Museum of Natural History Outreach Specialist

Posted: 01/17/2023

Internal/External

External

Position Title

Museum of Natural History Outreach Specialist

TTC Title and Code Outreach Specialist (OE009)
FTE 87.5% (40 hours per week during the academic year, 20 hours per week during the summer)
Position Information Principal Work Location: UW-Stevens Point Main Campus, Science Building
 
Supervisor: Museum Director
Total Rewards UW Stevens Point provides a competitive benefits package including monthly premiums starting at $32, deductibles starting at $250, auto-enrollment in the Wisconsin Retirement System (pension) with employer contributions, and 17+ days of paid time off (PTO)*. Additional benefits and more information available on our Total Rewards page.
Department College of Letters and Science – Museum of Natural History
Department Description The Museum of Natural History is an integral resource and unique asset within the College of Letters and Science, UW-Stevens Point and the central Wisconsin region. The Museum provides an array of educational programming and community outreach that showcases the university’s extensive natural science and ethnographic research collections and expertise. The Museum is currently being re-envisioned in a new space within the Science Building currently under renovation. Once it reopens in fall 2023, the Museum will be open year-round, free of charge to the public.
University Description Through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education, and prepares students for a diverse sustainable world. The university is committed to creating a safe, inclusive learning community for all faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds. Visit https://www.uwsp.edu/join-uw-stevens-point/ for more information about UW-Stevens Point. To learn about the Stevens Point (aka Point) area fun, jobs, housing, education, quality of life, and bragging rights, visit www.EverythingPointsHere.com.
Position Summary The Outreach Specialist delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities for the UWSP Museum of Natural History and its affiliated collections, strengthens partnerships for the museum, ensures adherence to university policy, and assists with museum program administration. Reporting directly to the museum director, the coordinator strives to expand educational services to diverse audiences and to ensure access to programs and facilities. This position is designed to increase the presence of the museum through marketing and promotion of the museum and its events within the university, region, state, and beyond. The coordinator also assists the museum director with various projects and tasks related to daily operations as needed and would be cross trained in the duties of a museum manager to allow for coverage when the director is out of the office. The coordinator may also assist the director with tracking and managing the outreach program budget. The position requires a self-motivated individual who can work with limited supervision while recruiting, supervising and collaborating with students, curators and other content experts on developing and delivering programming. Strong public relations skills and creative outreach programming skills are required.
Shift: 7:45am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required.
Required Qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills in both written and oral forms.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects, direct staff, set priorities, meet deadlines and maintain high-level performance in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creativity and the ability to work independently and gather necessary information with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders in a professional manner.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline related to natural history museum operations and/or outreach, for example: natural sciences, natural history, history of science, science education, environmental sustainability, and/or museum studies.
  • 1-3 years of related professional experience.
  • Experience leading and supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Strong social media skills especially in utilizing applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as website maintenance. 
How To Apply Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. To return to a draft application, click on the “My Activities” link at the top of the screen after logging in. Once you click on Submit Application, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. After submitting the application, you will receive an Application Confirmation email from the application system. Refer to the “How To Apply” document for more information.
Anticipated Appointment Date March 6, 2023
Terms of Employment This is an Academic Staff annual appointment, exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. The position will be full-time during the academic year and part-time (~20 hours per week) during the summer months. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Deadline Initial screening of completed online applications will begin on Monday, February 13, 2023. However, applications will continue to be accepted after this date until the needs of the recruitment are filled.
Required Materials Files must be complete to be considered. Submission in PDF format is preferred for all attachments. Please include the following documents:
- Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience
- Resume
- Contact information for three professional references
 
(Official Transcripts may be required of finalist)
 
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Position Contact For additional information regarding the position, please call or email:
Sarah Jane Alger, Chair, Search and Screen Committee
Email: salger@uwsp.edu
Human Resources Contact If you have any questions regarding the application process, need special arrangements, or if you submitted your application with missing materials, please call or email:
Human Resources
Email: human.resources@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-346-2606
Special Notes The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. UW-Stevens Point values diversity and inclusion as supported by our mission, “Through the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point fosters intellectual growth, provides a broad-based education, models community engagement and prepares students for success in a diverse and sustainable world.”
 
Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process should contact Human Resources and Affirmative Action at 715-346-2606 or hr@uwsp.edu.
 
The safety and success of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is paramount. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires the distribution of an annual security report to all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. You may obtain the complete report at  https://www3.uwsp.edu/protsv/Pages/Clery.aspx
 
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
 
An offer of employment will require a criminal background check and authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
 
*PTO offering prorated based on start date and hours worked.