Educational Outreach Coordinator

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 25, 2021
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Job Description

The Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences invites applications for an Educational Outreach Coordinator, with employment commencing in spring of 2021. The candidate will be responsible for facilitating outreach and educational activities of a five-year, NSF-funded project on “Critical Zone processes” that spans seven universities, led by Virginia Tech.  Responsibilities of the position include (1) coordinating outreach and publicity efforts, (2) leading programs for K-12 teachers and students, (3) logistical support of, and participation in, summer field work, and (4) representing the project at virtual and in-person conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university majoring in either (1) geology/geosciences, geoscience or environmental science education, or a closely related field, or (2) communications, media studies, graphic design, or a related field and a minor in a relevant scientific field or substantial experience working in a position with similar responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly to a broad range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Broad training in geosciences with specific knowledge of Earth surface processes, ecosystem science, or related fields.
  • Experience in website management, social media, and similar outreach technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with public outreach events.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and priorities.

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Review Date

Oct. 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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