This position is responsible for managing the planning, preparation and delivery of all sustainability education programs and projects at MBG through the EarthWays Center (EWC), including staff and volunteer recruitment and supervision; ensuring professional, current and effective environmental education methods are in place for all programming; implementing all project based sustainability education tasks; seeking funding, proposing and managing budgets; complying with all funding requirements; and implementing strategic planning to ensure MBG is a leader in sustainability education in the region.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervises EWC education staff including EWC Education Coordinator. Participates in the hiring and selection process for employees, interns and volunteers. Also recruits, trains and schedules interns to support site programming and assists as needed with EWC volunteer program. Trains all site staff, interns and volunteers and other education division staff as needed in methods of effective education delivery, classroom management, effective environmental education methods, and current theories in sustainability education.
• Supervises daily work assignments, coach/develop performance for success, review/approve timekeepers and timesheets, maintain accurate attendance records, complete annual performance evaluations and goal setting sessions with assigned employees, handle all disciplinary actions, etc.
• Monitor employee/intern/volunteer productivity, workload and moral, with the goal of promoting employee/intern/volunteer satisfaction while accomplishing the division’s mission.
• Work directly with the Education Division to provide sustainability education offerings to schools and the public, ensuring the Garden’s solid reputation as a regional leader in sustainability; also works in cooperation with and act as liaison to other division’s education staff to provide direction and cooperative programming assistance regarding current sustainability education trends; as well as work with other Garden division’s to advance sustainability education efforts. Works cooperatively with managers, coordinators, supervisors and instructors of educational programs at all MBG sites. Attends and represents EWC efforts at all Education Division Manager meetings.
• Manages team development and delivery of all EWC Sustainability Education Programs, both on and off site. Includes, but not limited to, sustainability education professional development workshops, school-based programs, Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders, adult and family programs, and assisting with events and festivals as needed. Evaluates existing materials and develops and coordinates new materials and program evaluations and assessments. Personally plans, prepares and delivers educational programs for youth and adults in classrooms, at meetings, workshops and conferences and through site tours.
• Manages team implementation of all assigned EWC sustainability-related projects, including but not limited to the RainScape Rebate program of the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, a program of MBG. This includes educating contractors and landowners on the benefits of rainscaping, and managing all aspects of a complicated rebate program that encourages implementation of rainscaping features on area lands.
• Promotes the development and facilitation of collaborative partnerships. Represents EWC with regional sustainability education leaders to enable long term sustainability education relationships linking the Garden with community organizations, schools, higher education and other institutions. Works with teachers, local partners, universities and potential funders on program development. Acts as liaison with professional educators.
• Implements long term strategic planning to ensure MBG is a leader in sustainability education in the region. Follow national and regional trends, and ensure MBG and EWC is leading the region in developing and implementing effective sustainability education.
• Manages all report/writing from EWC education team ensuring they are produced with quality and on time, including statistics reports, quarterly grant narratives, monthly intra- and inter-departmental summaries and reports, e-news updates, adult and family class listings, class reminders, camp and school offerings, professional development promotion and other handouts, brochures, public articles, calendar listings, tour announcements
• Manages financial management of EWC’s education projects. Seeks funding, researches and writes grants to fund delivery of existing programs and development of new ones. Propose, develop and manage all sustainability education program budgets, and act at Primary Investigator for EWC education projects. Comply with all funding requirements. Prepare monthly salary allocations for planning, invoicing and budget management.
• Collaborates with US Green Building Council Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts on National Green Schools Campaign including attendance at monthly meetings, leadership to committee initiatives, and presentation to school and district officials.
• Provide support and backup to EWC Director as needed.
• Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines, methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.
• Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
This position has supervisory responsibilities for:
EWC Education Instruction Coordinator, Interns and Volunteers.
• Minimum of five (5) years experience working with the public in an educational setting.
• Three (3) years experience in personnel management including conflict resolution, staff support, coaching and development.
• Demonstrated experience in grant writing, seeking and reporting.
• Prior experience in writing and designing written materials.
• Extensive experience in developing and implementing program budgets.
• Three to Five (3-5) years experience in training and educating staff in methods of effective education delivery, classroom management, effective environmental education methods and current theories in sustainability.
• Demonstrated experience in development and delivery of educational programs.
• Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
• Must have an understanding of environmental issues and commitment to fair representation and education of all sides of environmental issues.
• Must have demonstrated understanding of natural systems.
• Exceptional ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions.
• Demonstrated ability to serve as a media-trained spokesperson; confident in interacting with the media on educational issues.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal team members and external organizations for the purposes of creating a commitment to common goals, prioritizing, minimizing obstacles, and executing realistic priorities in a sophisticated environment.
• Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
• Use of personal car may be required to purchase supplies and food; occasionally travel within Missouri and Illinois surrounding areas. Travel required >25%.
• Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
• Masters degree in education, environmental education, natural science, environmental science, or related field.
• An equivalent combination of education, skills and experience may be considered.
• Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral/written).
• College math aptitude: requires ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals; etc.
• Ability to understand, analyze and create budgets.
• Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve conflicts in a fast-paced environment.
• Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for the allocation of staff, fiscal, and material resources in a fast-paced environment.
• Demonstrated abilities in project management, priority setting, analytical and objective decision-making, cost conscious budget & grant administration, and managing through institutional systems.
• Proficiency in navigating through various PC applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite 2003 (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel and Word) or a similar application.
• Solid Internet research skills and use of broad cloud-based computer applications such as the suite of offerings including the database within Google drive.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid certification.
• Must have and maintain valid driver’s license prior to employment.
• Ability to work outdoors; with unavoidable variations in temperature.
• Flexible scheduling and overtime as needed to work evenings during the week and on weekends.
• May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e. step stools, etc.).
• Able to lift up to (30) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move supplies and equipment).
• Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing) and operate standard office equipment (i.e. copier, printer, fax, etc.)
• Requires extensive standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching for extended periods of time– 75% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
• Shared indoor office space.
• Outdoors, with unavoidable variations in temperature and some uncomfortable conditions.
• Occasional weekend programming requiring long hours.
• Occasional Travel required.
The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
Human Resource Management Division