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Place-based Education Specialist

Apply now Job no: 494795
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Education and Community Innovation


This position will work with the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), Groundswell Stewardship Initiative (GSI) advisory teams, and a network of community partners to support PK-12 schools in the adoption and active use of place-based stewardship education (PBSE) principles and related practices within their institutions.


  1. Implement existing grant and program requirements, including project management, budgeting, and reporting.
  2. Collaborate with CEP staff and other GSI stakeholders to develop new grant/funding proposals.
  3. Work with CEP staff and other GSI stakeholders to develop, market, implement, and evaluate high-impact professional learning opportunities around PBSE.
  4. Support PK-12 educators in the field to facilitate the development and implementation of student-led PBSE projects.
  5. Support PK-12 teachers and community partners in the development of mutually beneficial relationships that support student/community stewardship.
  6. Work with CEP staff and other stakeholders to identify and implement strategies for program development, sustainability, and continuous improvement.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned per grant agreement and/or leadership.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in K-12 focused classroom/programing, with a focus on developing learning experiences that align with K-12 curriculum standards.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience planning, facilitating and evaluating high-impact professional development for adult learners.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to PBSE principles and practices of PBSE principles and practices.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communication, organization, and conceptualization.
  • Ability to design and deliver effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong skills in cultural competence and collaboration, including an ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and within large and small teams on various projects.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community-based environmental stewardship with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice.
  • Basic skills in fund development, including a basic knowledge of writing effective proposals, managing and reporting on funded projects, and cultivating professional relationships with funders.
  • Willingness to learn new approaches to teaching and learning in order to support university and K-12 educators and students in the planning and practice of place-based stewardship education.
  • Proficiency with office technology and software.


  • Master's degree in educational leadership, nonprofit management, or related field.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience with project management software.
  • Experience developing, managing, and interpreting/applying project and program evaluation for organizational reporting and continuous improvement.

Salary: $46,000-$51,000

Department/Division: Center for Educational Partnerships/College of Education and Community Innovation

Campus: Grand Rapids- Pew Campus

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. 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, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2023 at 11:55pm

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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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