Associate Outreach Specialist
Risk Management Department
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located on the eastern edge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year-round arts, cultural, and recreational activities and events are easily accessible from River Falls. The 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students at UWRF pursue degrees in four colleges: Education and Professional Studies; Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics. UWRF provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, research, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu.
This is a one year full-time outreach position in the new Center for Dairy Farm Safety at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) in partnership with the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, WI that is available due to a 4 year renewable grant from Federal OSHA’s Susan Harwood Safety Grant program. The position reports to the Director of Risk Management at UWRF.
The outreach specialist will develop and present formalized training programs for dairy farm owners and operators across the State of Wisconsin that will help them build an occupational safety and health program for their farm, assure worker safety, and reduce injuries and illnesses for their employees. The specialist will work with adult and continuing education groups on new techniques and practices through meetings, workshops, conferences, the preparation of advisory publications and other means. May conduct field research to apply and evaluate research applicable to the group.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop relationships with external customers in order to assure creation of a relevant program based on needs.
• Research and develop “best practice” examples of safety training and educational materials.
• Prepare, schedule, and present dairy farm safety training modules to trainers and end users.
• Design and distribute reports, correspondence, brochures, flyers, newsletters, and other materials as needed.
• Schedule and draft agendas for meetings. Lead meetings and write minutes (including any action items) for distribution to group members.
• Assist in creation and execution of marketing campaign.
• Attend selected community events and staff booths.
Required Qualifications: To be considered for this position, you must meet all of the following:
• Bachelor's degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position.
• Valid driver’s license in good standing.
• Ability to communicate ideas effectively orally, in writing, and through educational technology.
• Ability to read and interpret federal, state and local government regulations (i.e. OSHA, NFPA, EPA/DNR, etc.).
• Experience with Microsoft products™ (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point).
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are preferred:
• Content knowledge in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as adult education, agricultural education, agribusiness, animal/dairy science, or environmental health and safety.
• Successful experience in curriculum development for adult learners and train-the-trainer programs.
• Ability to organize work to manage multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work in team or group setting.
• Comfortable with public speaking.
• Working knowledge of North American dairy farm operations.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience with Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point)
To apply submit the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae (resume)
• Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
• An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
• Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
Inquiries & Documents should be directed to:
Connie Smith, MS
Director of Risk Management
UW-River Falls (25H North Hall)
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022
Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin upon receipt. The position is a grant funded position for a fixed appointment time of 10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014.
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The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
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