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Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator

Oregon State University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Aug 4, 2023

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Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator

Oregon State University

Department: Outdoor School (TOS)

Appointment Type: Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.

Job Summary:
The Division of Extension and Engagement is seeking a Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

The Division of Extension and Engagement is seeking applications for a Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator for a USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Across America Coordination Network (YEA-CN TIYA grant) project. This position is housed within the Division's Extension Outdoor School program. The Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator reports to the Director of the Outdoor School program.

The NIFA YEA program aims to enhance existing curricula or develop new curricula for youth and adults to explore USDA priorities (i.e., agricultural research, education, and extension) and develop opportunities for youth to participate in civic engagement programs, while incorporating access and participation among underrepresented youth/communities and culturally relevant experiential learning projects. The Climate Change Curriculum YEA project involves leading the development of youth climate change curriculum with an emphasis on smart agriculture and forestry.

The Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the development of climate change lesson plans for use with youth in U.S. states, U.S. insular areas (e.g., Guam), and tribal nations as part of a multiyear project funded by USDA NIFA. This work will involve leading and coordinating climate curriculum development among writers, internal and external partners, and a facilitation contractor who will support logistics and meeting facilitation.

The Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator will provide primary coordination for the project, including but not limited to: working with Division faculty and staff to develop and strengthen collaborations with partners (such as educators and professionals at land-grant universities, including tribal colleges and universities); convening a project planning team comprising stakeholders from partner organizations; managing contracted curriculum writers from diverse partner organizations; developing and implementing pilot program(s) for testing and revision of lesson plans; and managing the project budget. This person will help develop and execute a comprehensive curriculum plan for the project that is inclusive, equitable, and reflects the multi-dimensional diversity of youth. The Climate Change Curriculum YEA project is one of several projects, across institutions, funded under the NIFA YEA program. All YEA projects are part of a coordinated network that is managed by the OSU Division of Extension and Engagement through a YEA-CN (Coordinating Network) grant.

About the division:

The division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University's mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: .

Commitment to inclusive excellence:

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations.

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Why OSU?
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Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
This Climate Change Curriculum Coordinator embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed and practices a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture.

60% - Project Coordination and Management:
• Along with the principal investigator (PI) and leadership team, manage the project to ensure achievement of project outcomes and objectives related to developing a comprehensive climate curriculum that aligns with USDA and AFRI priorities.
• Convene a project planning team comprising stakeholders from partner organizations.
• Coordinate with project partners (including partnerships within OSU Extension and outside the university) to establish a diverse writing team.
• Supervise five writing team managers who will coordinate with 30-40 lesson writers to create 100 high quality climate lessons as part of a comprehensive curriculum package that ensures access by underserved/underrepresented youth, rural and urban youth, youth in insular areas, and tribal youth in partnership with 1994 Institutions.
• Through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process, select an external contractor to coordinate the logistics of climate content development, format, writing team managers, and lesson writers.
• Collaborate with YEA-CN Events and Marketing Manager and external contractor to organize and coordinate national meetings and writing team sessions for the climate change curriculum project.
• Coordinate the development of formative and summative assessment tools for educators as part of curriculum and individual lessons.
• Through collaborations with partners and lesson writing teams, ensure lessons are rooted in cultural responsiveness and positive youth development, engage in the most up-to-date and research-based pedagogies, and are cross walked with national science standards.
• Develop and implement pilot program(s) for testing and revision of lesson plans.
• Coordinate development, review, and production of lessons to ensure they are fully accessible to a variety of learners, are culturally responsive, and are available in Spanish.
• Collaborate with writing teams and instructional designers from the Division’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) unit to develop 20 essential lessons into self-paced, online interactive modules for direct student learning.
• Evaluate lesson plan use, feedback, and online module use for continuous improvement and additional outreach efforts to increase reach of curriculum.
• Manage project budget, financial activities, and transactions in collaboration with project PI and supervisor.

15% - Communication:
· Manage relationships between writing teams, project partners, the contractor, and other institutions.
· Collaborate and communicate with project PI on programmatic needs and direction.
· Manage lesson repository, and review and coordinate information on the project website to ensure it is updated and user friendly.
· Provide climate resources for YEA-CN national clearinghouse.
· Respond to requests for information from educators, funding organizations and stakeholders.

15% - Professional Growth and Special Projects:
· Attend and represent project team at NIFA YEA events, including the YEA-CN National Steering Committee and meetings, conferences, and trainings.
· Contribute to outdoor school curriculum review and collaborate with the outdoor school Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator and Regional Coordinators to provide curriculum support to outdoor school programs.
· Maintain professional competencies by attending conferences and engaging in professional development opportunities, especially related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility research and approaches.
· Serve on university, state, local, and other committees appropriate to position responsibilities and as time is available, and participate in professional organization activities.

10% - Professional Development Planning and Facilitation:
• Develop and provide professional development training for formal and non-formal educators to ensure effective lesson delivery to students. Trainings to be customized to educator audiences, students/youth whom they serve, and available in a variety of formats including in-person and online (synchronous and asynchronous).

What You Will Need
• Bachelor’s Degree in discipline related to the work of the Division such as: Agriculture, Education, Evaluation, Forestry, Positive Youth Development, Human Development and Family Studies, Public Health, or related field.
• At least three years of relevant experience and background in project coordination and program management.
• Demonstrated understanding of best practices in curriculum design, evaluation, and climate change education.
• Demonstrated experience facilitating collaborations with diverse stakeholders within and across organizations.
• Experience designing and facilitating professional development.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships with internal and external partners, stakeholders and collaborators.
• Familiarity with national and state learning standards.
• Excellent customer service and organizational skills.
• Demonstrated experience with adhering to budgets.
• Demonstrated experience engaging with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
• Demonstrated commitment and experience promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Ability to lead or advance short- and long-term projects, including ability to multitask, prioritize duties, navigate in a fast-paced environment, take initiative, and proactively problem solve.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks with rigid deadlines.
• Ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality and professionalism.
• Ability to use common computer software including word processing, data management such as Excel, and basic web site development.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

What We Would Like You to Have
• Master’s Degree in discipline related to the work of the Division such as: Agriculture, Education, Evaluation, Forestry, Positive Youth Development, Human Development and Family Studies, Public Health or related field.
• Experience facilitating meetings with large numbers of participants.
• Knowledge and working understanding of and commitment to the basic philosophy of the Extension Service and the Land Grant University system.
• Bilingual and bicultural (English and Spanish). Spanish language proficiency.
• Experience organizing and/or executing online trainings/webinars.
• Demonstrated experience in outreach and engagement in public education.
• Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Finalists will be required to give an open presentation which will include the distribution of their redacted Curriculum Vitae/Resume and a short biography
2) A cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) A response to the following prompt uploaded as Diversity Statement:
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For additional information please contact: Emily Henry,
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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