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Practitioner in Residence, Repair Lab


Practitioner in Residence, Repair Lab

  • R0036677
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Administrative Group
  • The University of Virginia
Beginning in October 2022, The University of Virginia’s Repair Lab will offer year-long residencies to activists and community leaders working for environmental justice. The residency can be in-person or virtual. The program is grounded in the Repair Lab’s beliefs that practitioners are creators of knowledge and democracy is strengthened when practitioners are deeply, equally and systematically involved in making connections between public policy and the people and groups it is aimed to serve.

This program is intended for distinguished and emerging leaders who are looking for room to develop community-based policy and/or program tools to envision and advance transformative solutions to the racial dimensions of the climate crisis and environmental racism, build deeper connections with UVA, explore academic and research insights and pursue ideas for addressing environmental inequality and achieving environmental justice. Additionally, the residency program aims to forge reciprocal relationships between community practitioners, UVA and policy makers while developing new networks of local community leaders and thinkers.

The ideal Practitioner will be someone who is currently engaged in community-based environmental or climate justice related work, applied humanities, social or environmental science tools in policy-relevant settings and/or has identified an EJ problem or opportunity in which the gap between the status quo and an improved future may be solved by addressing policy oversights, biases, procedures, defects or absence. The chosen candidate will be engaged for twelve months on a project of their own proposing that aims to result in an instrument, intervention or other platform to address the identified problem.

Like an “artist-in-residence” program, this position will provide the practitioner a sanctuary from the everyday responsibilities that can impede breakthrough thinking, along with the opportunity to deepen engagement with the humanities, social and environmental sciences and related policy tools with support from the Repair Lab’s staff and university faculty.In turn, our faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students will benefit through their connection with the practitioner, who will bring them in touch with practical realities,unfamiliar challenges, and new ideas in various sectors outside of academia.The practitioner will be supported by a dedicated postdoctoral research fellow for the duration of the appointed term.

Benefits include access to University libraries and faculty, collaboration with the Repair Lab’s Environmental Justice Policy Clinic on the development of a policy and/or program tool, inclusion in the Repair Lab’s Oral History Project, podcast and film series, and a network of other passionate EJ community and environmental activists/organizations and government officials.

Expectations of the Practitioner
  • Develop environmental justice focused policy projects, in which substantial progress can be made in twelve months, that support the people and families living inthe communities they serve. This may include a project of personal and community interest that furthers their work for environmental and climate justice using humanities, social science and/or technological tools, such as storytelling, art, maps, public/oral history, community listening sessions, creative writing, policy briefs, targeted research and analysis, digital media, websites, mobile apps and film.
  • Offer two public presentations during the period of residency, one on campus and one at a community-based location. This could be a talk, exhibit, or other format based on the practitioner’s project and preferred mode of presentation.
  • Be available to meet with students engaged in community-based learning and activism, and coordinate community engagement opportunities for students, such as field visits or volunteering with a community group.
  • Attend events organized by the Repair Lab.


Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience working in environmental organizations or activism OR at least six years of relevant experience in lieu of a degree.

For additional information about the position, please contact Sarah Milov at sem9dw@virginia.edu.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance.The anticipated pay rate for this position is $24/hour. Start date and schedule are flexible. This is a Non-Exempt level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

Review will begin June 14, 2022, open until filled.

How to Apply

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0036677. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Vision statement (maximum of two pages) for your proposed project

The vision statement (maximum of two pages) should include:

1. Description of a project of personal and community interest you will develop or build upon during your residency, including:
  • An anticipated month-by-month workplan/timeline covering the length of the residency
  • Describe the types of financial, logistical, technical, and administrative support needed
  • Ideas to engage students in your project

2. How your prior experience working with communities on climate justice, environmental racism, and/or environmental justice will inform your residency

3. What, if any, experience you have mentoring and advising students/youth

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at unw5dq@virginia.edu.

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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