Education Manager


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Education Manager will develop, implement and oversee all educational programming for the Pascagoula River Audubon Center (PRAC), Moss Point, Mississippi.  The main objective for this individual will be to oversee all of the educational programs (e.g Coastal program, Western Rivers Program), youth-based programs, as well as providing programming specifically targeted towards families and adults. Additionally, the Education Manager will assist with daily operations of the Center/Office/Program, as well as supervise and develop full-time/part-time staff and volunteers.  Working on Saturdays will be required.

Essential Functions

•Develop a comprehensive education program and strategies that align with Center, State and National conservation plans and goals; develop conceptual frameworks, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed;
•Develop, implement, oversee and deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum appropriate for grades K-12;
•Oversee all aspects of summer camp including the development and delivery of age-appropriate conservation education curriculum;
•Manage program promotion, registration, scheduling, pre-program communication, development of props and materials, and program evaluation for both in-school programs and outdoor field trips;
•Plan and implement environmental science, field research, natural history, and ecology programs for school groups, youth, family, college students, teachers and adults;
•Maintain and develop partnerships with public and private schools along with youth organizations to cultivate youth conservation leaders and junior volunteers;
•Develop partnerships with state and federal agencies, colleges, universities, research institutions, and other conservation organizations;
•Collaborate with Center/State staff, develop effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for school, summer camps and community programs, including regular updates to the website and helping generate new and robust social media and other strategies to engage schools and the community;
•Interact and work with the general public, Audubon members, teachers and school officials, Board Members, other conservation groups and government officials;
•Serve as an ambassador for the Center and National Audubon Society throughout the community, specifically, at education conferences, meetings, advisory boards, teacher conferences, festivals and other public events;
•Work with conservation and advocacy program staff to integrate education component into each program;
•Maintain inventory, condition and organization of educational materials, supplies and equipment;
•In collaboration with Center staff, assist with fundraising efforts including organizing special events, identifying and cultivating donors, researching and writing grants proposals;
•Develop and deliver staff and volunteer educator training sessions; responsible for recruitment and marketing; communication with and stewardship of staff, interns and volunteers;
•Assist staff and volunteers in the daily operating and maintenance activities; 
•Write articles for the E-newsletter, newsletter, and other print media

Qualifications and Experience

•Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences or education or related field
•5-7 years demonstrated experience in a conservation education setting including teaching, management experience and curriculum development, or a similar combination of education and experience, required
•Demonstrated knowledge of educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation. Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred
•Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure
•Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Applications including but not limited to Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher
•Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively
•Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
•Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
•General knowledge of the natural history of the Pascagoula River region, and the ability to pass on that knowledge to members of the public through guided interpretive walks with groups and one-on-one encounters in the nature center
•Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization
•Interest, understanding and commitment to the Audubon Center at Riverlands' mission and vision
•Knowledge and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats
•General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues
•Must be willing to participate in maintenance projects and visitor services
•Ability to work long, flexible hours when needed, including weekends and evenings
•Must be willing to travel as the job requires
•Must possess a valid driver’s license

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