Position Overview:
The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) was created as part of the Minnesota Sustainable Forest Resources Act of 1995 to provide continuing professional education opportunities to natural resource managers in the state of Minnesota. The SFEC continues as the primary professional outreach program for natural resource managers within the state, with recent program expansion regionally, nationally and internationally. The SFEC is a public-private partnership, and a program of the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) and the Department of Forest Resources (DFR) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN).

This position will facilitate design, delivery, and management of all aspects of the SFEC program, including: 1) major curriculum development, conference and workshop design and delivery; 2) program evaluation and impact assessment; 3) planning and educational needs assessment; 4) marketing and promotion; and 5) networking and professional service. Fund-raising and supervisory responsibilities are anticipated as part of this position. The position will work as part of a team that is furthering the Partnership’s development of the CFC as a regional hub and base of operations for professional education and outreach and in furthering the communication of forest and related natural resource sciences by the College.

This position resides at the Cloquet Forestry Center, reports to the Director of Operations, and will work closely with UMN faculty and allied professionals and scientists throughout Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes Region to develop relevant, innovative educational programs. The Cooperative is made up of dues-paying member individuals and organizations who help to inform and/or provide programming needs. Major curriculum development in the area of advanced silvicultural practices is expected as part of new programmatic direction in the near future. Communication and cooperation with other programs/organizations, such as the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, the Minnesota Logger Education Program, the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership, the Society of American Foresters, and UMN Extension will be important functions of the position.

Curriculum Development, Conference and Workshop Design and Delivery (60%):

  • Work with faculty and other qualified instructors from within and beyond the University to design relevant, high-impact and timely programs for natural resource professionals in the form of workshops, short courses, field days, webinars and conferences.
  • Work with a team of instructors and stakeholders to develop a new core program in the area of advanced silviculture.
  • Develop webinars and interactive online offerings and training.
  • Coordinate workshop logistics and on-site facilitation.
  • Develop contract and grant proposals that support educational program development and delivery.
  • Maintain continuing forestry education (CFE) records for SFEC events.
  • Work with the MN DNR to track the Stewardship Plan Writer Credits Database.
  • Evaluate current membership and registration fee structures, and develop new structures as appropriate.
  • Manage the SFEC budget, including invoicing.

Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment (15%)

  • Develop, administer, and summarize workshop evaluations.
  • Develop and implement an impact assessment tool that measures programmatic impact on natural resource management that also allows for tracking impact.
  • Prepare annual reports including a financial summary and metrics that measure SFEC accomplishments.
  • Manage a database of participants, members, potential students, sponsors, and instructors.

Planning and Educational Needs Assessment (10%)

  • Develop a needs assessment for identifying and prioritizing programming topics and formats across agencies and organizations.
  • Maintain ongoing communication and relationships with clientele.

Marketing and Promotion (10%)

  • Maintain active communication with SFEC stakeholders through email updates, website, and regular committee meetings.
  • Develop and distribute conference and workshop promotional materials.
  • Develop and distribute an annual Calendar of Events.
  • Update and maintain the SFEC website.
  • Develop and execute a marketing and recruiting plan for attracting new members

Networking and Professional Service (5%)

  • Maintain memberships in professional organizations and attend meetings as appropriate.
  • Engage with faculty, Extension professionals, and SFEC members and stakeholders to build and maintain relationships.
  • Serve on CFC, Department, College and University committees as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS in Forestry/Natural Resource Sciences, or closely related field by date of appointment
  • Experience in natural resource education and/or program development
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet and manage deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple work projects and types of activities
  • Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy, precision, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders
  • Proficiency with computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database applications
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to meet the University of Minnesota’s vehicle use requirements

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with publication design and layout
  • Experience with web page design and/or publication software
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
  • Demonstrated conflict management, problem solving and strategic management skills
  • Experience with membership recruitment and retention
  • Coursework and on-the-ground experience in silviculture and forest management
  • Knowledge and/or experience with design and implementation of programming needs assessment
  • Knowledge and/or experience with natural resource management organizations and other stakeholder groups as demonstrated through a track record of participation, presentations, and service

Nature of Appointment: This is a full-time Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) position, 12-month (A-term), annually renewable (K-type) position with continuation contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Reports to the Cloquet Forestry Center Director of Operations.

Background Check: Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. However, a criminal record, the age and time of the offense, the seriousness and nature of the violation, and any rehabilitation will be considered as it relates to your position.

Travel: Travel within the state and region as well as limited travel across the US will be required to perform the duties of this position. The person in this position will be expected to provide his/her own means of transportation with reimbursement for mileage in accordance with University of Minnesota policy.

Location: This position is located at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC). The CFC is part of the College’s Research and Outreach Center network, and serves as the primary research and education forest for the University of Minnesota. It is located two hours north of the St. Paul campus, and 30 minutes south of Duluth, MN. It is a regional hub for forestry research, undergraduate and graduate field instruction in natural resources, and extensive outreach and professional training programs.

The position is available immediately.

Closing Date: Application deadline April 24, 2014.

Application Instructions:

Follow the instructions there for application and submission of materials. This includes attaching a current resume/cv, transcripts (unofficial at this time) a statement of interest that addresses how you meet both the essential and preferred qualifications for this position, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Direct questions or inquiries to Dr. Linda Nagel, Professor and Director of Operations, Cloquet Forestry Center: lmnagel@umn.edu; 218-726-6484.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. We welcome you to visit our college’s Diversity and Inclusion web page at: www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/