Established in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for San Diego. The organization uses advocacy, science, education, and community engagement to tackle persistent and emerging water quality and water supply issues across the San Diego region. Coastkeeper seeks an energetic, organized, and self-motivated individual to fill the position of education coordinator.
The education coordinator maintains, promotes, and implements Project SWELL, Coastkeeper’s K-6 water and climate science program and the associated standards-aligned curriculum. Project SWELL was created in partnership with the City of San Diego’s Think Blue initiative, and is available cost-free to all K-6 teachers within San Diego Unified School District. The education coordinator’s role includes ensuring the curriculum is up-to-date, creating new lessons and activities, building and maintaining relationships with schools and educators, promoting the curriculum, and educating students directly through classroom visits and/or remote learning opportunities. While San Diego schools are still practicing distance learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis, curriculum development will focus on adapting Project SWELL lessons for remote delivery and implementation will focus on conducting virtual classroom visits. After schools are able to safely reopen, the education coordinator will use in-person classroom visits and field trips to promote the curriculum and directly educate students.
- Update, improve, and maintain Project SWELL curriculum and all related lesson plans, activities, and resources
- Design and develop new lessons and activities that align with education standards and advance Coastkeeper’s mission
- Convert Project SWELL lessons and activities into videos, digital lessons, and downloadable materials suitable for remote learning
- Manage and maintain program supplies and equipment, including purchasing, upkeep, and inventory of Project SWELL science kits and materials
- Build and maintain productive relationships with schools, teachers, and informal educators to promote and facilitate the use of the Project SWELL curriculum
- Schedule and conduct classroom visits and/or remote learning opportunities
- Conduct needs assessments and lead professional development opportunities
- Attend regular meetings with program partners to provide updates and receive feedback
- Generate content and provide data for monthly and annual program reports
- Contribute to fundraising and grant writing efforts by generating grant proposal content, assisting with the creation of program budgets, and communicating enthusiastically and effectively about Project SWELL and other environmental education programming
- Adhere to the program budget and track progress toward program goals
- Oversee the implementation of Coatkeeper’s additional environmental education programs or projects, such as Ask an Expert, Water and Climate Stewards, and Science to Stewardship, as needed
- Support other staff and programs with education input, as needed
- Generate education program content for blog posts, website, and social media, as needed
- A bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, or the environmental sciences
- At least two years of teaching experience in either a formal classroom environment, an informal (environmental/outdoor) environment, or a STEM program
- A demonstrated ability to design curriculum and conceptualize, develop, and evaluate educational lessons and activities
- Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards and their implementation and assessment in California schools
- Excellent written, oral, and visual communication skills
- Proficiency with Google Apps, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive, and
- Microsoft programs, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel
- A demonstrated commitment to advancing environmental literacy and stewardship
- Experience developing and delivering lessons in a remote setting
- Spanish proficiency
- Familiarity with local water issues
- Proficiency with basic design software, such as Canva or Publisher
Salary, Benefits, and Terms
Schedule – Full-time, permanent; 40 hours per week with varying hours, including occasional evenings and weekends. Presently, all Coastkeeper staff are working remotely through the end of 2020. Once office-based work resumes, this position is based in San Diego Coastkeeper’s office (likely Hillcrest), with meetings, classroom visits, and presentations throughout the county.
Benefits – Medical, dental, vision insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
Compensation - $42,000 – $46,000 per year, commensurate with experience.
To Apply - Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a single PDF file with both cover letter and resume and to sdcoastkeeper [at] gmail.com, with “YOUR LAST NAME: Education Coordinator” in the subject line. Please
limit your cover letter to one page in length, and use it to address your suitability for this specific position. If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2020. Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, October 30 will not be reviewed.