Overview

Position Purpose

Under the guidance and direction of the Department Chair, the Interpretation Program Manager manages the Natural and Historical Interpretation program. The Program Manager leads both independent project management and collaborative efforts with the Dean and Department Chair to create, maintain, and process materials associated with the Natural and Historical Interpretation program including Robbins Crossing; teaches classes each semester of the year; leads program review and accreditation efforts; and supervises adjunct faculty assigned to teach courses within the program as well as graduate interns and student employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

PARTICIPATES IN DEPARTMENT ACTVITIES:

  • Provide effective day-to-day management and administration of the Interpretation program in the School of Natural Resources, Department of Conservation, Education, and Recreation.
  • Supervises adjunct faculty.
  • Plan and oversee professional development for program faculty.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Chair of Conservation, Education, and Recreation manage curriculum, create course schedules, assist with faculty and student issues, coordinate professional development for faculty, coordinate adjunct assignments, complete adjunct faculty evaluations and participate in other special projects.
  • Responsible for assuring that university policies are communicated and followed.
  • Manage aspects of grant funding as needed.
  • Serve on committees as assigned by the Dean.

PERFORMS STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & ADVISING ACTIVITIES

  • Maintain required credit hours of teaching load per term.
  • Assist with the recruitment and placement of students.
  • Coordinate textbook selection and review process to reduce overall student cost;
  • Work with students and faculty to resolve conflicts and serve as the second step in grade appeals.
  • Encourage students’ involvement in the advising process; Maintains sufficient advising hours compatible with student schedules; meet with advisees at least twice per semester and as often as needed; advise student having difficulty in class /clinical work; maintain appropriate advisee files; direct students to appropriate department and College resources; maintain confidentiality; periodically evaluates graduation progress and completions.
  • Duties also include managing student files, including processing of applications, documenting, using spreadsheets (such as Excel), and databases (such as Colleague/Web Advisor and Moodle). Keep track of student progress in cross disciplines and updating student records. This will involve working closely with many different offices throughout the College, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, etc.
  • Acts as lead contact for international student needs in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar.
  • Reviews graduation applications prior to final approval by the Dean.
  • Coordinate with CCP Liaison for site visits for College Credit Plus
  • Act as the lead liaison for practicum sites for the Natural and Historical Interpretation program in the Department of Conservation, Education, and Recreation.

PROACTIVELY IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT METHODS FOR PUBLICIZING AND PROMOTING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Assist in the college marketing department in developing materials about the program (e.g., publications, web page, annual report).
  • Represent the Natural and Historical Interpretation program to students, prospective students and other interested parties.
  • Facilitate advisory committee involvement in all programs within the unit.
  • Work with Tech Prep coordinator to develop articulation agreements with Career Technical and traditional secondary schools.
  • Represent program(s) at recruiting events, on and off campus.
  • Collaborate and provide programming for career/program exploration camps.
  • Participate in program relevant community & networking events.

PARTICIPATES IN ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Is familiar with the mission and philosophy of Hocking College;
  • Follows Hocking College policies and procedures;
  • Promote a positive working relationship across technology, department, and community lines;
  • Participate in Academic Affairs and institutional activities and committees;
  • Participate in student enrollment activities (recruiting and registration), contribute to the assessment of student academic achievement;

ACTIVELY SEEKS SUPPORT FOR ROBBINS CROSSING

  • Facilitate programming through volunteer and student support.
  • Financial support for building maintenance and restoration.

III. Qualifications – Education, Experience, and Skills

Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management, Interpretive Studies, History, Outdoor Education, Environmental Studies, or Conservation Biology. Must be certified (if required) in the appropriate field for classes to be taught. Bachelor’s degree accepted with a plan to complete a Master’s Degree within 5-years.

i. Degree must be from a regionally or nationally accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent as verified by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.

  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time, professional experience within an interpretive field (Naturalist, Environmental Educator, Historical Interpretation, Program Specialist, Museum Educator, Zoo Educator, Outdoor Education Instructor, or Interpretive Ranger).
  • Must hold current facilitator certificates through Project WET, Project WILD, and Project Learning Tree.
  • Must hold the National Association of Interpretation’s Certified Interpretive Guide Credential.
  • Evidence of professional development in the field of concentration as demonstrated by activity in professional associations, consultative practice; participation in seminars, workshops, and formal coursework, and individual reading and research.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Strong technology skills including usage of Microsoft Office, email, student information system, and learning management system
  • Organizational, record-keeping, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of subject area.
  • Knowledge of educational theory and application.
  • Knowledge of learners and individual learning styles.
  • Interest in and commitment to the learner-centered educational process.
  • Educational technology skills.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Caring attitude toward students.
  • Learning and self-motivation skills.
  • Willingness to extend self to help students succeed.
  • Knowledge of College resources available to students.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure.
  • Current knowledge of programs, objectives, and requirements.
  • Openness to suggestions for improvement.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Flexibility in dealing with others.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Behaves in accordance with Hocking College and Academic Affairs mission, goals, and values.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Knowledge of safe working conditions.

Reasonable accommodations may be requested and reviewed according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, transcripts and a resume to the Office of Human Resources (3301 Hocking Parkway Nelsonville, OH 45764), email a resume and cover letter to humanresources@hocking.edu, or fax a resume or cover letter to 740-753-7039.

Position will remain open until filled.

Hocking College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, disability or military status in employment or the provision of services

When contacted for an interview, an applicant who requires special accommodations due to a disability should notify the office at that time so proper arrangements can be made for the interview.