Part-Time CSU Spur Education Facilitator

Updated: 20 days ago
Location: Denver, COLORADO
Deadline: 05 Jul 2022

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Working Title Part-Time CSU Spur Education Facilitator
Position Location Denver, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202200825AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib I
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 0
Proposed Annual Salary Range $17 - $20 per hour
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/05/2022
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado State University (CSU) System, along with its partners, will stand up three buildings focused on water, food and agriculture, animal health, and sustainability at the new Spur campus at the National Western Center (NWC) in Denver, CO. Within the Spur buildings, CSU will conduct research and convene experts from around the globe; students of all ages will engage with science and have opportunities for exploratory learning, transforming their thinking about food, water, and health, and the careers available in these fields; and partners will join in programming the space and bring evolving content to the year-round campus. The CSU System is made up of CSU in Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, CSU Global, and initiatives like Spur.
Position Summary
Education Facilitators (part-time) will support the CSU Spur vision and Education Team by executing the daily programmatic logistics and delivery necessary for successful educational experiences at Spur for pre-K-12 audiences, families, community partners, and general campus guests. This position is responsible for delivering educational content both in classroom program facilitation and exhibit interpretation, engaging with on site visitors, providing off-site and virtual programming, and collaborating with staff and volunteers to support the programmatic goals of the CSU Spur campus.
This role will have a variable schedule, which may include weekends, and could include some evenings.
This position is supervised by the CSU Spur Education Manager.
Program Areas of Interpretation:
  • Food: In the Terra building, education staff will be working with partners on controlled agriculture, food systems education, urban gardening, nutrition education, and food development processes.
  • Water: In the Hydro building, educators will partner with Denver Water experts to provide experiences around water conservation, quality, and water systems. Programming will include usage of an outdoor backyard garden space that connects to the South Platte River for riparian ecosystem programming.
  • Health: In the Vida building, the education team will interpret live veterinary procedures, equine-assisted services, and equine rehabilitation therapy in partnership with the Dumb Friends League, the Temple Grandin Equine Center, and CSU Equine Sports Medicine, providing opportunities for visitors and school groups to learn about animal and human health through active observation and engagement.

Individuals in this role will learn new and innovative ways to provide educational programming through virtual reality, in person hands on interactive experiences, live virtual programming, exhibit interpretation, indoor and outdoor learning opportunities, and live interpretation of on show surgical procedures, animal therapy, equine-assisted services, as well as cooking, planting, and water demonstrations.
Flexibility and an openness to learn and try new ideas and experiences is highly encouraged.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma (or GED) plus 2 years of experience working with children, families, and multigenerational audiences, which includes working in schools, informal education, or customer service. Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking or public demonstrations.
  • Available to work a varied weekly schedule, including evenings, weekdays, and weekends.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel).
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree.
  • 3 or more years of experience working with children, families, and multigenerational audiences, which includes working in schools, informal education, or customer service.
  • Ability to communicate with program constituents in both Spanish and English.
  • Experience working with educators.
  • Familiar with scientific concepts surrounding food, water, and environmental health.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities in urban and rural settings.
  • Ability to establish relationships through interpersonal skills and collaboration with program stakeholders (i.e., educators/teachers, volunteers, Spur staff, etc.) to ensure the best visitor experience.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative by utilizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify solutions for customer or program challenges.
  • Ability to use exceptional verbal and written communication skills to prepare and present or explain information related to educational programs.
  • Passion and excitement for connecting visitors to food, water, and health.
  • Have a positive attitude and the ability to be dependable, proactive, resourceful, and flexible.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide.
Diversity Statement
•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Facilitation
  • Lead educational programs for multigenerational audiences, pre-K-12 school groups, educators, and events.
  • Lead program and classroom set up and clean up.
  • Maintain classroom spaces, materials, and educational facilities.
  • Collaborate with Education team to ensure programmatic details are organized.
  • Utilize interpretation techniques to communicate effectively in noisy, crowded situations and adapt to unexpected situations.
  • Engage students and multigenerational visitors through exhibit interpretation, including interpreting procedures, demonstrations, and scientific research happening throughout the buildings at CSU Spur.
  • Collaborate with on-site faculty, veterinary specialists, researchers, and partners to deliver program interpretation.
  • Support evaluation through data collection.
  • Participate in new staff training and onboarding.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and training.
  • Ability to travel off site for events and school programs to represent CSU Spur and the CSU System.

Percentage Of Time 70
Job Duty Category Program Development and Support
  • Lead educational team projects as assigned including exhibit guide creation, materials development, visitor services development, virtual reality program creation, public program creation, etc.
  • Work with the Education Manager, Education Coordinator, and Lead Facilitators to organize and manage education program systems and logistics as needed.
  • Support development of new program offerings and educational materials as needed in collaboration with Education team. 
  • Support program evaluation.
  • Support organization of informational packets and materials for group visits and public presentations.

Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Education Team Support
  • Attend and contribute to team meetings. 
  • Support the growth and development of CSU Spur programmatic goals. 
  • Represent CSU Spur’s Education Team at promotional events, as needed.  
  • Support Spur and CSU program and event messaging and promotion. 

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Adrienne Sedlak;
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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