CONTINUING ED. SPECIALIST SCHOOL- AGE PROGRAMS
|Req #: ||142403 |
|Department: ||COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT |
|Appointing Department Web Address: ||http://uwbotanicgardens.org |
|Job Location: || Other Locations |
|Job Location Detail: ||Washington Park Arboretum |
|Posting Date: ||02/15/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: ||Salary is commensurate with education and experience. |
|Notes: || Priority Consideration will be given to applications received by March 1,2017. |
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
UW Botanic Gardens has an outstanding opportunity for a Continuing Education Specialist: School Age Programs. Under general supervision of the Youth & Family Program Supervisor, this position will advance the mission of the UW Botanic Gardens in regards to community outreach and engagement by growing and developing programming for school-age children (primarily but not limited to K-6), including our established school fieldtrip programs, 10 weeks of summer day camp, and family programs. Through these programs we serve over 7,000 young people each year and more than 100 local elementary schools. This position will be dedicated to developing and coordinating all aspects of the operation of these programs, including teaching and program delivery, curriculum development, communication with customers and the general public; training and oversight of on-going and seasonal hourly staff; program evaluation and assessment; and marketing and recruitment. During the school year, primary responsibilities will focus on coordination of our school field trip programs, working with schools, teachers, students, and hourly staff/volunteers to deliver 90-minute hands-on field experiences. During summer months, this position will coordinate the day-to-day operations of our 10-week summer day camp, utilizing the Washington Park Arboretum and surrounding resources to create fun and dynamic educational experiences for campers. This includes serving as the primary person responsible for coordination and support of 8 summer hourly staff, high school and college age volunteer assistants and interns as well as up to 76 campers ages 4-12 each week. This position is a key member of the UW Botanic Gardens Education team and will be expected to participate in department wide education and outreach initiatives as well as work with the Education team to develop new opportunities that reach a broad community audience.
This position will serve to deepen our connection to the community by working directly with schools as well as children and their families. As an ambassador of the UWBG, this position will be expected to not only field questions from the public about our organization, but also to inspire the next generation of plant lovers and nature stewards by modeling a healthy appreciation and respect for the natural world. This position requires an in depth understanding of curriculum development and Washington State learning standards as well as direct experience teaching children in the natural world. Successful candidates must have the ability to design and deliver hands-on, science-based curriculum for a variety of audiences (school groups, summer campers, families), be comfortable delivering programing outdoors in all types of weather, and have the ability to balance direct teaching with program oversight and administrative responsibilities. Additionally, this position will serve as a key person in helping the UW Botanic Gardens achieve organizational diversity goals, improving outreach to underserved communities and working to reach a broader more diverse audience with our educational programs. Because this position will be working closely with both children and their teachers and parents/guardians, the successful candidate must be equally comfortable communicating clearly with either audience. This position will also be expected to coordinate directly with schools, teachers, student interns, volunteers and other UW Botanic Garden staff to achieve common goals.
Teach place-based and age-appropriate environmental education lessons and activities to school-aged children through our school fieldtrip, summer camp, night hike and family walk programs;
Model a healthy relationship with and curiosity for the natural world. Act in a professional and compassionate manner at all times as a representative of the University of Washington and a role model for future generations;
Develop curriculum and program content and implement age-appropriate lessons and activities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of 10 weeks of summer day camp;
Communicate with teachers, schools and parents/guardians about program logistics, goals and expectations. Communication with fellow staff, student interns, and program participants to achieve common goals and avoid potential conflicts;
Train, supervise, and schedule hourly and seasonal staff, student interns, and volunteers to ensure high-quality program delivery;
Evaluate, assess, and keep records of program to determine successful achievement of program goals and modify and adapt programs as necessary;
Market programs and recruit participants to reach a broad and diverse audience and to ensure program enrollment is meeting annual goals;
Acquire and maintain teaching and programmatic materials and supporting supplies;
Ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of program participants through site surveys and daily check-ins with participants;
Other related duties as assigned.
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| B.S. in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related area and 3-5 years experience leading education programs for and working with diverse audiences, including school-aged children and their families. Experience developing and implementing environmental education curriculum; training and supporting others, including staff and volunteers. Demonstrated knowledge of the natural world and experience sharing that knowledge with children in the field. Ability to stand, stoop, bend, and sit for 15-20 minutes at a time. Experience supervising and mentoring staff and volunteers. Ability to communicate effectively with children at an age-appropriate level. Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work as part of a team and make contributions through collaboration. Ability to problem-solve and maintain a sense of calm as unforeseen situations arise. Outstanding planning, organizing, and time-management skills. Experience with curriculum development summer camp programming. Have CPR and First Aid certification or ability to acquire within first 30 days of employment. Equivalent experience can substitute for education. |
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
| Masters Degree in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related areas. Knowledge and understanding of Washington State learning standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Computer proficiency with variety of software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, social media and email. Creativity, flexibility and understanding necessary for working with children, parents/guardians and staff members. Experience working with a wide audience including underserved communities. |
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| Ability to stand, stoop, bend, and sit for 15-20 minutes at a time. |
The willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather.
A willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include occasional evening and weekend work.
Have CPR and First Aid certification or ability to acquire within first 30 days of employment.
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