Head, Education and Outreach

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Singapore, Singapore

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26 days ago

Position title: Head, Education and Outreach

Reports to: Deputy Director of Conservation

About World Wide Fund for Nature, Singapore (WWF)

WWF-Singapore is a Singapore-registered charity, a network member of WWF International – one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF-Singapore protects critical resources for people in Singapore by driving change across government, business, civil society and local communities. To meet key conservation goals, we address issues such as deforestation, haze pollution, seafood sustainability and illegal wildlife trade in Singapore and around the region. We deliver transformational corporate partnerships, fundraising to execute local and global conservation programmes and projects and community outreach to achieve WWF’s global goals for food, forests, oceans, water, wildlife, and climate and energy. As one of WWF’s global hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network that spans over 100 countries.

Major Functions

The post holder is responsible for managing team members of the education & outreach arm of the Conservation and Science Department within WWF Singapore. The education & outreach team aims to bring conservation and sustainability education and awareness to various stakeholders in Singapore. The post holder will lead our flagship education and outreach programmes and a suite of outdoor nature-based programmes with support from other team members. This role will also involve creation and curation of content, management of day-to-day administration of all team activities, have oversight of staff who variously manage volunteers, citizen science, youth programmes and public/corporate programmes. You will be involved in work across the organisation - including but not limited to Operations, Fundraising and Communications, Policy and Advocacy in developing and delivering high quality education and outreach programmes to educational institutions, corporations, and the public.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead the Education & Outreach team.
  • Create and implement team workplans.
  • Strategize, create and implement our flagship education and outdoor nature-based programmes (e.g. Eco-Schools, #WeGotThis) with staff and volunteers.
  • Oversee, develop and deliver with the team, high quality science-based content on nature conservation and sustainability including talks, workshops, training, nature guiding, educational materials, exhibitions, citizen science surveys.
  • Guide and support the development of a robust volunteer engagement programme. Train volunteers to execute quality engagements.
  • Manage MoU partnership commitments.
  • Monitor engagement requests from internal teams and external partners; prioritise and manage a calendar of engagement activities and coordinate their execution with staff.
  • Recruit, train and supervise vendors to ensure high quality.
  • Liaise with schools, tertiary institutions, universities, corporates, public and ministries for the various educational and outreach endeavors of WWF.
  • Train staff, volunteers, students, partners, teachers as needed to ensure that they are equipped with knowledge, materials to assist &/or leverage on the education outreach programmes/initiatives.
  • Liaise with the media in partnership with the communications team when required.
  • Formulate and review long & short-term strategies and operation plans for educational outreach. This will include both traditional and non-traditional approaches including leveraging on new and social media to expand educational outreach efforts.
  • Ensure and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies and recommend renewal plans accordingly.
  • Conceptualize, budget for, and implement existing and new programmes.
  • Maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders such as education practitioners including principals, teachers, administrators, sponsors, partner organisations, advocates etc. This will include developing collaborative relationships with new partners, including government and non-governmental organisations, youth groups, youth-centric commercial brands etc.

Profile:

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or related fields.
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience, with at least 3 or more years of working experience in a managerial role.
  • Experience in the education and outreach field preferred.
  • Event management experience essential.
  • Experience in managing, mentoring and leading staff and volunteers.
  • Proven success in the development and execution of strategies and project plans.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, especially environmental non-government organizations, is highly advantageous.

Required skills and competencies:

  • Be a self-starter with a high level of drive.
  • Ability to conduct training, group facilitation and hands-on engagement.
  • Good organization and interpersonal skills with ability to function in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of native Singapore flora and fauna and experience in citizen science coordination will be a plus.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and competent at office management software e.g. spreadsheets, presentations, databases.
  • Flexible, resourceful and able to perform despite tight schedules.
  • Strong stakeholder focus and is service-oriented.
  • Able to manage the job independently and proactively with an eye for detail.
  • Have a passion for environmental issues, nature, advocacy and change.
  • Adhere to WWF’s values, which are: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to hr@wwf.sg by 16th May, with position title in the subject line.