ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTER PROGRAM MANAGER

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTER PROGRAM MANAGER

Req #: 188441 Department: UW BOTHELL: OFFICE OF CONNECTED LEARNING Job Location: UW Bothell Posting Date: 03/22/2021 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift: First Shift Notes: Although open until filled, priority application date is April 19, 2021.

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Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. The campus is committed to increasing access to an excellent UW education and preparing students to be leaders throughout Washington and beyond.

UW Bothell provides students a participatory, cross-disciplinary experience grounded in hands-on learning, community-based research, close relationships with faculty as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success.

The campus offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, more than 40% are first-generation college attendees, and more than half are students of color.

The University values hiring faculty and staff who have demonstrated experience and ability to work successfully with diverse student populations and who can contribute to a campus culture that promotes equity among colleagues.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at UW Bothell. Our work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on our campus and in the surrounding community. We recognize that we are bound together in a collective experience and that our actions impact all in our community. When we focus on the lives of the most marginalized groups among us, we also create conditions of equity, justice and academic excellence for everyone.

In addition to having award winning faculty and staff, UW Bothell has been recognized for innovations in academic programming and support services designed to help students graduate on time and debt-free. It has also earned both recognition and awards for its work in the area of environmental sustainability.

The St. Edward Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) is a new, UW Bothell-led, environmental center located in St. Edward State Park, on the northeast shore of Lake Washington near Seattle Washington. Commencing operations in spring of 2021, the center will host a broadly interdisciplinary program integrating environmental education, research, and community engagement with the purpose of advancing public understanding, scientific knowledge, environmental equity and justice, connection with nature, environmental sustainability, and stewardship of Pacific Northwest ecosystems and the larger world. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice are cornerstones of the EERC and inform all aspects of the program. The EERC's mission is in complete alignment with the University’s current Strategic Plan - Increasing Access, Achieving Excellence, which aims at strengthening diversity and equity, enhancing community and campus engagement, and advancing cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship.

We are seeking a dynamic and committed environmental educator with experience and abilities in diverse areas associated with program development, implementation, and management of an environmental education and research center. The EERC Program Manager will report to the UW Bothell Director of Community Engagement, with a strong dotted line to the EERC Faculty Director.

Responsibilities:
Programming/Education:
Will develop and implement environmental programing, i.e., education, research, and community engagement across the sciences, art, and humanities. Will direct particular attention toward the role of indigenous knowledge and history in understanding landscapes and ecosystems and human roles, ethics, and impacts. Programs implemented aim to embody aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion, in terms of the audiences reached, the nature of the programming itself, and the instructors.
• Develop and deliver environmental education curriculum in coordination with EERC Faculty Director.
• Develop initial plans for K-12 curriculum delivery in partnership with K-12 Community Education Program Faculty Lead.
• Work with faculty and UW Bothell staff to schedule UW Bothell courses at EERC.
• Lead liaison for UW Bothell community-based learning and research student projects engaged with EERC.
• Support the development and launch of summer 2022 K-12 environmental educational camps.
• Lead K-12 and UW Bothell fieldtrips to EERC at St. Edward State Park.
• Support the operations of one-day community outreach events, themed around environmental justice for year 2021-22.
• Operationalize one-time program activities under the EERC Collaboration Initiative Fund (i.e. artist and speaker visits, writing and creation events, etc.)

Community partnerships:
Collaborate with UW Bothell Office of Community-Based Learning and Research and Washington Parks Department to build upon existing relationships and identify new partnerships.
• Work closely with Washington State Parks Department as the key co-collaborator on the EERC.
• Develop and support K-12 School and youth non-profit partnership engagement.
• Build on existing relationships with local tribes that UW Bothell faculty are connected to through research and teaching.
• Develop and support partnerships with people of color lead organizations.
• Participate on EERC Community Advisory Board and EERC UW Bothell faculty oversight committee.
• Schedule, organize, and support project management for multiple community stakeholder meetings.

Communication:
• Develop and maintain communication platforms for internal and external audiences.
• Create and distribute EERC posters and graphics to promote announcements and events.
• Present to public audiences and UW Bothell audiences in partnership with EERC Faculty Director.
• Establish an online archive of faculty and student EERC presentations.
• Develop and maintain interpretive materials and facilities.

Facilities operations:
• Responsible for day-to-day scheduling and operations of EERC.
• Purchase supplies and equipment for EERC with EERC Administrator support.
• Maintain computers and associated indoor equipment and maintain and schedule the use of outdoor teaching equipment in partnership with UW Bothell IT.
• In coordination with EERC Faculty Director (and others), work with architectural and construction teams as well as UW Bothell and Parks Department on issues arising with the construction and outfitting of the EERC facility.
• Develop a process by which the public can reserve/rent out EERC space in coordination with UW Bothell Facilities and Parks Department. Oversee rental program.

Risk management:
• Develop a comprehensive risk management plan for public, K-12, and UW Bothell engagement with EERC site in partnership with EERC Faculty Director, UW Risk Management Office, and Parks Department.
• Ensure safe minor engagement (i.e. parent release forms, media release forms, safe youth engagement trainings), in partnership with Youth at UW and Parks Department.

Supervision:
• Oversee the recruitment, hiring, supervision, and professional development support of 1-3 UW Bothell Student Assistants. The primary duties of students will be to 1. help implement curriculum for local communities and K-12 classes, 2. Provide docent support for events and K-12/community classes.
• Oversee community volunteers.

Budget management:
• Track program budget, student employee budget, materials operation budget in partnership with EERC Administrator and Faculty Director

Minimum requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies or Science, Education, Sustainability, Environmental Justice, or related field. Other disciplines considered if work experience intersects with environmental education.
• Minimum two years of experience in program management including: designing, planning, facilitating, and/or delivering education programs and community events.
• Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to principles of environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Strong collaboration and communication skills with the ability to work across diverse communities.
• Demonstrated ability to partner with stakeholders to co-define and achieve goals.
• Strong project management skills in managing details as well as organization, tracking, and facilitating tasks.
• Basic digital communication skills and knowledge of digital communication platforms.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

Desired:
• Master’s Degree in Environmental Education or related field.
• Commitment to working with institutionally marginalized communities and indigenous communities.
• Familiarity, experience, and training in environmental education, both indoor and outdoor with a range of audiences from children to adults.
• Knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history.
• Familiarity with university institutional operating environment.
• Experience in the development of interpretive materials.
• First aid training and certification - wilderness first aid training highly desirable. This training could be attained within position if candidate does not have this training.

Conditions of employment:
This position is grant-funded for three years, continuation of work beyond three years is dependent on external funding.
• Flexible working hours, with some evening and weekend commitments.
• Ability to navigate outdoor terrain on and off trails in all kinds of weather.
• Ability to travel between St. Edward State Park and the University of Washington Bothell.
• Job location will be at St. Edward State Park with occasional work at UW Bothell. 95% of workspace/time will be located at St. Edward State Park, and 5% of work will be located at UW Bothell.

Application Process:
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