In addition, the incumbent will analyze the experience of working with TEX projects and use their analysis to design, test, and refine strategies for supporting TEX projects more efficiently or with less input from TEX staff.
- Work closely with the Program Director, TEX to identify, implement, and revise strategies to scale TEX.
- Take the lead on fostering an ecosystem in which TEX projects can germinate, grow, and have local impact without as much high-touch engagement of AGU staff.
- Support the ecosystem by designing and testing guides, tools, resources, and networks to support TEX projects with less engagement from TEX staff. Some initial ideas to investigate include online tutorials and fostering a community of practice on community science.
- Develop and guide approximately 10 TEX projects, including projects with strategic partners. This entails developing relationships with community leaders, identifying the connection between community issues and Earth and Space science, and building and teams of scientists and community leaders to produce local impact.
- Work closely with the Program Director, TEX to identify barriers to community science and design services, tools, or resources that can help people manage those barriers.
- Mentor scientists and community leaders on community science interaction and the strategies used to ensure productive partnerships.
- 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.
- 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.
- Other duties as assigned.
What the Project Support Liaison brings to the team
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.
- Experience and credibility in leading community inspired science projects that produce local impact.
- Experience developing and implementing programs that engage volunteers, offer training, and build collaborative networks.
- Demonstrated skill working with diverse communities.
- An ability to make connections between myriad community priorities and Earth and space science.
- The ability to coach others through a defined process while remaining responsive to individual and local differences.
- Broad knowledge of AGU science and a strong foundation in applied or use-inspired research.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate easily and effectively with both internal and external audiences.
- Ability to effectively communicate and interact with constituents at many levels, such as the AGU Council, program committees, members, community leaders, and staff at all levels and from all backgrounds.
- 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 exercising highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters.
- 5+ years of experience with a Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent education and work experience; PhD is preferred.
Who the Project Support Liaison works with
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.
- In TEX, you will be part of a small team consisting of three people, all reporting to the program director.
- As part of AGU, you will be part of a large and dynamic team with diverse expertise and backgrounds, all working toward AGU’s mission and vision, including TEX.
- Collaborate with others to achieve shared goals and outcomes that contribute to the mission, vision, and strategic plan of AGU.
- Volunteer to share information and knowledge, encourage consensus and share credit for joint effort.
For consideration, please submit your cover letter with your salary requirements 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.