Are you passionate about civic science, including science outreach, communication, and public engagement? We, a collaboration of scientific societies, are looking for someone to lead an initiative that will increase the support and incentives for scientists who incorporate civic science into their work. The Kavli Civic Science Fellow is an ideal position for someone who has experience in civic science and is looking for an opportunity to think more broadly about advancing the field. This fellowship presents a remarkable opportunity to work with leaders across multiple scientific societies, while ultimately, influencing the culture of science and its relevance to society.
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Research!America are partnering to support the work of a Kavli Civic Science Fellow who will work across multiple scientific societies to connect, and advance the societies’ collective support so that scientists are empowered to undertake civic science activities. As part of their work, the Kavli Civic Science Fellow will follow a collective impact model that will rely on strategizing, data collection, and analysis and team building. The goal of the fellowship is to lay the groundwork for a more cohesive whole among societies, as they work towards influencing long-term culture change within the scientific enterprise to increase value and support for meaningful civic science engagement. This position is an 18-month fellowship.
The Kavli Civic Science Fellow will have the opportunity to shape the activities of the fellowship, with leaders from multiple scientific societies, to meet this larger goal. By working with a wide range of scientific societies, the Kavli Civic Science Fellow along with the scientific societies will set a common agenda, which establishes an agreed understanding of the problem and a shared vision of change. They will then work to establish common progress measures and mutually reinforcing activities.
Some of the activities that may be undertaken by the Kavli Civic Science Fellow in collaboration with representatives from the scientific societies may include:
Conduct a landscape assessment of scientific societies’ visions, goals, capabilities, programs and opportunities related to civic science.
Recommend ways in which scientific societies can leverage their strengths and authorities to encourage academic and funding institutions to provide deeper support for civic science- including altering their incentive structures.
Highlight existing resources and speed the development of new resources that support scientific societies’ planning, implementation, and evaluation of civic science, including resources that societies make available to their members.
Increase collaboration among scientific societies to accomplish work at the grassroots level and to find efficiencies in the existing system and leverage these efficiencies to better support societies of varying sizes and scales that want to encourage their members to do effective civic science engagement.
The candidate will also be part of the inaugural class of Civic Science Fellows. The Fellowship will embed emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds in organizations working at the many interfaces of science and society. Additional fellows will be hired by other organizations later this year. The benefits of being a Civic Science Fellow include access to a network of Fellows at other institutions, professional development in subject matter as well as leadership skills, and mentoring.
Required Education, Competencies, and Experience of a Successful Candidate:
- Master’s degree or higher in science, science communication or related field.
- Experience in an aspect of civic science: science outreach, public engagement, science communication.
- Experience in program or project management.
- Understanding of the culture of science and scientific societies or similar organizations is desirable.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work independently.
- Comfortable working with CEOs and with mid-level staff who run programs.
- Possess initiative, be entrepreneurial, and think strategically and long-term.
ASCB will be the fiscal and administrative home institution for the Fellow, who will spend time in several other societies located in the DC area in a series of 2 month rotations. This is an 18 month position. The salary for this fellowship is $80K per year plus benefits.
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