University of Maryland Extension: Energy Conservation and Technology Specialist

Application deadline: June 30, although applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled

Location: Western Maryland Research & Education Center, Keedysville, Maryland

The Energy Conservation and Technology Specialist is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for Maryland communities and citizens. Specifically, this position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to energy conservation and clean energy technology including solar, wind, biomass, natural gas and other applications.

The Specialist will facilitate partnerships with university colleagues, local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, industry and environmental groups in developing sustainable energy practices and opportunities while protecting, as well as advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to handling the state's water, forest and other natural resources.

The Specialist is expected to be a part of the AGNR and UME faculty team as well as provide leadership for the energy related programming within the Environment and Natural Resource Focus Area, one of four UME strategic programming initiatives. It is the responsibility of the Specialist to work intentionally and collaboratively to increase the visibility and reach of Extension programs through education designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences.  The Specialist will interpret and disseminate the latest research findings using a variety of delivery and communication strategies appropriate for the intended target audience, including but not limited to workshops, classes, demonstration projects, webcasts, social media, publications, mass media and community coalitions. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a timeframe defined.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree with three to five years of related experience.
  • Background in area of natural resources, agriculture and energy conservation and technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with volunteers and diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management is required.
  • Personal transportation and valid driver's license required. Must be willing to travel within the assigned counties and state.
  • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. preferred with two years of experience.
  • Extension or similar work experience preferred (e.g., work with community economic development, energy technologies and business education).
  • Experience working with volunteers desirable.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.

For best consideration, complete application by July 1, 2017.  Position will remain open until suitable candidate has been identified.

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