Director of Education

The Allen & Alice Stokes Nature Center (SNC) is seeking a experienced, passionate and inspirational leader with a strong background in environmental education, outdoor learning, program coordination, and non-profit management to serve as the new Director of Education to continue to grow SNC as a hub of nature education, outdoor exploration and environmental stewardship in the region.

With over 13,000 people served each year, Stokes Nature Center is a vibrant, welcoming educational nature center for children, families, and adults.  Programs include a summer camp program, school outreach & field trips, workshop series, naturalist expeditions, and a nature-based preschool.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee Stokes Nature Center’s core education framework, which guides and informs the organization’s pedagogical approach, best practices, professional development, and education department’s performance management.

  • Serve as a resident expert in theory, research, and practice of environmental education, including topics such as inquiry-based learning, diversity and equity, and how to create scientifically and environmentally literate students

  • Develop new educational initiatives to expand and deepen Stokes Nature Center’s programmatic potential

  • Create, manage, and monitor annual program budgets to ensure stable financial positions for education department programs and participate in budget development as a part of the Stokes Nature Center leadership team

  • Directly supervise the strategy and education department’s staff members.

  • Oversees day-to-day activities of education department’s staff assignments, responsibilities and schedules

  • Recruiting, hiring, administering, and managing Education Staff and Interns.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director on the development of new revenue generating strategies and program models

  • Work with the Stokes Nature Center Education Team and other staff to create, implement, and evaluate organization-wide educational goals and outcomes, both short and long term that keep Stokes Nature Center at the leading and growing edge of environmental education


  • Collaboration

  • Attention to Communication

  • Managerial Courage

  • Vision & Creative Thinking

  • Strategic Agility


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s strongly preferred in science or education-related field; teaching credential a plus

  • 5-7 years of experience in environmental education, nonprofit management, program coordination, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated leadership, vision, and follow-through

  • Extensive experience teaching children, adults, and professional educators

  • Significant experience managing multiple projects

  • Proven communication and coaching/mentoring skills

  • Exemplary budget and project management skills

  • Experience developing innovative programs, trainings, and curricula

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and public speaking skills

  • Strong pedagogical foundations in experiential and inquiry-based learning

  • Sophisticated understanding of and demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and equity in education

  • Passionate commitment to Stokes Nature Center’s mission and vision

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Competitive salary commensurate with experience; includes benefit package.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

Jennifer Hamilton, Executive Director

Deadline to Apply:
April 9, 2018