Outreach Instructional Specialist I (Arizona Project WET (APW) Program)
This position is located in Maricopa County. The mission of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Project WET (APW) Program is to develop water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development that evolves instructional practice and deepens content knowledge, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement.
Our Aqua STEM Program supports teachers in implementing APW-developed STEM Units infused with systems thinking through professional development, support for curriculum implementation through STEM coaching, and in-classroom presentations. Our Groundwater program supports teachers of various grade levels by delivering presentations on the groundwater system using physical models that support or extend earth science concepts found in the Arizona State Science Standards.
The Outreach Coordinator will develop, deliver, and administer educational and community programs for external audiences, including but not limited to teachers, students, community groups, and educational outreach organizations (museums, science centers, science fairs, etc.). Duties are performed under direct supervision and established guidelines. The incumbent will ensure that the goals and objectives of the Aqua STEM and Groundwater program are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, time limitations, funding limitations, and other specifications. They will be able to multi-task, work independently and communicate effectively.
The Outreach Coordinator will report to the Director of APW and work closely with the Aqua STEM Outreach Coordinator III, as well as function as an integral part of the statewide APW team. The incumbent must possess transportation, a valid AZ driver's license and current vehicle insurance at time of employment, as travel within Maricopa County will be required. Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Carry out the mission of APW Groundwater Program - Support teachers in implementing APW-developed Groundwater curriculum by delivering both virtual and in person presentations.
- Take the lead on promoting, scheduling, planning, delivering and evaluating the direct student outreach components of the Groundwater Program.
- Support and follow guidelines and commitments to ADWR for the Groundwater Education and Conservation Grant.
- Collaborate with the Outreach Coordinator III to coordinate the daily activities of the Groundwater program
- Work directly with teachers to plan and tailor groundwater presentations to the target audience.
- Collect evaluation data and participate in data input and analysis, and meet regular sponsorship reporting requirements.
Learn Aqua STEM curriculum and support Aqua STEM classroom and field activities, as needed.
- Use social media tools and promotional methods, communicate the water stewardship message to the public for the Maricopa County groundwater program and help support Aqua STEM social media initiatives.
- Submit timely expenditure reports and receipts
- Connect, collaborate, and maintain relationships with others in the community, including K-12 personnel and governmental, academic, and corporate organizations in order to promote UA water education initiatives and APW programming that can meet local needs
- Connect, collaborate, and maintain relationships with APW team members and participate in weekly team meetings.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience and up to 1 year of relevant work experience.
- Experience coordinating & managing multiple projects
- Ability to work with children (K-12) in an educational setting
- Interest in learning and teaching about water
- Some public speaking experience
- Ability to pass UA driving record review