Education Coordinator - Community Engagement

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Mass Audubon

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Worcester, MA, United States

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14 days ago

Location: * Worcester, MA*
Sanctuary: * Broad Meadow Brook , Wachusett Meadow*
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
The Education Coordinator develops and implements middle school through young adult programming aimed at fostering and growing community partnerships in Central Massachusetts throughout Worcester County. The Community Education Coordinator will engage both internal and external stakeholders, ensure educational and outreach outcomes, and promote Mass Audubon’s mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for wildlife and people. The work will be guided by Mass Audubon’s recently approved Strategic Plan and the statewide Education Department’s program frameworks. We are looking for an experienced educator who is enthusiastic, highly motivated and dedicated to urban environmental education and climate change education, as well as dedicated to partnership building. The ideal candidate will support Mass Audubon’s commitment to equity and justice and bring a diverse range of experiences, expressions, and views to their work. BIPOC candidates and residents of Worcester County are encouraged to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities
Essential Functions:
The following items are representative of the position, including but not limited to:

  • Develop, coordinate and deliver educational programs for middle school through young adult (high school and college) audiences.
  • Create curricula, in alignment with Mass Audubon Education Department frameworks and best practices, for use in community-based environmental education that can be delivered throughout the community.
  • Work closely with a team of statewide educators and the Climate Change Education Manager to plan and coordinate the Central Region’s Youth Climate Leadership Programs.
  • Work closely with partners to co-create programming that meets their needs, the participants’ needs and furthers Mass Audubon’s mission.
  • Cultivate lasting partnerships with local schools, municipal officials, colleges, and community organizations.
  • Initiate strategies for promoting and facilitating community relations between Mass Audubon and local community leaders and identify new outreach opportunities.
  • Obtain, organize, and record all relevant data related to each program and initiative including communities served, attendance, names of partners, and feedback gathered from each program.
  • Conduct education program evaluation including formative and summative assessments, data analysis, and communication of outcomes in alignment with Mass Audubon’s education evaluation plan.
  • Assist with the planning and development of new programs and activities.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as 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:

  • Experience working with and building authentic partnerships with a variety of audiences including adults, college students, community groups, and families.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years relevant experience.
  • Ability to communicate a basic understanding of environmental concepts including climate change.
  • Fluent Spanish and/or Vietnamese or Portuguese speaker strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, students, volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and design programs that utilize culturally responsive teaching and universal program design best practices.
  • Communicate in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Strive for collaboration. Work cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.
  • Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Compensation & Benefits
The Community Engagement Coordinator is a salaried, year-round, 40 hour/week, benefit-eligible, non-exempt position. Salary range is $21.50 - $23.65 per hour, actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
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 12.5 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, Mass Audubon is committed to supporting diversity and recruiting and retaining staff that reflect the unique communities that we serve. People of color, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and military veterans are encouraged to apply.
Work Schedule:
The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work some weekends and regular evenings to meet the needs of the program and organization.
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.

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 email with subject line Education Coordinator - Community Engagement and cover letter and resume to:

Criss Nickoloff, Operations Manager
WSPJobs@massaudubon.org

Job# 3620

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.50 - $23.65 per hour