Serving as part of the California Sea Grant Science Integration Team, the EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Program Coordinator works to identify, implement, and manage programs and services designed to increase participation of underrepresented groups in research, education and outreach activities supported by California Sea Grant (CASG). Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.

The EDI Program Coordinator establishes, maintains and nurtures connections with CA universities and colleges, especially Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI’s) and those that have a track record of serving Black and Native/Indigenous students, to secure interest among potential fellowship candidates from underrepresented groups; solicits and reviews applications for the various fellowship programs administered by CASG; coordinates the selection of awardees of these fellowships; and co-organizes and co-leads the annual State Fellows matching workshop that pairs hosts with finalist candidates.

The EDI Program Coordinator develops applied research and outreach programs that support CASG strategic goals, EDI objectives, and address local, state and national needs. The incumbent engages with coastal managers, research scientists, and other stakeholders across California to determine research needs and priorities; and develops collaborations and obtains extramural funds to design and implement projects that increase participation of underserved and underrepresented groups in coastal and marine disciplines.

The position administers competitive marine science research and fellowship programs and advises the California Sea Grant Director on project-specific decisions, research directions, and the most current scientific developments in all subject areas covered by the program; and ensures that research supports the diversity of the communities that CASG seeks to serve and diverse institutions are aware of, have access to, and can participate in CASG annual call for proposals.

The EDI Program Coordinator also coordinates the review of annual and final reports submitted by funded researchers, and helps to identify and follow up on noteworthy accomplishments and impacts to communicate to funding agency partners. This component of the job involves interaction with funded scientists, California Sea Grant’s Communications team and other Extension Specialists, and agency partners.

  • Confidentiality is a condition of employment due to access to sensitive materials found in proposals.


  • Educational background in a natural or biological science and 4 years of professional experience promoting equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and promote creative strategies to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Proven ability to interact comfortably and professionally with faculty, students, university administration, scientists, agency representatives, the public and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and success in the creation and development of novel academic, research, fellowship, and outreach programs that promote EDI efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking and training.
  • Thorough knowledge, experience and success with student, faculty, and staff diversity-related programs. Knowledge of the history and societal impacts of social discrimination and unequal opportunity in the USA, and how this influences demographic patterns and opportunity in higher education.
  • Experience gathering, organizing and performing analysis on equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives as well as present findings and make recommendations that have department-wide impact, verbally and in writing. Analytical skills to evaluate multiple data from diverse sources and present with narrative in a form meaningful for management decision-making.
  • Proven familiarity and adeptness with a wide range of communication methods and tools including verbal, visual, written, and digital media (e.g., MS PowerPoint, MS Word, public speaking, web design, effective writing).
  • Demonstrated experience with the organization and execution of interactive fora such as workshops and conferences.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing programming to support and increase representation of underserved and underrepresented groups.
  • Strong commitment and/or willingness to engage in activities that advance equity, diversity and inclusion in academic and community efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct surveys, gather data, develop and analyze survey results and provide recommendations.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
  • Must be able to work non-standard work hours to fulfill job requirements.
  • Occasional out-of-town travel is required, mostly within the state of California.
  • Must have a driver’s license.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) Life insurance
e) UC Retirement Plan
f) Pet Insurance

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