Director of Global Education

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Washington, DC, DC
United States

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Director of Global Education
Reports to:  Senior VP of Programs and Operations
Type of position: Full time 


The Director of Global Education will lead all domestic and international initiatives to advance global climate and environmental literacy, including promoting EARTHDAY.ORG’s (EDO) leadership and expertise in the field, advancing global and national policy and commitments on climate and environmental literacy, and connecting climate and environmental literacy to civic engagement.  The Director will collaborate with senior management to set metric driven goals and build a roadmap for the campaign and program initiatives. The Director will be responsible for achieving strategic global and country specific partnerships, relationships with international and country organizations, national and local government entities, and grassroots movement building.  A top priority is fundraising for our campaigns and programs to support staff and help promote Earth Day activities, campaigns, and programs generally.   

In addition to leading the campaign for global climate literacy, civic skill building and jobs training, the Director of Global Education will oversee the Education Department staff and interns to: 

  • build a national network of Earth Day coordinators in every school in each US state and territory to participate in Earth Day and to work year-round with EDO; 
  • continue to build the stellar reputation of EDO and create top notch resources including annual toolkits; 
  • build the global Earth Day Schools network; and 
  • write and distribute regular communications to the educator network through Newsbites, and other education related initiatives across the organization.  

While this position requires a strong background in formal and nonformal education best practices, at the heart of the work, this is an organizing and advocacy role to promote and solidify ambitious climate education policy worldwide.  

RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to: 

  • Contributing to and moving forward the Climate and Environmental Literacy campaign goals and roadmap with EDO senior staff 
  • Executing and managing the day-to-day programs and strategic vision of the campaign with EDO staff, consultants, partners and other stakeholders. 
  • Conducting research and collaborating with staff and partners to develop and advance domestic and international policy that supports climate and environmental literacy 
  • Securing funding for education campaigns and initiatives in partnership with the Development team, including research and writing of proposals 
  • Serving as an EDO representative and spokesperson for global climate and environmental literacy at major international events, meetings and for a 
  • Growing the EDO network of educators, students and schools who acknowledge Earth Day each year, not just on April 22nd but with year-round programming and initiatives in the classroom, at home, and throughout the community 
  • Working in collaboration with the EDO communications team to advance climate and environmental literacy along with civic engagement in traditional and social media through writing and editing articles, blogs, webinars, events and other activities 
  • Developing and providing high-quality climate and environmental education resources, curricula, and programming for global audiences for both K-12 and Higher Education   
  • Ensuring that all EDO education programs address justice, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for all students in the US and around the globe 
  • Establishing and maintaining coalitions and partnerships with local, national, and international organizations, schools, teachers, students, and other educational and environmental partners 
  • Collaborating with EDO program and regional staff to ensure all campaigns have a dynamic and appropriate climate and environmental education component 
  • Ensuring EDO is a leader in climate and environmental education policy work, spearheading international initiatives and participating in international calls to action and requests for input at the UN (and other equivalent organizations) level 
  • Communicating and coordinating with all EDO staff on education policies and initiatives 
  • Managing and collaborating with international and domestic Education team staff and interns 
  • Other duties in support of the environment as assigned. 


We are seeking a passionate and dynamic individual who is committed to and experienced in climate and environmental advocacy and civic participation, skilled in education policy development at all scales, motivated to be proactive in strategic initiatives while also being a collaborative team player. Master’s degree in environmental studies, education, political science, international relations, or related field is required. Previous experience with international program management strongly desired, multilingual abilities are greatly appreciated. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience with and a strong working knowledge of domestic and international education policy and advocacy. This is a fast-paced work environment, constantly responding to the latest trends and opportunities in the political, social, and environmental spheres. Ability to be flexible, adaptable, responsive, and efficient is a must. Some domestic and international travel will be required once pandemic restrictions lift. The position in based in Washington, DC. 


EARTHDAY.ORG (EDO) is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Our mission is to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue our mission through education, politics, events, and consumer activism. EDO reaches over 1 billion people through our partnerships with over 75,000 organizations and hundreds of thousands of teachers/educators and students in 192 countries with our engaging resources, campaigns, and programs year-round.   

EDO offers competitive salary compensation commensurate with experience and a complete benefits package including paid vacation, sick leave, and IRA   

EARTHDAY.ORG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter in a single PDF (please name the document “LastName_EducationDirector”) to Linda Moore, Director of Operations, at Please use the subject line “Director of Global Education” in your email.