Academic Title: Academic Coordinator

Position Title: California Sea Grant Extension Specialist (Academic Coordinator) – San Luis Obispo, CA

California Sea Grant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The California Sea Grant College Program (CASG) ( seeks a resourceful, innovative professional to appoint to a position as a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist (previously termed an Extension Advisor, see This position will be based in San Luis Obispo, CA at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo at the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences (hereafter Cal Poly); however the Specialist will be an employee of SIO/UCSD hired in the Academic Coordinator series.

Sea Grant Extension

Sea Grant Extension Specialists work individually and as part of a team of Specialists distributed throughout California. The role of an Extension Specialist is to develop solutions to high-priority coastal and marine issues, and disseminate information through diverse extension methods. Extension Specialists utilize research as an outreach and education tool. Specialists also organize symposia, workshops, and meetings to help local, regional, state, national, and international audiences identify resource problems and then engage community leaders, industry, academics, and agency staff in collaborative projects that lead to better-informed public decisions. The successful candidate will be expected to develop collaborations with other researchers, organizations, industries, and educators to conduct integrated research, education, and outreach projects. The Specialist’s activities will integrate with and enrich the Cal Poly academic community, and will involve and promote greater interactions between Cal Poly and its local coastal communities. The Specialist will be involved in the education mission of the University and will teach one class a year as part of the marine sciences program, and also will advise undergraduate and graduate research projects.

The Extension Specialist will have a background and will provide research-based information and leadership in one of the targeted areas of aquaculture, marine fisheries, coastal resource or coastal community sustainability, climate change, or marine ecosystem-based management. The Specialist will be expected to obtain external support (grants or contracts) that can contribute to his/her program and the CASG Extension Program budget. To support these efforts the position will have office and lab space on Cal Poly’s campus and access to the resources of Cal Poly’s Pier Facility including a flowing seawater system, a boating fleet, and a diving program. The Specialist will report through the CASG Extension Director to the CASG Director.

This is a full-time, professional academic position. Candidates with a Ph.D. are strongly preferred. Experience with teaching at the college level (either as an instructor or teaching assistant) is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong or potential for accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994).

Salary: Salary is competitive and is based upon UCSD pay scales, commensurate with a candidate’s experience, but is expected to start in the range between $52,944 and $66,972 annually. Merit increases and promotions will follow UCSD advancement guidelines for the Academic Coordinator series.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin February 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit complete application packages before February 15, 2013.

To Apply: A complete application package will consist of:

  1. Cover letter of interest including description of background, qualifications, and personal plan for extension activities;
  2. resume or CV;
  3. Personal statement summarizing your demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and equality or your potential to make contributions in the field;
  4. names and contact information for three references; and
  5. (optionally) electronic copies of no more than three relevant publications.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System. Click here for further details about how to apply and required application material.

For additional information regarding the position, contact either Rick Starr (Extension Program Director) at or 831-771-4442; or Jim Eckman (CASG Director) at or 858-534-4440.

For additional information regarding application mechanics contact Rose Madson (Business Manager) at or 858-534-4601

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.