Coordinator of Native American Science Education

Working with current infrastructure, develop, coordinate, and assess, the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program and other science education programs and partnerships between the University of Maine and the Wabanaki Tribal Nations in the state (Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac) as it relates to K-12 students. Typical hiring range for this position is $15,297-$18,000?, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The essential duties of this position require the development of culturally relevant science curricula for use in the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program, and coordination and planning of the three elements of the program, which include an afterschool program for Native American youth in elementary school and junior high school, a summer science camp for junior high and high school students, and a year-long high school science internship program based on tribal needs. This position serves as the primary point of contact for the WaYS K-12 program and works in a team environment with WaYS support staff.
Other essential duties include the ongoing strategic development of the WaYS program based on the needs of tribal students and communities, continued outreach and development of the WaYS newsletter, pamphlets and brochures. This position assists in ongoing assessment of the WaYS program and of the needs of tribal communities within the current infrastructure of the WaYS program. This position is also responsible for assisting in grant applications to support this ongoing program development. In addition to these essential duties, the position will also require ongoing communication with a variety of tribal and educational partners. The person will also be required to work effectively and cooperatively with department members, UMaine administration, Graduate students, the campus community, and external clients and customers and perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
The minimum level of education is a Bachelor's degree in Education or relevant field of science for the WaYS program (Forestry, Ecology, Biology, etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and experiences. Three to five years of experience in science and/or Native education required. Familiarity with science curriculum development and Wabanaki tribal communities also required. Demonstrated knowledge with newsletter/pamphlets development and outreach is critical. Ability to travel, normally requiring a driver's license.
Supervisory Responsibility: Occasional supervision, for major events and activities, in collaboration with the Chair of Native American Programs, of graduate student assistants working on the WaYS and other science education programs impacting tribal youth.
Work Environment: Native American Programs at the University of Maine serves the Indigenous peoples of Maine, the University of Maine community, and the people of Maine by providing a respectful and reciprocal learning and research environment to enrich lifelong learning for all. At the same time, we work to support the intergenerational transmission of indigenous knowledge and to build capacity to serve the diverse interests of sustainable Wabanaki communities. The person filling this position must reflect this mission and adapt to ongoing University and tribal community needs and contexts.
Work Year: Fiscal year half time.
Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Due to the nature of the position, work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) will be necessary to meet the requirements of the position. The employee shall establish regular office hours and in consultation with the Chair of Native American Programs, adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
Position Type: Soft Money Grant funded. Contingent on funding and successful performance.
Schedule for Evaluation: In accordance with UMPSA agreement.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin February 23, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered at the discretion of the University.
The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with questions or concerns.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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