Established in 1959, the mission of the Museum is to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world through its special focus on environmental education. Located in Cornwall, NY, just north of West Point, it is the leading provider of nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley with over 35,000 visitor connections each year. It uses its living collections of native animals, natural habitats and trails to present a wide variety of programs for people of all ages at its two locations, at a river front site on the Hudson River and off-site at schools, camps, libraries and in partnership with other non-profit organizations in the region. Museum programs are characterized as inquiry-based, interactive, friendly and informal and reflect a desire to help people have positive outdoor experiences.
We are seeking a dynamic, professional and motivating leader for the role of Education Director with an understanding of and commitment to conservation and environmental awareness as well as an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. He or she will serve as a member of the HHNM educational leadership team to guide the smooth operation of the organization and ensure that programming supports the mission and strategic plan.
• Management of a cohesive, comprehensive and focused scope of diverse mission-driven programs in environmental and outdoor education.
• Direct responsibility for the development, implementation, and evaluation of school programs including field trips, in-school programs, after-school enrichment, scouts, and the home school audience. These responsibilities include review, development and design of programs for schools to meet core standards; cultivation of key partnerships which may include grant sourcing; promotion of the Museum as a regional leader in environmental education.
• Management of the HHNM summer science and nature camp. Responsible for the direction, design, staffing and operation of the summer camp in accordance with Orange County Department of Health regulations. Summer program responsibilities include program contracts for environmental education for other area camps and youth groups.
• Cooperatively responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programs for the public both at HHNM and off site, adult programs, special events, and birthday parties.
• Responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, inspiring and evaluating relevant staff including two full time education staff, and numerous part-time staff, and, at times internship and volunteer staff. Coordinate and identify staff development opportunities.
• Position includes teaching responsibilities, particularly for programs that are being developed for schools, public programs and teacher education programs. Teaching takes place on site both in and outdoors, in classrooms and off site
• Responsible to oversee the development and systematic maintenance of program curricula files, educational tools and materials, and training tools and materials.
• Cultivate key partnerships with other organizations, including environmental organizations, to establish HHNM as a leader in environmental education. Promote meetings to identify needs and program opportunities.
• Collaborate in annual budget preparation and participate in realizing the financial success of HHNM. Responsible for program budget and ordering/purchasing of education supplies.
• Marketing responsibilities include designing and implementing strategy for marketing to schools and scouts, writing program descriptions and lead article for seasonal bulletin, acting as HHNM spokesman at events and for media interviews, and in cooperation with Marketing Manager, communicating on behalf of HHNM in social media and coordinating program photographs.
• Responsible for accurate and complete program record-keeping including participant contact information in coordination with Operations Manager.
• Work with Executive Director and Development Manager for grant requests and program reports.
• Bachelors Degree, Masters preferred, in education, environmental education, education, natural sciences, nature interpretation, environmental science or closely related field.
• Minimum 8 years relevant experience in education, ideally both in the classroom and environmental education field; proven success in curriculum and program development, assessment, and evaluation. Experience with inquiry based hands-on science methods.
• Minimum 5 years supervisory experience.
• A commitment to team work and demonstrated success in leadership and staff management.
• Budget planning experience
• Excellent teacher/naturalist skills (knowledge of NY State region desired)
• Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills.
• Computer experience including word processing, illustrated presentations, spreadsheets and databases.
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented with the ability to work independently and as a team player on multiple tasks.
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
• First aid and Water Safety training desirable.
• Must enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions.
• All HHNM employees must submit to a background check.
Reports to the Executive Director. Works closely with the education leadership team including the Director of the Wildlife Education Center and Director of the Young Naturalist Preschool. Participates on the education committee which includes members of the Board of Trustees.
Salary and Benefits:
• Exempt, full-time, permanent, involves weekend and evening hours
• Position carries a wage consistent with the staffing of a non-profit organization and commensurate with experience and skills.
• Health benefits provided. HHNM pays 75%, employee pays 25% of health insurance premiums
• Paid vacation, personal leave and holidays
• Retirement benefit program is available after two years employment
• The Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
Closing Date: Open until filled
To Apply: Submit by email, resume and a letter describing qualifications and explaining your educational philosophy to Jacqueline L. Grant, Executive Director. firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call.