Overview

NATURE & PURPOSE
This position provides support to rural Wyoming communities and businesses transitioning to maximize natural resource-based tourism opportunities in a responsible way. The purpose of the position is to improve tourism-related economic development for the State of Wyoming.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The individual in this position works as a representative of the University of Wyoming (UW) Extension and WORTH initiative to foster productive relationships with tourism providers, elected officials, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and other stakeholders in Wyoming. Primary duties include but are not limited to:
•Develop and lead a tourism community engagement strategy, policies, and processes for the WORTH initiative and Extension.
•Implement an appropriate strategy to assess needs of clientele in the program area of tourism.
•Train Extension Educators in the 26 offices across the state.
•Work within the Community Vitality and Health Program of Extension.
•Coordinate and/or implement an applied research program to support the tourism industry. Examples include the publishing of research briefs, needs assessments, and programmatic assessments.
•Serve Wyoming, which will include overnight travel, evening, and weekend work.
•Support the work of regional Outdoor Recreation collaboratives through the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office to enhance tourism-related initiatives.
•Work closely with the Wyoming Office of Tourism on tourism-related initiatives, strategic planning, and community engagement.
•Offer opportunities for training in tourism management to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.
•Teach remotely (either synchronously or asynchronously) one three-credit course per year.

APPROXIMATE TIME DISTRIBUTION
•12.5% Teaching
•87.5% Extension

PRIMARY CLIENTELE SERVED BY THIS POSITION
•Individuals, organizations, private businesses, and ranches engaged in tourism-related enterprises in Wyoming.
•Local destination marketing organizations, tourism boards, and the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
•Non-governmental organizations such as the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, The Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, and local Chambers of Commerce.
•The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the UW Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), and the UW Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree Program
•Federal land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and others.
•Wyoming State Parks and the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.
•Wyoming Extension Educators

Tagged as: Full Time, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS (DESIRED)
•Demonstrated capacity and experience in conducting applied tourism research projects and associated data analyses
•College teaching experience. Remote or online teaching experience
•Natural or rural tourism experience in the mountain west
•Working with stakeholders in tourism-related fields
•Prior extension experience
•Excellence in oral and written communication
•Experience in working with diverse audiences
•Experience in developing partnerships with other orgs

Required Skills:

QUALIFICATIONS (REQUIRED)
• An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university. One degree must have been conferred in tourism or closely related field.
•Valid driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy.
•Demonstrated experience in the areas of tourism, tourism development, or outdoor recreation management and development or related experience.

Preferred Skills:

•Demonstrated capacity and experience in conducting applied tourism research projects and associated data analyses
•College teaching experience. Remote or online teaching experience
•Natural or rural tourism experience in the mountain west
•Working with stakeholders in tourism-related fields
•Prior extension experience
•Excellence in oral and written communication
•Experience in working with diverse audiences
•Experience in developing partnerships with other organizations/agencies

About University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming offers close to 200 areas of study, a small student/faculty ratio, and superb faculty. As a nationally recognized research institution, UW’s global impact begins at our very own doorstep with innovative undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. UW welcomes you to join a vibrant community of dedicated faculty and staff. Tradition, pride, leadership and excellence are just a few of the fundamental principles exercised at UW. A modest and warm community, offering the resources of a large university, UW provides an environment for success.

Application Instructions

Completed application—Including a detailed letter of intent as described below, resume, UW application (http://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/jobs/index.html), copy of transcripts, and letters of reference. We recognize that reference letters may not be received by the deadline and are out of the applicant’s control, but will be forthcoming.