DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Live and work on an island in the Pacific Ocean.

The CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY is seeking an energetic and creative person
with strong applied environmental education skills for the position of
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.  This position will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and supervising an innovative ecological education program
consisting of adult outreach and school-based programs and interpretive
facilities using the understandings and methods of environmental education
to effect positive change in ecological literacy and cultural behavior.

To be considered for this position, submit your resume/CV and salary
requirements to jobs@catalinaconservancy.org.

POSITION:   Director of Education
REPORTS TO:  Chief of Conservation and Education
STATUS: Full time, Exempt

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  1) Develops and implements an
innovative, integrated program of ecological education consisting of adult
outreach and school-based programs and interpretive facilities that
incorporates relevant understandings of ecology, and cutting-edge
environmental education in order to effect positive change in ecological
literacy and cultural and individual behavior;  2) manages multiple physical
interpretive facilities (including Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, Airport-
in-the-Sky Nature Center, Two Harbors Mobile Nature Center, and Wrigley
Memorial and Botanic Garden interpretive displays and collection
interpretation), developing and updating interpretive content, panels,
videos, and displays; 3) aggressively identifies and pursues funding
opportunities from foundations, organizations, and government agencies to
assist in financing education programs and projects, research, and
appropriate data collection;  4) hires and supervises permanent and seasonal
staff for Department of Education and maintains payroll and human resource
records for assigned employees and develops, coordinates, trains, and
implements safety policy and procedures for assigned areas;  6) develops and
manages operating and capital budgets, including purchasing services and
materials, preparation of capital equipment specifications, and coordinating
budget expenditures; 7) recommends to Chief of Conservation and Education
appropriate environmental education programs and practices to improve the
ability of the Conservancy to accomplish the mission of Conservation,
Education, and Recreation;  8) effectively communicates project, data
collection, and research results through appropriate professional
organizations and publications, staff training and technical direction,
presentations for general public and internal publication's and external
media.  Coordinates, stimulates, and assists in planning and implementing
ecological education programs and projects with government agencies and
NGOs, universities, and colleges; 9) works closely with Director of Visitor
Services and the Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management on project
implementation and keeps the Chief of Conservation and Education informed of
essential issues;  10) updates and enhances knowledge by continuing
education for professional growth, i.e., attends relevant conferences,
seminars, and certification programs;  11) performs other duties as needed
or assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS.  Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing
innovative environmental education programs.  Experience in managing nature
centers and other interpretation infrastructure (signs, trails, gardens,
etc.) as well as guided tours very desirable.  Strong experience in project
and grant management.  Strong management experience in supervising
professional and non-professional employees, and volunteers.  Demonstrated
experience in budget management and grant writing.  Strong natural history
field skills (birds, plants, geology, etc.) and familiarity with Southern
California flora, ecology, indigenous cultures, and natural history
desirable.

COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING.  Able to think critically and creatively to
develop solutions to complex environmental education, cultural change,
conservation, facility operations, and land use problems.  Ability to adapt
and respond to unexpected or unplanned educational, ecological (e.g. fire,
drought, new invasions), or programmatic (e.g. changes in organizational
priorities or funding) circumstances while still progressing towards core
program objectives.  Excellent problem solving skills.  Ability to analyze
diverse facts and develop clear, concise reports and recommendations.  Solid
understanding of the social, legal, and ecological basis for land management
policies that influence ecosystem restoration and management decisions.
Ability to function flexibly and effectively in a complex organizational
environment with a range of different departments and operations.  Ability
to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS.  Strong management experience in
supervising full-time and part-time staff and volunteers required.  Strong
communication skills (internal and external) extremely important.  Ability
to function and thrive in role of internal consultant within a complex,
multi-goal (conservation, education, recreation) organization with diverse
professional staff (scientists, operations professionals, visitor experience
managers, marketing and public relations) is crucial.  Excellent written and
oral communication skills are needed.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  Master's degree in Environmental Education,
Anthropology (Ecological, Environmental), or a related field in the natural
or social sciences (ecology, biology, zoology, etc.) or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.  Several years of progressively
more complicated and more responsible applied experience is expected,
especially within conservation or governmental land use or similar
organizational environments.

DEMANDS:  Employee must live and work on Catalina Island.  The work
environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions for this job:
the Director of Education work location is at the Nature Center in Avalon
Canyon in Avalon, CA;  the location has moderate noise levels and is a non-
smoking environment.  The physical demands described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job: the authority of the job duties are
performed in an office environment; the employee must occasionally lift
and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Avalon, California
2014-02-28
CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY
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jobs@catalinaconservancy.org


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