BLACK PINE ANIMAL SANCTUARY IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY, NON-PROFIT EMPLOYER.
Mission: To provide a refuge to captive-raised exotic animals while educating, advocating, and building awareness about animal welfare.
Vision: To be a sanctuary of distinction focusing on exotic animal welfare and education.
BROAD FUNCTION: The Education Coordinator – oversees all aspects of the educational programming, including but not limited to onsite and offsite activities, educational materials, and event coordination. Assists with training tour guides/docents/volunteers and delivering educational messages via community engagement, public appearances, and social media. Maintains a good working relationship with other staff, interns, and volunteers, along with the Director, encourages teamwork, a positive working atmosphere, and good communication, and oversees the selection, training, supervision, and development of education staff. This position is a member of the leadership team.
TITLE: Education Coordinator
SUMMARY: Develops and maintains a comprehensive educational program for the agency.
Establishes core curriculum and key messages for all educational activities; manages all educational volunteers; coordinates all educational activities; and assists Communication
Director of marketing and public relations.
- Bachelor’s degree
- One year of experience directly in education
- Knowledge of environmental/conservation education concepts
- General computer proficiency
- Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable
- Ability to interact with diverse public and volunteer base
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Attention to detail
- Professional work habits
- Passion for animals/environmental education
- Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field
- Three years of experience directly in environmental/conservation education
- Marketing and presentation skills
- Project management skills/experience
- Entrepreneurial, with the ability to take the initiative while remaining open to the ideas of others
- Bilingual in Spanish
- Indiana driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and a vehicle OR other readily available transportation
- Clean criminal history check
- Three business references
- Indoor office environment; outdoor activities; some activities at other venues of any variety
- Exposure to confined wild animals, with fur dander and waste
- Occasionally, long hours and stressful environment
- Flexible work hours – occasionally requiring work on weekends, holidays, and evenings.
- Exposure to humidity, adverse weather, and hot and cold weather during outdoor activities and events.
- Must be able to communicate via radio and telephone
- Must be able to operate a computer and other office productivity equipment
- Must be able to remain in a stationary position for at least 50% of the time
- Must be able to exchange accurate information with other staff members, volunteers, and the public
- Must be able to detect roaring, screaming, thunder, lightning, and funnel clouds
- Must be CPR-certified
- Must be familiar with basic first aid
- Commits to the mission, values, and philosophy of the organization
- Prioritizes the needs and welfare of the animals
- Promotes the organization and its cause at every opportunity
- Represents the organization in a professional manner
- Promotes quality customer service to all the organization’s constituents
- In partnership with the management team, plan the annual education calendar of events
Onsite Educational Programs
- Assists in training and evaluating all Tour Guides and education volunteers.
- Oversees development of tour guide/docent educational information and materials
- Schedules workshops, day camps, educational outreach opportunities, community exhibits and presentations
- Develops core curriculum for all onsite and offsite educational activities
- In coordination with the animal care team, oversee the planning and implementation of Hot Summer Nights educational activities.
- Develops and manages summer camps and workshops for kids and oversees adult workshops and day camps.
- Develops educational programs and activities for kids
- Oversees the development of and production of educational video programs
- Responsible for virtual field trips and school presentations
- Continually evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of each educational activity and discontinues, reorganizes, or builds upon as needed
- Track and measure program outcomes as needed for grants, fund development, and reporting
- Oversees the onboarding of volunteers
- Coordinates with other staff members to coordinate volunteer training
Offsite Educational Programs
- Train, schedule, manage, and evaluate all community presenters
- Develop core curriculum for all offsite educational activities.
- Build a client list for community presentations.
- Develop and maintain community presentation exhibits and educational equipment, props, and supplies.
- Work closely with the animal care team and Communications Director to develop website and social media educational strategies.
- Develop educational content for the website.
- Assist the Communications Director in developing ways to utilize social media to educate
- In collaboration with the Communications Director, market Field Trips and Field Trips to Go to public and private schools, Y groups, scout groups, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.
- In collaboration with the Communications Director, market community presentations to civic groups, universities, neighborhoods, church groups, etc.
- Maintains office files in such a way as to ensure that, in an absence, the designee can locate necessary documents/items and/or fulfill responsibilities
- Evaluate, propose, and monitor other strategies for education
- Act as Project Manager for educational facility signage, displays, and props
- Attend all regularly scheduled staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, and events as required
Interested applications should email a resume with three business references to firstname.lastname@example.org