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The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State has an immediate opening for an Education Program Specialist to provide lead operations support to the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC). This position is one of two nationally defined roles (the other is Director) for the state-based Consortia that make up NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. This position serves as the direct lead for administering the PSGC’s federally funded multi-year grant and a broad portfolio of educational initiatives that aims to expand opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens, and other U.S. citizens affiliated with accredited educational institutions in Pennsylvania. Therefore, this position, over the course of their work, identifies, develops, delivers, manages, and evaluates a portfolio of educational programs or initiatives from conception to evaluation.

This position reports to the PSGC director, supervises a small staff, and is the direct administrative contact for the 17 PSGC affiliate member institutions. This position plays a lead role in the planning, development, facilitation, implementation, evaluation, promotion, and administration of a wide variety of STEM-based educational programs. To that end, responsibilities include grant budget development and management, all aspects of the grant proposal process, grant administration, and NASA program reporting. Responsibilities include but are not limited to working with administrators, faculty, and staff of cooperating universities to implement details of each project; administering and managing project budgets; serving as the lead for government database reporting; preparing contracts, proposals, subcontracts, cost share commitment, and financial reports; processing financial documents and accounting transactions; acting as liaison with affiliate institutions; scheduling, planning, and coordinating advisory meetings; assisting director with program evaluation and preparation of annual reports. In all areas, this position is expected to promote a culture conducive to effective relationships among diverse team members and help ensure safe practices and environmental consciousness are exhibited in decisions. This position also oversees some of the work of staff, students, and external consultants and assists in the post-award management of the director’s other research projects. Knowledge of and experience with Penn State’s enterprise financial systems, and the ability to work independently, are desired. Optional attendance at national conferences representing the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either wo…

Title: Education Program Specialist

Company: Penn State University

Location: University Park, FL



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