Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
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Deadline to Apply:
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:00pm
The Education Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.
Essential Functions/Duties Include But Are Not Limited To:
- 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.
- Develop, prepare, organize and evaluate curricula for all onsite ENC educational programs ensuring appropriate standards and mission are met.
- Teach (or schedule others to teach) all on site educational programs as well as all on site teacher training/professional development.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supervise Staff Naturalists to ensure that curricula are taught according to the requirements of program participants and in consideration of the ENC’s mission.
- 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.
- Carry out and assist staff in developing appropriate student behavior through positive reinforcement strategies and techniques.
- Provide educational staff with annual training to review updates and changes in education programs.
- Coordinate with Community Relations Director to develop and distribute surveys and evaluations for review of programs.
- Identify and analyze competition in terms of pricing, services, and industry trends, and report findings to Executive Director.
- Assist in the development of monthly and annual reports.
- Act as Summer Camp Director.
- Provide Enrichment and Summer Nature Camp Teacher Training before each camp.
- 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.
- Assist the Community Relations Director in the interviewing, training and supervision of Leaders in Training.
- Assist the Community Relations Director in pursuing grants related to on site educational programs.
- 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.
- Enter new school and community programs into the databases and send school and community program confirmation/invoice emails weekly.
- Invoice schools that do not pay before or on the date of their field trip.
- Make weekly reminder calls to school and scout program participants and reminder calls and e-mails to public program and volunteer event participants.
- Prepare and distribute monthly and weekly staff schedules.
- Collect and review staff time cards before providing them to the Facility Manager.
- Review and prepare reports on ENC program participant surveys.
- Present Kudos and Tools from the ENC Naturalists at each staff meeting.
- Maintaining positive communication with program participants, their teachers/parents/guardians, as well as all visitors to the center.
- Provide recommendations for and follow program budget. Arrange necessary purchases through the Facility Manager within budgetary limitations.
- Responsible for notifying the Facility Maintenance Manager of any safety hazards (i.e. fallen trees), and for closing any trail if necessary.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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 http://encenter.org/about-us/employment to apply by July 31.