Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Executive Director, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center, Columbus State University

Job Summary

The position of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Science Education is a twelve-month, tenure track faculty position. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall direction and management of Oxbow Environmental Center.

The College of Education and Health Professions has graduate programs at the masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Columbus State University has a strong focus on STEM education and is supporting various STEM initiatives such as UTeach Columbus (a replication of the nationally recognized UTeach program) and a Noyce Scholarship Program. The College of Education and Health Professions works closely with the College of Letters and Sciences on these initiatives. This individual will have the opportunity to design environmental science graduate courses for the M.A.T., M.E.D. and Ed.S. degrees.

The successful candidate will be a community role model who fosters an environment of professionalism, scholarship, continuous improvement in Science Education. Additionally, he or she is expected to be a strong advocate for Environmental Education within the university and community at large. Diversity in faculty and staff in the College of Education and Health Professions is encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary role is to serve as the visionary leader of the environmental center and its educational programs; to teach one undergraduate or graduate course each semester; to assist in raising funds for and overseeing daily operations of this not-for-profit community outreach organization. The Executive Director is responsible for long range planning, implementing the strategic plan, on site policy, procedures and safety, site development, and negotiating contracts with vendors. In this capacity, the Executive Director develops and maintains relationships and promotes Oxbow Meadows visibility within the community. This position works extensively with Oxbow staff, Advisory and Development Boards and Dean, community leaders, partner agencies, and the community at large. Other key roles include budget development and oversight, oversight of trails, gardens and exhibits, teaching, research and publication.
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in Science Education with emphasis, or experience, in environmental science; experience and knowledge in public education; experience with managing a budget and staff of an environmental center facility; experience with university teaching and research, including successful grant writing and publication; instructional design and assessment. Faculty rank is open with experience of candidate. Competencies of individual must also include customer focus, integrity and trust, interpersonal savvy, can deal with ambiguity and change, and willing to be flexible and open to the views of others.
Preferred Qualifications

Salary Range The salary is commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2013 and continue until the position has been filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Please e-mail three confidential letters of recommendation that are sent directly from references, university placement services or other professional services (e.g., Interfolio) to or mail to: Human Resources Office, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907.

A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Contact Information

Dr. Ellen Roberts, College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645, 706-507-8503,