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Job in S. W. Washington (just N. of Portland)

  • Subject: [cg] Job in S. W. Washington (just N. of Portland)
  • From: "Sadler, Sally-Anne" <Sally-Anne.Sadler@METROKC.GOV>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 11:23:23 -0800

 I thought someone out there might be interested. I know Doug well and he is a funding magnet, so I suspect that the money would show up annually.
Notice of Vacancy
Extension Coordinator, Environmental Information Cooperative (EIC)
Position #80594

Extension Coordinator for the Environmental Information Cooperative.  Program focus: Organize and implement environmental education programming for the six agency consortium consisting of the City of Vancouver, Clark County, Clark Public Utilities, WSU Cooperative Extension Clark County, WSU Vancouver, and the Southwest Clean Air Agency.

Appointment Status
Administrative Professional, 1.0 FTE Temporary, 12-Month appointment, renewable, dependent on continued funding.

Organization and Location
The person in this position will be based at the WSU Vancouver campus library at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. - Vancouver, WA

Working Title
Environmental Education Specialist, EIC

Basic Function
The Environmental Education Specialist will organize and implement environmental education programming as outlined in an annual work plan and under the direction of the Director of the EIC.  Fiscal work as necessary to implement this programming also constitutes part of this position.

Line of Responsibility
The EIC Board appoints the Environmental Education Specialist.  The Environmental Education Specialist is hired through WSU based upon an Intergovernmental Agreement between the EIC and WSU.  The Environmental Education Specialist reports to the EIC Director.  All EIC staff follow the policy / program directives established by the EIC Board.  For administrative purposes related to personnel issues (timesheets, etc.), the Environmental Education Specialist reports to the Chair of WSU Cooperative Extension Clark County (who works with the EIC Chair on such issues).

Supervisory Duties: The Environmental Education Specialist may be asked to train and supervise volunteers as necessary.  Volunteers may include, but are not limited to, interns, service learning youth, or AmeriCorps volunteers.

Major Responsibilities

May include any or all of the following:

1.      Develop and coordinate EIC environmental education programs by providing workshops, classroom presentations, presentations to organizations and groups, displays, and support services for youth and teachers, as well as the general public.  These services may be provided through various forums, such as community events, festivals, field trips, fairs, conferences or seminars.
2.      Develop curricula as necessary.  Develop and administer evaluation instruments for workshops and other presentations where applicable.
3.      Establish and maintain partnerships and collaborations with local, state, and national environmental education and K-16 education providers to further the EIC mission.
4.      Create and maintain incentives for teachers and youth to participate in EIC programs.  This may include: substitute reimbursements; instructional kits for teachers and course credit approval for teacher workshops.
5.      Retain records and secure authorization of WA State clock hours (pursuant to Chapter 180-85 WAC).
6.      Utilizing the EIC resource collection, serve as an environmental information and education resource to students, teachers, earth clubs, service learning teams, stewardship groups, public agencies, businesses, and the general public.  Respond to requests for information and referral as necessary.
7.      Publish and disseminate newsletters, brochures and other materials as necessary.
8.      Engage in professional development by attending seminars, workshops, and conferences as directed and approved.
9.      Recommend to the EIC Director additions and deletions of resources for the EIC resource collection.
10.     Coordinate and work with other EIC staff and funding partners as part of a team to further the EIC mission.
11.     Maintain program records, instructional kits, workshop materials, planning handbooks, etc.  Submit regular reports as directed by the EIC Board.
12.     Provide other support services as directed by the EIC Director.
13.     Provide input and assist the director in the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of the mission, objectives, strategies, operations, services and programs of EIC.

Fiscal Responsibilities

1.      Working with the EIC Director, assure that environmental education program expenses stay within budget.
2.      Prepare and authorize the payment of invoices according to EIC spending authority policies.
3.      Prepare reports, maintain fiscal records, prepare proposed budgets, make proposals to funders for workshops, classroom presentations and other projects as assigned by the director.
4.      Recommend potential funding sources for EIC programs and assist the EIC Director as requested in the preparation of reports and proposals.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in education, communications, or related field with a minimum of two years experience related to position responsibilities.

Highly Desired Qualifications:
1.      Experience working in an education environment training teachers, adults, and youth.
2.      Experience developing, coordinating, and presenting K-12 and adult environmental education workshops, programs, and curricula, with an emphasis on waste management, water quality, air quality, and natural resource protection.
3.      Experience developing and conducting classroom presentations using kits, displays, supplementary curricula, and other media.
4.      Experience using computers and software in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management (preferably Microsoft Office Professional).
5.      Knowledge of Clark County's environmental issues and its network of educators, information providers, and stewards.
6.      Demonstrated success working independently as well as part of a team

Desired Qualifications:
1.      Training in curricula and programs with an emphasis on waste management, water quality, air quality, and natural resource protection.
2.      Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
3.      Experience developing and staffing interactive exhibits for community fairs, festivals, conferences, and other events.
4.      Knowledge of Washington State environmental education framework, EALRS, and curriculum alignment.
5.      Experience recruiting and supervising volunteers for special events and programs.
6.      Master's degree in education, communications, or a field related to the position responsibilities.
7.      A current or prior Teaching Certificate for elementary, middle and/or high school students.

Working Conditions \ Physical Work Environment:
Office environment with occasional light lifting, considerable stationery periods sitting, keyboarding, and telephone usage.  Moderate amounts of travel countywide with occasional regional travel for training.  Some outdoor work to develop program and for training field trips required, may occur in inclement weather.

Job Expectations

1.      There is an expectation of year-round travel.  Reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required.  Evening and weekend work with occasional travel outside the area is required.  While using a private vehicle for official business, the successful candidate must have current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and will possess a valid driver's license.

2.      Know and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the University's Affirmative Action Plan, Equal Employment Opportunity requirements and all pertinent rules and regulations.

Salary is commensurate with the candidate's academic training and professional qualifications within the starting salary range of $31,000 - $35,000.

Screening of application materials will begin on December 31, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application which describes how you, as a candidate, meet the qualifications listed in this announcement.  In addition to the letter of application, submit a current resume, copy of transcripts, list of three employment verification/references including telephone numbers, and three current letters of recommendation are required for consideration of this position and are to be sent directly to:

Rebecca Armstrong
Washington State University
Hulbert Hall, Room 411 /        PO Box 646241
Pullman, WA 99164-6241
509-335-2822 or Fax 509-335-2926, armstro@wsu.edu

For further information about this position, contact Doug Stienbarger, Chair-WSU Clark Co. Extension, 11104 NE 149
th Street, Bldg. C-100, Brush Prairie, WA 98606, 360-397-6060, ext. 7716 or FAX 360-397-6122; stiendm@wsu.edu

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer.   Women, ethnic minorities, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability and\or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. 

WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens.  All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

Accommodations for applicants who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act are available upon request.

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