Utah State University

Executive Director & Extension Assistant/Associate Professor or Professional Practice Extension Assist Professor - Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Park City

City Park City
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/21/2023 5:04 PM)
Requisition ID
2023-7238
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Park City
Category (Portal Searching)
Faculty
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Faculty
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100%
College
Extension
Department
Swaner EcoCenter
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. As part of the benefit package with this position there is potential for housing in an 896 square foot three bedroom and two bath historic farmhouse located approximately 1 mile from the EcoCenter. The house is located at the Swaner farm, a site used by the organization for a number of other uses. This house is owned by Utah State University and is potentially available for the Executive Director to live in as a taxable benefit.
Telework Eligible
No

Overview

Utah State University Extension invites applications for an Executive Director and Extension 12 month, tenure track or professional practice faculty position. The Executive Director is expected to provide overall leadership for all aspects of the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. In addition to being an administrator, Extension faculty develop, implement, evaluate, and coordinate research-based educational programs to enhance quality of life for youth and adults. Extension faculty also recruit, train and supervise volunteer leaders and serve as a liaison between local clientele, other resource agencies, and Utah State University administrators, faculty, and programs. This position reports directly to the Director of the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. This Extension position includes university responsibilities and is based in Park City. An office will be provided at the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Summit County, Utah. 

The position requires knowledge of areas such as ecology, environmental education, and museum operations, and must have a proven track record of leadership and administration as well as experience in grant writing and fundraising. We welcome candidates with diverse interests and experience related to these areas.

Rank will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and current rank. Appointment opportunities include Extension Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track), or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor (non-tenure track).  A Master's degree is required for Extension Assistant or Associate ranks. A Bachelor's degree and substantial professional experience is required for the Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor

The estimated start date for this position is February 1, 2024.

 

As part of the benefit package with this position there is potential for housing in an 896 square foot three bedroom and two bath historic farmhouse located approximately 1 mile from the EcoCenter. The house is located at the Swaner farm, a site used by the organization for a number of other uses.  This house is owned by Utah State University and is potentially available for the Executive Director to live in as a taxable benefit.

 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as Executive Director and overall administrator of the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
  • Serve and blend the dual missions of Utah State University Extension and Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
  • Lead, mentor, and inspire a staff of varied life experiences, identities, and backgrounds.
  • Administrate and appropriately manage all budgets related to Swaner.
  • Collaborate with and support the Swaner Advisory Board in fulfilling its governance and budgetary/financial duties, including nominating processes, board onboarding and offboarding, and maintaining relationships with long-standing departing board members.
  • Ensure Swaner continues to be a valued and respected part of the Park City community.
  • Be the face of Swaner in promoting the Preserve and EcoCenter to potential donors, elected officials, government agencies, and the public in general.
  • Develop partnerships and employ innovative approaches to reach clientele and new audiences.
  • Be an advocate for conservation as it applies to wetlands and the environment. Champion the conservation work that has been done and will be done on the Swaner preserve.
  • Work with on-campus specialists in developing applied research projects and program development and delivery to clientele.
  • Pursue internal and external funding to support the Swaner Mission and Extension programming.
  • Document impacts and produce scholarly publications based on Swaner and Extension programming.
  • Serve diverse audiences and support the civil rights mandate of Utah State University Extension.
  • Serve and collaborate with other Extension and University personnel, community and government agencies, and stakeholders.
  • Champion an inclusive culture that is affirming and transparent of all backgrounds and identities and seek to build an organization grounded in equity and reflective of the diversity of the Park City community.
  • Collaborate with Extension Administration, Swaner Staff, and Swaner Board on program strategy to ensure initiatives and programs align with mission and scope of work.
  • Embrace the opportunity to be the face of the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and engage in meaningful relationships with current and potential donors and the community at large.
  • With the USU Vice President of Advancement, expand Swaner’s fundraising capacity to support long-term sustainability and meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.
  • Work in partnership with Extension Administration, Advisory Board, and staff to manage the budget and daily financial operations to ensure optimum utilization of resources and financial positioning for the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with all funding and reporting requirements.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Master’s degree (tenure track) or Bachelor’s degree with significant experience related to the position (professional practice) in the areas of ecology, natural resources, environmental education, museum exhibitions and visitor experience, or other closely related field.
  • Proven experience as an administrator.
  • Proven experience with fundraising and grant writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct educational programs.
  • Experience in teaching adult and youth audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to act as a liaison between community, university, and county clientele.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to natural resources related non-profit organizations.
  • Previous experience working with advisory boards.
  • Previous experience in working with donors (advancement and development work).
  • Previous experience in working with wetlands.
  • Previous experience with traveling exhibits or museum work.
  • Skills and experience with recruiting, supervising, and working with volunteers.
  • Skills and experience with low income and under-served audiences.
  • Skills and experience with social media.
  • Skills and experience with related organizations/agencies and fostering positive relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Skills and experience in writing scholarly publications.
  • Prior experience with the Land Grant University System.
  • Ability and passion for fundraising, with a proven track record in major gifts. Demonstrated success in developing and managing relationships with donors, board members, corporate supporters, and community members.
  • Experience building and managing budgets and making sound financial decisions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate and align mission, vision, and values to donors and donor prospects.
  • The maturity, integrity, professionalism, and experience to earn the trust and confidence of your team, other staff, donors, board leadership, teachers, district administrative staff, and community partners.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to delegate, meet deadlines, and follow through.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter to be uploaded into "Other documents 1-10"

3) Transcript(s) to be uploaded into "Other documents 1-10"

 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. As part of the benefit package with this position there is potential for housing in an 896 square foot three bedroom and two bath historic farmhouse located approximately 1 mile from the EcoCenter. The house is located at the Swaner farm, a site used by the organization for a number of other uses. This house is owned by Utah State University and is potentially available for the Executive Director to live in as a taxable benefit.

ADA

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is Utah’s Land-Grant Institution with an approximate enrollment of 28,000 students. Through the Extension system, the University extends research-based information across the state. Extension faculty support elected officials and citizens in all 29 Utah counties. The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is located in beautiful Park City, Utah. Park City is nestled in an alpine mountain valley and is home to world class ski resorts, hotels, restaurants, and shopping. It is a city with breath taking scenery and a rich history. The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a 1,200 acre nature preserve and a 10,000 square foot LEED Platinum building with interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. Swaner offers opportunities to explore the preserve and nearly 10 miles of trails, a wide variety of formal and informal environmental education programs for youth and adults, and a dynamic exhibit hall for EcoCenter visitors. The mission of Swaner is to preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.

 

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  

 

As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  

 

Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 

 

The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 

 

About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 

 

*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

 

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023

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