Human Resources

Director, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

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Department: Civil, Environ & Geospatial Engrg
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences

Department: Department of Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Director will maintain an effective environmental and STEM education/ outreach program serving 10,000+ K12 students, teachers, and communities in the western UP, statewide, Great Lakes region and beyond.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Develop a strategic plan for the Center in partnership with contributing partners: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC), Department of Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering (CEGE), College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science (CFRES), College of Engineering (COE), VP for Diversity, and others on- and off-campus.
2. Coordinate delivery of an established Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trip program for Grades K-8 students at 19 school districts in the five-county area of the western Upper Peninsula.
3. Plan and conduct teacher professional development in collaboration with other entities.
4. Conduct K-5 Family Science & Engineering events at schools in the western UP.
5. Coordinate After School STEM classes at area schools, at Nara Nature Center, and on campus, as practicable.
6. Establish partnerships on/off campus to collaborate on the development of projects, conducting programs and writing grants.
7. Coordinate the state and national dissemination of the Family Engineering program.
8. Coordinate the delivery of the Great Lakes education/outreach program aboard the research vessel Agassiz.
9. Participate in all required trainings at Michigan Tech. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives. Participate in all required university staff training.
10. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Must have a M.S. or PhD in biological sciences, forestry, environmental sciences, elementary/middle/high school science or engineering education, or closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Must have classroom or non-formal teaching experience with elementary, middle, or high school students; grant-writing experience, program development and implementation, organizing events.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience organizing programs and events, conducting teacher professional development, community networking, fundraising, publicity.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

1. Excellent organizational skills; able to manage multiple assignments; provide programs on some evenings and weekends.
2. Experience conducting presentations and educational programs for K-12 students, teachers, and the public.
3. Knowledge of environmental education and STEM, Next Generation Science Standards, pedagogy, classroom management.
4. Proficient using Microsoft Word office package: Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
5. Excellent communication skills (writing, public speaking, TV/radio interviews), good interpersonal skills; and maintain Center’s social media.
6. Experience working with a diversity of students and adults.
7. Behave professionally and ethically at all times. Deliver equitable , compassionate programming to all students.
8. Able to maintain records on program delivery, program evaluation, and provide annual reports.
9. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
10. Demonstrated commitment to ensuring a safe work and learning environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

1. Able to develop additional funding and/or other revenue streams to support development and sustainability of the outreach program. Contribute to broader impacts of National Science Foundation grant proposals.
2. Able to develop marketing materials, website, and social media to promote events and showcase accomplishments. Graphic design experience highly desirable.
3. Able to establish partnerships with entities on campus, including academic units, centers and institutes, and off-campus with NGOs, government agencies, MiSTEM network, schools, etc.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Hours flexible; 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends.
Must have reliable car (will be reimbursed for mileage for travel per university policy).
Office location: CEGE Department on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $52,000.

Title of Position Supervisor

Chair, Civil, Environmental, & Geospatial Engineering

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

References should include the contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the past 5 years.

Additional Information

Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and
College of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences
Department of Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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