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Research Coordinator

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. The Cover Letter must speak to each required qualification. 3) Provide names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references. These may be included within your resume/vita or attached as a separate document (Other Document 1). For additional information please contact: Kristopher Elliott at Kris.Elliott@oregonstate.edu OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement. This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Position Details

Position Information

Department Outdoor School (TOS)
Position Title Coordinator-Res Program
Job Title Research Coordinator
Appointment Type Administrative/Professional Faculty
Job Location Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent 100
Appointment Basis 12
Faculty Status Regular
Tenure Status Fixed-Term
Pay Method Salary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Commensurate with Education and Experience
Position Summary

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University invites applications for an Outdoor School Evaluation, Assessment, and Research Coordinator. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position to be located in Corvallis, Oregon.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, business, industries, government, and educational institutions. The Division includes the following units: Extension Service, OSU Open Campus, and the OSU Outdoor School. The Division is under the leadership of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.

The Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals. The Extension Service has a presence in each of the Oregon’s 36 counties.

The Outdoor School (ODS) Program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Service’s vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Educational Service Districts in Outdoor School. The ODS Program helps Oregon’s youth learn better; develop leadership, critical thinking and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry and applied learning. The long-term goal of this ODS Program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youth’s skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective stewards and leaders in their community. The OES Outdoor School Program Leader has leadership and administrative responsibility for the OSU Outdoor School Program. OSU Outdoor School Program website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/outdoor-school.

As Evaluation, Assessment, and Research Coordinator of OES Outdoor School Program, this person is responsible for coordinating all evaluation and related research programs related to Outdoor School. As a member of the Outdoor School team, this person will work with the Corvallis-based and statewide team members to help develop and execute a comprehensive evaluation plan. Additionally, this person will be responsible for the development of an annual Outdoor School report and participate in scholarly research and publication in order to share knowledge within and beyond the university’s borders.
Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position and access to wireless services may be necessary.
Oregon State University and the Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of the OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved.

Position Duties

30% – Research Program Coordination and Planning:
Coordinate the research program, evaluation, and assessment of statewide Outdoor School Program (ODS). Work with ODS team to plan short term, intermediate, and long-term (longitudinal) research program.

Assist school districts and Educational service districts with local data collection and reporting protocols.

Coordinate with Oregon Department of Education to ensure seamless data collection and reporting protocol.

Ensure the protection and privacy of all data, particularly student information.

Lead Outdoor School Trans-disciplinary Research Committee to coordinate ODS research program with related research by other extension faculty, researchers, faculty across the university, other state universities, and related non-governmental organizations who are engaged in scholarly activities related to Outdoor School.

Assist with data collection platform design in coordination with ODS team and Advisory Committee and related Resource Groups.

Ensure Institutional Review Board approval and protocol for all applicable ODS research data.

25% – Data Reporting and Annual Report:
Participate in research activities including research reports and peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Conduct research that centers issues of accessibility and inclusion as it relates to Outdoor School.

Include diverse perspectives on the research team as applicable.

Oversee annual ODS report, which includes evaluation, predictions and future research and evaluation efforts. Emphasize issues of diversity and access.

Participate in leadership training opportunities that builds expertise around equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Present findings and data at various internal extension functions, advisory committee meetings, and external stakeholder events.

Organize data for public postings/web site.

Create materials in a format that is relevant to the audience.

Conduct literature reviews of related or applicable bodies of research.

Suggest improvements to the data collection process at end of each evaluation year.

15% – Data Collection:
Manage and participate in data collection through district reporting platform, surveys, and observations.

Coordinate with ODS team, faculty, researchers, stakeholders, and districts to ensure effective data collection and evaluation.

Work with partners/vendors and extension IT personnel to ensure reliable, high quality, data collection platform.

Ensure participation by all stakeholders in data reporting.

15% – Data Analysis:
Lead data analysis as aligned with research agenda, goals, and evaluation of program.

Manage secure data storage and backup/redundancy.

Diversifying the images, identities and perspectives represented in reports and print materials.

15% – ODS Team Special Projects:
Coordinate with Advisory Committee as deemed necessary by program leader and coordinate with applicable resource groups. Assist with overall ODS team vision and annual goals.

Coordinate with other ODS coordinators including regional coordinators in the field to ensure accurate and clear protocol for training, communication, and data collection.
Assist ODS team in supporting schools’ and districts’ programming.

Create marketing that embeds diversity and social justice as central to the mission of Outdoor School and Outreach and Engagement.

Provide oversight and supervision of temporary or student workers to support research, evaluation, and assessment efforts. (5%)

Mentor students effectively across all aspects of difference.

Assure equitable distribution of access to mentoring resources and networks.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Masters Degree in Education, Science Education, or related education or social science field and at least five years of relevant experience. Degree must be completed by date of application.

Demonstrated quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research design and data analysis skills and experience.

Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills including academic/scholarly writing skills; Ability to orally present data and findings in a variety of settings.

Demonstrated evidence of exceptional academic writing and prior peer reviewed/accepted publications.

Excellent customer service and organizational skills.

Demonstrated experience with providing oversight to budgets.

Demonstrated experience in organization, decision-making, problem solving and creating a collaborative environment.

Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Demonstrated experience in research project coordination and program management.
Ability to handle multiple tasks with rigid deadlines.

Ability to maintain the strictest confidentiality and professionalism.

Ability to use common computer software, data processing platforms and survey software, including the ability to use information technology and web sites.
Software includes: MS Excel, Qualtrics, SPSS and NVivo data analysis programs.

Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbent is required to self-report convictions.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

PhD in Education, Science Education, or related education or social science field
Prior experience with an outdoor educational program.

Prior research and evaluation experience, particularly in outdoor education, environmental literacy and K-12 instruction.

Knowledge and working understanding of and commitment to the basic philosophy of Extension Service, and the Land Grant University system.

Knowledge of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and how it applies to the privacy of a student’s educational records.

Demonstrated experience in complex multi-phase/year research programs, design, and strategic planning.

Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of evaluation software.

Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Experience and background in Outdoor School and outdoor/environmental education.

Experience developing/publishing program annual report.

K-12 classroom experience.

Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish and English) proficiency.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

Travel, including overnight, will be required to meet with partners, collect data across ODS programs in Oregon.

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P01908UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 04/01/2018
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 02/07/2018
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 02/28/2018
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. The Cover Letter must speak to each required qualification.

3) Provide names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references. These may be included within your resume/vita or attached as a separate document (Other Document 1).

For additional information please contact:
Kristopher Elliott at Kris.Elliott@oregonstate.edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How would you demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1 (see Special Instructions)