Environmental Education Director

Company / Organization: 
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Compensation: 
45,000 - 50,000
Educational Requirements: 
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Job Description: 

Environmental Education Director Job Description

Title: Environmental Education Director
Reports to: Executive Director
FTE: 1.0
Pay Scale: Salaried/Exempt; Total annual compensation including benefits $45,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience

Position Summary:
West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s (WMEAC) Environmental Education Director (EED) will work collaboratively with the organization’s diverse stakeholders to deliver WMEAC-branded environmental education (EE) opportunities and products throughout West Michigan. WMEAC is a regional organization serving multiple constituents in West Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes basin; the EED is required to manage multiple projects and has responsibilities in both planning and action. The EED reports to the Executive Director and is supported by the Environmental Education Coordinator and WMEAC interns.

Specific Responsibilities:
● Manage the growth and implementation of WMEAC’s Environmental Education Programs including; Teach for the Watershed, Zero Waste in Landfill, and Teach for our Energy Future
● Communicate with community organizations, educators, administrators, curriculum specialists, scientists, and businesses
● Update curricula to maintain current educational standards and place-based learning
● Work with marketing/communications staff to promote and publicize programs in multiple media
● Engage with WMEAC’s IDEAL (Inclusion and Development of Environmental Allies and Leaders) Committee to incorporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices into Environmental Education programming
● Coordinate staffing of educational programs
● Design and administer educational workshops
● Update curricula to include age-appropriate introduction to Environmental Justice principles and frameworks (training/professional development will be offered for this responsibility)
● Supervise environmental education coordinator and other staff on occasion
● Oversee educational volunteer outreach and training
● Oversee management of educational materials and supplies
● Deliver fee-based environmental education; matching of community needs with funding opportunities
● Collaborate with the other directors on program development and delivery, grant-writing, and regular reporting
● Maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with school districts, units of government, and other environmental/conservation organizations
● Work to ensure the continued sustainability of WMEAC and its programs

Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, or environmental education; equivalent professional experience will also be considered
● At least two (2) years of experience in teaching or working with youth in an educational setting, nonprofit or educational program/project management
● Experience working on grants; Principal Investigator or lead grant manager and reporting on deliverables for state/federal/privately funded programs/projects preferred
● Background with regional watershed, water quality, and stormwater policy issues; field experience preferred
● Experience growing and developing programs in a fiscally sustainable manner
● Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking
● Experience working collaboratively with staff, team members, and partners
● Strong organizational skills
● Spanish language skills are preferred but not required
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office
● Must have current driver’s license
● Commitment to protecting the environment

Directions to Apply:
Applicants must submit resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. Please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Contact Information: 
Applicants must submit resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. Please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.