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Marketing and Communication Specialist
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 09:40 AM

Summary

https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/226107/mktg-communications-specialist

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) seeks an experienced, strategic, and enthusiastic storyteller to join our staff as a Marketing and Communication Specialist. We are looking for someone who can translate, communicate, and engage in science with our research, undergraduate, alumni and northern MI communities. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to bring their creativity and experience to our community.

UMBS is a biological field research station, located in northern Michigan. For more than 100 years, we have been exploring how the natural world works though research and education. This position will be based onsite in Ann Arbor during the fall and winter terms and at the UMBS campus in Pellston, Michigan June 1 – August 15 (via multiple stays or a continuous residency). We will also consider staff who want to live in northern MI year-round with trips to Ann Arbor. You will report to the Biological Station Director and Associate Director.

Marketing and Communications Specialist’s responsibilities include:

Communications

Develop and implement a communications strategy for UMBS

  • Create and manage the communications schedule
  • Design and distribute effective messages and materials to:
    • Recruit students and researchers with the goal of increasing the diversity of academic and research program participants within U-M and beyond                              
    • Produce regular communications (newsletters, email updates for the UMBS community)
    • Coordinate external communications to increase awareness of scientific contributions and impacts of UMBS-based research and programming
    • Build networks with UM and regional news organizations by contributing regular article ideas
    • Manage website content and social media messaging
  • Develop and lead plan to recruit undergraduate students for all Biological Station programs. Select, train, and coordinate student ambassadors for campus outreach presentations and events

Outreach & Development

  • Improve the way we communicate our science and engage with internal University and external communities
  • Develop and implement community engagement opportunities for UMBS, inlcuding, creating outreach opportunities for northern Michigan communities by hosting engagement activities such as talks, science days and open houses
  • Develop, coordinate, and host public, donor, and alumni events for the Biological Station at UMBS and Ann Arbor  

            * Organize and lead tours of the Biological Station
            * Organize and promote annual lecture series based at the station and regional venues to engage with the northern Michigan and Ann Arbor community

           * Be the on-site lead for LSA Advancement development events

  • Coordinate UMBS fundraising strategies by providing written materials and logistical organization. Track and prepare gift stewardship and donor correspondence

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Required Qualifications*

  • 3+ years of professional experience in communications, community engagement or related fields or a combination of education and experience
     
  • Excellent interpersonal, project management, and communication (oral, written, visual design) skills
     
  • The ability to generate a variety of high-quality written material for different audiences on a short timeline
     
  • Previous experience creating and implementing successful recruitment or marketing communication plans
     
  • Team oriented with a willingness to work collaboratively to reach team goals and experience working with a diversity of people and groups
     
  • Ability to work independently and keep supervisors updated on your progress
     
  • IT skills, such as producing newsletters, articles, press releases, website, social media, digital advertising, and/or other media communications
     
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (or similar), Mailchimp (or similar), creating video content, using social media

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with effective science translation and engagement
     
  • Experience in developing marketing or brand strategy
     
  • Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

Additional Information

As one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges, LSA pushes the boundaries of what is understood about the human experience and the natural world, and we foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, please visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.

To learn more about LSA’s Mission, Vision and Values, please visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
     
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
     
  •  Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
     
  • Life insurance
     
  • Long-term disability coverage
     
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/226107/mktg-communications-specialist

U-M EEO/AA Statement

 The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

 
Marketing and Communication Specialist
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 09:40 AM

Summary

https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/226107/mktg-communications-specialist

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) seeks an experienced, strategic, and enthusiastic storyteller to join our staff as a Marketing and Communication Specialist. We are looking for someone who can translate, communicate, and engage in science with our research, undergraduate, alumni and northern MI communities. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to bring their creativity and experience to our community.

UMBS is a biological field research station, located in northern Michigan. For more than 100 years, we have been exploring how the natural world works though research and education. This position will be based onsite in Ann Arbor during the fall and winter terms and at the UMBS campus in Pellston, Michigan June 1 – August 15 (via multiple stays or a continuous residency). We will also consider staff who want to live in northern MI year-round with trips to Ann Arbor. You will report to the Biological Station Director and Associate Director.

Marketing and Communications Specialist’s responsibilities include:

Communications

Develop and implement a communications strategy for UMBS

  • Create and manage the communications schedule
  • Design and distribute effective messages and materials to:
    • Recruit students and researchers with the goal of increasing the diversity of academic and research program participants within U-M and beyond                              
    • Produce regular communications (newsletters, email updates for the UMBS community)
    • Coordinate external communications to increase awareness of scientific contributions and impacts of UMBS-based research and programming
    • Build networks with UM and regional news organizations by contributing regular article ideas
    • Manage website content and social media messaging
  • Develop and lead plan to recruit undergraduate students for all Biological Station programs. Select, train, and coordinate student ambassadors for campus outreach presentations and events

Outreach & Development

  • Improve the way we communicate our science and engage with internal University and external communities
  • Develop and implement community engagement opportunities for UMBS, inlcuding, creating outreach opportunities for northern Michigan communities by hosting engagement activities such as talks, science days and open houses
  • Develop, coordinate, and host public, donor, and alumni events for the Biological Station at UMBS and Ann Arbor  

            * Organize and lead tours of the Biological Station
            * Organize and promote annual lecture series based at the station and regional venues to engage with the northern Michigan and Ann Arbor community

           * Be the on-site lead for LSA Advancement development events

  • Coordinate UMBS fundraising strategies by providing written materials and logistical organization. Track and prepare gift stewardship and donor correspondence

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Required Qualifications*

  • 3+ years of professional experience in communications, community engagement or related fields or a combination of education and experience
     
  • Excellent interpersonal, project management, and communication (oral, written, visual design) skills
     
  • The ability to generate a variety of high-quality written material for different audiences on a short timeline
     
  • Previous experience creating and implementing successful recruitment or marketing communication plans
     
  • Team oriented with a willingness to work collaboratively to reach team goals and experience working with a diversity of people and groups
     
  • Ability to work independently and keep supervisors updated on your progress
     
  • IT skills, such as producing newsletters, articles, press releases, website, social media, digital advertising, and/or other media communications
     
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (or similar), Mailchimp (or similar), creating video content, using social media

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with effective science translation and engagement
     
  • Experience in developing marketing or brand strategy
     
  • Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

Additional Information

As one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges, LSA pushes the boundaries of what is understood about the human experience and the natural world, and we foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, please visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.

To learn more about LSA’s Mission, Vision and Values, please visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
     
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
     
  •  Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
     
  • Life insurance
     
  • Long-term disability coverage
     
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/226107/mktg-communications-specialist

U-M EEO/AA Statement

 The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

 
Director of Education: Black Rock Forest
Sunday, November 20, 2022 04:18 PM

Black Rock Forest (BRF) is a growing environmental non-profit organization with programs in
research, education, and conservation and is seeking a Director of Education. The organization’s
facilities, including offices, labs, classrooms, and a lodge, are located in the 3,920-acre Forest of
the same name in Cornwall, NY. BRF has a staff of 15 and functions as a biological field station
with 26 miles of hiking trails and another 17 miles of gated forest roads.


Position Summary:
The Director of Education at Black Rock Forest will be responsible for bringing state of the art
educational programming to K-16 students, teachers, and the general public to foster scientific
inquiry. The Director of Education will work closely with the Executive Director, Science and
Conservation staff, and Consortium Members to strengthen the organization and advance the
mission of advancing scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education,
and conservation programs.


Job Description:
• Manage the Education Program including participating in strategic planning, supervising
staff, managing budgets, and overseeing classroom and laboratory space.
• Serve as program-level liaison between Black Rock Forest and the institutional members
of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.
• Collaborate with teachers, researchers, program staff, and consortium members to
develop new activities and curricula including use of the recently renovated Moretti
Education Center.
• Plan, coordinate, and lead forest explorations and lab investigations in science and related
disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college
• Support logistics for school groups and public education visits, including adherence to
appropriate policies and procedures.
• Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and
inclusion
• Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g., Peck Stacpoole Online
Education Collection)
• Maintain physical educational resources including field equipment and lab spaces in the
Moretti Education Center, overseeing purchasing as needed
• Support integration of technological advances in education including the use of
smartphone app innovations and digital data collection tools
• Support community science activities in the Forest for students and the public
• Leverage operational budget by writing grants and seeking funds to expand the BRF
education programs.
• Occasional travel to New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley for meetings and
events, as well as some work on evenings and weekends, is required.

Qualifications & Experience:
• Bachelor’s and graduate degrees, preferably in environment-related sciences and/or
education, especially STEM/STEAM education.
• Significant training and teaching experience in a range of K-12 educational settings in
disciplines related to the biological and physical sciences.
• Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and
inclusion in teaching and in organizations.
• Experience designing hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities, includingexperiential and transdisciplinary education, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and audiences, including youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth.

• Proven superior communication skills (written, oral, digital) for a wide range of age-
levels.

• Creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of
audiences.
• Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning including video
production and editing.
• Knowledge of the Hudson Highlands’ ecology, forest ecosystems, history, and
conservation desired, though not essential.
• Willingness to work and hike outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
Additional Information:
At Black Rock Forest we value diversity, in our ecosystems and in our organization. We are
committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in our science, education, and
conservation. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented group members as we
seek to diversify and strengthen our organization, science, and society.


Application Materials:
(Any questions please contact Susanne Vondrak at [email protected])
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Names and contact information of three professional references
• Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages)
• Recommended:
• Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection
on the lesson activity. OR:
• Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest-related
lesson) and written reflection on the activity.


Application Deadline: Monday December 19, 2022 5pm EST
Salary: $75,000 – $85,000 per year plus competitive health and retirement benefits
Start Date: January 2023 or later
Driver’s license necessary

 
Black Rock Forest- Director of Education
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 11:31 AM

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the natural sciences and experience in

teaching for diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor settings, providing programs for a variety of age-
groups from K-12 to adult audiences. The candidate should also have experience supervising staff and/or

interns and managing programs ranging from day trips to summer camps. Experience in environmental
and/or educational research is preferable but not required. In addition to direct teaching, the candidate
will serve as program-level liaison between Black Rock Forest (BRF) and the institutional members of the
Black Rock Forest Consortium. They will work closely with BRF’s research and conservation staff to bring
state of the art programming to the varied constituent audiences of Black Rock Forest. The candidate
should be creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of audiences
including teachers, researchers, and conservationists to develop and implement relevant programming in
the 3,920-acre forest.

Job Description:
● Plan, coordinate, and lead as needed forest explorations and lab investigations in science and related
disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college
● Liaise with program staff at consortium member institutions, including visiting schools, meeting with
educators, and presenting to groups
● Collaborate with teachers to develop new activities and curricula for consortium member use
including use of recently renovated Moretti Education Center
● Support logistics for school groups and public education visits, including adherence to appropriate
policies and procedures
● Connect Black Rock Forest research and conservation programs to education programs
● Track forest visits and curate data collected on school group visits, and make these data readily
available to consortium audiences
● Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g., Peck Stacpoole Online Education
Collection)
● Maintain physical educational resources including field equipment and lab spaces in the Moretti
Education Center, overseeing purchasing as needed
● Support integration of technological advances in education including the use of smartphone app
innovations and digital data collection tools
● Support community science activities in the Forest for students and the public
● Recruit and supervise education interns
● Participate in grant writing to expand the BRF education team and programs
● Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Qualifications and Experience of the Successful Candidate
● Bachelor’s and graduate degrees, preferably in environment-related sciences and/or education,
especially STEM/STEAM education
● Significant training and teaching experience in a range of K-12 educational settings in disciplines
related to ecology and forest ecosystems
● Experience designing hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities, including experiential and
transdisciplinary education, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and audiences, including
youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth
● Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in
teaching and in organizations
● Knowledge of field equipment and methods, data collection and analysis
● Proven superior communication skills (written, oral, digital) for a wide range of age-levels
● Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning including video production and editing
● Knowledge of the Hudson Highlands’ ecology, history, and conservation desired, though not essential

Application Materials: Send the following to Susanne Vondrak at [email protected]:
● Cover letter + Resume + Names of Three References
● Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages)

 Recommended:
• Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection on the
lesson activity. OR:
• Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest-related lesson) and
written reflection on the activity.

Application Deadline: Rolling until the position is filled

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: Fall 2022 or later

Driver’s license necessary

 
Director, Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 07:47 AM

The Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center (SDCC) is a not-for-profit lodging and event venue
in Ajo, Arizona, located on the historic Curley School campus. Housed in the former elementary
school, the SDCC welcomes groups for conferences, workshops, retreats, reunions, and
weddings, as well as individual travelers. In addition, we host community events and the Sonoran
Arts Residency, which draws visual and performing artists from across the country and around
the globe. The SDCC is a supporting not-for-profit of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance
(ISDA), a 29-year-old organization devoted to preserving and enriching the environment, culture,
and economy of the Sonoran Desert.


Since opening in 2015 we have hosted thousands of individuals and dozens of groups, earned a
5-star rating and an annual Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor, and played a vital role in the
ongoing revitalization of this former copper mining town. Our staff has grown from two people
to a team of 15. We aren’t simply an inn; we are a destination, a gathering place, and a
centerpiece of Ajo’s growing creative economy. We’ve been covered in newspapers, radio and
TV in Arizona, as well as in national and international publications, including The Atlantic and
National Geographic Traveler.


The Director oversees all aspects of operation for the SDCC, guides the evolution of the property
and the business, and plays a key role in the development of the culture and economy of Ajo. We
are seeking someone professional, energetic, entrepreneurial, articulate, proactive, and
organized, with management, customer service and/or hospitality experience, a knack for team
building, and a passion for the Sonoran Desert region.


Responsibilities
The SDCC Director has a broad and diverse set of responsibilities – all aspects of running the
business are in their hands, and they are the public face of the operation. It is a hands-on
leadership position that requires an experienced professional who is comfortable managing a
budget, creating unforgettable experiences for guests, representing Ajo at national conferences...
and rolling up their sleeves to unclog a toilet when needed. We’ve divided the key responsibilities
into five categories:

1. Operations
● Oversee the daily functioning of the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center
facilities, including guest rooms, meeting rooms, commercial kitchen, artisan’s
shop, and courtyard spaces;
● Implement and update systems and policies to ensure efficient, effective, and safe
use of all SDCC spaces;
● Hire and oversee/manage office, housekeeping, and overnight staff (team is
currently around 15 people). This is a structure that can evolve;
● Collaborate with ISDA on the care of the historic buildings and grounds;
● Collaborate with ISDA on the ongoing development of/improvements to SDCC
facilities, including additional guest rooms and outdoor areas.
● Oversee purchasing of all needed supplies for the operation of the business;

2. Marketing and Outreach
● Lead marketing and outreach efforts to ensure consistent bookings and
profitability of the SDCC;
● Target groups for retreats, conferences, workshops, etc., with a goal of developing
lasting partnerships and recurring events;
● Tap into existing and new networks to increase visibility of the SDCC;
● Partner with local organizations and leaders to create, promote and manage
events;
● Manage website, print, and social media marketing efforts.

3. Special Programs
● Serve as the host and ambassador for group events, including speaking before
groups, welcoming guests to meals, and giving tours of Ajo to guests;
● Develop and implement mission-driven events and residencies (arts, desert
scholarship, international border, local foods, etc.);
● Design and implement a menu of educational and cultural offerings for SDCC
guests that draws on local entrepreneurs and resources;
● Promote the commercial kitchen for a variety of uses including catering, cooking
classes/demonstrations, micro entrepreneurs, and special events.

4. Budget and Financial Management
● In collaboration with ISDA leadership and the SDCC board, develop and manage
the annual budget, ensuring that the operation remains sustainable;
● Review financial reports and present them to the SDCC board quarterly;
● Review and approve all payables and receivables for the ISDA bookkeeper;
● Oversee payroll, including bonuses, pay increases and paid time off;
● Make decisions on large expenses based on cash flow and occupancy rates.

5. Collaborate with ISDA on advancing the broader organizational mission and vision
● Support fundraising and development efforts;
● Provide physical space and logistical support for large ISDA events, including the
biennial Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium;
● Work with other local organizations and individuals to provide programming and
needed resources to the Ajo community (in the past this has included providing
free meeting space, serving free or reduced-cost meals, hosting guests of the
community);
● Represent ISDA and SDCC at local, regional, and national conferences and events;
● Promote local entrepreneurs, job training, and micro enterprise.

Qualifications
● Excellent customer service skills - warm, welcoming, and professional;
● Experience in hospitality, community development, creative placemaking, marketing,
and/or related fields;
● Expertise managing a diverse staff team and fostering a healthy, positive, safe work
environment;
● Strong administrative skills;
● Knowledge of Ajo (businesses, tourist attractions, resources, history) or willingness to
learn;
● A passion for being a part of the development and growth of Ajo as a destination for
tourism, culture, and educational events;
● Excellent on-the-spot problem-solving skills;
● Strong computer skills - proficient in basic platforms like Microsoft Office, Google Suite,
and various social media platforms, and able to quickly learn (and teach) new platforms
such as QuickBooks, online property management software and various financial systems;
● Strong systems thinker;
● Flexible hours. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed, during peak
season;

● Ability to multitask;

● Experience as a small business owner preferred;
● Spanish language skills are not required, but a big plus.


Terms
● Full-time position, starting training (some may be remote) as soon as possible;
● Employee status Exempt;
● Strong preference for an in-person start date no later than November 1, 2022;
● Salary range is $55,000-65,000/year, with opportunity for performance-based incentives;
● Benefits package includes health insurance with vision and dental options, 4 weeks paid
vacation, and opportunity for extended leave during the hot summer months;
● Unique perks including 10 free nights at the SDCC annually for friends and family; the use
of an SDCC golf cart; and delicious free meals at SDCC events;
● Reports to the Executive Director of ISDA and the SDCC Board.
● We plan to have the successful candidate in place by November first. Interviews will begin
September first. This position will remain open until filled.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. For
candidates who are re-locating to Ajo for this position, temporary housing may be available on
the SDCC property.


The Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center is a supporting not-for-profit of the International
Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA). The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of ISDA is to provide
a fair and equal employment opportunity for all job applicants regardless of race, color, religion,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability, or any other protected
characteristic as established by law. ISDA hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of
their qualifications for the job to be filled.

 
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