The Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist provides support for the evaluation of outreach & educational programs in areas of natural resources. The position is part of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center which works to improve and demonstrate the value of environmental programs. The primary purpose of this position is to design and carry out various evaluations primarily involving survey methodology and data analysis of Upham Woods environmental education programming. Further, this position will develop curriculum and training materials for staff to implement the improvement of programs based upon evaluation. This position works closely with the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty and the Upham Woods Research Naturalist team.
PRIMARY DUTIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Work collaboratively with other staff of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center to advance the state of environmental education programming in Wisconsin
Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services
Assists in the development of surveys and other data collection instruments
Administers Web-based surveys using Qualtrics, mailed surveys, and in-person surveys
Conducts phone and in-person interviews
Enters survey data using Excel, SPSS, and other appropriate software
Cleans and manages databases
Conducts quantitative data analysis using SPSS, R, or other appropriate statistical analysis software
Conducts qualitative data analysis
Identifies preliminary findings for review by the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty
Drafts preliminary documents of results and findings for review by the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty
Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform adjusted or additional duties as requested
Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Upham Woods program and research operations
Create databases for tracking and storing data
Proofread surveys and reports
Authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national/international conferences
Mentoring undergraduate interns and researchers
Grant-writing in support of Upham Woods and the statewide environmental education program
TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree with course work related to the responsibilities of this position such as statistical analysis, regression analysis, survey and/or research methods, etc.
Instructional experience in a K-16 educational context
Demonstrated success in advanced data analysis using software packages such as SPSS
Demonstrated success in data collection
Experience with evaluation methods in applied settings
Experience with qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques
Demonstrated skill using computers and internet applications
Ability to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin including indigenous cultures, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ph.D. with course work related to the responsibilities of this position such statistical analysis, regression analysis, survey and/or research methods, etc.
Experience with science education, natural resources and/or field-based instruction
Experience in survey design and/or evaluation planning
Demonstrated ability to present data and findings effectively, i.e. verbally, in writing and visually/graphically (i.e. conference presentations and publications)
Interest in data visualization and/or skills in graphic design
Strong writing skills
Microsoft Office proficiency
Ability to multi-task and reprioritize as needed
Strong organizational and leadership skills
Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis
Ability to plan collaboratively and execute independently
Ability to delegate to Research Naturalist
Experience with a broad range of distance education methodologies
POSITION DESCRIPTION CLARIFICATION:
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 Human Resource Development Office and those to whom the position is accountable.
POSITION BENEFITS AND SALARY:
State of Wisconsin benefits (http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/newemp/orientwrs.pdf) including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances. Starting salary range at 100% is $36,335 – $41,895 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants are required to apply online. UW-Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by March 4, 2019.
Required application materials:
COVER LETTER (up to two pages) that summarizes how you meet the minimum qualifications of this position. Please prepare a paragraph for each of the minimum qualifications and include formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research, and any related life experiences in your response. Please note that your response will be evaluated for content and written communication skills.
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 copie of final college transcripts are acceptable when applying for this position. Official final college transcripts are required upon hire.