Education Director

Organization: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (AZA Member)
Location: Holderness, New Hampshire, us
Job or Internship: Job
Position: Education Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

The Education Director is charged with the responsibilities associated with the planning, design, development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all functional components of the organization’s education programs. This includes leadership of the educational aspects of the following program areas: Animal Care, Lake Programs, Volunteers, Education Programs, Trails & Exhibits, Blue Heron School and Kirkwood Gardens. As the leader and manager of the Center’s program staff, the Education Director is the person responsible at the operational level for insuring that the education programs and offerings of the Center are consistent with mission, vision, and strategic plan of the Center. The Education Director reports directly to the Executive Director as part of a team of Directors (which includes Finance, Facilities, Communications/ Development, Operations)

Key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Collaborating and cooperating with the:
Development and Communications Director relative to development initiatives, communications, and overall public relations and marketing pertaining to the education program of the Center Operations Director relative to retail and admissions operations, lake cruises, office functions, and special events pertaining to the education program of the Center Finance Director relative to general fiscal matters pertaining to the education program of the Center Facilities Director relative to relevant trails and exhibits and maintenance functions
• Participating as staff representative (along with the Executive Director) on the Trustee Education Committee
• Hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating program and animal care staff
• Managing program staff assignments, responsibilities, and schedules
• Coordinating overall work to be accomplished and resources available to do so among respective elements of the education program. This includes a role in the direct delivery of various elements of the education program as desired and able
• Designing, developing, implementing, operating, and evaluating overall educational programs
• Overseeing and leading the creation of learning objectives for interactive exhibits consistent with the mission and goals of the Center
• Coordinating the education components of the design and fabrication of interactive interpretive exhibits
• Fostering autonomy, authority, and accountability relative to the leadership and management of specific program areas
• Encouraging collaboration and cooperation with and among respective education staff
• Planning and administering overall education program budget
• Developing and maintaining connections with the local, state, regional, and national education and environmental education professional communities
• Developing and implementing appropriate Science Center policies, procedures and training for staff and volunteers relative to Safety and Emergency issues
• Act as Science Center Safety Coordinator:
Ordering stocking and maintaining safety and emergency medical supplies
Coordination of documentation of safety and emergency situations

Desired Qualifications:
• Bachelors Degree, Masters preferred, in education, environmental education, natural sciences, nature interpretation, environmental science or closely related field
• Minimum 8 years relevant experience in education, ideally both in the classroom and environmental education field; proven success in curriculum and program development, assessment, and evaluation. Experience with inquiry based hands-on science methods
• Minimum 5 years supervisory experience
• A commitment to team work and demonstrated success in leadership and staff
• Budget planning experience
• Excellent teacher/naturalist skills
• Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
• Computer experience including word processing, illustrated presentations, spreadsheets and databases
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented with the ability to work independently and as a team player on multiple tasks
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation
• First aid and CPR training
• Must enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions

Salary and Benefits:
• Exempt, full-time year round position involving weekend and evening hours
• Competitive salary consistent with the staffing of a non-profit organization and commensurate with experience and skills
• Health benefits provided
• Paid vacation, holidays, sick days
• Defined contribution retirement plan available immediately, with employer match after two years employment
• Short and long term disability, life insurance
• Flexible work arrangements
• SLNSC is an equal opportunity employer
• All new SLNSC employees must submit to a background check

Send letter of interest, resume, and reference contact details to:
Iain MacLeod, Executive Director

Closing Date: January 15, 2014