Utah State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Outreach and Education in the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (http://extension.usu.edu/iort/). The successful candidate to fill this position will play a leadership role in developing and maintaining partnerships with individuals, agencies, and other entities to which the Institute can or does provide services. The Institute provides individual landowners, city and county governments, state and federal government, and non-profit organizations with data, information, and insights on how best to provide for and manage outdoor recreation opportunities within the state.

Through this position, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral role in shaping the partnerships that inform the management of outdoor recreation resources throughout Utah. Specific expectations of the Assistant Director include:

1)    Establishing new connections with individual landowners, city and county governments, state and federal government, and non-profit organizations throughout the state;

2)    Maintaining existing relationships with the Institute’s clients and partners; and

3)    Serving as a liaison between the Institute’s clients/partners and the Institute’s leadership and research staff;

4)    Assisting in the development (and possible delivery) of courses taught as part of the Recreation Resource Management undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

The anticipated time distribution among these duties is 50% project and partnership development, 25% curriculum development and delivery, and 25% research.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with the Institute’s Faculty Fellows (faculty across campus who conduct research, teach, or outreach related to outdoor recreation management) and staff. The Institute’s outreach and research capacities are rapidly expanding, currently consisting of a Director, Assistant Director of Research and Operations, and a Science Communication Specialist, and numerous graduate students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ABD at date of hire in outdoor recreation management, geospatial sciences, nature-based tourism, park and protected area management, or a related field;
  • Evidence of the ability to develop, and contribute to, an active and focused outreach program that meets the needs of a diverse set of clienteles;
  • An interest in working with local, state, and federal agencies and other organizations throughout Utah in the management of outdoor recreation on public and private lands; and
  • Experience with multivariate statistical and qualitative data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications: While there are no teaching expectations with the position, the successful candidate would also have the ability to contribute to the graduate and undergraduate Recreation Resource Management curriculum, so demonstrated teaching experience would be viewed favorably. Preference will be given to applicants who have: an impressive publication record (i.e., lead author publications in high-quality peer review journals); and involvement in large interdisciplinary projects.

Academic Setting: The Department of Environment and Society (www.cnr.usu.edu/departments/envs<http://www.cnr.usu.edu/departments/envs>) is one of three departments in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. program degrees including a B.S. and M.S. in Recreation Resource Management. Utah State University is a Land Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research Doctoral-Extensive university of over 20,000 students. USU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Salary, Benefits, Length: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is fully-benefited through Utah State University. The position is funded through ongoing legislative appropriations and is not time-limited. Annual performance evaluations with the Institute’s Director and Faculty Fellows will be used to determine continued employment.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should apply here<https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/2010/assistant-director-of-outreach-and-education-institute-of-outdoor-recreation-and-tourism-dept.-envs/job> with a cover letter detailing past experiences with developing and maintaining partnerships related to outdoor recreation, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references.

Questions may be directed to:

Jordan W. Smith, Ph.D. – [email protected]

Director, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism<http://extension.usu.edu/iort/>

Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Society

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