The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Department of Extension is seeking to fill an anticipated position opening for a Visiting Assistant Extension Educator to serve as Project Coordinator for the Connecticut Trail Census. The Connecticut Trail Census is a volunteer-based data collection and education program on multi-use trails in Connecticut that encourages data informed decision-making & promotes resident participation in trail monitoring & advocacy. The Trail Census includes trail use counts recorded by infrared pedestrian counters, trail user intercept surveys administered by trained volunteers, and public education programs. The project is statewide and serves community leaders and decision makers including local elected officials, planners, economic development professionals, trail advocates, trail maintenance professionals, environmental, health and outdoor activity advocates, as well as the general public. The Census was developed as a partnership program between the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Greenways Council, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and local trail advocacy organizations. More information can be found at https://cttrailcensus.uconn.edu/.
Job duties include developing, conducting and evaluating programs related to trails, outdoor recreation, community health, planning, and active transportation to meet the goals of the Trail Census and working closely with the Project Advisory Committee to oversee all aspects of the project including planning, fundraising, data analysis and communication, community outreach, budgeting, administration, evaluating and reporting, and oversight of project staff, volunteers, and interns as needed. The Coordinator will design, deliver and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs through a variety of methods.
The Coordinator will work closely with a wide variety of UConn and external statewide project partners involved in trails related programs and projects. The Coordinator will be expected to be actively involved in grant writing, and to develop a diverse portfolio of educational materials for Extension clients and scholarly materials for professional peers. The successful candidate will be comfortable being the public face of the program, and be able to effectively convey aspects of the program at meetings and public speaking engagements, and by authoring articles and reports. The successful candidate must have reliable transportation with the ability to travel extensively throughout Connecticut to meet with partners and oversee program equipment and functions. Mileage reimbursement will be provided.
Master’s Degree in the field of community development, urban and community studies, natural resources, geography, community planning, public health, outdoor recreation, or related field.
Demonstrated experience researching and writing managing, or administering grants
Demonstrated experience managing programs including budgeting, reporting and evaluation
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience developing and teaching education programs for diverse audiences
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Personal transportation and the ability to travel extensively throughout Connecticut required.
Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours.
Demonstrated interest in trails, non-motorized transportation, public health, recreation, or sustainability
Experience developing, managing or promoting trails or experience with trail oriented volunteer and advocacy organizations
Experience managing staff, interns and volunteers
An understanding of non-motorized traffic count and analysis techniques
Experience with survey design and implementation
Familiarity with grants or funding sources related to trails, health, and natural resources
An understanding of data management and statistical analysis and related analysis and visualization software such as SPSS, STATA, and Tableau
Familiarity with the Cooperative Extension System and the land-grant university system.
Experience with ESRI/ArcGIS, Qualtrics, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, WordPress or social media management
This is an anticipated full-time (100%) non-tenure track, 11-month position opening contingent on available funding. This position is grant-funded and has an end-date that is subject to annual re-appointments contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. This position includes an outstanding full benefits package including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s background and experience. This position is anticipated to start Spring 2019.
Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to apply. Applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses qualifications identified in the advertisement, a resume or curriculum vita, writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information. Please demonstrate through your written application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications and any of the preferred/desirable qualifications you may also have.
Please reference Search #2019478 in your application submittal. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Preference will be given to candidates that apply within the first three weeks.
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019478)
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