GLP Program Coordinator


Global Land Programme


Monday, August 28, 2023

Start Date

Monday, October 16, 2023

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The Global Land Programme (GLP) (, seeks a highly organized and motivated individual to join the International Programme Office (GLP-IPO) as Program Coordinator Faculty Specialist position.

The GLP-IPO is hosted by the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park. The GLP is a global research network of more than 2300 scientists worldwide supporting the next generation of science-based solutions to land system challenges at local-to global scales, and delivering knowledge in support of sustainable development. The GLP-IPO, based at UMD, serves as a catalyst to achieve the mission of this international network to enable research for sustainable development of land systems via four main objectives: 1) Setting agendas and facilitate synthesis in land system science; 2) Enabling the production of cutting- edge land system science worldwide; 3) Informing science-based policy on land; and 4) Building capacity of the LSS community to deliver inclusive, solutions-oriented science.

This position is a 12-month, full-time position. This position offers excellent benefits, including but not limited to health insurance, generous leave package from the first year (accrued at 22 days-annual leave, 3 days-personal leave & 14 days-sick leave), retirement subsidy (ORP/Pension System), tuition remission and many professional development opportunities. The full-time salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established from $50,000 to $70,000 per year, depending on qualifications. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training. This position is also hybrid telework-eligible with flexible work hours. Geographical Sciences promotes growth in individuals and a healthy work-life balance within a collaborative culture.

Function: The Program Coordinator will play a key role in the IPO, supporting our Executive Director (ED) and the IPO Team to plan and execute GLP’s cross-cutting goals across four program objectives/work areas, as well as in planning and logistics of GLP programs and events to ensure smooth functioning of our programs.

The Program Coordinator will manage the daily and longer-term schedule; coordinate with IPO team members as well as with the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), working groups, nodal offices, and members; track and follow through on ED action items; and coordinate meetings, events, projects and other items as needed.

The Program Coordinator will additionally work with IPO staff for the planning and execution of GLP programs and events ranging from small to large including for the GLP Scientific Steering Committee telecons and annual meetings; scientific workshops, and our flagship 700-person Open Science Meeting (OSM) to take place in Oaxaca in Fall 2024.

The position requires strong attention to detail and the ability to follow up on many items in both the short and longer-term as well as excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong organizational and time-management abilities.

The ideal candidate will have a background in environmental or geographical sciences and a deep commitment to addressing critical societal and environmental issues, such as biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and food security and who will promote the Global Land Programme through in-person and online interactions with members of the GLP and University of Maryland community, as well as with civil society organizations, funders, and the general public.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree is required. Candidates should be highly organized, detail-oriented and possess demonstrated ability to share knowledge through verbal and written communication. The candidates should also be a proactive and creative problem solver with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team and handle multiple tasks and shifting priorities.


Background in geographical sciences, environmental sciences, journalism, creative design, or scientific writing is desired. Familiarity with Drupal or other web Content Management Systems, experience with social media platforms in a professional or volunteer capacity, familiarity with the Adobe Creative suite and demonstrated professional writing skills, such as press releases, articles, profiles or web stories are also preferred. Knowledge of Spanish desired but not required.

Additional information: Applications should include a 1-page personal statement of background and experience relevant to the position, a signed, dated Curriculum Vitae, and the names, professional affiliations, and addresses (including email & phone numbers) of 3-5 references. Further information on this position and on the GLP and the Department can be found at and

For best consideration applications should be submitted by August 14, 2023. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

For questions about the position, please contact Ariane de Bremond ( Further information on this position and on academic and research programs of the Department can be found at We are striving to continuously grow our diverse, equitable, and welcoming community. Applications from women and minorities are particularly sought.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational program.