Next review date:Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Lawrence Hall of Science (The Hall) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks a visionary academic leader to lead the Hall's environmental literacy efforts and portfolio. The Hall creates, disseminates, and evaluates high-quality educational materials, professional learning programs, and hands-on learning experiences for informal science education institutions, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and homes. Hall staff, programs, and materials support educators and learners across the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and environmental fields in and out of classrooms. Hall efforts serve K-12, informal, higher education and outdoor/environmental education audiences. The Hall has provided quality hands-on learning experiences to more than 137 million students, educators and families in the Bay Area and around the world. Lawrence Hall of Science curriculum materials are currently used by one in five students in the U.S. during their K-12 career. The Hall is dedicated to leadership, innovation, equity and excellence in STEM education and environmental literacy, and has a long history of addressing the needs of groups who have been historically marginalized in these fields.
The Director of Environmental Literacy will be responsible for ensuring the vision, future directions, high-quality, equitable outcomes, and funding of the environmental literacy portfolio. The Hall is interested in candidates with deep understanding and experience related to equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance in environmental education. The Hall currently develops and disseminates resources for environmental and outdoor science programs; helps provider organizations and school systems to build capacity for ensuring high-quality environmental learning and teaching; develops resources for increasing equity, inclusion and cultural relevance in environmental education; and is creating a demonstration outdoor nature lab. Hall programs and products make critical contributions to building the field and increasing the prominence of environmental and outdoor science nationwide.
The Director of Environmental Literacy position is within the Hall's Learning and Teaching Group - the group that designs, delivers, and supports high-quality learning experiences for preK-16 students, informal and formal educators, and education leaders widely throughout the field. The position reports to the Hall's Associate Director who leads the Learning and Teaching Group. Our School Programs team delivers workshops, science festivals and science shows designed to demonstrate leading edge science teaching practices to school groups throughout the region. Our professional learning programs help classroom teachers, school and school system leaders, informal science educators, outdoor science educators, and university/college faculty to improve their own practice, to assume leadership roles, and to improve the systems within which they work. Research on learning and teaching, conducted by the Hall and others, informs all of the Hall's work. The Hall supports leaders at all levels of formal and informal science education institutions and organizations to increase their capacity to improve the quantity and quality of science teaching and learning, and to provide meaningful access to science for students, especially those from communities underrepresented in STEM fields and careers.
Appointment: Full-time 1-year appointment, renewable dependent on budget and performance.
Key Responsibilities: -Ensure the vision, innovation and ongoing planning of the Hall environmental literacy portfolio. -Lead development of proposals to private foundations and federal and state agencies, and for service agreements with organizations and agencies related to environmental literacy and education. -Serve as a principal investigator/project director and oversee funded projects and prepare reports for funding agencies. -Ensure that the Hall environmental literacy portfolio has an explicit approach and framework for actively promoting equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance. -Prepare conference presentations for educators, educational leaders and researchers, and articles and blogs for publications. -Design and facilitate professional learning programs for a wide range of education professionals in a variety of settings. -Work collaboratively with Hall leadership to integrate environmental literacy throughout Hall programming, and coordinate sharing and collaboration across programs. -Represent Lawrence Hall of Science locally, statewide and nationally.
Basic Qualifications (must be possessed at the time of application) -Master's degree or equivalent international degree, or enrollment in a Master's or equivalent international degree program
Additional Qualifications (must be obtained by the position's start date) -Master's degree or equivalent international degree -Minimum 3 years working experience in education
Preferred Qualifications -Master's degree in a field related to science or environmental education -Minimum 3 years working experience in the environmental or outdoor science education field -Experience teaching both children and adults -Demonstrated project management and project leadership experience (design, development, implementation of environmental education programs) -Demonstrated experience working in and/or with communities of color and/or other marginalized communities -Excellent oral and written communication skills -Successful track record writing funding proposals -Demonstrated understanding of research on teaching and learning -Ability to work collaboratively on a variety of teams, and to bring out the best in team members -Experience in one or more of the following: environmental education, residential outdoor schools, environmental justice, science education, environmental education research, curriculum development, professional development, youth development. A combination of two or more preferred. -Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges in supporting schools, districts, and/or charter management organizations to build capacity for environmental education, including experience with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. -Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges in supporting environmental education providers and community-based organizations to build their capacity for delivering high-quality programs and for partnering with school systems. -Demonstrated ability to lead development of curriculum materials. -Experience conducting professional learning activities for outdoor educators and teachers.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
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