Leads the State of the Rockies Project, an education-focused program that leverages student and faculty research, polling data, regional expertise, and collaboration with community partners to create interdisciplinary knowledge and awareness toward addressing important natural resource issues in the Rocky Mountain West
• Collaboratively develop and implement a strategic plan for the State of the Rockies Project that broadens and deepens the educational impact on CC students, and build the Project’s regional outreach and impact on current issues in the Rocky Mountain West.
• Sustain strong faculty and advisory committee involvement, foster rich cross-department collaboration, create a high level of campus awareness of current issues of the Rocky Mountain West.
Research and Education
• Follow natural resource policy trends, opportunities, obstacles in the Rocky Mountain West. Develop and sustain relationships with external constituencies for identifying trends and research topics that are needed and that will be impactful for policy and practice.
• Analyze socio-economic, cultural and natural systems data by county and community in multi-state study area for research and outreach; use statistical analysis and Geographical Information System tools to perform analysis and design format for outreach related to issues associated with the Rocky Mountain West; maintain reports, data, and connections to experts relevant to key regional issues and problems.
• Recruit, hire, and supervise student researchers, ensuring they receive robust mentoring, support and research experience with faculty.
• Plan and implement summer research program for student researchers, taking into account the availability of faculty expertise for collaboration.
• Plan and implement the State of the Rockies Speaker Series, integrated with academic curricular offerings and student summer research, that also address faculty, community and stakeholder interest.
• Collaborate with faculty to facilitate a sustained presence of Rocky Mountain West issues in the academic curriculum.
Administration and management
• Supervise project intern and foster effective teamwork within the project and effective collaborations with internal and external partners.
• Manage Rockies Project activities and events, including contact with prospective speakers, reservation of facilities and oversight of the intern’s event planning (AV, marketing, scheduling, follow-up correspondence).
• Manage effective internal communication within Colorado College and with external stakeholders and constituents: Utilize traditional, video and web media to coordinate, create, disseminate all advertising, informal publications, and outreach information about the project’s initiatives.
• Represent the State of the Rockies Project. e.g., serve as the point of contact for the media, attend and present at conferences with student research fellows, present at briefings related to the project’s work, coordinate with external stakeholders and constituents (e.g., organizations, citizen’s groups, government agencies) to establish the project’s public presence.
• Manage project budget, as well as supplemental grants. Prepare financial reports and monitor budget for fiscal integrity.
• Coordinate with the Development Office to maintain and communicate with supporting donors and foundations, and seek new opportunities for funding of the project’s activities via grant writing.
Conversation in the West Poll Management
• Manage and supervise the release and distribution of the annual Conservation in the West Poll, including arranging all necessary grant writing and reporting, overseeing the development of the website platform to release the poll results, maintaining the poll website following the release, acting as a point of contact on press releases related to the poll results, and presenting on the poll results to applicable audiences.
• Coordinate with all involved parties, including national polling firms, communications firm, graphic design firm and multiple non-profit organization to implement effective dissemination of the annual poll results.
o Support and actively contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity, inclusion and equity at Colorado College and work effectively with all members of the campus community.
o Promote a culture of safety and environmental protection by working in a safe manner; immediately reporting unsafe situations and accidents; following college procedures; and participating in appropriate safety training.
o Demonstrate environmental sustainability by using college resources wisely and supporting the college’s sustainability initiatives and innovation.
o Perform other duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree in policy, economics, law, environmental science, environmental management, or other related fields in the social or natural sciences. Three years of experience working on natural resource issues. Knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues pertaining to the Rocky Mountain West. Experience organizing and implementing research programs, outreach programs and events. Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate complex issues clearly to different audiences. Ability to think critically and solve problems. Good judgment and ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion. Must demonstrate a willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and creativity. Proficient in the use of Microsoft programs. Proficient in internet based communications and social media.
Broad knowledge and professional experience in natural resource and environmental policy issues in the Rocky Mountain West. Project management experience of sustainability and natural resource programs with education, research, and outreach components. Evidence of intellectual rigor and appreciation for the importance of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions in informing natural resource policy. Experience working with large datasets and/or national polls, including a strong background in statistics and research design. Experience in supervising and leading teams.