Full-Time Education Coordinator
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
The Great Lakes Regional Center (GLRC) is a leader in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes as well as the Ohio River and the Upper Mississippi River. Our programs include Great Lakes restoration, water policy and programs and climate resilience as well as education, youth and habitat programs. The GLRC boasts a positive team atmosphere and is highly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. To further support our mission, we seek a highly motivated Education Coordinator based in Detroit and reporting to our Regional Education Manager (in our regional headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI).
In this role you will work with the Regional Education Manager and the Habitat & Education Coordinator to launch and grow a new on-the-ground education program for high school students in Detroit, MI. Many Detroit youth face significant challenges as a result of a highly stressed educational system and limited job/career opportunities. This program will offer high school students green/sustainable career exploration opportunities and skills development in collaboration with community partners through a combination of after school and summer-based programming to expand opportunities. Through an innovative school hub model, this effort will bring together teams of teachers, students, and community partners to carry out student-driven, collaborative, sustainability-focused projects.
The program aims to work with Detroit high school students to develop and apply knowledge and problem-solving skills to create healthier ecosystems and more socially just and livable communities. The three primary program goals are: 1) to inspire and better equip Detroit youth for community and environmental leadership; 2) to support self-sustaining networks of usable green spaces throughout the city, integrated with current plans and efforts; 3) to cultivate future leaders through mentorship opportunities, hands-on community based experiences, and highlighting green job/career paths, thus preparing participants for higher education and beyond.
Central to this role is the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with individuals, schools, and organizations. This program is new and while a framework has been developed you will have an opportunity to shape and grow the program.
Your major areas of responsibility:
•Lead implementer for new NWF Detroit high schooler education and outreach program;
•Build partnerships with Detroit schools and community organizations and seek and develop opportunities for collaborative engagement;
•Coordinate and collaborate with teachers, schools, and community organizations to support student-driven project development and implementation for new NWF-led program;
•Build partnerships with existing and highly successful summer programs for high school students in Detroit;
•Develop/coordinate experiences for program participants focused on career and skills development in the environment/sustainability realm;
•Plan and implement an annual community celebration/event in Detroit to showcase students’ collaborative work with community partners;
•Assist in identifying new opportunities and building relationships by attending community events;
•Identify opportunities to link with other NWF work in Detroit and throughout the region as appropriate;
•Assist with outdoor project planning and implementation; and
•Perform other duties in Detroit and beyond as assigned.
•Professional experience working with high school students (either informal or formal education)
•Preference for experience in Detroit Public Schools or other urban public school district
•Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people
•Ability to take initiative and produce results as demonstrated by experience in launching projects or programs
•Passion for the preservation and protection of wildlife and supporting the development of sustainable communities
•Professionalism, with superior interpersonal abilities, communications, and excellent time management and organization skills
•Solid team building skills as demonstrated through work with students and/or community organizations
•Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
The majority of the work will take place in Detroit, MI. The Education Coordinator will be expected to spend approximately one day each week at the NWF Great Lakes Regional Center office in Ann Arbor, MI.
The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019.
The salary range is $40,000 – $45,000 and will be set according to experience.
Diversity at the National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. To live up to our values of collaboration, empowerment, inclusivity, mindfulness, and a focus on our mission, we believe:
•We are better collaborators and will only achieve our mission if our staff and partners reflect the full diversity of our country, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, and political philosophy.
•We can carry out our work with greater mindfulness and inclusivity if we recognize the social, economic, and political contexts that shaped the early environmental and conservation movements, and resulted in cultural biases that permeate our institutions today. Only by understanding and addressing these biases will we justly and equitably engage with one another while pursuing our conservation goals.
•We work more effectively by empowering staff, affiliates, members, and partners to support and ensure that this commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice is incorporated into our vision, organizational structure, budget, and work.
We recognize the urgency of this work and are committed to the ongoing changes that are necessary to fully incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into our structure and values to fulfill our mission.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
How to ApplyThe National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted. Interested candidates should apply online and submit a resume as well as a cover letter stating: •interest in the position; •qualifications for the position; •describe briefly your experience with or interest in working high schools students and/or teachers through formal or informal education programs; and •answer the question “what does diversity mean to you?” https://recruiting.ultipro.com/NAT1047NWF/JobBoard/1ca8346a-33cc-401d-90d9-d7f752fdfd7d/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=26c9038e-5cbc-4826-99c5-fc0b7fa3e257&sourceId=c33e0b37-3ca9-47da-a5ba-e9a45287443b
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