Apr 01, 2022
In Jobs in Farm-Based Education
www.connollyranch.org Position Overview: The Education Director Position is a director position within Connolly Ranch Education Center based in Napa, California, an organization committed to connecting children and families to nature through farm-based education and encouraging the next generation of environmental stewards. Connolly Ranch Education Center (CREC) is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to instill children of all ages with a deep respect for the environment; a strong understanding of farming and sustainable agriculture; and a love for the natural world. The Education Director oversees the development and delivery of high-quality education within CREC’s outdoor classrooms (Farm, Garden and Wild Spaces) in the following areas: early childhood programs, seasonal camps, K-12 outdoor education, field trips, team building retreats and community education. Leadership ● A warm leader who exudes confidence and care for others, and who builds enduring relationships. A thought leader and strategic thinker. ● A visionary, someone who will not only lead our programs, but continue to grow, improve and refine our educational models, strategies and program design. ● A person oriented toward the greater good of the organization and the natural environment. ● Someone with a respectful and accessible leadership style, comfortable with situations of ambiguity, and able to easily relate to a wide range of constituencies. ● A highly competent team player who finds enjoyment in the workplace, and who is honest, open and balanced. ● Someone with a high degree of emotional intelligence. Program Management The four main programs that the Education Director oversees include (1) Early Childhood Education Programs (Parent/Child, Earthlings and Explorers Playschools) (2) K-12 Educational Programs (Outdoor After School, school field trips and retreats (3) Seasonal Camps (4) Community Educational Programs. ● Deliver upon the educational goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and measurables in CREC’s 2021 - 2026 Strategic Plan. ● Plan, schedule, staff, and direct all logistics of our four main programs, making sure to align with Napa Valley Unified school calendar along with other community needs (private schools, charter schools, homeschools, etc). ● Seamlessly work alongside educators in-program to provide support and guidance. ● Supervise all program staff including lead, year-round and seasonal educators. ● Responsible for staffing programs appropriately and abiding by the organization's educator-to-child ratios. ● Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating all program staff. ● Conduct annual performance reviews for all educators. ● Attend weekly managers meetings, monthly all staff meetings and facilitate lead educator meetings. ● Plan and organize seasonal staff training and/or workshops. ● Responsible for implementing all American Camp Association (ACA) standards to ensure the organization’s ACA accreditation. Program Curriculum ● Oversee the implementation of the Hourglass Model of Learning and Relationships into educational programs and curriculum. ● Oversee the curriculum calendar and work closely with lead educators to ensure programs are following and implementing monthly themes. ● Collaborate closely with the Farm and Facilities team in order to integrate sustainable practices into the program curriculum. ● Ensure that curriculum and weekly lesson plans are documented and uploaded into the central drive. Communication and Outreach ● Produce weekly and monthly newsletters to share and inform parents and community about CREC’s educational pedagogy and approach. ● Work with the Executive Director and Administrative Manager to market and launch seasonal registrations to schools and the community. ● Build strong parent partnerships through thoughtful communication and support educators in delivering sensitive or challenging information. ● Outreach, cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, outdoor education partners (Farm Based Education Network, Children & Nature Network) and other groups to raise CREC’s profile and develop new partnerships. ● Review and summarize community and parent evaluation feedback, and make appropriate program improvements. Administrative ● Work with the Executive Director to prepare and monitor the annual budget and develop forecasts. ● Manage program registration platform and work with the Executive Director and Finance Manager to ensure accurate payments, bank deposits, and AR. ● Other duties as assigned. Skills ● 5+ years of experience in educational program management, staff supervision, nonprofit work environments and mentorship. ● Previous experience with education planning, program scheduling, program evaluation, curriculum development, partnership building, database entry, and public speaking ● Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral. ● Excellent organizational and time management skills. ● Experience managing a budget. ● Demonstrated ability to function well as a team member. ● Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office programs. ● Bachelor's degree and progressively responsible work experience in related fields. ● Enthusiasm for working in a ranch environment with nontraditional offices. Values & Guiding Principles The Education Director must be able to embody and model CREC’s Values and Guiding principles outlined in the 5-year Strategic Plan. Working Conditions ● Ability to work in all-weather elements. ● Able to sit and work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time. ● Able to stoop, kneel, bend at the waist and reach on a daily basis. ● Able to perform general office administrative activities: copying, filing, and keeping electronic records. ● Able to lift and move up to 50 pounds occasionally. Salary: Based on experience NOTE: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with this job. If interested, please email email@example.com Thank you!