Coordinator of Community Engagement & Outreach

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Oct 14, 2021
Full time Extension & Outreach

Job Description


Coordinator of Community Engagement & Outreach

Job ID: 234704
Location: Georgia Southern - Savannah
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Join Our Team at Georgia Southern!

Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associates, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!

Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.

Department Information
0900701 - Institute for Water and Health

Job Summary
Reporting to the Director of the Institute for Water and Health, the Coordinator of Community Engagement and Outreach will support the institute's mission to advance understanding of complex interactions between water resources and human activities to protect and restore their health in a changing environment. The institute is a research and education unit, fostering collaboration and capacity building among our faculty, other academic institutions, government agencies, industry, nonprofit organizations, and communities.


  • Perform related duties as assigned to support the mission of the University
  • Develop and implement community engagement plans required for IWH research activities
  • Implement water and health educational programs targeted for local communities
  • Develop and implement effective science communication strategies
  • Work closely with relevant stakeholders, in particular local environmental groups and non-profit organizations to advance community networks for the IWH
  • Identify extramural funding to support outreach activities
  • Guide the Georgia Southern communications and marketing team in building and implementing a communication and marketing plan for the institute
  • Monitor and report community outreach metrics and opportunities for community engagement and education
  • Assist with preparing annual progress reports to the Vice Provost for Research

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or related field

Other Required Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, ArcGIS, Adobe Design Suite, Mat Lab and other relevant design and database software

Required Experience

  • Five years of experience in developing citizen science and community education activities in environmental sciences
  • Five years of experience in field experience specifically in water quality monitoring
  • Five years of experience in designing effective science communication materials
  • Three years of experience in federal, state, municipal, non-profit groups, and private citizens on water quality education, coalition building, and capital project implementation

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Educational Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Environmental Sciences or related field

Preferred Experience

  • Proven service activities in environmental justice

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Training in Environmental Policy and Ethics
  • Intermediate level Spanish language
  • Motorboat operation certificate

Proposed Salary
$50,000 - $57,200

Required Documents to Attach

  • Please provide three (3) professional references in the Required Documents to Attach section of your application.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Consistently exhibit engaging customer service
  • Navigate web access and e-mail with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office, Google, and/or applications as required for specific position
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized and extremely responsive
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines at once
  • Ability to engage multiple different audiences over the phone, in writing and in person
  • Independent, results-driven, self-starter, high energy personality


  • Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success


  • Demonstrate commitment to inclusiveness by working well with diverse populations
  • Use effective communication and human relations skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate organizational skills as required for specific position
  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Confident, articulate verbal communicator
  • Demonstrate existing relations with legislators and public officials at the state, county, and city level

Apply Before Date
October 26, 2021

Contact Information
For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912) 478-6947 or by e-mail at

For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment

  • Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community
  • Successful completion of background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Valid driver's license

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Other Information

  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Frequently travel throughout the state and stay overnight as needed

Background Check
Standard, Education, and DMV

Other Information
Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals, and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

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