Director of Education and Engagement

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) | Posted Jun 21, 2024

Deadline: Jul 2, 2024

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Experience Level:
5-10 Years

The application window closed on July 2nd and we are no longer accepting applications.

About CUAHSI: The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) empowers the water community and advances science through collaboration, infrastructure, and education. Our mission supports an integrated understanding of water, earth, ecosystems, and society to address critical water-related challenges. As a leader in water science, CUAHSI facilitates impactful scientific collaboration and community engagement across academic, federal, non-profit, and private sectors.

The Director of Education and Engagement is responsible for leading CUAHSI’s educational initiatives at the college and university levels and enhancing community engagement through innovative programs and events. This role involves collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop and deliver high-quality educational resources that support water science and research.

Location: Remote

Position Type: Full-time (35-hour workweek)

Salary: $103K-$126K depending on qualifications and responsibilities

How to Apply: The application window closed on July 2nd.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee education and training programs that align with CUAHSI’s strategic goals.
  • Responsible for strategic vision of education and broader impacts portfolio in collaboration with CUAHSI’s Executive Director and Board.
  • Enhance CUAHSI’s educational offerings, focusing on adaptive resources that meet the needs of the water community.
  • Lead efforts to engage with Primarily Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions to expand CUAHSI’s educational impact and ensure greater diversity is represented in the development of future water professionals.
  • Measure and analyze the effectiveness of educational programs and engagement efforts to continuously improve engagement and impact; collaborate with CUAHSI’s data science staff to generate performance targets and track progress.
  • Organize and manage a subset of CUAHSI’s portfolio of activities, including community events, workshops, and webinars that promote water science education and enable new collaborations.
  • Take on lead PI or co-PI responsibilities on several active multi-year federal grants, including CUAHSI’s Critical Zone Network Hub, CUAHSI’s core funding grant, Critical Zone Research for Undergraduate Experiences, and the CUAHSI Summer Institute.
  • Lead grant writing efforts to secure funding for educational programs, ensuring the sustainability and expansion of CUAHSI’s educational initiatives.
  • Travel to events, institutions, and planning / partnership meetings; some travel outside of normal working hours will be necessary.
  • Collaborate with CUAHSI staff and community members to utilize resources effectively across complex and competing project objectives; generate opportunities for process improvements.
  • Responsibility for developing, maintaining, and communicating status of a subset of CUAHSI processes.
  • Supervise a geographically distributed three-person team, providing guidance, decisions, and mentoring to ensure staff are effective and provided with opportunities for professional growth.
  • Effectively manage budgets, personnel resources, and reporting to ensure federal grant compliance and efficient utilization of project funds.


  • Advanced degree (PhD, MS, or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Hydrology, STEM Education, or related fields.
  • Proven experience in educational leadership, preferably in a non-profit or academic setting.
  • Minimum three years of experience with direct supervision and team leadership; supervisory experience in remote settings is a plus.
  • Prior success building coalitions to achieve collaborative objectives.
  • Strong understanding of societally relevant water issues.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in developing and managing educational content and community outreach programs.
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability in grant writing and fundraising for educational or scientific programs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment.

What We Offer:

  • Opportunity to lead transformative educational initiatives in water science.
  • A collaborative and supportive work environment dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Career development opportunities and access to a network of professionals and experts in water science.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At CUAHSI, we embrace diversity and inclusivity, recognizing that our differences strengthen our community. We believe in creating an environment where everyone is supported and has opportunities to thrive. We understand that significant and sustained efforts are needed to improve equity in the water research process and how solutions are applied to address societal needs. We strongly encourage you to apply to join our team if you are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, have a disability, or are of any marginalized identity.

CUAHSI, provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.