Pacific Education Institute
FieldSTEM Coordinators

 
 

The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) was founded in 2003. The mission of PEI is to advance science literacy and deepen student engagement by empowering educators to teach real-world science outdoors. Using our FieldSTEM model, PEI helps educators take students outdoors to learn integrated, real-world science. As a professional learning organization, we work through educators to create learning experiences that inspire and prepare students to become scientifically literate, balanced decision-makers who are engaged with their communities. PEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working statewide, headquartered in Olympia, Washington and supported by businesses, foundations, government agencies, individuals and educators.

Job Description:
This description is for two separate positions for: The Lower Columbia FieldSTEM Coordinator& East Sound FieldSTEM Coordinator

The FieldSTEM coordinators are the regional point of contact for PEI, coordinating the implementation of FieldSTEM in their region. This position is responsible for creating and maintaining partnerships with school districts, educational leaders, informal educators and local agricultural, natural resource, environmental science professionals to facilitate planning and implementation of PEI and FieldSTEM projects. This is a home or field-based position requiring travel within, but not limited to, the Lower Columbia region, identified as Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and a western portion of Klickitat Counties; Or, East Sound in Pierce and King counties.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Represent PEI in the Lower Columbia Region or East Sound
  • Be a positive ambassador of PEI’s program and work within the mission to implement PEI’s strategic plan goals.
  • Provide regional planning, support and reporting for PEI.
  • Attend statewide PEI program professional learning workshops/retreats.
  • Generate regional media for PEI’s social marketing and outreach efforts.
  • School District, School Building and Teacher Networking
  • Engage and recruit districts, schools and teachers to initiate systemic FieldSTEM implementation.
  • Conduct a FieldSTEM assessment annually with districts, schools and teachers to determine implementation status and track progress.
  • Facilitate the on-going work of districts and schools to embed FieldSTEM.
  • Inform districts and schools about opportunities for field-based science education.
  • Work with PEI Program Director to develop a cadre of Teacher Leaders to function as the point of contact for teachers in their district regarding implementation of the FieldSTEM model. Provide leadership, support and expertise to the Teacher Leaders.
  • Professional Learning and Regional Meeting Coordination
  • Coordinate professional learning opportunities; working with PEI Faculty, Facilitators and staff to create outcomes, secure facilities, assist with outreach, provide a PEI presence at the event, assist with follow up and evaluation.
  • Coordinate regional meetings to communicate with teachers, district liaisons, consultants, business and organization partners, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Work with PEI Program Director to develop a cadre of FieldSTEM Facilitators to offer FieldSTEM workshops.
  • Coordinate FieldSTEM workshops and training for formal and informal educators and community partners as needed.
  • Community Partner Development
  • Conduct and maintain a community asset inventory identifying partners (businesses, NGO’s, federal and state agencies, etc.) that can support the FieldSTEM model in the region.
  • Facilitate community partner to school connections. Function as the point of contact for community partners regarding implementation of FieldSTEM, provide leadership, assistance and expertise to community partners.
  • Assist in the development of career-connected learning opportunities for students.
  • Assist in the development of field-based learning opportunities for students.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree and 3+ years of experience in K-12 education.
• Experience working with and leading adults; skilled in meeting and workshop facilitation.
• Self-directed, takes initiative to follow through on plans and projects.
• Professional, positive, creative, flexible.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Outgoing, committed to education, teachers and students; works well with all people.
• Up-to-date on current initiatives in education, e.g. Common Core, NGSS, Washington State Standards.
• Knowledge of the natural resource, agricultural and environmental science sectors preferred.
• Ability to provide own transportation; proof of auto insurance coverage.
 

Wages and Employment Information
Both of these positions are20 hour per week, 0.5 FTE position (with the potential to become .75 FTE). Wages are $20.00 - $30.00 per hour dependent on successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. PEI offers a competitive Employee Benefit Plan prorated based on FTE level and includes paid holidays, vacation/sick leave, health, vision, dental, retirement and life insurance benefits.
 

To Apply
Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of interest, resume and job application to Gail Kramer, PEI Finance and Administration Director, gkramer@pacificeducationinstitute.org, electronically or by mail to 724 Columbia St. NW, Suite 255, Olympia WA 98501. All application materials must be submitted no later than April 26, 2017.

Recruitment may be kept open until filled with a qualified candidate. Applications will not be accepted in person.
Questions regarding this position may be directed to Gail Kramer at the contact information above.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week of May 1, 2017. Start date can be negotiated. PEI thoughtfully reviews every resume submitted. If we contact you for an interview, please be prepared to undergo a thorough background and professional reference check.