The Evergreen State College is establishing a new Center for Climate Action and Sustainability (CCAS) to help align curriculum, student interest and community partnerships. The CCAS furthers Evergreen’s mission by supporting students and the broader community in developing justice-oriented, science-based, and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. This center will augment our current capacity to provide hands-on, applied, interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students. We invite a creative leader to build a Climate Center that supports students and faculty in climate-related sciences, climate justice, climate solutions and community action. In collaboration with the Provost’s team, the Director will provide leadership for the Center by supporting the development of curriculum, including internships and capstone experiences. Additionally, the Director will develop and teach certificate programs and other curricular elements that support climate action and sustainability. This is an administrative faculty position that reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Operations.
The primary task of the Director will be to collaboratively envision, create and lead the Center for Climate Action and Sustainability, with the support of an advisory board, as a hub for students, staff, faculty and community members who are interested in climate action and sustainability. The Director will coordinate with other Public Service Centers such as the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change (CELTC) and the Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) to build a robust set of internship opportunities with community partners. The Climate Center will serve as a resource for both campus and community, organizing events and curricular offerings.
The Director will also assist with a variety of curricular tasks. They will coordinate the design and delivery of climate action and sustainability curricular and co-curricular offerings associated with the Center. The Director also will support faculty-developed climate action and sustainability academic and co-curricular offerings associated with the Center. Given Evergreen’s interdisciplinary structure, this may include faculty from the sciences, social sciences, arts, media, food and agriculture, and related curricular areas.
In addition, the Director may teach courses and modules on topics related to their training and background. These may also be developed as certificate programs for matriculated and non-matriculated students, either for-credit or not-for-credit, and may be offered online, in hybrid format or on campus. The Director will provide support to students, staff and faculty involved with co-curricular learning opportunities that develop capacities of students to become leaders in community organizing, applied climate science, energy systems, sustainability, climate justice, food systems, communication, or any number of related fields. Such areas may include Evergreen’s organic farm, the Olympia EcoDistrict project, partnering with local industries working on climate solutions, among other initiatives. This may include sponsoring contracts and internships for students studying in climate-related fields.
The Director will also provide administrative leadership to the Center. In collaboration with the Provost’s team, they will prepare a business plan, yearly action plan and associated budget for the Center. This will include monitoring spending under the initiative and working with the Vice President for Advancement and Academic Budget Coordinator to prepare a quarterly report on how project funds are allocated. The Director will also work with the Provost and Advancement to develop a long-term project funding strategy and assist with fundraising as needed. They will develop measures for assessing the success of the Center and assist in implementing an assessment process. The Director may supervise a program assistant providing administrative and program support for the Center and oversee the work of student workers and interns supporting specific projects.
Master’s degree with an emphasis on climate studies or a closely related field.
A record of successful teaching experience (at least two years of full-time undergraduate teaching or the equivalent).
Demonstrated success in administration (at least two years in an administrative position or the equivalent).
Demonstrated support of issues of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion.
Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary, problem-based inquiry
Doctoral or terminal degree with an emphasis on climate studies or a closely related field.
Superior communication and teaching skills, with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to designing and delivering engaging interdisciplinary learning experiences for all students.
Higher education leadership experience, particularly in directing a Center or related structure.
Demonstrated professional development in and experience working with diverse and underserved populations.
Demonstrated knowledge of regional, national and global climate solutions in fields such as science, policy, entrepreneurship and/or legislation.
Demonstrated competencies in developing relationships with community-based grassroots organizations, science communities, energy industry, tribal government and/or government agencies.
Experience in community-based climate action work.
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment, persons hired must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of beginning work.
Prior to an official offer of employment, a Declaration Regarding Sexual Misconduct form must be submitted to the college per RCW 28B.112.080. The college will contact current and past employers to verify this information. Applicants who provide inaccurate information in their declaration will be disqualified and, if the inaccuracies are discovered after the applicant has been hired, it shall be grounds for termination.
Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and how your background has prepared you for this leadership role; please include sections documenting how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
A sample of student or participant evaluations of your teaching.
A list of 2-3 professional references with contact information
1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice that specifically discusses your approach to developing curriculum in climate studies.
1-2 page statement of your experience and/or practice with diversity and equity issues, including your vision for building a center that serves all members of our community (more information is available on our website: http://www.evergreen.edu/facultyhiring/equitydiversity)
Evergreen is an innovative, public, liberal arts college emphasizing integrated interdisciplinary study and collaborative team-teaching throughout the undergraduate curriculum and in three graduate programs. Teaching is the central work of the faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful teaching at Evergreen requires broad-ranging intellectual curiosity, the ability to formulate interdisciplinary questions, and the pedagogical skills to support our diverse student population.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. For more information regarding Evergreen’s non-discrimination policies or to report discrimination, please visit the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity webpage at www.evergreen.edu/equalopportunity or contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Officer at (360) 867-5371, Room 3102 Library Building, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505.
Full time/Part time Full Time
Salary Information Faculty membership is unranked with salary determined on a non-competitive, open scale based on earned degrees and years of relevant experience.
Review Start Date Review of completed applications begins May 21, 2021. The posting may close to new application materials any time after this date
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting https://evergreen.peopleadmin.com/postings/2783
Note - the quick link has a different date for the review start date. This needs updating, so the true review start date is May 21, 2021