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AWRI Education Specialist - Annis Water Resources Institute (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Muskegon
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: Provides oversight of AWRI’s vessel-based and K-12 classroom education programs, including program development, oversight of instructional personnel, and classroom facility. The position reports directly to the AWRI Director.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Supervise the science instructors who deliver programs onboard the AWRI vessels and provide oversight of the educational component of these programs
  • Supervise the delivery of programs in the R. B. Annis Educational Foundation classroom
  • Develop a curriculum that is aligned with science standards for the vessel program, classroom, and educator professional development workshops
  • Collaborate with AWRI scientists on multidisciplinary projects and provide educational expertise as they address the broader impacts of their research
  • Design, organize and deliver teacher professional development workshops
  • Craft and deliver scientifically accurate presentations and activities for a range of audiences
  • Teach outreach programs at AWRI and on-campus classes as needed
  • Mentor college and high school interns
  • Foster relationships with on-campus, community entities, and professional organizations
  • Attract extramural funding for outreach education programs
  • Make presentations and have displays at workshops and conferences both locally and nationally as well as at community events such as water festivals and earth day celebrations
  • Provide general professional support for AWRI as needed especially as it relates to outreach and education
  • Stay current in science education and aquatic science literature
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the general public, funding agencies, and donors.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to aquatic science (biology, environmental science, natural resources, limnology) or education (science education)
  • Organizational and time management skills necessary to be responsible for multiple concurrent projects
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting
  • Successful organization and delivery of professional development for educators
  • Development of curriculum aligned with science standards
  • Supervisory skills to manage the science education staff and interns
  • Proven ability to teach, communicate, and present science effectively to a variety of audiences, including teachers, the general public, college students, and K-12 students
  • Demonstrated publication or curriculum development record in science and/or science education or equivalent
  • Successful track record in grant development, grant reporting, and project management

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Master's degree in a field related to aquatic science (biology, environmental science, natural resources, limnology) or education (science education)
  • K-12 Teacher Certification
  • Three to five years of teaching experience in K-12 formal or informal education

Salary: $45,000 per year.

Department/Division: Annis Water Resources Institute/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Lake Michigan Center, Muskegon

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter, resume, and a 1-page description of your vision for the AWRI education program. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Please contact Alan Steinman, AWRI Director, if you have questions regarding AWRI or the position responsibilities (

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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