Science Behind the Sport Program Coordinator

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Morgantown, WV
United States

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Science Behind the Sport 

  • Assist in the development of Science Behind the Sport training manuals, e-modules, and resource kits for dissemination to public school teachers, national scout camps, and other youth serving organizations (4H, Young Life, Girl Scouts, etc.).
  • Create and deliver staff training modules to help integrate Science Behind the Sport lessons with normal, seasonal programming at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. 
  • Support the BSA National Jamborees and BSA STEM programming by assisting in the development and co-leading the delivery of staff trainings. 
  • Serve as the on-site Science Behind the Sport coordinator for the duration of these projects. 
  • Plan events, ventures, and programs to deliver scientific education and learning experiences regarding the Science Behind the Sport. Be active in promoting and publicizing these programs and insuring their success. 
  • Present career visions and educational options for careers, with an emphasis on science, to youth participants and their families.
  • Engage participants (of various demographics) in outdoor recreational type activities including education-based lessons and hands-on experiments. 
  • Prepare curricula and lesson plans for both long-term and short-term educational experiences.
  • Maintain a high level of fluency in science and engineering content and development so as to evaluate and recommend new curricular changes including new methods of instruction.

Science Adventure School 

  • Be responsible for the logistical planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of SBS programming at SAS. 
  • Assist in development and delivery of staff training modules and materials for SBS and serve as lead trainer.
  • Serve as the on-site Science Behind the Sport liaison for the duration of SAS programming and occasionally the lead on-site administrator for all SAS operations.
  • Cultivates a culture of support during programming sessions for guides, students, and teachers. 
  • Be able to support team members’ growth by auditing their lessons and providing feedback. 
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities for WV Public School teachers. 
  • Provide primary oversight to all SBS initiatives, and occasionally total program oversight when.
  • Collaborates with university, community, program partners, faculty, and business partners to advance SAS mission.
  • Work with SBS director and SAS associate director to manage hiring for seasonal STEM instructor team, interns, student workers, graduate students, VISTAs, or other members of the SAS team. 
  • Create and deliver presentations about a variety of topics including program goals and outcomes to funders, conferences, etc. 
  • Hold and direct weekly STEM staff team meetings including facilitating personal and program feedback during programming season.
  • Assist with oversight of the SAS Science Behind the Sport budget including all spending associated with STEM instruction needs. 
  • Be an active member of the on-site leadership team, taking initiative to identify and correct any issues as they arise. 
  • Be independently responsible for administrative tasks such as reconciling receipts, logging/approving hours for staff, tracking mileage, etc.
  • Project manage both environmental education projects and larger SAS program-wide projects. 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned to support SAS operations at large which may include logistical support, organization of equipment, accommodating any staff members’, students’, or teachers’ needs, and otherwise being willing to take-on unknown or challenging tasks. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, or related science discipline. 
  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in at least one of the following:
  • Curriculum development and delivery.
  • Outdoor/experiential education.
  • Classroom teaching.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience planning outreach activities and coordinating informal learning.
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Experience with middle school aged students.
  • Experience managing camp programs or comparable experience.
  • Supervisory and staff training experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • Thorough understanding of core science concepts relative to WV grade standards.
  • Two (2) years of in-field experience with middle school aged youth.
  • Experience working with public schools and students. 
  • Experience creating and coordinating logistics for educational programs.
  • Knowledge of the mission, goals, and policies of the program and institution.
  • Friendly personality with the ability to connect and communicate effectively with youth.
  • Maintains skills in, or contemporary knowledge of, science and engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to plan and prioritize tasks.
  • Knowledge of proper use and care of many types of outdoor recreation equipment.
  • Flexibility in working a varying schedule including travel and extended hours.
  • Ability to work in the field and live in an outdoor setting for periods of up to 3 months with moderate physical activity required.  
  • Design and fabrication skills. 
  • Prior experience using hand tools, power tools, saws, sanders, and other common construction tools. 
  • Ability to work independently and very closely and collaboratively with SAS team members for extended periods of time.
  • Willingness to seek consultation and supervision as needed.
  • Have experience in developing and facilitating training and staff development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, good ability to prioritize and manage time, and capacity to manage multiple projects.
  • Skilled at creating effective and informative training and educational resources.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer with knowledge of basic office software, presentation software, software used to schedule events, facilities, and equipment, use of graphics design programs, and web design platforms. 
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, telephone, written, face-to-face) and ability to perform in a professional manner in a variety of settings as appropriate for the needs of the audience. 
  • Ability to build consensus, work in teams, and, measure group outcomes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency maneuvering a trailer behind a pick-up truck for transport of program materials.
  • Ability to build consensus, work in teams, and, measure group outcomes.



  • Hold a WFA and CPR certification.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Valid driver license and comfort driving large vehicles (12-15 passenger vans or large trucks) and hauling trailers.
  • Holds or willingness to obtain any of the following certifications: Bike Instructor Certification Program Level 1, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor and/or Single Pitch Instructor, Swift Water Rescue, ACA National Paddlesports Instruction in Canoeing or SUP, Bowhunters Safety Course, ACCT Level 1 Challenge Course.
  • Demonstrated proficiency maneuvering a trailer behind a pick-up truck for transport of program materials.

How to Apply:

Please visit WVU's hiring page to apply:

Review for the position will begin 1/7.

Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

Salary begins at $50,000.

WVU benefits include:

  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
  • 18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits  
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks.
  • Wellness programs