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Director of Education

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Milwaukee, WI


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Aug 23, 2021

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Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center has captured the attention of leaders in cities across the country. Our model of creating neighborhood-based environmental education centers energizes urban public natural areas. Located in vibrant public green spaces, our fast-growing organization serves over 200,000 people of all ages annually.  Our innovative team of cutting-edge non-profit professionals work in creative, high-energy open offices in state-of-the-art green facilities. The Urban Ecology Center serves socially and culturally diverse communities. We are committed to having a team of employees that reflect the richness and diversity of these communities.


Our team enjoys many benefits that may include a UEC membership, workplace flexibility, a generous PTO program to have time to enjoy the outdoors, wellness activities, and retirement saving plan to name a few!  All this and employees who are passionate about achieving our mission of connecting people in cities to nature and each other!


We have an opportunity to join our team and seeking a Director of Education.  Details here:


Position Summary: The Director of Education oversees the education area at Urban Ecology Center including environmental education, outdoor recreation and other community programs, volunteer engagement, and the green career pathway program.  The Director of Education reports to the Managing Director. This position guides educational program development and delivery, and educational evaluation. It supports volunteer recruitment and training. It assists with fund development, budget planning and management, membership engagement, and internal and external communication.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Program Visioning and Development

  • Provides vision and leadership for educational program goals for the education area
  • Member of the Leadership Circle that meets weekly to determine and implement long and short term plans for operation, structure and organization of the Center.
  • Facilitates the Board of Directors, staff and constituent engagement in strategic planning and major projects relating to the education area.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with local school district, and develops and maintains other partnerships as appropriate to the vision and mission of the Urban Ecology Center
  • Works with Director of Finance and Operations to develop the annual operating budget, and other budgets for the education area as needed
  • As needed, plans and guides the implementation of environmental science, field research projects, natural history and ecology programs for school groups, youth, family, college students, teachers and adults


  • Establishes cooperative arrangements and contracts with community groups and organizations.
  • Represents Urban Ecology Center programs, vision and mission to agencies, other organizations and the general public.
  • Attends and presents reports at Board meetings and Executive Committee meetings
  • Develops strong relationships with community groups, volunteers, funders and members
  • Works with the Director of Marketing and Communications to publicize Urban Ecology Center programs
  • Contributes to and assists with internal and external communications

Staff Relations and Personnel Administration

  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, training and performance management of all education area staff.
  • Directly supervises and provides general management direction to the: Environmental Education Manager, Community Programs Manager, Volunteer Program Manager, and Green Career Pathway Coordinator.
  • Supports volunteer program department in managing volunteer information systems, recruitment, training and engagement of volunteers


  • Works closely with Director of Development to align fund development effort with educational goals
  • Assists in other fund development efforts, such as cultivating donor relationships, organizing events and seeking business sponsors


  • Assists with driving duties as needed
  • On-call for overnight trips, building coverage, facility alarms, and emergencies

Work Relationships and Scope:

  • Works closely with the Board of Directors acting as liaison for the Impact Committee.
  • Represents the Urban Ecology Center in the community

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree in natural sciences, environmental education or related area required.  Master’s Degree preferred.  Education or training in environmental science, ecology, conservation, or natural history is a plus.


  • Minimum 10 years education experience including a minimum of five years teaching experience and 5 years of management.
  • Experience teaching a broad range of ages and experience working in a city.
  • Familiarity with equity, dignity and justice (or diversity, equity and inclusion) principles and practices, particularly in an educational setting.
  • Experience with social emotional learning is a plus.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have the ability to work well with Urban Ecology Center personnel, the Board of Directors, members and the public
  • Flexibility and openness in dealing with changing events and priorities
  • Organization, planning, and project management skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment
  • Ability to meet requirements of insurability under Urban Ecology Center’s vehicle policy and maintain a valid drivers license
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus
  • Consistently demonstrated ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position

Working Conditions:

Job Conditions/Work Location: Works out of all three locations, primary office is in at the Riverside Park Branch. On call for emergencies and facilities alarms.

Physical Requirements: Extended periods of computer work time, walking outdoors, and potentially using adventure equipment.

Equipment Used: Computers, projectors, vehicles, and occasionally outdoor recreation equipment, educational equipment, field ecological research equipment

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Director of Education leads areas of multiple focus with direct and indirect reports, volunteers, and seasonal employees.


The Urban Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.  It is Urban Ecology Center’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other protected status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please call 414- 964-8505 and ask for Human Resources.

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