Prince William Forest

Education Manager

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The Education Manager is a critical management and support position that assists in the coordination and administration of environmental science programming in Prince William Forest Park, Virginia. This position facilitates and supports day-to-day program operations by working closely with the Director of Programs and the Operations Manager, and occasionally teaching in the field. This position reports to the Director of Programs. This is a full-time, 11-month, exempt position with a one month winter furlough (December 15–January 15), working out of multiple mid-Atlantic locations, including Prince William Forest Park and Washington, D.C.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Collaborate with Director of Programs to hire, train and mentor education staff:

  • Lead new educator hiring processes for mid-Atlantic locations.
  • Directly supervise 5-8 educators who are in their first and/or second season teaching with NatureBridge at mid-Atlantic locations.
  • Actively engage in staff community by participating in support activities and leading trainings as assigned.
  • Conduct field observations, provide ongoing support and feedback to educators.
  • Lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior.
  • Regularly review participant feedback and evaluation data from teacher chaperones and students and address needs and improvements.

Advance organizational equity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Cultivate a culturally responsive working and learning community.
  • Bring relevance to program content and community relationships including staff, students, teachers and schools.
  • Serve as the mid-Atlantic representative on the NatureBridge Equity, Inclusion and Diversity cross-campus team.

Develop, maintain and build working relationships on cross-campus teams.

  • Serve as the mid-Atlantic Campus Lead on the Social and Emotional Learning cross-campus team.
  • Work closely with hiring managers across campuses to successfully select and support multi-campus educators and Educator Development Program participants.

Support program operations including:

  • Oversee staff housing check-in/out.
  • Support teaching supply, gear and staff uniform inventory and management.

During Environmental Science program seasons, fulfill responsibilities as needed to teach in the field as an Educator, facilitate meal shifts and provide program support as Site Coordinator, and/or serve as Day Manager:

  • Provide essential support during programs and emergencies, including delegation and reporting.
  • Provide direct customer service and troubleshooting; mediate conflicts.

Collaborate with the Operations Manager to:

  • Conduct parent/chaperone informational meetings.
  • Prepare students for their field science experience; prepare and implement pre/post-program classroom-based lessons/activities.
  • Ensure consistent customer service and clear handoff of customer information; ensure documents are accessible to program staff.

Collaborate with Sales/Marketing Manager to collect and organize media content related to schools’ experiences, document student experiences. 

Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Competencies & Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. The ideal candidate is a solution-oriented thinker, who is flexible and creative, with a “can-do” attitude necessary at a start-up and who has experience working with overnight environmental science education programs and managing people. Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree in science, environmental or multidisciplinary studies, or a related field.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR (adult/child) certification or willingness to acquire prior to start date.
  • Minimum two years relevant teaching experience (preferably outdoors) and a working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science and natural history education, and program delivery.
  • Ability to implement and model excellent risk management practices and maintain a safe environment for our students and staff.
  • Flexible to changing demands; able to maintain a positive and professional attitude under stress; detail-oriented and organized; excellent time management and record keeping skills.
  • Able to work both independently and as a member of a team; willingness to be coached and openness to feedback; sense of humor and play; high level of integrity; excellent work ethic.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors.
  • Commitment to advancing equity and inclusiveness in all aspects of your work.
  • Effective communication and strong interpersonal skills; ability to speak effectively before diverse groups of customers, employees and partners.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; comfort with using and learning computer software including Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Valid and current driver’s license necessary.
  • Experience with English Language Learners and/or urban youth preferred.
  • Ability to speak and/or teach in a second language desired; Spanish-language ability preferred.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Advanced degree and/or teaching credential preferred.

Compensation

  • Competitive annualized salary dependent on experience.
  • On-site meals provided during program hours.
  • Position includes a one-month winter furlough, mid-December through mid-January.
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes medical/dental/retirement.

How to Apply

Position is open until filled. To receive preference, please submit an application including a cover letter, resume and three references by Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to maremanagersearch@naturebridge.org. Desired start date is August 2019.
 
NatureBridge values diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.

Please direct further questions to the selection committee at maremanagersearch@naturebridge.org.

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