School Programs Coordinator

Organization: The Chicago Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Brookfield, IL, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Join in the collaboration efforts to develop and implement School and Group Programs!

Since Brookfield Zoo opened its doors to the public in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had a legacy of educating the public about environmental conservation. The Conservation, Education and Training (CET) staff at Brookfield Zoo is continuing the tradition by working closely with groups and teachers to integrate School and Groups Programs in accordance with its Strategic Plan. This position is responsible for identifying and collaborating with community partners and schools, coordinating with other Conservation, Education, and Training (“CET”) programs and staff, contributing to program development, assisting with budgets, grants, and instruction. If you find great excitement in this type of engagement, the School and Group Coordinator position could be for you! CZS awaits you! Our partnering schools await you! Possibilities await you!

As the School Group Coordinator, you will: Work closely with the Manager of School, Groups, and Teacher Programs, integrate and align Connections, Levels of Engagement, and other grant programs to further the Society’s mission and Strategic Plan goals. Assist with the procurement of grants. Manage annual budget and monthly budget re-forecasting for grants. Assist with establishing and meeting programmatic goals and outcomes, participation, alignment with mission, and learning. Evaluate Connections and grant programs. Maintain databases and files for grant programs. Maintain relationships with grant participants; establish partner schools within grant expectations and limitations. Respond to questions and concerns from grant participants and cooperating institutions. Attend and supervise all grant events. Align educational outcomes for all programs with those of CET unit. Ensure Connections programs are aligned with the Chicago Zoological Society’s learning strategies. Assist with development of the Connections catalog and marketing materials. Teach Connections classes as needed. Identify new areas to integrate participants with other CET unit programs. Supervise assigned staff including volunteers. Makes recommendations for hire and promotions, and termination, schedules job assignments, and conducts evaluations. Provide training for instructors and interns concerning Chicago Zoological Society’s Learning Strategies, participatory learning, delivery of materials, and available resources. Work with the Manager of School, Groups, and Teacher Programs, in conjunction with Development staff to communicate and promote Connections and grant programs, plan and report progress to Trustees, Women’s Board, and Governing Members. As requested, prepare reports on relevant programs; other related duties performed as assigned.

The requirements for this position include:

B.A/B.S. degree in education, interpretation, biology or other related fields, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Minimum two years of supervisory experience.

Excellent written, listening, and verbal skills.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of general education principles and


Flexibility to adopt innovative teaching approaches.

Excellent organization, follow-through, communication, and customer service skills.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment periodically.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to work as a member of a team, as well as independently.

Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends.

Exerience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.

Valid driver’s license required. Illinois residents must possess a valid Illinois license within 90 days of hire. Valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents.

The desirable/preferred qualifications include:

Master’s degree in education preferred.

Prior budget experience desirable.

Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/V/D. If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center at to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile to Requisition Number #1160.