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Education Requirements:  Minimum, B.A. in Education, Science or related agriculture field; MA preferred with communications/agriculture/education/teaching experience at the high school level

Skills PreferredWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Constant Contact, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter   

Principal Investigator/Contact Person:  Dr. Julie Robinson – jrobinson@uaex.edu.  (Resume and/or questions should be emailed to Dr. Robinson.)

Type of Position:  Work When Needed – Part Time (No more than 1,500 hours per fiscal year)

Position Contingent upon Grant Funding Some transition funds are available from January 2, 2018 through March 31, 2018, so that incoming coordinator can work with current coordinator.

Length of Grant Period:  April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

Location: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Cooperative Extension Service, Little Rock State Office, 2301 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR

Hourly Salary:  Contingent upon Qualifications

The Soybean Science Challenge (SSC) is a partnership between the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Cooperative Extension Service.  The goal of The Challenge is to engage Arkansas high-school science students and teachers in “real-world” Arkansas specific soybean science education.  SSC utilizes a diverse range of educational methods, supported by the production of original and re-purposed education products, providing a range of learning opportunities for Arkansas high-school science students and teachers.  This project supports Arkansas STEM education goals, is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and engages high-school students in active learning and the co-creation of knowledge through support of applied student research.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Management of day-to-day communications and work with teachers, students and schools.
  • Formalization of a detailed project management and evaluation plan in coordination with principal investigator.
  • Monitoring and updating course content and enrollment data in three online courses:  Soybean Science Challenge Student Course; Soybean Science Challenge-Teacher In-Service Course; and Soybean Science Challenge-Teacher Resources.
  • Team creation and dissemination of new educational resources for students and teachers: June-November.
  • Direct communication and mentoring support and instruction for Arkansas high-school science students.
  • Coordination of the 2019 Regional and Arkansas State Science & Engineering Fair Sponsorships/Partnerships for nine science fairs which includes: creation and approval of agreements with all fairs; recruitment and support for judges; preparation for and presentation of student awards; development of press packets for state-wide news releases and posting on Soywhatsup, TheMiracleBean.com and social media sites December 2018-May 2019.
  • Creating, promoting and producing the Arkansas Soybean Research Challenge digitally in the media through partnerships and at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference and others as scheduled.
  • Monthly direct and electronic contacts with Arkansas educational leaders and science teachers.
  • Facilitation of student mentoring through web-based instructional technology.
  • Ongoing collaboration with news media and community partners to leverage resources committed to this project and expand the impact of the educational program to include the general public, with specific targeting to parents and educators at all grade levels.
  • Team management and utilization of program evaluation data to improve products and outcomes.
  • Responsible for compiling report data, drafting quarterly and annual reports for funding sources; completing weekly and monthly reporting and accountability contacts and tasks related to the project through AIMS and other reporting methods as determined.