Education Specialist, Loka Initiative

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Wisconsin
  • City: Madison

Website Center for Healthy Minds - University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Loka Initiative is part of the Center for Healthy Minds

The Loka Initiative is an education and outreach platform for faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Loka’s vision is that inner, community, and planetary resilience are interdependent; we cannot achieve any one of these goals without working on the other two. Our mission is to support faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and around the world by helping build capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions, and by creating new opportunities for projects, partnerships and public outreach.

Loka will be launching a two year project that consists of online non-credit courses for communities of faith on environmental and climate project design and management as well as a course on building inner and community resilience in the face of our ongoing environmental and climate crises. The Education Specialist will help refine curricula, coordinate instructor and lecturer scheduling, help develop and manage video and resource content, manage course implementation, enrollment and user access to the education platform.

The Education Specialist will also coordinate academic research and resources on eco-anxiety and climate distress. Duties will include organizing and helping develop resources on ecoanxiety and climate distress, including the Resilience in the Anthropocene summit in 2023 and coordinating the internal research team and external partners on ongoing primary and secondary research.

The Education Specialist will work with the Program Director and the Outreach Coordinator to support event planning processes for capacity building and public events (3 per year on average). This will involve working with external and internal partners, and supporting social media and follow up activities.

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Center for Healthy Minds. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across all spectrums. Because inequities in our societies, including the fields of science and academia, disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society – especially women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color – we believe that these identities must be centered in the work of our center. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized groups. If this role speaks to you, we encourage you to apply.


10% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
10% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
5% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
20% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
35% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
5% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
10% Manages content on Canvas or other education platform sites and related websites


Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred: Master’s Degree
Education, Religious and/or Indigenous Studies, and Environmental Studies or Sciences


– Minimum of two years experience in academia, working on course administration/ curriculum development/ teaching, OR has relevant Masters’ Degree in the following fields: Education, Religious and/or Indigenous Studies, and Environmental Studies or Sciences
– Familiarity with environmental and justice issues
– Strong organization skills with exceptional attention to detail
– First-hand multi-cultural experience or cross-cultural professional experience

– Familiarity with building and managing online Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Google Classroom, edX)
– Experience in capacity building or communicating with diverse audiences
– Comfortable in religious and interfaith settings
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Minimum Salary $53,675 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting annual salary for the position is $53,675 but is negotiable based on qualifications.

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

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