Golden Gate Education Director

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Position Summary

The Education Director is responsible for overseeing the quality and consistency of educational programming for students at the Golden Gate Campus (GOGA). They promote and create educational excellence in accordance with NatureBridge’s Theory of Change. To accomplish this, the Education Director leads the Education Team at the GOGA campus as part of a cohesive, cross-location Education Department and is the primary representative between Golden Gate educational programs and NatureBridge-wide program initiatives and partnerships. They also work closely with the cross functional Golden Gate Leadership Team to foster a high quality campus staff experience which includes a positive community work culture built on a foundation of trust.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Initial Program Support

As NatureBridge rebuilds post-COVID, the responsibilities of the GOGA Education Director will shift from broadly encompassing the majority of campus education management responsibilities to leading a team of Education Managers. Below are the expected duties that the Director will initially hold, then transfer to employees they supervise.

  • Effectively balance prioritization of program support and logistics while managing multiple staff, projects and deliverables
  • Develop and lead environmental science staff training 
  • Coordinate and delegate program support as rotating Day Manager and Manager on Call
  • Lead morning meetings
  • Be present in the education preparation room in mornings and evenings to check in with educators directly and provide support and coaching
  • Participate in the on call system and provide support or substitute for educators in the field when necessary
  • Lead and support emergency response
  • Maintain active field certifications such as WFR/WFA, CPR/AED and epipen administration

The following responsibilities will be present initially and grow as direct reports are added to the Director’s oversight.

Leadership & Collaboration      

  • Lead the Golden Gate Campus Education Team to ensure the high quality implementation of education goals and adherence to the NatureBridge Theory of Change in all programs
  • Guide campus Education culture and work community by:
    • building and fostering positive work community interactions, both within NatureBridge and in NatureBridge affiliated communities
    • establishing and maintaining respectful, supportive and compassionate relationships with staff, volunteers and participants 
    • cultivating and modeling an inclusive and culturally responsive professional learning community for staff and external partners
    • modeling NatureBridge Core Values, including having and promoting a growth mindset
  • Represent and advocate for Education goals and needs on leadership teams
  • Collaborate and share responsibilities with the Golden Gate Leadership Team
  • Serve as a key resource in theory, research and practice of environmental education and the development of environmental literacy, including knowledge of NGSS, SEL and topics such as inquiry-based learning, diversity and equity, and responsible environmental behavior
  • Identify, strategically develop, implement and evaluate Education projects and initiatives in collaboration with the NatureBridge Education Leadership Team to expand and deepen Golden Gate Campus’s educational mission delivery and impact
  • Using the NatureBridge EI&D Framework as a guide, regularly engage in personal and professional goal setting and growth in equity and inclusion and share learnings
  • Present with confidence in front of a variety of audiences, including students, teachers, board members, staff and the general public
  • Serve on the Golden Gate Campus Risk Management Committee, and review and approve Incident Report Forms 
  • Provide budget creation, monitoring, and reporting support to relevant parties

Supervision, Coaching & Professional Development

  • Oversee all hiring, training, and assessment of the Golden Gate Education Team
  • Supervise Environmental Science Educators utilizing the NatureBridge Educator Coaching and Assessment System and coaching strategies
  • Supervise the GOGA Education Manager(s) utilizing the NatureBridge Manager Assessment and Support System and coaching strategies
  • Strategically identify opportunities, encourage and support ongoing professional development for campus Education Team 
  • Model and practice allyship and inclusion and apply culturally relevant supervision strategies
  • Complete and approve timecards and expense reimbursements of field staff and managers
  • Address campus-based housing disputes or grievances

Continuous Improvement 

  • Ensure that Golden Gate Campus curriculum and program design are explicitly aligned to NatureBridge’s Theory of Change and strategic priorities, as well as to state and federal content standards
  • Direct the development and refinement of curriculum, teaching resources and spaces, and staff development in response to changing trends in environmental and science education
  • Monitor the quality and culture of Golden Gate Campus Education by synthesizing formal and informal feedback garnered from field observation, staff meeting attendance and staff dialogue
  • Monitor customer and staff feedback weekly and collaborate with other departments to ensure benchmarking and continuous improvement of both the participant and staff experiences at NatureBridge
  • Support the design and implementation of all campus-based program evaluation activities, including goal setting, instrument development, and data collection, analysis, and sharing to internal and external audiences, often in collaboration with external assets
  • Oversee the development and revision of Education content on the Golden Gate sections of NatureBridge’s internal web resource hubs

Development

  • Support NatureBridge’s executive, communications and development functions, including assisting in the cultivation of potential donors and partners, planning and implementing funded projects, coordinating the gathering of information for grant reporting and assisting the stewardship of donor relationships
  • Co-develop and monitor spending against multiple grant budgets, including associated grant monitoring and reporting functions
  • Represent the Golden Gate Education department at Board meetings and development events

External Partnerships

  • Work in partnership with the education/interpretation leaders from both NPS and Park Partner organizations in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to leverage and strengthen the NatureBridge-NPS partnership
  • Represent NatureBridge and take an active leadership role among select local and regional committees and professional associations, related to environmental education, diversity and/or science education
  • Lead the ongoing development and strengthening of partnerships with schools and community organizations and seek opportunities to develop new ones

Requirements 

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.

Qualifications

Requirements

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.

Required Qualifications

  • Four to ten years of experience in nonprofit management or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Sophisticated understanding of and demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and equity in education
  • Proven experience building high functioning teams and positive community work culture
  • Strong ability to lead proactive change management processes in response to new opportunities or understandings
  • Significant experience supervising and collaborating with multiple teams; proven coaching/ mentoring skills
  • Experience developing innovative programs, trainings and curricula
  • Extensive experience teaching youth, adults and professional educators
  • Exemplary budget and project management skills
  • Strategic and systems-focused approach to management
  • Exceptional communication skills - including writing, editing and public speaking skills
  • Strong pedagogical foundations in experiential and inquiry-based learning, social emotional learning, inclusive education practices and phenomena-based curricula
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. Final shot must occur 15 days or more before start date. Here is the link to our full policy: NatureBridge COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Desirable Qualifications

  • Lived experience as or experience working with: people of color, indigenous people, people whose first language is other than English, people from low-income communities, people from immigrant communities, people who are gender non-conforming or non-binary, people who are LGBTQIA+, people with special needs and other groups that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has prevented them from having access to environmental education
  • Current Wilderness First Responder or willingness to acquire after hire
  • Experience designing, implementing and analyzing results of program evaluations and assessments
  • Teaching credential
  • Working knowledge of human and natural history of the California Coast

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise an expanding environmental science staff; 11 educators in Fall 2021 to 25 educators by Fall 2022;  Education Manager to be added March of 2022; additional Education Manager by Fall 2022

Working Conditions

This job operates both in a professional office environment and in an outdoor setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

Compensation 

Competitive salary, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans. 

Application Process 

NatureBridge is an equal opportunity employer. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to EducationDirectorHire@naturebridge.org. No calls, faxes, or printed materials please. No agencies please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in late-July. Position is open until filled. Looking for immediate hire, contingent on successful background check and fingerprinting.