(Youth Wetlands & Education Outreach Program Coordinator)
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
Work Location: Department of 4-H Youth Development, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Responsibilities: The goal of the position is to coordinate and promote the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program, raise public awareness of the importance of wetlands to the state of Louisiana, and demonstrate ways all Louisiana residents can contribute to wetland restoration. The Program Coordinator will work full-time in the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development unit with the Youth Wetlands and Education Outreach Program funded through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). The Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, maintaining and evaluating innovative school-based curriculum which meets Department of Education science standards and utilizes technology such as virtual reality and other platforms. The Program Coordinator will serve as an instructional design liaison and content expert to software developers and create a long-term plan for pedagogical and technological program enhancements. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for creating and maintaining partnerships with outside agencies and organizations. The Program Coordinator will plan, organize, conduct, and evaluate hands-on professional trainings for educators, adult volunteers, and extension agents. The Program Coordinator is required to implement and compile results from standard knowledge evaluation instruments from youth and educators and to provide necessary and timely program and fiscal reports to 4-H Administration and CPRA. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for writing grant proposals to continue funding for this position. The Program Coordinator will supervise Youth Wetlands Program staff and/or contract employees. The Program Coordinator will also be involved in the organization and implementation of various educational components at summer camp held at Camp Grant Walker, as well as serving as advisor to the Louisiana 4-H STEM leadership board. The Program Coordinator will perform other tasks that may be assigned by the department head, program leader, and/or the vice president and director of extension.
Qualification Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (oceanography, renewable natural resources, agronomy, education, curriculum design, etc.) is required. Other degrees will be considered if combined with directly related experience. Successful experience in program development and teaching in youth organizations, educational institutions or science-based programs is preferred. The applicant must have an interest in environmental education and the ability to grasp basic ecological principles. The applicant should be knowledgeable about curriculum design, delivery, and evaluation as well as knowledge of Louisiana public school science standards. The candidate should be competent and interested in current and emerging technology. Grant writing and budget management is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Application Deadline: June 25, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Janet Fox, 4-H Department Head
171 Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803