The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Director of Teacher Professional Learning for the Education Program to be based in Annapolis, MD at the Phillip Merrill Center.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building. In 2015, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA, which is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
CBF’s education program has been operating field experiences for students of all ages since 1972. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate each year in field experiences or teacher training. The Bay and/or its tributaries are our medium and CBF environmental educators are responsible for bringing the watershed alive to students. We strive to make a lasting impression about the excitement and vulnerability of the Bay.
Each of CBF’s 15 education programs has its own individual character. We stress patient, careful, and individual observation by participants. The senses---sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch---are the most valuable tools for studying the Bay. Other tools are useful supplements: trawls, seines, cast nets, field guides, binoculars, and water chemistry equipment. We use hands-on teaching techniques to motivate and educate the students. The field experiences take place from the inner cities of Baltimore and Hampton Roads to remote Fox Island and the far reaches of the Susquehanna watershed. The education department is administered from our Annapolis office.
The education department is comprised of field programs, teacher and principal professional development, and student leadership. All of these components work closely to encourage and lead students to take action toward “Saving the Bay.”
Field educators are hired as full time, year round staff. There are two field seasons, during the fall and spring of the academic year. Summer is reserved for conducting extended trainings for teachers and students. Winter provides an opportunity for staff training and development as well as maintenance and repairs to the fleet and facilities. Instructors are hired for one of 15 field programs and work in teams of two or three. The staff continually adapts program content based upon grade/age level of students, weather, seasons, and group dynamics. This physically demanding position involves fairly frequent weekend and evening/overnight work, and year-round exposure to the elements.
The program staff is accountable for the safety of all field participants, and for keeping all equipment (buildings, boats, grounds, and/or gear) in proper working order. They ensure that all safety protocols are rigorously followed and respond to medical emergencies. The staff function as a team to plan and facilitate field experiences.
Educators promote and develop citizen knowledge about the watershed by providing unforgettable, hands-on experiences to hundreds of students and their teachers each season and inspire them with a commitment to the restoration of the Bay and its tributaries.
Essential functions include:
Coordinates all operations of the Chesapeake Classrooms teacher professional learning program and Principal Environmental Leadership Program. Supervises the Chesapeake Classrooms team and systemic initiatives staff (MD Environmental Literacy Partnership). Ensures the development and implementation of one year program plans for staff. Develops and manages systemic environmental literacy partnerships with key school systems. Serves as a member of the Director Team, Education Senior Management Team and Education Agenda Setting Team to develop goals and objectives for the department.
Oversee the Chesapeake Classrooms (CC) program:
- Supervise CC Team consisting of three staff across the watershed.
- Assess needs of staff and evaluate staff performance through annual performance evaluation process. •Manage program budget in conjunction with relevant operations staff.
- Collaborate, plan and communicate with key external partners such as the National Geographic, NOAA, and HHMI contacts.
- Develop new partnerships across the watershed region as program needs evolve.
- Ensure full recruitment of planned courses
- Ensure external communication of the project’s highlights and accomplishments through presentations and earned media (web, e-newsletters, and press releases).
- Consult with environmental and educational experts within and outside of CBF to maintain relevancy of the program.
- Coordinate long-term planning, goal-setting, and evaluation of the program with fellow directors and other relevant staff.
- Develop a cadre of Teacher Champions/Mentor Teachers
- Ensure program relevance vis-a-vis State Education Standards
- Strengthen and grow school system partnerships
- Lead and evaluate courses.
- Train educators in new elements of the program and/or state standards.
Oversee the Principal Environmental Leadership Program:
- Manage program budget in conjunction with relevant operations staff.
- Recruit Principals to fill all planned courses.
- Coordinate the staff responsible for implementing the program.
- Align principal program with other CBF Education initiatives.
- Coordinate with partner organizations to achieve program goals.
- Maintain relationships with principals and support their environmental education efforts.
- Plan and lead courses during the summer months and follow-up throughout the school year as needed.
Support Systemic Curriculum Initiatives:
- Collaborate with key project partners including school system personnel, higher education organizations, and evaluators.
- Manage contractual staff.
- Strategically plan programs to meet systemic goals.
- Coordinate systemic efforts with other CBF Education programs and resources.
- Identify funders and opportunities to support systemic efforts in conjunction with development and other Education Directors and the VP of Education.
- Develop training for education staff regarding professional learning best practices and educational trends. Collaborate with relevant staff to provide this training during annual meetings, team meetings or staff conferences.
- Contribute to grant proposal development and grant reporting.
- Participate in field programs throughout the school year in order to understand program nuances and how they relate to CC, Principal and systemic programs.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree in Education, or equivalent experience.
- At least five years of classroom teaching experience or equivalent experience.
- In-depth knowledge of environmental issues.
- Strong understanding of environmental education and field-based investigations.
- Familiarity with state and national education standards.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong project and people management skills.
- Proven ability to meet frequent deadlines.
- Experience developing curriculum.
- History of playing various roles on a team.
- Proficient in computer systems and MS Office software.
- Certification preferred in each of the following: Wilderness First Aid, CPR. (These certifications will be required as part of employment if not current).
- Able to use water testing, aquaculture, and related equipment.
- Note: Overnight and extended travel required.
To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 16, 2015 to:
Laura Burrell Baxter, Director of Education Operations
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.