Education Manager

Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is seeking a passionate, innovative leader of large and far-reaching environmental and farm education programs. Oversees and manages all aspects of on and off-site education programs for adults, families, children, groups and schools at Drumlin Farm in accordance with Mass Audubon's mission and Drumlin Farm's strategic goals. Responsible for working with an education team on the development, marketing and implementation of programs, as well as staff and budget management. Responsible for developing collaborative relationships with leaders in environmental education and outside organizations to maintain a leadership role for Drumlin Farm in farm and nature education and support innovative new program development. Responsibilities include:

Management:
•Oversees development, implementation and monitoring of on and off-site programs operating budget including school, out-of -school and community-based programs (on-site and outreach), adult programs, trip and travel programs, youth programs, children and family programs, nature and farm-based pre-school, summer day camp, vacation week programs, teacher training, and visitor education and interpretation;
•Reviews and analyzes for impacts to programs of all quarterly and annual statistical and narrative reports and documents submitted by staff and others;
•Manages all education staff with regard to recruitment, training, compensation, and performance evaluation. Works with education coordinators to recruit, train, and supervise part-time teacher naturalist staff, camp staff, and wildlife care staff;
•In collaboration with the Sanctuary Director and education staff, leads strategic planning work that defines education strategies for all audiences at Drumlin Farm based on Mass Audubon philosophy and strategic goals and Drumlin Farm strategic goals. Responsible for implementation of Mass Audubon and Drumlin Farm education strategies;
•Ensures the efficient and cost effective scheduling and administration of all on-site and off-site programs;
•Develops collaborative relationships that lead to funding opportunities and provides information necessary for securing funding sources. In collaboration with Mass Audubon grant writers, prepares grant proposals and reports and acts as project manager as required.

Education:
•Builds a strong education program team that works collaboratively;
•Fosters initiative and independent action and encourages education staff to maximize their individual skills toward creative and innovative approaches in the design, development and implementation of a variety of natural history, environmental and farm related programs and lesson plans;
•Open and available to staff on an ongoing basis;
•Encourages individual staff growth and professional development;
•Works with education coordinators to develop evaluation protocols for programs and instructors ensuring customer satisfaction and Mass Audubon program standards;
•Ensures curriculum and associated education materials integrate all aspects of Drumlin Farm's strategic goals and the Society's mission and support relevant curriculum standards and trends;
•Plans and conducts teacher training of Drumlin Farm teacher naturalists and professional development workshops for classroom teachers. Serves as a resource for the Mass Audubon education staff and training programs;
•Collaborate with Mass Audubon education department to further the goals of education across the state by participating in Mass Audubon education initiatives and projects with regards to marketing and development of innovative educational programs and strategies;
•Strives to help further Mass Audubon and Drumlin Farm's goals for achieving more diverse staff, programs, and facilities;
•Teaches a variety of programs as required.

Communications, Community Relationships and Marketing:
•Builds collaborative relationships with other environmental and farm-based education leaders;
•Presents at conferences and publishes in professional journals regarding innovative Drumlin Farm programs;
•Seeks opportunities to engage Drumlin Farm in academic and other research that helps build innovative new programs consistent with Drumlin Farm's strategic goals;
•Develops and implements, in collaboration with education team and marketing coordinator, the marketing strategies for communicating programs in the community including but not limited to the copy for the seasonal program brochures and the school and group programs brochure, press releases, and other marketing strategies and venues;
•Actively promotes Drumlin Farm and seeks opportunities to communicate within and outside the organization the education program activities and accomplishments of Drumlin Farm;

Other:
•Is an active participant of the Drumlin Farm management team;
•Shares responsibility with other staff for sanctuary activities such as fundraising, membership development, special events, etc.;
•Attends Mass Audubon program staff meetings as required;
•Assumes other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications
•Passionate about and experienced in nature and farm-based education;
•Considered an expert in planning, designing, marketing and evaluating environmental education programs;
•Strong experience in management and supervision of program and related staff;
•MA or MS in biological or earth science, environmental studies, nature interpretation, or education or equivalent experience;
•At least 6 years of relevant experience with 4 years in a supervisory capacity;
•Experienced in the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental education programs for a variety of audiences;
•Strong understanding of state and national education standards and trends.;
•Experience as a team leader and or facilitator;
•Ability to influence and motivate others;
•Ability to organize own activities as well as the activities of others;
•Strong written and verbal communication skills;
•Ability to evaluate programs and instructors;
•Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum and to instruct others in instructional techniques and program;
•Track record in successful grant writing and grant management;
•Proven ability to develop collaborative relationships with education leaders and outside organizations;
•Advanced Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Suite);
•Certification in First Aid/CPR; or working towards certification;
•Ability to transverse varied terrain; and respond effectively in an emergency on the property;
•Successful candidates will need to pass a background records check (CORI, SORI, fingerprinting, and driver's record)

How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to:
Subject line: Education Manager
Christy Foote-Smith - Sanctuary Director
cfsmith@massaudubon.org
Job# 2361

Lincoln, Massachusetts
2014-09-19
Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Christy Foote-Smith
cfsmith@massaudubon.org
781-259-2201
208 South Great Road, Mass Lincoln
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