Education Program Specialist 1 or 2
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
This position is also being advertised as an Education Program Specialist 2 for individuals with additional education or experience.

Travel

This position will be required to travel overnight to locations across Minnesota approximately five to ten (5-10) nights per month. Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license or have a demonstrated ability for timely travel across all parts of Minnesota.

Required Qualifications and Experience (Education Program Specialist 1)

BS degree in engineering, environmental science, water resources, wastewater management, or closely related discipline and three (3) years of experience delivering educational programs and/or public speaking on technical topics in classroom, conference or similar environments. If the successful candidate has a BS, we would work with her or him to determine if pursuing an MS degree would be of interest to the candidate. The University offers the Regents Scholarship Program to cover a 75-100 percent of the tuition costs for eligible employees.

OR

MS degree in engineering, environmental science, water resources, wastewater management, or closely related discipline and a proven ability to perform the job.

Position conducts field work in and around wastewater, including potential exposure to disease causing bacteria and viruses. This position also requires moving and lifting of heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds (e.g., manhole covers). Tools may be available to assist, but physical labor will be required for field work and data collection.

Preferred Qualifications

Certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency subsurface sewage treatment program as a Designer or Inspector or similar certification and/or licenses (e.g., sanitarian).
Professional Engineer certification.
Preferred Experience and Skills/Abilities

Delivering educational programs in engineering, wastewater management, and/or onsite sewage treatment.
Designing and evaluating educational programs in soil science, engineering, and/or onsite sewage treatment.
Applied environmental research, including experimental design, data collection, data analysis and/or report writing and editing.
CAD and/or geographic information systems (GIS).
Working with onsite sewage treatment systems and/or local government operations.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to incorporate new technology into teaching and learning environments (e.g., online courses and distance learning, multi-media presentations, etc.).
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, and backgrounds.
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Project management.

OR

Required Qualifications and Experience (Education Program Specialist 2)

MS degree in engineering, environmental science, water resources, wastewater management, or closely related discipline and four (4) years of related experience.

Position conducts field work in and around wastewater, including potential exposure to disease causing bacteria and viruses. This position also requires moving and lifting of heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds (e.g., manhole covers). Tools may be available to assist, but physical labor will be required for field work and data collection.

Required Experience

Delivering educational programs in engineering, wastewater management, onsite sewage treatment, or related field. This experience may also include public speaking on technical topics in classroom, conference, or similar environments.
Designing and evaluating educational programs in engineering, wastewater management, and/or onsite sewage treatment.
Applied environmental research, including experimental design, data collection, data analysis and/or report writing and editing.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience

Certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency subsurface sewage treatment program as a Designer or Inspector or similar certification and/or licenses (e.g., sanitarian).
Professional Engineer certification.
Experience preparing and implementing research grants.
Experience with CAD and/or geographic information systems (GIS).
Experience working with onsite sewage treatment systems and/or local government operations.
Preferred Skills/Abilities

Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to incorporate new technology into teaching and learning environments (e.g., online courses and distance learning, multi-media presentations, etc.).
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, and backgrounds.
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Project management.

This position is responsible for providing research based education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals, and local units of government regarding subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). This position is in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) located within the Water Resources Center (WRC). This position assists in the development and delivery of the nationally recognized OSTP education program for certification of onsite sewage treatment professionals in the State of Minnesota. This position also assists in the OSTP research program, supporting the implementation of new and ongoing research project through data collection, analysis, literature review, and report writing.

This position is also being advertised as an Education Program Specialist 2 for individuals with additional education or experience.

Major Areas of Responsibility:
1. Deliver OSTP educational programming across the state (70%)

Plan and implement research-based education by collaborating and contributing to certification and continuing education training classes.
Work with OSTP staff and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop and implement training materials and courses that address emerging needs and concerns.
Work with OSTP staff to develop and update educational materials for each class, including lesson plans, handouts, and audio/visual aids.
Work with OSTP program staff to update classes annually to meet the needs of the State of Minnesota to teach new regulations enacted by the legislature and incorporate new technology into the classes.
Prepare, collaborate, and contribute to the field components of training, including working with landowners and professionals to find appropriate training sites.
2. Conduct research to advance onsite sewage treatment knowledge and respond to emerging needs (20%)

Perform literature reviews
Visit sites, collect soil and wastewater samples, conduct interviews, obtain administrative data from agencies, collect existing data, and carry out surveys.
In consultation with other OSTP program staff and researchers, analyze data using appropriate techniques and methods.
Write routine summary reports on results of work, conferring with supervisors and team members on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation.
3. Administer programs and provide technical assistance (10%)

Work with team members and partners to facilitate the state-wide onsite regulatory and licensing program.
Meet with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency quarterly.
Work with staff to comply with University fiscal policies.
Work with team members to develop annual class schedule and provide content for annual training brochure.
Provide input and recommendations in discussions about the local and statewide onsite wastewater regulations.
Provide technical assistance to community members with questions via phone/email.

Travel

This position will be required to travel overnight to locations across Minnesota approximately five to ten (5-10) nights per month. Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license or have a demonstrated ability for timely travel across all parts of Minnesota.

The Water Resources Center is an interdepartmental unit of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension. It is also Minnesota’s member of the National Institutes for Water Resources, giving it a Congressional mandate to conduct and organize research relevant to water resource concerns in the state. The center is the administrative home of the interdisciplinary Water Resources Science graduate program, involving over 100 faculty members spanning over 20 departments at the Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses. The center also provides professional training programs and hosts numerous events including the annual Minnesota Water Resources Conference.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. Complete the online application and upload: (1) a cover letter describing qualifications, experience, and motivation for applying, and (2) current resume or curriculum vitae. Transcripts and professional references may be requested during the application process. The initial deadline for applications is May 28, 2019; the position is open until filled. Questions may be directed to Joel Larson, WRC Associate Director (jplarson@umn.edu or 612-624-3738).

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.