Coordinator of Environmental Literacy-The Lawrence Hall of Science
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks a skilled leader with experience at the intersection of environmental education, equity, justice, and building healthy communities to contribute to and support the Learning & Teaching Group's environmental literacy projects. The Learning & Teaching Group focuses on capacity building in formal (e.g., school districts, community colleges, and universities) and informal (e.g., museums, aquariums, science centers, outdoor science organizations) education systems, in support of developing science and environmental literacy, including the widespread implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. The Learning & Teaching Group is committed to leading with equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance at the center of all work. The Learning & Teaching Group's environmental literacy portfolio supports improvement efforts in outdoor and environmental education nationally and internationally by promoting equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance; translating research about effective practices for teaching and learning into accessible approaches, resources, and tools for program leaders and instructors; and building community with partners in the field.
The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will contribute at a leadership level to the Lawrence's portfolio of projects related to environmental literacy, including the BEETLES Project, the in-development Elizabeth and Robert Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab, the Working Towards Racial Equity national 2-year workshop series, and others. The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will report to the Director of Environmental Literacy Programs and work closely with the Learning & Teaching Group, the Research & Impact Group, Learning Labs, Visitor and Community Experiences, as well as external collaborators and partners.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley is one of the country's few science centers that is part of a top-tier, public research university. This distinctive affiliation allows the Lawrence to engage world-class scientists, engineers, and educators to develop and disseminate leading innovative and effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. As UC Berkeley's public science center, the Lawrence provides a window into Berkeley's cutting-edge research and discoveries, and their transformative applications. The Lawrence supports learners to use the big ideas of science to solve problems, improve their lives and communities and make the world a better place. Equity is at the heart of our mission; we pay special attention to engaging those from low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. Lawrence Hall of Science programs are designed to meet three critical goals: (1) activating youth interest in STEM learning and careers; (2) improving scientific and environmental literacy for youth and the public; and (3) increasing the number of underrepresented youth who pursue STEM. The Lawrence's portfolio is diverse and far-reaching, contributing to the local and national agenda to inspire, prepare, and diversify the STEM workforce.
The Lawrence Hall of Science is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive organizational environment that fosters the success of the full range of our employees. We believe that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices, norms, and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our increasingly diverse staff, partners, and audiences. We welcome candidates who have demonstrated capacity to create inclusive work environments, work effectively on diverse teams, and serve the diverse communities with whom we currently work and want to attract. We are committed to hiring and retaining racially and gender diverse, culturally competent leaders at all levels of the organization who reflect the demographics of our community and continually deepen their skills and competencies.
Key Responsibilities: The Coordinator of Environmental Literacy will work with various stakeholders to: -Provide support to informal outdoor science organizations and school districts (e.g., professional learning, capacity building, curriculum design or implementation, leadership development, document review, discussion facilitation, hiring practices, and survey analysis) related to student-centered and nature-centered teaching and learning, and equity, inclusion, cultural relevance. -Write, review, and revise resources, including professional learning materials and student activities, with particular attention to organizational systems, scientific accuracy, and teaching strategies that are research-based and inclusive, equitable, and culturally relevant. -Contribute to research, practitioner publications, grant proposals and reports. -Represent Lawrence Hall of Science locally, regionally, and nationally at conferences and professional meetings -Coordinate and manage multiple projects and facilitate meetings with multiple stakeholders and deliverables, while ensuring an explicit approach to equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance in all project activities -Coordinate and contribute to some or all of the following projects: Outdoor Nature Lab, BEETLES, and Working Towards Racial Equity.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.