Education Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:00pm



Newport Beach, CA
United States

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The Education Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

Essential Functions/Duties Include But Are Not Limited To:

  1. Assure that the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all educational programs presented on site are aligned with the requirements of program participants and in consideration of the ENC’s mission.
  2. Develop, prepare, organize and evaluate curricula for all onsite ENC educational programs ensuring appropriate standards and mission are met.
  3. Teach (or schedule others to teach) all on site educational programs as well as all on site teacher training/professional development.
  4. In coordination with the Outreach Director, care for - or appropriately delegate the care for - all of the ENC’s captive animals. Assure that the animals have the highest quality of life possible while performing their role as working educational animals.
  5. Recommend to Executive Director the hiring and dismissal of all on site teaching staff. Facilitate training of new staff on all on site education programs.
  6. Supervise Staff Naturalists to ensure that curricula are taught according to the requirements of program participants and in consideration of the ENC’s mission.
  7. Provide peer review of management team, as well as proper performance reviews of teaching staff, both oral and written of overall job performance.  Independently perform teaching observations as appropriate.
  8. Carry out and assist staff in developing appropriate student behavior through positive reinforcement strategies and techniques.
  9. Provide educational staff with annual training to review updates and changes in education programs.
  10. Coordinate with Community Relations Director to develop and distribute surveys and evaluations for review of programs.
  11. Identify and analyze competition in terms of pricing, services, and industry trends, and report findings to Executive Director.
  12. Assist in the development of monthly and annual reports.
  13. Act as Summer Camp Director.
  14. Provide Enrichment and Summer Nature Camp Teacher Training before each camp.
  15. Assist Community Relations Director in the promotion of the ENC’s school programs, Nature Camp and enrichment/community programs through phone calls, postal mail, email, etc.
  16. Assist the Community Relations Director in the interviewing, training and supervision of Leaders in Training.
  17. Assist the Community Relations Director in pursuing grants related to on site educational programs.
  18. Provide supervision of students at all times during the duration of classes and programs, extending to the release of students to guardians. Maintain the highest possible degree of safety.
  19. Enter new school and community programs into the databases and send school and community program confirmation/invoice emails weekly.
  20. Invoice schools that do not pay before or on the date of their field trip.
  21. Make weekly reminder calls to school and scout program participants and reminder calls and e-mails to public program and volunteer event participants.
  22. Prepare and distribute monthly and weekly staff schedules. 
  23. Collect and review staff time cards before providing them to the Facility Manager.
  24. Review and prepare reports on ENC program participant surveys.
  25. Present Kudos and Tools from the ENC Naturalists at each staff meeting.
  26. Maintaining positive communication with program participants, their teachers/parents/guardians, as well as all visitors to the center.
  27. Provide recommendations for and follow program budget. Arrange necessary purchases through the Facility Manager within budgetary limitations.
  28. Responsible for notifying the Facility Maintenance Manager of any safety hazards (i.e. fallen trees), and for closing any trail if necessary.
  29. Staff the front desk when requested. Staff the Center occasionally in the evenings and on weekends.  Mandatory attendance at special events (i.e. Fall Faire, Spring Faire, etc.)
  30. Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
  • Knowledge of California plant and animal life highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of California Native Americans, as well as local indigenous people highly desirable.
  • Ability to handle a variety of animals including arthropods and snakes.
  • Ability to memorize and recall facts, figures, and information.
  • Ability to move up to fifty pounds and set up equipment.
  • Ability to hike on trails, and traverse stairs and uneven terrain while carrying equipment.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and respond to immediate needs of students, emergency situations, and program needs.
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is essential because of limited resources, costs, productivity and quality continuity.
  • Ability to interact successfully with supervisors, teachers, parents and students.
  • Fingerprinting for a background check will be required.
  • Computer (Macintosh, Microsoft Office, Filemaker) experience required or willingness to learn.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must have own vehicle. 

 Skill to:

  • Communicate effectively in the English language, in both oral and written forms.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
  • Understand and apply pertinent personnel policies, laws, rules, and regulations.

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Teaching credential, or Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in science, education or related field is required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least three years of experience working in a leadership position at an educational institution. Experience as an interpreter, naturalist or equivalent also preferred. Background strong in thematic, hands-on programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, including adults in small as well as large group activities.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certificates are required within two months of employment.

How to Apply:

Please visit to apply by July 31.