Loka Program Specialist-Center For Healthy Minds


  • 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 Center for Healthy Minds’ mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in conducting science – both in and out of the lab – on how to nurture emotional well-being in daily life across the lifespan.

The Loka Initiative is an interdisciplinary capacity-building and outreach platform for faith and Indigenous leaders focusing on environmental and climate issues at University of Wisconsin – Madison. The mission of the Loka Initiative 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’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. Loka is housed at the Center for Healthy Minds and consists of a cross-campus partnership of eight different academic programs and centers at UW-Madison.

Job Summary:
The Center for Healthy Minds (CHM), at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, is seeking a Program Specialist to lead course design and administration, help coordinate program communications and outreach, assist with research and resource development, and plan and manage events for the Loka Initiative.

The Program Specialist will help create and launch online courses for communities of faith on environmental and climate project design. Responsibilities include helping develop the curriculum, coordinating instructor and lecturer schedules, managing course implementation and resources, processing enrollment and user access to the education platform.

The Program Specialist will organize and lead event planning processes for capacity building and public events (3 per year on average). This includes a follow up in-person symposium with the online course participants. Responsibilities involve working with external and internal partners, and supporting social media and follow up activities.

The Program Specialist will coordinate the academic research team and help compile and organize resources on
ecoanxiety and climate distress. Responsibilities will include organizing and helping develop an online summit in the spring of 2023, and coordinating the deliverables of ongoing primary and secondary research.

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.

Responsibilities:
• 30% Reviews, edits, produces, and troubleshoots content for website and online presence
• 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
• 10% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
• 10% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
• 40% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
• 10% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
• 10% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities
for program staff and student and community volunteers

Education:
Required: Bachelor’s Degree
Preferred: Master’s Degree in Environmental, Development, Education or Religious Studies related degrees

Qualifications:
Required
• Prior experience working in an academic/teaching capacity or has relevant Master’s Degree
• Familiarity with environmental issues and/or religious studies
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• First-hand multi-cultural experience or cross-cultural professional experience
Preferred
• Strong organization skills with demonstrated attention to detail
• Experience presenting in front of different audiences and/or facilitating large groups
• Familiarity with social and environmental justice best practices and designing for accessibility methods
• Familiarity with online Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Google Classroom, edx)

Salary:
The starting salary for this position is $53,675 but is negotiable based on experience and 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.
Benefits information can be found at (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/)

Appointment Percent: 100% Full-time

This position will require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at the Center for Healthy Minds located in Madison, WI. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Deadline to apply is November 28th 11:55pm Central Standard Time

UW-Madison is committed to providing opportunities to people from all backgrounds to help create a welcoming,
empowered, and inclusive community. UW-Madison encourages women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer, and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.hr.wisc.edu.


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