Educators' Summit Coordinator

Environmental Studies
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Sue Gentile
Libby McCann

This position is located in Keene, NH at Antioch University. Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience delivers applied research, consulting, and education and training. Our approach is solutions oriented, pragmatic, participatory, and inclusive and is based on change leadership best practices and systems thinking. We focus on stakeholder capacity building at the local scale (watershed, municipal, county, region) of preparedness and resilience nationally and internationally, with an explicit awareness of social and climate justice.

This position will specifically focus on the delivery of the Educators Summit of next Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference in Baltimore April 2016 (Day 3 of the conference). This conference is based on the success of the last Antioch and EPA climate conference in May 2014 in Manchester NH. The May 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference was a huge success, thanks to the engagement of more than 500 participants from Washington, D.C. to Maine, every state in between, and Canada’s eastern provinces, including over 100 teachers and students who participated in the 2014 Educators Summit. Antioch University New England (AUNE) convened this major regional conference, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We are inspired by the climate leaders who participated; from the White House to Woodstock, VT, from National Grid to the National Guard, and high school students and teachers to local, state and federal level decision-makers. We delivered more than 20 interactive, capacity-building sessions on all aspects of preparing for severe weather and climate change impacts in the Northeast U.S.


• Firsthand introduction to cutting-edge issues being addressed by climate adaptation professionals.
• Direct interaction with “movers and shakers” in the climate adaptation and education fields.
• Opportunity to expand one’s personal network for possible job opportunities.
• Understanding of and skill development in all components required to plan and facilitate an effective national event that is cash-flow positive.
• Attendance at the conference, including the Educators Summit.
• Professionally relevant resume addition.


This position can begin immediately and will run through the April 2016. To best ensure programmatic synergy, the Educator Summit Coordinator will meet at least bi-weekly with Sue Gentile.

Hours can be flexible; however, 10-15 hours a week on average are expected to fulfill duties associated with position, not to exceed 200 hours per semester. Must be responsive and available via email, phone and/or in person to Sue Gentile, who will supervise this position. Other duties as identified in collaboration with Sue, Libby McCann and partner organizations as needed.


Key responsibilities for this position include working closely with the Sue Gentile to complete the following tasks:

With the overall goal of strengthening and expanding the Educators Summit’s content, visibility, and connectivity with key audiences, work in collaboration with Sue Gentile to fulfill infrastructure needs, including but not limited to:
• Summit Advisory Committee formation and support;
• Assist with developing Educators Summit schedule in collaboration with Advisory Committee;
• Market the Educators Summit through electronic and printed document creation;
• Constant Contact marketing – sending pertinent emails on specific topics and events;
• Develop material for the Educators Summit web page;
• Market the Educators Summit through Social Media outlets (Facebook, Twitter) with information on current news, events, pictures, etc.
• Work on securing sponsors and exhibitors for the Educators Summit.
• Experience with community climate resilience and preparedness issues and/or climate change education preferred but not required.
• Ability to work with others and communicate effectively is essential.
• Seeking someone who is self-directed and motivated to move this project forward in collaboration with Sue Gentile to effectively plan and facilitate the Educators Summit.
• Additional qualifications include organizational and time management skills, flexibility, strong interpersonal skills, capacity to work independently, and ability to network. Personal computer or access to campus library computer services required.