The Division of Extension and Engagement is seeking applications for an Outdoor School Regional Coordinator for Southern Oregon. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Refer to the Working Conditions section for information on work location options.
About the Division: The Division of Extension and Engagement is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.
The OSU Extension Service (OES) engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustains natural resources, and promotes healthy families and individuals. The Extension Service has a presence in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.
OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
- Healthy communities and economies
- Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
- Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
- Thriving youth, individuals and families
The Outdoor School Southern Regional Coordinator position is within the Division of Extension and Engagement, Extension Service Outdoor School Program. This position will be located in and serve the southern region of Oregon.
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence: Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors, and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion
About the Position: The Outdoor School (ODS) program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Service’s vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Education Service Districts (ESDs) in outdoor school programs. The ODS program helps Oregon’s youth develop leadership, critical thinking, and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry and applied learning. The long-term goal of the ODS program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youth’s skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective environmental stewards and leaders in their communities.
Outdoor school is intended for all 5th or 6th graders in the state of Oregon. The ODS program’s Regional Coordinators work with school districts in their regions to maximize participation by providing support in the funding application and reporting process, promoting inclusive community engagement, and working with districts to implement creative, community-specific solutions to outdoor school participation barriers.
There are four Regional Coordinators within the ODS program: Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern. The Southern Regional Coordinator will be a key position in moving to ensure full (100%) participation in inclusive and equitable outdoor school programming by ESDs, districts, and schools.
The main responsibilities of the ODS Southern Regional Coordinator will be:
- Liaise with local school districts, ESDs, outdoor school providers, and local communities to support inclusive and equitable outdoor school programming.
- Lead the activities of the Southern Region and participate in consistent interaction with the Eastern, Northern, and Central Region Coordinators.
- Collaborate with the ODS Team to develop projects that support outdoor school in the region, eg. professional development workshops, EDAI (equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion) initiatives, application and reporting process, high school leadership program development, etc.
The individual in this position will report to the OES Director of ODS and work closely with the ODS team. This person will contribute to the ODS program’s mission to serve all students from all backgrounds.