Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators

Position Title: Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators

Reports to: Director of Professional Development for Educators

Position Objective: Support the mission of WCS to save wildlife and wild places through creating learning experiences that influence the attitudes, practices and environmental literacy of educators and gives them the tools they need to inspire awareness, appreciation and conservation action in their students.

Qualifications: Basic Qualifications:

* Master’s degree in a related field;
* 3+ years teaching experience;
* Advanced proficiency in curriculum development, instruction and assessment;
* Driven individuals who are independent yet collaboratively-minded;
* Passion for improving education and supporting learners in a professional development setting;
* Organized and capable of prioritizing and completing large project loads;
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
* Fluency with MS Office Suite and the ability to learn and apply new technology and programs;

Preferred Qualifications (in addition):

  • Master’s degree in an education discipline;
  • 3+ years K-12 formal classroom teaching experience;
  • Knowledge of methods in educational research;
  • Technologically savvy with knowledge of trends in popular media;

Principal Responsibilities:

– Work collaboratively with the American Museum of Natural History and with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and other cultural partners in partnership with the Urban Advantage (UA) Program to ensure the overall success of the Program; including active and meaningful contribution to design, planning, implementation/facilitation and evaluation of all UA related activities and events.

– Coordinate the development, implementation and/or facilitation, and assessment of WCS professional development programs for educators (formal and informal educators; pre-service and in-service teachers).

– Coordinate programs at the project level; including: cultivating/maintaining partnerships, communication, planning, recruitment, marketing, logistics, ensuring progress, success and timliness, record keeping, reporting and presenting results.

– Author and produce content and curriculum for in-person, online, and blended professional development courses with an emphasis on instructional design, learning theories, assessment for learning and alignment to academic content standards and professional teaching standards.

– Write syllabi, plan agendas, develop lesson plans and prepare materials for professional development courses for educators that are wildlife- and conservation-focused, goal-oriented, constructivism-based, innovative and aligned with today’s academic standards and framework.

– Demonstrate facilitation (on-site and online) that employs best teaching practices, constructive participant engagement, and differentiated instruction and models effective teaching and learning for our PD participants.

– Mentor and support other WCS Education staff with their facilitation of WCS professional development programs.

– Incorporate trends and current research on content and practices in education, as well as conservation education, in order to keep WCS professional development programs timely and innovative.

– Cultivate and/or maintain interdepartmental relationships, collaborations with subject matter experts, and partnerships with other institutions.

– Incorporate participant data and feedback to continuously improve WCS’s professional development programs.

– Author, produce content, coordinate and moderate webinars focused on WCS’s conservation science and field conservation work.

– Maintain detailed and robust records for all programs.

– Assist in maintaining an up-to-date teacher participant database.

– Disseminate program information through presentations at professional conferences, authoring journal articles and/or contributing to related training activities.

– Assist in the recruitment of teachers for PD programs through direct contact with educators, mailings, listservs, advertisements and meetings with district representatives.

– Assist the Manager of Program Development in developing certain elements of grant proposals for the Department.

– Establish and/or maintain contact with education staff from other informal science institutions.

– Perform all related tasks and duties as required.

– Support other team members’ projects as needed.

– Weekend work and some travel required.

– Uphold the Society’s employee policies including those that pertain to Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped and other protected groups.

EOE, M/F/D/V. Benefit package will be commensurate with experience.

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Bronx, New York
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Human Resources