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Explore Buffalo Job Opportunity: Education Coordinator

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

Explore Buffalo is seeking a full-time Education Coordinator with an engaging and enthusiastic personality to join our energetic and professional team in support of the organization’s mission of promoting Buffalo and Western New York history, architecture and neighborhoods through quality education to learners of all ages.
Responsibilities: Youth Education Programming
Manage Explore Buffalo’s youth education programs, including but not limited to:
• Coordinate tours for K-12 schools and colleges:
o Act as primary point of contact for groups planning their tour, including confirming tour
details, arranging payment, scheduling docents for the tour, communicating tour details to
docents, coordinating Activity Book distribution to schools (if applicable), thanking
groups after the tour, and requesting tour feedback.
o Work with Education Committee to develop School Tours and associated supplementary
o Maintain an awareness of current school curriculum and learning standards to ensure
School Tours and materials connect with requirements. Distribute continuing education
opportunities and reading materials to School Docents as appropriate.
o Cultivate new relationships with college programs, school districts, and other youth
programs to expand the Education Program’s impact.
• Oversee Explore Buffalo youth educational programs, including the Scouts BSA Architecture
Merit Badge Workshop, Explore the Summer, Architecture & Use Workshop, and Junior
Explorers Workshop.
o Work with community partners and the Education Committee to schedule and deliver all
aspects of the programs, including but not limited to developing promotional materials
and program content, scheduling volunteers, training new volunteers, etc.
Docent Training
Primary staff support for Explore Buffalo’s Docent Training programs, which include three new docent
classes per year and a continuing education program (Explore Buffalo University):
• Participate in the Docent Training Committee’s planning process for each training program.
• Work with other staff to facilitate promotion of docent training and recruitment of new docents.
• Attend each training class, providing administrative and logistical support.
• Be the primary staff liaison for trainees in the docent training program.
• Supervise the School Docent Certification program, working with the Education Committee.
o Recruit school docents to ensure Education Program docent needs are met
o Review all school docents annually to ensure a high-quality experience for schools.
Adult Education Programming
Manage Explore Buffalo’s non-tour adult educational programs, including but not limited to:
• Manage the Speaker Series, History/Architecture Courses, and Teacher Center Courses:
o Work with volunteers, and community partners where applicable, to coordinate program
schedules, content, and implementation.
• Manage the Guest Speaker program:
o Act as primary point of contact for groups booking Guest Speaker engagements,
including confirming program details, arranging payment, scheduling docents,
communicating program details to docents, thanking groups after their program, and
maintaining an active database of available talks.
• Facilitate training and feedback for docents preparing new presentations.
• Innovate other educational programs as applicable and oversee their development and
Development Support
Support education-focused fundraising efforts:
• Administer use of the Education Fund, tracking the use of available funds.
• Administer grant funding, maintaining records as required by funders for accountability.
• Develop and maintain relationships with donors and other funders.
• Establish and maintain good working relationships with other cultural, nonprofit, and historical
organizations in WNY.
• Represent Explore Buffalo in a professional, personable manner through tabling, speaking
engagements, attendance at community partner events and Explore Buffalo events, etc.
• Assist with general office tasks and major events as needed, and other duties as they may
• Enthusiastic and energetic personality
• Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced work environment
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and with a team, depending on the task
• Attention to detail; ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Comfortable speaking in front of groups at all age levels (youth, adult, senior)
• Bachelor’s Degree (Education degree is encouraged, but not required)
• Non-profit experience is encouraged, particularly with a cultural organization and/or in an
educational setting
• Experience working with youth is strongly encouraged
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
• Primarily regular office hours, with various evenings and weekends required
• Must have reliable transportation

To apply, please contact Executive Director and Honors Alum, Brad Hahn:


New Minor in Community Organizing and Development

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements

The UB School of Social Work is pleased to now offer a Minor in Community Organizing and Development, open to all undergraduates. Become a community change agent – help build economically and socially just communities and work in unity with others to find solutions that empower citizens. 18 credit hours are required for completion.

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work with people engaged in community and neighborhood capacity building efforts. Because of growing income inequality and its consequences for under-resourced communities, there is an increased need for persons with expertise in these areas. Students acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferrable in many professional settings. Careers can range from lead organizer to community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor relations representative and much more.

Required Courses (6 credits)

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing (offered Fall 2019)

SW 230 Theories and Politics of Community Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2020)

Elective Courses (12 credits, must include four 300-400 courses from approved list)

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (offered Fall 2019)

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (offered Spring 2020)

SW 430 Grassroots Economic Development (offered Fall 2020)

SW 460 Strategy and Practice in Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2021)

Other department courses are available to complete the electives.

Students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no prerequisite course requirements for enrollment in the minor. Students are encouraged to have a declared major. By doing so, coursework in the minor will be more effectively focused.

Questions about the minor? Contact Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator Dr. Filomena Critelli.


Global Innovations Challenge 2019

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Networking, Workshops

May 20-24, 2019

403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus

Learn more and register here:

Have you heard about this year’s Global Innovation Challenge (GIC)? Your participation will add considerable value to the week’s activities. During the GIC students have an opportunity to learn about a grand global challenge, work in a team to develop a solution, and compete for funding to implement their ideas. It’s an opportunity to expand your thinking, have fun, and make a real world impact.

Your participation will include breakfast and lunch, team-building activities, interaction with global stakeholders, and the chance to win funding to develop your ideas!


New York Stands with Puerto Rico Summer 2019 Opportunities

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

SUNY is proud to partner with Governor Andrew Cuomo to offer students a unique and rewarding service learning opportunity to support his NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative. New York State is mobilizing students from SUNY and CUNY to work through non-profit organizations that are aiding in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts of communities across the island damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Students selected for this service learning program can expect:

  • Lodging, food, transportation and supervision in Puerto Rico at no cost (any cost for transportation & accommodation to/from NYC-area airport is not included)
  • Airfare to Puerto Rico at no cost 
  • Locations will be assigned upon acceptance to program to one of the following three locations:
    • Morovis/Orocovis
    • San Juan
    • Yabucoa 

Please review carefully the admissions criteria and information on other costs and apply here:

Not sure you want to do this?  Check out the experiences of students last summer.


Chinese Language Lunch

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

DO YOU SPEAK CHINESE? Want to practice and meet up with other
learning and native speakers? Then come on down to Clemens 412 for
some FREE food and a great time!


Hillel of Buffalo invites students to AJC Global Forum Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Tim on April 24, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

Hillel of Buffalo is sending a delegation to the AJC Global Forum in Washington, DC June 2-June 4, 2019. Undergraduate students are invited to apply and if accepted, it is an all expenses paid trip.

Here’s some info about the AJC Global Forum:

The AJC Global Forum is a unique policy and advocacy conference. Each year more than 2,500 people from over 70 countries convene to discuss, debate, and advocate on vital issues affecting the future of world Jewry. This year’s Global Forum runs June 2-4, 2019. This year, student leaders will have the opportunity to network with one another and hundreds of leading campus activists from across the world while engaging in advocacy and leadership training geared toward students confronting the toughest challenges on campus. Participants will also fully participate in Global Forum’s sessions and advocacy opportunities.

Apply for the AJC Global Forum 2019 Campus leaders program, by clicking here.

The deadline to apply is April 30th. Please contact Logan Woodard, Hillel of Buffalo for more information:


UB Scientista Presents STEM DivCon 2019

Posted by Tim on April 24, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Panel of academic and industry professionals in STEM sectors, Networking and Lunch!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

104 Knox Hal

To register, visit:


Women in STEM Cooperative (WiSC) Annual Summit

Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

Please save the date for the UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WiSC) Annual Summit, May 1, 2019, 9:30 – 2pm in the UB Student Union.

The Summit will feature a thoughtful discussion on sexual harassment in STEM & medicine, as well as a hands on workshop for faculty, staff and students interested in campus resources, information on reporting mechanisms and strategies to deal with unwanted behaviors.

See the graphic below for additional speakers and stay tuned for registration information.




Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

Join us for dinner to discuss how to build a culture of acccessibility and inclusion in higher education with Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett THURSDAY, APRIL 18 | 5:30PM-7:30PM


Stress Relief and Meditation Programs for April/May

Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Community Announcements, Stress Relief