Coordinator of Environmental Literacy

The Lawrence seeks a skilled leader with experience at the intersection of environmental education, equity, justice, and building healthy communities to contribute to and support its environmental literacy projects. The Lawrence’s environmental literacy portfolio supports improvement efforts in outdoor and environmental education nationally and internationally by promoting equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance; translating research about effective practices for teaching and learning into accessible approaches, resources, and tools for organization leaders and instructors; and building community with partners in the field.

Overview

Position title: Coordinator of Environmental Literacy

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: Fall 2022

Position duration: 1-year appointment, renewable dependent on budget and performance

Description

The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks a skilled leader with experience at the intersection of environmental education, equity, justice, and building healthy communities to contribute to and support the Learning & Teaching Group’s environmental literacy projects. The Learning & Teaching Group focuses on capacity building in formal (e.g., school districts, community colleges, and universities) and informal (e.g., museums, aquariums, science centers, outdoor science organizations) education systems, in support of developing science and environmental literacy, including the widespread implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. The Learning & Teaching Group is committed to leading with equity and justice at the center of all work. The Learning & Teaching Group’s environmental literacy portfolio supports improvement efforts in outdoor and environmental education nationally and internationally by promoting equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance; translating research about effective practices for teaching and learning into accessible approaches, resources, and tools for organization leaders and instructors; and building community with partners in the field.

The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will contribute at a leadership level to the Lawrence’s portfolio of projects related to environmental literacy, including the BEETLES Project, the Working Towards Racial Equity national workshop series, the in-development Elizabeth and Robert Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab, and others. The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will report to the Director of Environmental Literacy Programs and work closely with the Learning & Teaching Group, the Research & Impact Group, Learning Labs, Visitor and Community Experiences, as well as external collaborators and partners.

The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley is one of the country’s few science centers that is part of a top-tier, public research university. This distinctive affiliation allows the Lawrence to engage world-class scientists, engineers, and educators to develop and disseminate leading innovative and effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. As UC Berkeley’s public science center, the Lawrence provides a window into Berkeley’s cutting-edge research and discoveries, and their transformative applications. The Lawrence supports learners to use the “big ideas” of science to solve problems, improve their lives and communities and make the world a better place. Equity is at the heart of our mission; we pay special attention to engaging those from low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. Lawrence Hall of Science programs are designed to meet three critical goals: (1) activating youth interest in STEM learning and careers; (2) improving scientific and environmental literacy for youth and the public; and (3) increasing the number of underrepresented youth who pursue STEM. The Lawrence’s portfolio is diverse and far-reaching, contributing to the local and national agenda to inspire, prepare, and diversify the STEM workforce.

The Lawrence Hall of Science is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive organizational environment that fosters the success of the full range of our employees. We believe that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices, norms, and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our increasingly diverse staff, partners, and audiences. We welcome candidates who have demonstrated capacity to create inclusive work environments, work effectively on diverse teams, and serve the diverse communities with whom we currently work and want to attract. We are committed to hiring and retaining racially and gender diverse, culturally competent leaders at all levels of the organization who reflect the demographics of our community and continually deepen their skills and competencies.
This position is based in Berkeley, CA, but regular remote working arrangements will be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will work with partners, clients, and the broader environmental community to:

  • Provide support to informal outdoor science organizations and school districts (e.g., professional learning, capacity building, curriculum design or implementation, leadership development, document review, discussion facilitation, hiring practices, and survey analysis) related to student-centered and nature-centered teaching and learning, and equity, justice, inclusion, and cultural relevance.
  • Write, review, and revise resources, including professional learning materials and student activities, with particular attention to organizational systems, scientific accuracy, and teaching strategies that are research-based and inclusive, equitable, and culturally relevant.
  • Contribute to research, practitioner publications, grant proposals and reports.
  • Represent Lawrence Hall of Science locally, regionally, and nationally at conferences and professional meetings
  • Coordinate and manage multiple projects and facilitate meetings with multiple stakeholders and deliverables, while ensuring an explicit approach to equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance in all project activities
  • Coordinate and contribute to some or all of the following projects: Outdoor Nature Lab, BEETLES, and Working Towards Racial Equity.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • Minimum 3 years working experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years working experience in outdoor science, environmental justice, education, and/or in a position focused on advocating for and building towards equity.
  • Experience working with or in communities of color, low-income communities, or other communities underrepresented in science and environmental fields.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges in science and outdoor science education, including experience with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Experience developing curriculum and/or professional learning materials.
  • Environmental education or other outdoor or science teaching experience.
  • Experience conducting professional learning for educators.
  • Experience contributing to grant proposals and/or published works.
  • Evidence of ability to advocate for equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance within one or more of the following areas: curriculum and professional learning materials, student and professional learning experiences, organizational systems, or workplace team dynamics.
  • Experience coordinating small teams, multiple projects, and ongoing deliverables over a long period of time.
  • Evidence of open-mindedness, continuous learning, creativity, vision, flexibility.
  • Science content knowledge and understanding of research about learning and teaching

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for 3 references that can be contacted by the search committee

Help contact: lopezj@berkeley.edu

Application Window

Open date: July 27th, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Aug 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.