The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is searching for a remote Administrative Coordinator for a half-time position for one to two years to help us maintain our core administrative processes, who will be working based in our partner organization, the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) at the University of Toronto. The position will begin in late July or August.
The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is an network of academics and non-profits addressing potential threats to United States federal environmental and energy policy, and to the scientific research infrastructure built to investigate, inform, and enforce them. EDGI is a distributed collaboration operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the non-profit, Public Lab, with volunteer members across North America. EDGI working groups:
- monitor changes to tens of thousands of web pages across U.S. federal agencies (such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy) to trace how environmental data, information, and their presentation change
- interview long-time federal employees to provide a human and nuanced perspective on impacts of the current administration on agencies;
- run public campaigns on and analyze environmental, energy, and climate policy and regulation, focusing on changes in agency’s governance of scientific information and data;
- develop community-driven processes for archiving, stewarding, and sharing data (especially environmental data), with the aim of building just and sustainable relationships between data and communities; and
- recognizes the many conflicting justice concerns that data manifests and aims to bring together research communities to struggle together across these differences with a commitment to intersectional justice.
Here are some of the things you’ll do:
As EDGI is a horizontal distributed network, the work of coordination is vital. We are seeking a proactive and detail-oriented Administrative Coordinator (exact job title is negotiable to maximize value for future employment). The new hire will work with the Steering Committee to execute core activities including:
- coordinating contracting processes
- weekly dialog with our fiscal sponsor (Public Lab)
- manage partnership contacts, donor contact database and access to third party services
- other recordkeeping activities
- participate in weekly all EDGI meetings
The coordinator will facilitate grant reporting in collaboration with the Grants Coordinator and intermittent engagement with existing individual donors.
Because of EDGI’s horizontal structure this position includes leadership opportunities, including joining the Steering Committee, which provides direction to the entire organization. The administrator will likely be in communication with the leadership of other partner organizations in environmental oversight, civic technology, and governmental transparency.
The Administrative Coordinator will work approximate 16 hours per week @ $35 per hour, depending on experience and with some flexibility for additional hours. This is a contracted position for one year, with the possibility of renewal. The first three months of the contract will be considered a trial period.
Qualifications and skills we are looking for:
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- Three to five years of related work experience preferred.
- Ability to clearly and concisely communicate both via text-based platforms like Slack and email and regular video conference calls with EDGI members, contractors, our fiscal sponsor, and our partners.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
- Ability to take initiative and anticipate team needs.
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
- Adherence to policies and procedures; support for EDGI’s mission, vision, and values, which include justice; environmental and human health; intersectionality; anti-facism, anti-racism, and anti-oppression; accessibility; participatory knowledge making; and responsivity and proactivity.
Qualifications that are an additional asset:
- Non-profit experience.
- Experience in remote collaboration and communication.
To be considered for this position please email us at TRUpositions@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on July 15th, 2018 with:
- A resume or CV.
- A cover letter outlining why you are a fit for the position.
- Short recap of a problem you solved coordinating a group of people towards a common goal. This could be anything from a team work project to organizing a recurring community event or a monthly hackathon. We want to know how you thought through it, what didn’t work (not just what did), and what you learned. It should be more than just a short paragraph but less than a single-spaced page. If images help illustrate the issue or your solution please feel free to also include those as a supplement to your written statement.
Finalists will be asked for contact information for three references. Position will remain open until filled.
EDGI strives to acknowledge and reduce barriers for members of equity-seeking groups through fair hiring practices and enaction of its values. We expect everyone to follow our Code of Conduct and principles of friendliness, respect, empathy, and open communication.
The TRU is a cross-faculty hub for critical and creative research on the politics of technoscience at the University of Toronto. The TRU is affiliated with the Faculty of Information, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. The TRU draws together social justice approaches to Science and Technology Studies, with particular strengths in research on environmental justice, decolonial and feminist STS, and data politics. The TRU is committed to being a research home for Indigenous, Black, People of Color, and 2SLGBTQ researchers. Please visit the TRU’s website for more information.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.