Outreach Specialist

University of Alaska


Outreach Specialist

• Job No:
525501
• Classification:Administrative Specialist 1
• Grade:Grade 77
• Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF VCR Development Programs & Proj
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The Animal Resource Center is looking for a candidate to oversee the outreach and educational program for the Large Animal Research Station (LARS). This includes the preparation of tour presentation, lesson plans, and preparation/collection of appropriate display materials, LARS public relations and branding, budget preparation and collection/processing and marketing of qiviut products. The successful candidate will also oversee daily operation of the LARS store during the summer season, including organization of, maintenance, and fulfilling orders made via the LARS online store throughout the year. They will also work with the ARC facility supervisor to ensure that new users receive facility orientation and will coordinate and track training requirements and training sessions for all personnel planning to work within the animal facilities. *This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Duties:
1-60Outreach and Education Oversee the outreach and educational program for LARS. This includes the preparation of tour presentations, coordination of tour guide schedule, lesson plans, and preparation/collection of appropriate display materials. Work with local schools and UAF to promote educational opportunities for first through twelfth grade classes and University courses. Work closely with the ARC Facility Supervisor to advertise for and hire sufficient tour guides/store clerks to meet the needs of the summer season as well as winter and special tours/programs. Organize input from multiple scientific and natural history sources including material obtained from faculty, students and veterinary care staff to ensure accurate educational material. Organize, schedule, arrange, and deliver or arrange for delivery of special tours, classes, workshops, and events throughout the year. Track, record, and analyze annual participation in all educational and outreach programs. Prepare annual report for the ARC Facility Supervisor and Director addressing activity, participation in programs, expenses and income. Work with the ARC Facility Director and ARC Director to explore fundraising opportunities for ARC education & outreach including but not limited to seeking out and applying to proposal opportunities (federal, state, and foundation) as well as seeking other philanthropic opportunities including soliciting donations. Work with the ARC facility supervisor to ensure that new tour guides and store clerks receive appropriate facility orientation and training. This is not as rigid as for employees working directly with animals but a basic knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies governing use of animals in research and teaching is required for outreach. Assist with and, in many cases, be the lead for LARS public relations and branding. This includes but is not limited to working on web presence, Explorer.com, LARS social media, organize special visitor days at LARS, pop-up exhibits at various local events, and participation in research and agricultural promotional activities. Track, organize and display via our website and social media the past and ongoing research and educational activities. Maintain an accessible list of peer-reviewed publications and theses supported by LARS. Responsible for the revenue and expenditures of the education & outreach program. Budget planning is done in collaboration with ARC Director and ARC/VCR fiscal manager. Track, record, and analyze annual participation in all educational and outreach programs. Prepare annual report addressing activity, participation in programs, expenses and income. Other duties as required. LARS is a research farm operation and, at times, there may be additional duties involving farm operation you will need to assist with.Essential 25Retail Oversee daily operation of the LARS store during the summer season, including organization of, maintenance, and fulfilling orders made on the LARS online store. Set up pop-up stores at local and university events (e.g Christmas sale events).This includes use of business management software for planning, inventory management and procurement of items for sale in the LARS gift shop and the online store. Maintaining appropriate inventory for both the LARS physical and online store is essential. Fiscal responsibilities include maintaining petty cash/completing deposits, reconciliation of sales, credit card processing, submitting daily receipts, maintain online sales, packaging, and mail out.Essential 3-15Qiviut: Qiviut is harvested annually in April and May from all muskoxen at LARS. This harvest is done in conjunction with annual muskox health assessments performed by Veterinary Services and is needed to keep our animals from overheating in the warm Fairbanks summers. Also, given the value of qiviut this has allowed for several important Agricultural projects on qiviut quality and marketing. For LARS and the education/outreach program, our involvement with qiviut and the Alaskan fiber community has been excellent for public relations and it has been an extremely important revenue source, particularly with value-added products. This position works with Veterinary Services and the Animal Care program to schedule animals for qiviut collection. This position also oversees and conducts qiviut sorting, handling all record keeping, organization of processing and assists with export to our processor, product development, and marketing. It also maintains a group of artisans who produce value-added products for sale in the LARS stores. This includes arranging for products and paying for service.Essential
This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational and administrative skills, managerial prioritization, time management, and instructional skills.
• Knowledge and background in curriculum development and education.
• Background and strong interest in natural history, wildlife, and natural resource management.
• Knowledge of humane and ethical treatment of animals used in research and education.
• Ability to clearly understand, interpret, apply and explain complex policies, rules, and regulations.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Two years of college coursework in life sciences, resource management and/or education or equivalent combination of training and experience. Background and interest in science and biology.

Required Experience & Education:
1 year of experience with outreach program development and implementation in an academic setting or in a naturalist role - this may include but is not limited to School Teacher, Park Naturalist, Docent/Tour Guide in a Zoological Park or Conservation Center.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and https://alaska.edu/jobs/benefits.php. New hires will be placed on the https://www.alaska.edu/hr/benefits/compensation/files/fy24_staff_salary_grid.pdf, Grade 77, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on August 28, 2023. To ensure full consideration please apply before 11:59pm, AST on August 27, 2023.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: http://www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, Signers' Business Office Assistant HR Manager, at mailto:kjmetivier@alaska.edu or 907-474-1847.

Applications Close: Open until filled

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Fairbanks, AK

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Closing Date 2024-08-22