Work with IARPC

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is charged with enhancing the scientific monitoring of and research in the Arctic, and on increasing collaboration between federal agencies, Arctic researchers, and Arctic residents. IARPC is working to improve communication and collaboration between federal agencies and Indigenous communities in the Arctic. To support this goal, we are recruiting for two new positions.

Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

We are currently seeking an Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist to coordinate across agencies and serve as a communication hub between IARPC federal agency members and Indigenous communities. This is a full-time position. The full position description, responsibilities, qualifications, and details of how to apply can be found below. The position will remain open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning November 1.

Leadership Fellowship for Indigenous Peoples

We are seeking two fellows to participate in IARPC Collaborations in a leadership capacity. IARPC Collaborations brings together communities of practice led by federal and non-federal co-leaders. Although each of our collaboration teams is discussing issues directly relevant to those living in Alaska and the Arctic and team leaders are experts in their field, very few team leaders have perspectives stemming from deep place-based knowledge in Alaska. This paid fellowship seeks to increase opportunities for Indigenous individuals to lead these communities of practice. Further information, including fellowship description, responsibilities, and how to apply, is available below. The positions will remain open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning November 1.


Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

The Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist (IECS) will coordinate across agencies and serve as a communication hub between IARPC federal agency members and Indigenous communities, including but not limited to federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native corporations, Alaska Native organizations, and IARPC agency members. The IECS will be responsible for developing, facilitating, and documenting communication linkages between the federal agencies and Indigenous communities. However, the IECS does not replace established Tribal liaisons nor have the authority to speak on behalf of agencies.

This is a full-time position. The position will remain open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning November 1.

Scope of Work

The IECS will be required to communicate effectively with federal agency scientists and Indigenous peoples living in Alaska to share information, develop partnerships, and build trusted relationships and networks.

The IECS will perform these tasks:

  • Develop and maintain an engagement strategy to improve communication between Indigenous communities and the IARPC research agencies
  • Develop trusted two-way information and educational sharing networks between Indigenous entities and federal agencies with Arctic research missions
  • Develop and maintain outreach coordination and communications databases to include local points of contact, key leaders in Indigenous communities, and Alaska Indigenous organizations
  • Understand the research missions of the IARPC principal agencies
  • Identify Indigenous communities, tribes, and Alaska Native organizations that may benefit from engaging with one or more of the IARPC principal agencies
  • Identify opportunities where federal researchers can attend cultural events and festivals in rural communities to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous lands and culture
  • Facilitate information sharing and help Indigenous communities find answers to their questions about federal research in Alaska
  • Attend and participate in organized forums, as appropriate, to provide communication opportunities between Indigenous communities and federal agencies
  • Meet with Indigenous communities and offices of the IARPC agencies (in person when possible)
  • Develop and propose to IARPC educational and outreach materials for Indigenous communities, tribes, Alaska Indigenous organizations, and the IARPC research agencies
  • Identify well-established and successful communication networks and help the IARPC agencies develop best practices to share information and engage Indigenous partners
  • Develop, produce and maintain guidance documents for the IARPC agencies about different knowledge systems and principles for conducting research in the Arctic
  • Coordinate with the existing network of federal tribal liaisons to facilitate communication and avoid duplication of effort
  • Prepare annual reports to IARPC and ARCUS to monitor progress, successes, needs, and potential challenges
  • Coordinate strategies for Indigenous engagement with ARCUS

Highly desirable candidates will have knowledge, skills, and abilities in these areas:

  • Knowledge of Indigenous communities, traditions, and ways of communicating in Alaska
  • Demonstrated understanding of Alaska’s cultural diversity
  • Connections and experiences with Indigenous communities
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Understanding of Indigenous knowledge, conventional science, and co-production of knowledge
  • Understanding of equity principles in research
  • Familiarity with the breadth of federal research investment in Alaska
  • Ability to organize information for public communication purposes
  • Strong project management, facilitation, and organizational skills to facilitate tracking and dissemination of information
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Preferred experience includes:

  • Background in communications, community engagement, or negotiation
  • Masters level degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Understanding of the FAIR and CARE principles
  • Experience using appropriate social media platforms to facilitate communication and information sharing

Additional Details

This will be an Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) staff position that is detailed to IARPC. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, within a range of $72,000-$87,000. ARCUS has a generous benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, retirement benefit, and paid time off.

This position is full time, 30-40 hours/week, and will report to the IARPC Executive Director. This is a one-year contract with the expectation of an additional year pending funding. Some travel is expected, and will be funded.

The IECS will be based in Anchorage, Alaska, with an office at the Anchorage Museum. The museum will provide a computer, IT support, and additional office supplies. Parking expenses will not be reimbursed.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume or CV to jobs@iarpccollaborations.org.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on November 1.

Please direct any questions to jobs@iarpccollaborations.org.


IARPC Leadership Fellowship for Indigenous Peoples

IARPC Collaborations consists of collaboration teams that are led by federal and non-federal co-leaders. These leaders develop communities of practice around research topics relevant to the Arctic. Although each of the collaboration teams discusses issues directly relevant to those living in Alaska and the Arctic and team leaders are experts in their field, few team leaders have perspectives stemming from deep place-based knowledge in Alaska. These perspectives have inherent value and help to tie the research community to the priorities of those living in the Arctic, which is an important element of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. IARPC seeks to increase the ability for Indigenous individuals to participate in leadership positions within IARPC as they so choose. IARPC acknowledges that the time and resources necessary for participation by Indigenous individuals is often a barrier to participation in IARPC. Therefore, consistent with priorities of the Biden Administration, IARPC is creating a fellowship for Indigenous individuals to participate in IARPC in a leadership capacity with the following guidelines.

At this time IARPC is piloting this program with two fellowship positions. In the future IARPC hopes to support more fellows.

Purpose

  • Improve collaboration teams’ ability to understand Indigenous research needs in their fields and facilitate communication and collaboration across cultural boundaries and knowledge systems
  • Provide fellows with a deep understanding of the federal research ecosystem that will inform their careers and future relationships

Fellowship Guidelines

  • Any interested Indigenous individuals are eligible for this fellowship if they meet the following conditions:
    • Have expertise, experience, or place-based connection with the team’s focus
    • Are not currently receiving federal funding to engage in or with IARPC
    • See the fellowship as contributing to career and/or future professional plans
  • Fellows will co-lead a designated IARPC Collaboration Team alongside other co-leaders
  • Fellowships are for one year with the option of a one- to two-year extension pending funding
  • Fellows will be supported with a stipend of $5,000 per year
  • Travel expenses related to IARPC fellowship responsibilities will be paid for by IARPC

Fellowship Description and Responsibilities

  • IARPC welcomes fellows who want to work as boundary spanners between Indigenous Peoples, communities, and organizations, and the research community. Fellows will be encouraged to co-lead their team in ways that reflect their traditional values and ways of knowing.
  • Fellows can expect to devote 10 hours a month, on average, to their fellowship responsibilities
  • Fellowship responsibilities include
    • Developing and strengthening connections between Indigenous and research communities
    • Collaborating with other co-leaders within and across teams
    • Working with other co-leads in organizing meetings
    • Co-hosting monthly team meetings
    • Participating in annual planning workshops
    • Participating in annual reporting

IARPC Commitments to Fellows

  • Fellows will receive team leader onboard training from the IARPC Secretariat
  • Fellows will receive mentorship from their team co-leaders
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of scientists, research programs, and federal agencies on issues of importance that overlap with plan priorities
  • IARPC Secretariat and team co-leaders will support fellows in developing and leading team meetings
  • IARPC Secretariat will support the development of session proposals or abstracts related to team activities
  • IARPC will evaluate its own success at connecting/being relevant to communities of priority to the fellows

Additional Details

Selected fellows will be required to sign a contract with the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS). If a selected fellow is part of an institution, the fellow's home institution may enter into an agreement with ARCUS on behalf of the fellow.

How to Apply

The IARPC Health and Well-Being, Arctic Observing Systems, Atmosphere, Permafrost, Arctic Data, and Coastal Resilience collaboration teams have requested a fellow. However, fellows whose work and experience is relevant to other teams are also encouraged to apply. The fellowship will remain open until positions have been filled, but review of applications will begin on November 1.

To apply, send the following to fellowship@iarpccollaborations.org:

  • Your name and which collaboration team(s) are of most interest to you
  • Personal statement: Briefly tell us about yourself and what motivates you (200-300 words)
  • Statement of interest: Explain why you are interested in becoming an IARPC Fellow, what you can bring to the collaboration team you want to join, and how being an IARPC fellow might benefit your career (200-300 words)
  • A CV or biography that includes:
    • Current career status
    • Relevant experience (community leadership, research, academic training, community service)
    • Professional positions and/or experience teaching, advising, mentoring, or conducting science communication and outreach activities
    • Any further qualifications and skills (languages, training relevant for this application)

Fellowship positions will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on November 1.

Please direct any questions to fellowship@iarpccollaborations.org.

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