Coastal Training Program Coordinator

Company / Organization: 
LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve; University of Wisconsin-Extension
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Educational Requirements: 
Graduate Level Degree
Job Description: 
APPLICATION DUE DATE: DECEMBER 3, 2017 COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VISION: To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PURPOSE: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities. WORKING TITLE: Coastal Training Program Coordinator (100%) OFFICIAL UW-EXTENSION TITLE: Outreach Program Manager I GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED: Primarily serving northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota, especially portions of Douglas (WI) and St. Louis (MN) Counties within the watershed of the St Louis River and boundaries of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior Reserve) OFFICE LOCATION: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Offices, 14 Marina Dr., Superior, Wisconsin 54880 TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: This position is a fixed-term academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension's division of Cooperative Extension. Reappointment to the position after the initial term is dependent upon performance and availability of funding. POSITION BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior Reserve) is one in a national network of 29 sites around the United States and its territories that comprise the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Lake Superior Reserve was designated through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and represents a partnership between UW-Extension, NOAA, UW-Superior and other local, state, and regional entities. The Reserve is the only NERR located in Wisconsin, the second in the Great Lakes and the only one within the Lake Superior Biogeographical Region. The Iead state institution for the Reserve is UW-Extension and the Reserve facilities are located on the UW-Superior campus on Barker's Island in Superior, WI. The Lake Superior Reserve's mission is to work in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior's coasts and estuaries and to address issues affecting them through an integration of research, education, outreach and stewardship. A place-based program, the Reserve has a special focus on the watershed of the St Louis River and estuary. To find out more, visit Nationally, Reserves conduct research, education, outreach and stewardship activities that improve the understanding of coastal systems and practice of coastal management. Through the Coastal Training Program (CTP), the Lake Superior Reserve addresses critical coastal resource management issues by providing training and technical assistance to decision makers, such as elected and appointed government officials, land use planners, natural resource managers and community groups, private and public sector entities and others whose professional choices impact coastal resources and communities. Additional information about the CTP can be found at the following website: PRIMARY DUTIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: CTP Program Direction, Development and Implementation (70%) - Develop, market, implement and facilitate training activities, and provide technical assistance and materials for coastal decision-makers to address priority coastal environmental issues (i.e. climate change, water quality, overdevelopment, erosion, etc.) based on needs assessments and market analyses - Provide technical assistance and training for coastal decision-makers based on best practice through the application of social science methods and principles and focusing on identified challenges including social and cultural resistance, organizational capacity and financial constraints, among others - Support faculty and academic staff in regional, partnering universities in introducing students to fieldwork and applied social science in coastal communities - Identify stakeholders and facilitate decision-maker and community leader networks in the St. Louis River and Lake Superior watershed to support effective regional watershed planning and management; provide support to existing networks - Review/update the CTP Strategy and assist with developing and managing the CTP budget - Support, facilitate and seek input from the Coastal Training Program Advisory Committee - Coordinate, facilitate, and build effective working relationships with key partners in order to expand CTP and Reserve opportunities to address coastal decision maker issues - Serve on relevant local, regional, or state-wide coordinating bodies and provide regular program updates to committee members, Reserve partners, and other training providers - Create and maintain informational files, images and databases for CTP development, coordination and implementation including a CTP newsletter or other communication tool CTP National Sector Activities and Initiatives (10%) - Participate in CTP activities at state, regional, and national levels including NERR System-wide integrated workgroups, NERRS/NERRA Annual Meetings, and CTP sector meetings - Prepare CTP associated reports, educational products, and marketing materials to address coastal issues for local, regional and NERR System-wide distribution - Coordinate program evaluation and implementation of system-wide CTP performance measures and apply results to improve the program - Build and strengthen community coalitions and partnerships while collaborating with a diverse network of community-based agencies, groups and individuals to address local issues through educational programming Lake Superior Reserve Program Integration (15%) - Participate in programmatic integration across the education, monitoring, research and community programs at the Lake Superior Reserve - Collaborate with the Reserve's Education Coordinator to support educational opportunities and community education programming - Supervise interns, volunteers, students, contractors and staff in support of coastal training programs; develop work plans; provide mentoring - Participate in Reserve staff meetings and retreats - Develop and follow a plan for professional development and prepare a personal annual accomplishment report, including description of work priorities for the forthcoming year - Contribute to annual action plans and performance reports for the Lake Superior Reserve, including required program summaries and presentations for regularly scheduled meetings of the Reserve Advisory Board, as well as for NOAA or UWEX reporting - Make all reasonable effort to create inclusive programming, to ensure access to programs and facilities, and to not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, political affiliation, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record - Ensure that position responsibilities are conducted in a manner that enables all potential clientele to have equal access to program and facilities Grant Writing and Reporting (5%) - Make recommendations to Reserve Manager and Reserve program staff for potential sources of funding and collaborate with Reserve staff on grant proposal development and implementation - Initiate, develop and submit educational/training grants and related reports - Develop and coordinate grant projects with partners that address goals and focus areas identified in the CTP strategic plan and Reserve management plan WORKING CONDITIONS: - Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibility and essential job functions - Schedule and attend occasional evening and weekend meetings, including travel to state and national events relating to job responsibilities ADMINISTRATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: This position is accountable to the Lake Superior Reserve Manager on all matters related to: (a) program performance and job responsibilities, (b) developing effective external working relationships with clientele groups, other agencies, departments and organizations, (c) continuing professional development, (d) reporting and evaluating programs to state and federal governments, as appropriate, (e) vacation, leave of absence, salary and promotion, and (f) administration, office management and performance development. PROGRAM RELATIONSHIPS: As a programming unit within the Environmental Resources Center, which is a center within the Cooperative Extension's Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) program area, this position interacts collegially with (1) related Cooperative Extension teams, programs, units, and centers, as well as UW-Superior programs, units, and departments; (2) staff at other NERR sites; (3) University faculty, staff, and students; and (4) State, Federal, Municipal, Tribal, and NGO partners. TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: - Master's degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as environmental policy, environmental education, environmental studies/science, anthropology, sociology, geography, behavioral science or related - Ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively: verbally, in writing, and through contemporary educational technology - Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity - Demonstrated experience communicating and collaborating effectively with adult audiences one-on-one and in small and large group settings BEST QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MAY ALSO DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: - PhD in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as environmental studies/science, land-use planning, environmental policy, natural resource management, environmental education, sociology, behavioral science, behavioral economics or related - Significant experience in applied social science theory and methods with demonstrated success in planning, implementing, and evaluating programming for and with decision makers in an environmental context - Ease and experience with multi or interdisciplinary collaborations - Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings with large and small groups - Ability to work independently and as part of a team - Strong organizational skills and collaborative leadership skills - Knowledge and experience in coastal systems, coastal management or policy - Knowledge of, and familiarity with, planning, water, governance and land use regulatory processes at the local level ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Individuals who demonstrate capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Cooperative Extension positions: LEADERSHIP Inspires respect and trust; Practices strategic, shared and ethical decision making; Clarifies expectations and accepts feedback; Shows personal responsibility and follow through on commitments; Adapts well to change or unexpected events in the work environment; Finds solutions; Is motivated to learn. RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING Works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships, including being tactfully and diplomatically responsive to others and maintaining confidentiality; Understands group and team dynamics; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Chooses appropriate Extension roles in conflict situations; Manages interactions successfully through an awareness of emotions for oneself and others. INCLUSION Recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; Treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; Demonstrates active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity in programming, and in outreach efforts. COMMUNICATION Listens and seeks clarification; Adapts and varies communication to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; Demonstrates effective communication technology skills and presentation skills; Writes clearly and informatively; Possesses marketing skills to strengthen understanding of the value of Extension. POSITION CLARIFICATION: This position is subject to UW System, UW-Extension and Cooperative Extension personnel policies. This position description is not intended to be comprehensive in nature given the changes in primary duties/essential job functions and position expectations that can occur over time in response to emerging and assessed community, program and organizational needs. Changes to this position description are subject to the approval of the Office of Human Resources and those to whom the position is accountable. POSITION BENEFITS AND SALARY: Excellent State of Wisconsin benefits, including retirement, health insurance, vacation, sick leave and other insurances. Starting salary range commensurate with qualifications: $40,000 - $62,000. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, arrest record or non-program related conviction record; or identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance. Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: University of Wisconsin-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Room 201; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706. (email) An offer of employment is contingent upon the following: 1) the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 2) a background check, and 3) submission of an official transcript upon hire. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE: To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by December 3, 2017 and include all of the following: * Cover letter (up to two pages) in which you summarize how your qualifications meet those of the position. Please note that your response will be evaluated not only for content but for written communication skills as well. You are encouraged to refer to formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research and any related life experiences in your response. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your cover letter is as complete a summary of your qualifications as possible: * Prepare a summary paragraph addressing each of the listed MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS. * Include a paragraph that summarizes the PREFERRED knowledge, skills and abilities you possess as particular strengths. * Professional resume including related education, professional work history and volunteer experience * Contact information for three (3) professional work references including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor. For each reference, please indicate the nature of your professional relationship and include the person's title, e-mail address and telephone number. * Final college transcripts for each of your degrees. Unofficial copies are acceptable at this point in the process. Official transcripts are required upon hire. All applicants wishing consideration must apply online and attach all required application documents/materials at the time of application. Applications will be accepted until December 3, 2017. For questions regarding the position, please contact Erika Washburn at or at (715) 399-4085. For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact
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For questions regarding the position, please contact Erika Washburn at or at (715) 399-4085. For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact