Educational Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:45pm


Washington, DC
United States

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About Living Classrooms​: Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) is an affiliate non-profit of the Living Classrooms Foundation.  LC-NCR is responsible for the operation of educational programs in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  LC-NCR is operated for the benefit of the community at large, providing hands-on education and job training, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth and groups from diverse backgrounds.  Utilizing maritime settings, the Foundation provides experience-based educational programs emphasizing the applied learning of math, science, language arts, history, economics, and ecology.

Job Responsibilities:​ The Educational Coordinator leads the LC-NCR shipboard education programs.  High energy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization and a hard-work ethic are required.  The Educational Coordinator is responsible for contacting the school/group prior to their scheduled trip and for developing educational programs based on participants’ needs.  During overnight programs the Educational Coordinator often serves as a “manager” of programs, participants (students, interns, additional staff) and crew.  Foremost the Educational Coordinator must plan, implement and oversee all programs. 

Additional responsibilities for assisting the education department with its objectives include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct and supervise safe and successful Living Classrooms Foundation programs on ships and on shore, with assistance from onboard staff and other LCF employees.
- Be familiar with Living Classrooms safety and emergency protocol and procedures onboard vessels and on land.
- Work with staff in a professional and cohesive manner.
- Work with the Shipboard administration to address any conflicts with staff or students in a timely fashion.
- Assist in overseeing the Science Educator and be familiar with Science Educator position description.
- Assist with training staff, volunteers, and interns in running stations.
- Work with Director of Shipboard Education to develop shipboard curriculum and lessons.
- Assist in and be familiar with the ship’s operations including but not limited to: line/sail handling, navigation, and manning the helm.  
- Assist with ship’s maintenance as needed.
- Work with Captain and crew to coordinate logistics for overnight trips. 
- Oversee land-based portion of programs with assistance from all other staff.
- Become familiar with all LCF camping policies, and camp with youth when required.
- Encourage and integrate volunteers, interns and Crew to participate in all aspects of presenting the education program, coordinating the involvement of crew members with the Captain or 1st mate. 
- Welcome, communicate with and encourage participation of teachers that take part in Living Classrooms Foundation programs.  Encourage teachers to assist in managing student behavior.
- Occasionally work weekends or weekend day with compensation.  
- Report to Shipboard Administration.
- Maintain professionalism at all times as an important representative of the Living Classrooms Foundation.
- Maintain a neat, orderly and presentable appearance at all times while working whether in or out of uniform.  
- Participate in other duties as needed for the operation of programs or the Foundation, or as assigned by the Director of Shipboard Education.

Required Skills/Experience:
- Preferred background in environmental science, education, or a related field.
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
- A passion for nature and working with children in an informal setting.
- Previous experience working with youth in and out of the classroom and developing and implementing group management techniques.
- Experience working on or around boats, or a willingness to be trained.
- Will be expected to lift moderately heavy objects and participate in outdoor activities.
- Must be prepared to work outside in a variety of weather conditions including light to moderate rain, warm and cool weather.

Additional Information:
This is a seasonal position that runs March - mid November 2018.
Housing may be provided; inquire if interested.
Lunch is provided during programs.
Staff are required to attend a two week training that will take place at the Living Classrooms office in Baltimore, MD.

Living Classrooms Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

Position Start Date:

Monday, March 19, 2018

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How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Rachel Nichols at

Contact Name:

Rachel Nichols

Contact Phone:

202-488-0627 x243

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