The Programs Director will provide leadership and training in interpretive and environmental education program delivery while collaborating with other staff, interns, volunteers, and organizational partners. This position will create, design, and deliver interpretive and educational programs as well as supervise seasonal staff.
POSITION: PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
POSITION TYPE: Full Time / Exempt
REPORTS TO: Woolman at Sierra Friends Center Director
College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) Vision
The College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) envisions peace and justice achieved through learning and service.
The Woolman Outdoor School Vision
We envision a world where people cultivate thriving, healthy communities that support all life. College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) Mission
The mission of the College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) is to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability and social action. Our programs reflect our vision of peace and justice through learning and service for people of all ages—children, youth, adults and families.
The Woolman Outdoor School Mission
We provide meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment that incorporate scientific inquiry, personal reflection and community building.
Participants return to their school environments with a deeper understanding of themselves and of the natural world along with collaborative strategies leading to more effective teamwork.
College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) Values
The College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA)embraces the Friends belief that “there is that of God in every person.” Quaker values are promoted through our search for truth as we listen to the Spirit within. Those values are embodied in Friends testimonies, among which are included: peace, simplicity, unity, community, integrity, and equality.
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Woolman at Sierra Friends Center is looking to expand our current educational opportunities while maintaining ongoing quality programming. This position will offer a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to provide vision and direction to an established non- profit in the realm of high-quality education for all ages, including highly diverse participant populations. Programs include the Woolman Outdoor School, Camp Woolman, Teen Leadership Camp, and the Jorgensen School for Nonviolence.
The Programs Director will provide leadership and training in justice-based and environmental education program delivery while collaborating with other staff, interns, volunteers, and organizational partners. This person holding this position will create, design, and deliver interpretive and educational programs as well as supervise seasonal and other staff.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND BACKGROUND:
- A Bachelor of Science degree or higher (or equivalent experience) in education natural science, or a closely related field.
- Extensive experience (2 or more years) as interpreter/educator who creates and delivers programs in camping, hiking, backpacking, recreational activities, informal science, environmental education, justice education, and/or natural history interpretation. Experience with diverse populations, including low-income and disadvantaged youth. Racially literate, gender inclusive and committed to equality in all areas.
- Experience with interpretive and educational curriculum planning, evaluation, and training. Experience providing direction and leadership to staff, including motivational techniques and training methods.
- Outdoor leadership skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sierra Nevada northern mountain range area through recreational use preferred.
- Ability to maintain daily and other periodic reports.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
- Ability to work legally in the United States.
- Able to pass a background check and drug screening as requested.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Knowledge of the California State Board of Education Core Curriculum.
- Experience in inquiry-based STEM/STEAM/NGSS outdoor education.
- Knowledge of Paolo Fiere based pedagogy
- Background in justice education
- Willingness and ability to work in a dynamic environment, in a team setting.
- Willingness and ability to work in a variety of weather conditions and challenging environments.
- Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
- Preference given to a proven track record in connecting stewardship and environmental education.
- Willingness and ability to backpack and hike at an intermediate level.
- Enthusiasm for working with volunteers.
- Mature and positive attitude. Professionalism and good communication skills.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings. Work may be performed during challenging weather conditions, and may require physical labor including: hiking, walking, lifting, bending, reaching.
- Ability to sit for long periods of time while also performing typing duties on a computer.
- Ability to walk and hike on a variety of terrain
- Ability to lift and carry objects of moderate weight.
- Ability to lift, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, push and other strenuous activities.
- 40 hours per week.
- Typically, Monday – Friday, but frequent weekend or occasional evening work will be required. Overtime will not be permitted unless expressly approved by the Executive Director.
Program Delivery and Oversight:
- Deliver year-round educational programing, including but not limited to Camp Woolman, Teen Leadership Camp, the Woolman Outdoor School and other outdoor education programs as may be developed.
- Supervise and implement all program components for the Jorgensen School for Nonviolence Work directly with the Operations Manager and under direction from the Executive Director to create and implement education programming.
- Supervises the ongoing training and development of seasonal staff members and volunteers. Responsible for curriculum development, program coordination and program delivery.
- Conduct evaluations of programs and builds annual proposals for changes.
- Monitor and manage compliance with grant requirements to adhere to specific requirements. Establishes and manages relationships with local and regional schools and will deliver programs for these schools.
- Must be comfortable speaking to large groups of people for assemblies, meetings and presentations.
- Provides regular feedback to the Director of program needs.
- Tracks and reports all program outcomes throughout the year.
- Follows scheduling guidelines and grant initiatives.
- Occasional program support for events such as the Salmon 10K Run, donor events, etc.
- Must be able to articulate Woolman’s mission and describe education and stewardship programs to the public.
- Responsible for assisting with the mid and end of year reporting requirements. Sends periodic reports to the Director.
- Attend Board committee meetings as requested.
- Follows safety management plans and initiates safe practices throughout the year.
- Acknowledgment: This job description describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.
Please send a resume and letter of interest to:
Amy Cooke, Executive Director