Education Manager

US-MO-West Alton
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Outreach/Teaching
ID
2017-3354
West Alton
MO

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Education Manager will develop, implement and oversee all environmental educational programming for the Audubon Center at Riverlands. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for overseeing the RiverVision Leadership project and youth based programs, as well as, providing programming targeted at families and adults.    

 

Additionally, the Education Manager will assist with daily operations of the Center, as well as the supervision and development of part-time staff and volunteers.  

Essential Functions

  • Develop a comprehensive education program and strategies that aligns with Center, State and National conservation plans and goals.  Develop conceptual frameworks, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed.
  • Develop, implement, oversee and deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum appropriate for grades K-12.
  • Oversee all aspects of summer camp including the development and delivery of age-appropriate conservation education curriculum.
  • Responsible for program promotion, registration, scheduling, pre-program communication, development of props and materials, and program evaluation for both in-school programs and outdoor field trips.
  • Plan and implement environmental science, field research, natural history, and ecology programs for school groups, youth, family, college students, teachers and adults.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with public and private schools, and youth organizations to cultivate youth conservation leaders and junior volunteers.
  • Develop partnerships with state and federal agencies, colleges, universities, research institutions, and other conservation organizations.
  • In collaboration with Center/State staff, develop effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for school, summer camps and community programs, including regular updates to the website and helping generate new and robust social media and other strategies to engage schools and the community.
  • Interact and work with the general public, Audubon members, teachers and school officials, Board Members, other conservation groups and government officials. 
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Center and NAS throughout the community, specifically, at education conferences, meetings, advisory boards, teacher conferences, festivals and other public events.
  • Work with conservation and advocacy program staff to integrate education component into each program.
  • Maintain inventory, condition and organization of educational materials, supplies and equipment.
  • In collaboration with Center staff, assist with fundraising efforts including organizing special events, identifying and cultivating donors; and researching, and writing grants proposals.
  • Develop and deliver staff and volunteer educator training sessions. Responsible for recruitment and marketing; communication with and stewardship of staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Assist staff and volunteers in the daily operating and maintenance activities.
  • Write articles for the E-newsletter, newsletter, and other print media.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences or education or related field.
  • Three to five years demonstrated experience in a conservation education setting including teaching, management experience and curriculum development, or a similar combination of education and experience, required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • General knowledge of the natural history of the Mississippi River and Great Rivers Confluence region, and the ability to pass on that knowledge to members of the public through guided interpretive walks with groups and one-on-one encounters in the nature center.
  • Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
  • Interest, understanding and commitment to the Audubon Center at Riverlands' mission and vision.
  • Experience with statistical/evaluation computations preferred.

  • Knowledge and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.

  • General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues.

  • Must be willing to participate in maintenance projects and visitor services.

  • Ability to work long, flexible hours when needed, including weekends and evenings.

  • Must be willing to travel as the job requires.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

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