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Education Program Manager

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The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

The Mountaineers is seeking an energetic and hardworking Education professional, who is passionately committed to the mission of promoting outdoor education, conservation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest. The Mountaineers is seeking to grow existing programs and establish new youth and family programs during the next few years. The new Education Program Manager will have the opportunity to lead the organization in creating its youth programs. This will be a new leadership position within in the organization and the right individual will play a lead role in developing curriculum and programs, establishing new partnerships, hiring and managing temporary staff and planning the annual program calendar. The ideal candidate must be able to plan, strategize, manage, implement and work independently with minimal oversight. Some evening and weekend work is required. The first year of this position will be demanding as it will require creating and building brand new programs as well as oversight of ongoing programs.

The Organization
The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the wild areas and peaks in the Pacific Northwest. The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field and in the community and has over nine thousand five hundred members with branches from Olympia to Bellingham. Our dedicated staff, members and volunteers are deeply committed to successfully accomplishing our mission. Each year over 700 volunteers deliver outdoor skill courses to 2,500 students and lead over 2,000 recreational trips. In addition we advocate for access and protection of recreation lands. Last year we helped protect 30,000 acres of public land in Washington state. The organization also publishes more than 500 outdoor recreation and conservation advocacy books via its Publishing Division. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people by helping them explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the wild lands and waters of the Northwest. The Mountaineers has a staff of 30 employees (14 employees at the program center where this job is located) and an annual operating budget of four million dollars. For further information, please visit The Mountaineers at www.mountaineers.org. The site offers in-depth information about The Mountaineers organization, its activities, programs, and mission.

Key Responsibilities
The Education Manager reports to the Mountaineers Executive Director and is responsible for directing the Mountaineers’ staff-led educational programs and educational administrative needs including:
- Trailhead Program (introductory adult education program): Continue to grow existing trailhead programs aimed at providing introductory experiences for beginner outdoors people. Plan and implement curriculum. Coordinate registration, scheduling and marketing. Recruit, train and supervise and evaluate trailhead seasonal staff and volunteers. Track and evaluate program impact and success.
- Youth and Family Programs: Create and establish new youth education programs. Develop, plan, organize, conduct and evaluate recreation, conservation and environmental education specific classes for youth of all ages. This curriculum will be delivered as full day and half day field trips to local schools, weekend day programs and extended summer camp programs. Coordinate registration, scheduling and marketing of youth programs including schools, youth groups and families. Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate seasonal staff and volunteers. Establish and facilitate relationships/ collaborations with relevant partners including local schools, youth and community organizations. Establish and manage a youth programs task force or committee. Create youth camp curriculum and program for Summer 2011.
- Safety and risk management: support safety committee and work with managing committee towards establishing minimum standards for educational courses.
- Manage budget and develop funds as necessary to conduct above programs: Develop annual budget and fund development plan. Write grant proposals and follow-up with needed reports, plan and implement special events, develop donors with the assistance of the development team.
- Train and supervise Mountaineers climb wall volunteers: Create and administer certification program for climbing wall leaders.
- Education Editor: Contribute to The Mountaineers publications and act as the education editor for the Mountaineer magazine and website.

Candidate Requirements
The position requires demonstrated skill, experience and success in the following areas:
- Bachelors degree in education with a focus on natural science, outdoor recreation; BA in Recreation and Leisure Services with an emphasis on curricula development and youth education or related field. Masters degree preferred.
- Minimum 3 years experience teaching people from diverse backgrounds in multidisciplinary topics including natural science, math, art, social studies, recreational skills or activities and environmental education.
- At least 3 years experience supervising non-formal and/ or seasonal educators in addition to significant experience managing and working with volunteers.
- Administrative experience in budgeting, resources development and marketing.
- Experience leading groups in outdoor experiences, day and multi-day experience preferred
- Proven ability to develop and deliver creative, outdoor curriculum for young children, teens, families and adults at all levels.
- Current CPR and Standard First Aid required; Wilderness First Responder certification preferred. Leave No Trace and Belay certification preferred.
- Able to provide own transportation to off-site programs; driving record with no moving violations.
- Must consent to criminal background check.
- Able to lift and carry 15lb boxes of program equipment and supplies.
- Ability to use all MS Office applications.

The successful candidate will possess the following competencies:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a sense of humor.
- A passion for the outdoors. Climbing or mountaineering experience is a plus.
- Collaborative, hard working, resourceful and creative.
- Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
- Desire to work in a small nonprofit work environment.
- Well organized, plans ahead, takes individual initiative, sets and follows through on priorities.
- Excellent people manager.
- Accountable- holds self and others accountable for performance.
- Fiscally responsible and results oriented.

Compensation and Benefits
This position is for a full-time exempt employee and will include evening and weekend work. A competitive salary and a strong benefits plan are offered. Health and disability insurance, retirement and vacation benefits are offered.

How to Apply
Please visit www.mountaineers.org for more information.
Interested candidates should email a 1 page chronological resume, a 1 page letter of interest explaining 1) what experience, skills and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you and an example of an outdoor program you have developed and delivered to Emily Noel, [email protected] as soon as possible. Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received by September 1, 2010.

The Mountaineers provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.


The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States