Educational Specialist for the Marine and Coastal Sciences (MACS) Program
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Marine and Coastal Science Program support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
This is a part-time, 12-month position that reports to the Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences and works to support the Marine and Coastal Sciences (MACS) major and program activities. This is a half-time (50% appointment) position that requires flexible scheduling, including evening/weekend hours and some travel to off-campus sites.
Typical duties include:
Supervise student research, internship, and capstone activities in collaboration with faculty and teaching assistants.
Develop capstone and internship opportunities, forging and maintaining working relationships with placement sites and programs, faculty, alumni, and other offices.
Advise students preparing to do internship capstone and internship experiences, registering for credits, and completing projects.
Assist course instructors and graduate teaching assistants with course planning and set-up, particularly in laboratory, field-based, and active learning aspects of the coursework including MACS and supporting courses
Troubleshoot issues with equipment and methods for MACS and supporting courses
Maintain stockroom, order supplies for MACS and supporting courses, and manage supply budget.
Collect, maintain, and identify marine organisms for use in student research, internship, and capstone projects and for use in MACS and supporting courses.
Participate in grant writing to support program as needed.
Assist in other instructional activities as needed.
Master’s degree in biology, geology, environmental science, or a related field
Minimum two years of experience working in an educational setting facilitating student research and learning
Experience organizing and tracking multiple projects with competing deadlines
Evidence of experience working as part of a collaborative team in a dynamic work environment
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with marine field collection gear (dredges, corers, plankton nets)
Knowledge of local marine species
Experience maintaining live specimens, especially in marine aquaria
Experience handling power boats
Experience with website development and social media
Starting salary range is $23,821-$26,468, commensurate with experience. Includes an excellent benefits package.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications, including your demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins September 9, 2019; position is open until filled.
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