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.
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
Attention to Communication
Vision & Creative Thinking
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
COMPENSATION and Benefits
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