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Continuing Education Coordinator, COASST

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) at the University of Washington seeks a Continuing Education Coordinator. Position open until filled.


Req #: 83619
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: 1122 NE Boat Street
Posting Date: 04/12/2012
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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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.

The School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is located in the southwest expansion area of the main campus. The school includes 35 faculty (and 16 emeritus faculty), 120 graduate and 130 undergraduate students, and about 90 administrative and research staff. The breadth and scope of SAFS encompasses programs for undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and service in basic and applied aquatic sciences with an emphasis on fisheries management and aquatic resource conservation. Our faculty, staff and students have access to myriad aquatic habitats and rich biological resources, and they are involved in interdisciplinary partnerships with other academic programs, as well as public and private organizations and environmental and regulatory agencies. They are continuing SAFS' long tradition of actively addressing major issues in the aquatic sciences.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences is a nationally recognized institution that provides bachelors, masters, and doctoral instruction to an international student population. The faculty, staff and students of the School support a vibrant and diverse research program, with total annual support exceeding $3.2 million in state funding and $12 million in sponsored research funding. The School also maintains unique field stations in Alaska and on Hood Canal, and manages small vessels that support the instructional and research activities.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, within the College of the Environment, has an outstanding opportunity for a Continuing Education Coordinator.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a 14 year old continuing education program that reaches out to citizens in coastal communities in the North Pacific with the particular goal of training non-experts in science, monitoring, and seabird natural history. Education interaction includes but is not limited to: 1) training workshops for new and continuing participants, 2) evening lectures and linked networking events, 3) print and website content, and 4) continuous one-on-one email/phone conversation to address individual questions/concerns regarding COASST protocols, seabird identification and other scientific questions. the purpose of the Continuing Education Coordinator is short and long-term operation control of outreach, training, and coordination of over 700 citizen scientists in 4 states.

The COASST program is the largest citizen science program at the UW, involving over 250 Washington residents, and over 700 participants across four states. The expected annual growth of the COASST program is 10-15%. As the lead position training and coordinating COASST participants, this position has a significant influence on the education and community service aspects of the mission of the UW, particularly through continuing education of adult learners. The Continuing Education Coordinator will represent the COASST program, and the UW, at multiple training and outreach events annually, and will represent COASST in daily electronic interaction with program participants. In addition, this position will interact with a variety of community groups (e.g., local Audubon chapters); municipal, state, tribal and federal agencies (e.g., Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); and K-12 and higher education organizations (e.g., local high schools and community colleges).

This position is responsible for the operational control of a continuing education program of over 700 adult learners from dozens of coastal communities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska. In addition to recruiting and training new COASST program participants off-site (necessitating night and weekend work and overnight travel), this position must interact with all current program participants, including timely answers to participant questions; development and delivery of print, web, email, and phone outreach; innovation to the existing training program to meet participant needs and knowledge level. In addition, this position must recruit and train undergraduate students from the UW as junior and senior interns in the COASST program, and direct their efforts with particular regard to assisting in training, communication, logistics, and other functions related to COASST participant continuing education. Finally, this position must interact with the COASST Program Coordinator and Executive Director to ensure that scientific content is up to date in all training materials, as well as to ensure that participant-collected data are of high quality assurance and quality control (QAQC) relative to the scientific needs of the program.

The duties of this position will include participant education, including marketing, recruiting, training, communication and coordination of new and current COASST participants; lead responsibilities for managing the efforts of over 70 participants (volunteers); student intern education and management, including recruiting, training, and managing 8-10 junior interns and 1-3 senior interns each quarter; special projects, which may include: significant revision of COASST training materials (published field guides, protocols, and PowerPoint lessons), assistance in COASST participant data manipulation and analysis, and working with independent program evaluators to develop assessment tools to determine the level of knowledge and satisfaction COASST participants gain during and following trainings.

Bachelor's degree in biology or related field and three years work experience OR Master's degree in related field and one year of work experience.
Demonstrated teaching, communication and/or outreach experience targeting adult learners.
Demonstrated knowledge of birds.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Advanced knowledge of MS Office.
Advanced public and professional speaking ability.
Experience developing science-oriented training sessions.
Data manipulation and analysis skills.
Website management experience.
Valid driver's license.

Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

-Ability to work occasional nights and weekends, and travel overnight.
-Ability to efficiently and effectively travel locally to alternate work site if needed.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

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