Join the Science at Cal Team!

The University of California, Science at Cal seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Public Engagement Specialist for Science at Cal. 

Science at Cal was established in 2009 as an initiative to network members of the UC Berkeley science, technology, engineering and mathematics community to engage public audiences across all demographics in STEM learning. During summer 2019, Science at Cal became a key program of the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center established in 1968.

Science at Cal supports the advancement of the public’s understanding of science by creating opportunities for the UC Berkeley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research community to share the wonder, excitement and relevance of their research with public audiences. Accessibility, inclusiveness, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of Science at Cal events (public lectures, community events, etc.) which reach tens of thousands of people annually. Science at Cal activities are designed to meet several goals: (1) Share the results of UC Berkeley’s research and the enthusiasm of our scientists with the public at large; (2) Provide a unified interface to respond to requests from outside groups, build and maintain partnerships with community organizations, and exploit collaborative opportunities with other Bay Area and national actors to improve the public understanding of science (e.g., Bay Area Science Festival); (3) Support outreach activities of centers, departments, faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students, making outreach efforts easy, efficient, effective, fun and rewarding, thus creating a culture of education and public outreach on campus that is fully integrated in our research and education; and (4) Implement creative ways to strengthen the participation and engagement of underserved communities.

The Public Engagement Specialist reports to the Executive Director of Science at Cal and will work with the Science at Cal Advisory Council and the Lawrence Hall of Science as needed.

  • Organizes, develops and manages all of Science at Cal communication tools to support networking of internal science outreach community and engagement of public audiences (schools, community groups and organizations, general public), including Science at Cal website, social networking platforms, e-lists, databases, fliers, logos & branding, and preparation and dissemination of e-newsletters to the internal and external Science at Cal communities.

  • Develops and assists with implementation of new strategies to expand Science at Cal’s science outreach network among undergrads, grads, postdocs, faculty, and staff, serving as a liaison to undergraduate student science clubs and organizations, graduate student associations, postdoc associations, and through channels for reaching out to faculty and staff, such as the Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO).

  • Builds and expands relationships with educational community partners, initiatives, and programs to develop collaborative projects, ensuring the long-term vitality and sustainability of Science at Cal staffing and programs, by 1. leveraging Science at Cal resources across campus and 2. by applying for novel funding sources.

  • Working with Science at Cal Program Executive Director, leads all aspects of event production, from concept development; communicating and engaging with participants and external community members, oversight of event logistics, organization and management of volunteer crew, development and dissemination of publicity, and onsite presentation.

  • Creation, management, and maintenance of Science at Cal databases, including community and campus partners, students, faculty, and programs.

  • Special projects and tasks as needed.

This is a one-year contract appointment.

To see more details, qualifications, and to apply click below.