The Fairchild Challenge Elementary Program Coordinator

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Coral Gables, FL
United States

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, in Coral Gables, Florida is seeking a talented and motivated individual to coordinate innovative elementary school environmental science programs as a part of The Fairchild Challenge.

In recent years, Fairchild has developed robust, off-site high school programs to prepare local students for careers in plant science. The Fairchild Challenge brings plant research into high school classrooms throughout South Florida, while the new BioTech @Richmond Magnet High School includes a specialized botany curriculum. The Challenge and BioTECH programs are linked with Fairchild’s major science initiatives, including the Million Orchid Project and the Growing Beyond Earth partnership with NASA.

The Fairchild Challenge Elementary Program Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of all aspect of the Fairchild Challenge for elementary schools.

This position is responsibilities for:

  • developing all Fairchild Challenge for Elementary School program curriculum including pre and post materials, resources, challenge activities and trainings that correspond to M-DCPS Pacing Guides, local and national academic standards and Common Core
  • coordinating detailed Challenge logistics and event planning;
  • maintaining communication with teachers, students, partners and administrators including daily requests for clarifications, additional information, procedures.
  • assembling Challenge timelines, reports, and statistics on an ongoing basis that serve to document the progress and create an archival record of the program;
  • attending to financial tasks, including budget reconciliation and program expenditures
  • assisting with coordination of research and evaluation projects relating to the Challenge
  • developing teacher professional development and student workshops associated with each and every Challenge
  • helping to develop new initiatives as opportunities arise

Qualified candidates should be:

  • an effective communicator who is experienced in teaching and speaking to diverse groups of people
  • creative, organized, efficient and detail orientated, with a strong work ethic
  • a team player with a positive, can-do attitude
  • comfortable using a wide range of software and online tools for gathering, organizing, and distributing information
  • aware of standards and trends in science curriculum development
  • able to participate in program evaluation

Minimum requirements are:

  • BA in Biology, Environmental Science or Elementary Science Education; MS Preferred
  • 3 years formal or informal teaching experience
  • Experience with preparing grant proposals
  • Ability to work on weekends

This position reports to the Director of Education and works closely with science and education staff.


How to Apply:

Please  submit  a  cover  letter,  resume,  and  contact  information  forthree  references  to Marilyn  Caputo,  Education  Program  Assistant,  at