The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service is seeking a Outdoor School Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator at Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Outdoor School Program Leader and the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.
The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, business, industries, government, and educational institutions. The Division includes the Extension Service. The Division is under the leadership of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.
The Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals. The Extension Service has a presence in each of the Oregon's 36 counties.
The Outdoor School (ODS) Program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Service's vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Educational Service Districts in Outdoor School. The ODS Program helps Oregon's youth apply learning; develop leadership, critical thinking and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry.
The long-term goal of the ODS Program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youth's skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective stewards and leaders in their community. The OES Outdoor School Program Leader has leadership and administrative responsibility for the OSU Outdoor School Program. OSU Outdoor School Program website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/outdoor-school The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) serves as the primary professional development and curriculum arm of outdoor school program and works in partnership with the ODS program on curriculum and professional development. ONREP is a program of the OSU Extension Service.
As Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator of OES Outdoor School Program (ODS), this person will be housed in the ONREP as the curriculum and professional development specialist for outdoor school. This position will work with the ONREP professional development team to ensure the development and delivery of high quality ODS curriculum and professional development to ODS providers and stakeholders across Oregon who specialize in Outdoor School delivery and facilitation. As a member of both the ODS and ONREP teams, this person will help develop and execute a comprehensive professional development and curriculum plan that is inclusive, equitable, and reflects the multi-dimensional diversity of Oregon students; and, promote this within outdoor schools Statewide. Specifically, they will ensure every school and every student within each school has the opportunity to participate in a high quality, culturally responsive and inclusive and accessible ODS program. The individual will report to the ODS Program Leader and participate in cross team meetings in addition to ONREP and ODS team meetings respectively. Outdoor school and ONREP internally and externally operate in a way that exemplifies the University's Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity principles and will support participating ODS providers and school districts.
This person should have strong written and oral communication skills, both in terms of presenting information and working with a variety of diverse stakeholders across the state. Additionally, this person should have background experience in outreach to a variety of stakeholders including schools, administrators, educators, parents and families, and youth. They should have an understanding of the demographics of Oregon and have experience working statewide with rural and urban stakeholders.
This person should have a background of experience in curriculum and professional development (PD), specifically designing and delivering outcome-based PD, creating materials and resources, logistics, supervising program facilitators, and providing coaching feedback and evaluation. Strong knowledge of Oregon department of education state standards, understanding best practices in curriculum design, evaluation, and environmental education and natural resources is required.
This position provides support to ODS educators and program staff on curriculum using the ODS high quality curriculum rubric, and provides resources that will help ODS strengthen the alignment of their program’s state standards, ODS legislation, ACA standards, and other standards of excellence.
This person should be able to work independently and as a collaborative team member within the ODS and ONREP programs. It is important that the person in this position is open to diverse needs and interests, responsive, and flexible.
Oregon State University and the Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of the OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes but is not limited to complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations.
Typically requires Bachelor's Degree in field relevant to program focus. May require certification or licensure as appropriate to the position.
Master's Degree in Education, Science Education, Environmental Education, Natural Resources or related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
Demonstrated experience in project coordination and program management;
At least five years of relevant experience and background in outdoor school, science education, place or land-based education and/or outdoor/environmental education;
Demonstrated excellent verbal, oral, and written communication skills;
Excellent customer service and organizational skills;
Demonstrated experience with adhering to budgets;
Demonstrated experience in organization, decision-making, problem solving and creating a collaborative environment;
Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
Ability to handle multiple tasks with rigid deadlines;
Ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality and professionalism;
Ability to use common computer software including work processing, data management such as excel, and basic web site development;
Demonstrated experience and success working with a variety of diverse populations;
Strong workshop and professional development facilitation skills;
Experience managing others;
Demonstrated commitment and experience promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion;
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 OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
Travel, including overnight, will be required to meet with partners, provide trainings across ODS programs and school districts in Oregon.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Education and Experience
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