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7 Feb 2023

Full-Time Youth Action for the Planet Program Coordinator

California Academy of Sciences – Posted by Calacademy San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

About the Opportunity
The California Academy of Sciences seeks a highly creative and organized program manager to design and implement a new initiative that will empower teenagers around the world to tackle pressing science and environmental challenges. Reporting to the Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, the Manager of Youth Action for the Planet will develop and oversee a strategic plan to launch a network of chapters in which teens initiate environmental action projects that regenerate the natural world. Our theory of change is that by participating in this global network, teens will contribute to biodiversity science research and conservation, strengthen their environmental literacy and advocacy skills, and collaborate to make a lasting positive impact on the planet. The program manager will solicit input from key audiences and collaborators to inform program design, identify and pursue strategic partnerships, and lead operations from inception to implementation. This full-time (40 hours per week) grant-funded position is guaranteed for a term of 3 years, with the possibility of extension, depending on available funding and program needs. This position oversees programming for students during out-of-school time, therefore candidates must be available to work on weekday afternoons, weekday evenings, and some weekends.

Organizational Culture
Join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values! Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for ReefsThriving California, and Islands 2030 – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications for the position.

This position is based in San Francisco, California. Staff are currently expected to work from the Academy offices at least 2-3 times per week, which may fluctuate based on business needs. Please do not apply if you are not able to work onsite. Candidates are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, including receiving a booster shot, as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Director of EL&YE to develop a 5-year strategic plan for designing and scaling Youth Action for the Planet; launch at least one pilot chapter at the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Coordinate and convene listening sessions with project partners, cross-functional teams, and other appropriate audiences to inform program design.
  • Lead the development of key program components and resources; source and adapt existing resources for culturally responsive environmental learning and action.
  • Develop, cultivate, and manage collaborations with implementation and scaling partners, and with industry experts.
  • Collaborate on internal and external evaluation plans; contribute to the development of program goals and evaluation instruments.
  • Oversee the implementation and operations of the program and network.
  • Facilitate connections and broaden access to funding, supplies, and other resources for learning and action.
  • Manage the program budget.
  • Determine a staffing model to accomplish program goals.
  • Provide up-to-date program statistics and stories of impact for fundraising and marketing efforts; inform, and/or review grant proposals as needed.
  • Represent the Academy internally and externally, locally and nationally. May need to travel for business.
  • Contribute broadly to the Academy’s mission and assist with projects and initiatives that leverage strengths across the Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement portfolio.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations and complete all HR-assigned trainings.
  • Support the Academy’s mission, vision and Academy-wide initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have the following:


  • Three (3) years of experience managing program design and expansion, preferably in a museum or informal science education institution
  • Three (3) years of experience working with groups of teenagers
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices for environmental education, youth development, and teen-led civic action
  • Experience developing environmental learning resources
  • Experience creating and maintaining productive partnerships with external collaborators
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience creating and maintaining productive partnerships
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers


  • Commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; ability to welcome and honor diverse perspectives, values, and identities
  • Excellent leadership skills and commitment to positive team dynamics
  • Excellent public speaking, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and implement efficient work strategies
  • Ability to co-develop and execute an evidence-informed project plan from concept to implementation; knowledge of design thinking a plus
  • Adapts and maintains flexibility in changing and fast-paced environments
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Google apps
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Cantonese a plus

Physical Environment
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to work at a computer communicating with others in person, on the telephone, and online.
  • May perform repetitive motions at least 50% of the time.
  • May need to transport up to 25 lbs of equipment or materials with assistance.

Compensation and Benefits
Hiring range: $79K – $89K
Schedule: This full-time (40 hours per week) grant-funded position is guaranteed for a term of 3 years, with the possibility of extension, depending on available funding and program needs. This position oversees programming for students during out-of-school time, therefore candidates must be available to work on weekday afternoons, weekday evenings, and some weekends.

Starting salary will vary based on experience and relevant skills/knowledge set.
The Academy offers a total compensation package that emphasizes both base salary and comprehensive benefits.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will happen on a rolling basis until the position is filled

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please upload your resume and complete the brief online application, including a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for this role on our careers page.

Job Types: Full-Time.

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