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Education Program Specialist (4892)

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Position Details

Posting Detail Information

Position # 00004892
Position Title Specialist
Working Position Title Education Program Specialist (4892)
Posting Type SPS
FTE 1.00
Representation Non-Union
Primary Function

Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator, the Education Program
Specialist is responsible for the instruction of resident outdoor education experiences for elementary and
middle school groups at Lorado Taft Campus, Oregon, Illinois.
The Education Program Specialist works closely with other staff to develop and write curricula, complete
projects that benefit Taft Campus, and assist in the coordination of schools. This person assists in the care
and improvement of a project area. Two Saturdays per year leading groups on the challenge course with
the conference program are required.
On-site residence is required. A private, furnished room is provided. This position is designated as security
sensitive. In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made,
the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal
background check.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

• Assist in the planning and implementation of resident outdoor education programs for 4th to 81h
grade students attending from public and private schools. This primarily includes teaching and
preparing to teach classes in the outdoors.
• Work with the Environmental Education Specialists to determine the proper actions needed to
coordinate programs for schools.
• Assist in the maintenance and improvement of project areas.
• Complete projects assigned by the Coordinator or Specialists.
• Investigate curricula and resource needs of the program . Research and write curricula, as needed.
• Assist the Environmental Education Specialists or Conference Coordinator in planning and
coordinating special events, workshops, programs, and weekend conference groups.
• Two Saturdays per year of leading groups on the challenge course with the conference program are required. Additional optional weekend opportunities exist.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

• Six months experience as an educator or facilitator of non-formal education programming, camp staff, or naturalist.
• Two months experience teaching, facilitating, or participating in outdoor education or recreation activities.
• Bachelors Degree in education, science, natural resources, recreation, history, or related field.

Education and Experience Preferred

• Experience as an educator, program staff, naturalist or related position at a residential outdoor education center, nature center, or similar facility.
• Ability to convey information about environmental topics without bias and with the goal of encouraging lifelong learning.
• Experience in preparing lesson plans, outlines, or guides in preparation to teach or facilitate activities.
• Ability to manage work time effectively and with little supervision to ensure preparedness and project completion.
• Experience leading or facilitating groups in team building activities.
• Demonstrated initiative to go above and beyond minimum assigned duties.

Working Hours 37.5
Hiring rate/range Commensurate with experience and education
Posting Date 10/05/2017
Closing Date
Priority Review Date 10/16/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Physical Demands

Ability to hike hilly terrain. Ability to be on feet for several hours at a time. On-site residence is required; a private, furnished room is provided.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accomodation

To request a reasonable accommodation please contact Human Resource Services at 815.753.6000. For more information about requesting an ADA accommodation view Employment and Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act policy.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this vacancy?
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    • Listserv
    • Phone Contact
    • Word of Mouth
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  2. If other, please indicate where you learned about this vacancy

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
Optional Documents