Lead Education Coordinator – School and Summer Environmental Education Programs

Location: Springfield, MA

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is looking for a creative, passionate, energetic, and organized Environmental Educator with strong program coordination skills and experience. This Lead Education Coordinator position works as part of a dynamic team of staff who support education efforts at our sanctuaries, regional schools, community venues, and other locations. The Lead Education Coordinator spends the majority of their time coordinating the development and implementation of core educational program(s) for the region in accordance with Mass Audubon’s Action Agenda strategic goals and Mass Audubon’s education frameworks, guidelines, and policies. Specifically, they are responsible for the coordination and oversight of the program development, registration, staffing, marketing, evaluation and budget management for K-12 school programs and youth summer, vacation, and afterschool programs. The Lead Education Coordinator supervises full-time, benefitted staff as well as seasonal/per diem educators. They develop and manage program specific budgets with support from the Education Manager, and assist with fundraising for signature education programs including grants development and implementation. The Lead Education Coordinator also spends a modest amount of time teaching education and engagement programs. 

This Lead Education Coordinator position coordinates K-12 school programs and youth summer, vacation, and afterschool programs for greater Springfield area. The program focus for this position includes summer and vacation camps (approximately 35%), afterschool programs (approximately 25%) in-school enrichment programs (approximately 40%). During the summer months this position manages camp program operations (including hiring, training and supervising summer camp staff, programming planning and implementation) and school program planning and administration. During the school year this position coordinates and implements afterschool programs and in-school enrichment programs. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Management/Supervision:

  • Plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of education programs for the Springfield area, in partnership with Springfield schools and community groups.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets, maintain records of revenue and expenses. Track expenditures against budgets and work with team members to take corrective actions, as necessary. Participate in development of regional budgets including revenue forecasts.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise full-time, part-time, and seasonal/per diem staff to support all programs.

 Education:

  • Orient program partners, participants and community members to Mass Audubon’s mission and programs. Actively engage in learning about the community needs and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate environmental education programming for K-12 school enrichment, afterschool programs, and summer programs, with demonstrated skills and ability to work with diverse groups, exercise cultural humility, and implement best practices in inclusion.
  • Oversee and contribute to the preparation and implementation of activities for community engagement, events, and other related educational activities.
  • Work in collaboration with supervisors, including Regional Education Managers and statewide Education Department to ensure adherence to relevant program standards and regulations, as well as alignment with Mass Audubon audience frameworks and instructional best practices.
  • Make suggestions for programmatic improvements based on best practices and insights gained from evaluation and assessment of programs in specific audience area.
  • Lead professional development of full-time/part-time/per diem field teachers to ensure high quality program design and instruction. Provide training, mentoring, and support for staff, interns and volunteers, as needed.
  • Coordinate and market special trainings for professional audiences, including professional development for school teachers, organized groups, and Mass Audubon staff.
  • Manage and maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority, in accordance with specific program regulations and policies. This includes preparing documentation for licenses, ACA accreditation, and state permits.
  • Participate in the planning, writing, and preparation of audience specific program catalogs, site-based informational brochures, and education related publications, including e-communications.
  • Attend regional staff meetings and actively participate in statewide education staff meetings, audience professional learning communities, and professional development trainings, as required. Depending on expertise, development professional development opportunities for education colleagues and other departmental staff.
  • Support special events, membership development, fundraising activities, and other position related duties, as needed or assigned.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Have’s:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or working towards) in biological or earth science, environmental science/studies, environmental education, nature interpretation, K-12 education, or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years of experience leading environmental education programs, or any equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • 4 or more years of prior supervisory experience of staff/volunteers.
  • 4 or more years of prior experience in budget development and management, as well as revenue forecasting and financial recordkeeping.
  • Ability to establish effective Mass Audubon presence in surrounding communities related to conservation and biodiversity of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.

Nice to Have's: 

  • Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Familiarity with the City of Springfield and/or the Springfield Public School system.
  • One or more years delivering urban environmental education programming or equivalent.
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed).

Compensation & Benefits

This is a two-year, term-limited, year-round, 40 hour/week, benefit-eligible position.

Salary range is $63,000-67,000; commensurate with experience.

Benefits and Perks:

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send letter of interest; resume; and contact information for three references to:

Dale Abrams, Regional Education Manager
Job# 3735