Essential Functions: Stay informed about the climate crisis and its impact on Metro Detroit communities, root causes, stressors, exposure factors, vulnerabilities and resiliency strategies. Proactively seek out information on emergent and intersectional issues related to climate change, public health, environmental health, and urban adaptive capacity from publications and subject matter experts.Draft program materials, including: member curriculums; community education materials, social media sites & posts, presentation slides, flyers, and other outreach materials; and climate related protocols for indoor/outdoor hazard assessment and interventions. Perform year-round outside green infrastructure (GI) projects in various abiotic conditions, and provide training and ensure adherence to protocols for GI projects such as native tree/shrub/herbaceous plant installations, maintenance and stewardship activities, downspout extensions, rain barrel installations, etc. Work closely with Center leadership and research staff, and consultant on planning-related issues, as well as engage various councils, boards, commissions, agencies, and non-profit partners of planning-related matters. Become fully knowledgeable about national AmeriCorps requirements, policies, and procedures and diligently adhere to AmeriCorps guidelines in all aspects of program operations.Be prepared at the end of a planning period to provide oversight of AmeriCorps service members, including: develop protocols for recruitment and retention; lead all-team meetings; assess performance of individual members on a regular basis; implement disciplinary procedures as appropriate; and train members in nature-based recreation activities, environmental interpretation activities, and curriculum in concepts of environmentalism.Assist in grant management, including: tracking/monitoring program outputs; drafting project updates and reports for submission to funders; and identifying relevant funding mechanisms.Maintain work plans, task lists, and project calendars on a regular basis and meet interim deadlines.Communicate reliably, clearly and effectively with project team members and community partners.Perform other duties as deemed necessary to support project goals.Prepare regular updates to Center Director and Managing Director.
Qualifications: Master's degree or working towards a graduate degree.Minimum 1 year of supervisory experience. Experience teaching, training, or coaching diverse groups is required.Minimum 1 year of professional experience in a public service organization (governmental, university, or nonprofit).Knowledge of the following is highly desirable: SE Michigan flora & fauna, urban ecology, environmental consciousness; Beneficial Uses & Impairments; public health and land use connections; environmental justice; and historical/current racism and equity in the context of climate change. Familiarity with AmeriCorps programs and policies is highly desirable. Previous experience with online data management and reporting systems used by AmeriCorps (eGrants and/or OnCorps) is an advantage.Must be highly self-motivated, passionate about the environment, environmental justice, and climate change concerns, and able to initiate and complete tasks independently; strong organizational and problem-resolution skills; detail-oriented.Must demonstrate strong capacity to collaborate and work as a team member.Must be capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments.Must have strong reading comprehension skills to understand technical materials.Outstanding communication skills; ability to present effectively to diverse groups, excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be confident communicating through in-person and virtual channels with team members and others.Comfortable providing and receiving constructive feedback.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.