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Education Director - NatureBridge

  • July 12, 2021 2:19 PM
    Message # 10746960

    Position Summary

    The Education Director is responsible for overseeing the quality and consistency of educational programming for students at the Golden Gate Campus. They promote and create educational excellence in accordance with NatureBridge’s Theory of Change. To accomplish this, the Education Director leads the Education Team at the Golden Gate campus as part of a cohesive, cross-location Education Department and is the primary representative between Golden Gate educational programs and NatureBridge-wide program initiatives and partnerships. They also work closely with the cross functional Golden Gate Leadership Team to foster a high quality campus staff experience which includes a positive community work culture built on a foundation of trust. 

    Key aspects of the job include:

    • Leadership & Collaboration 
    • Supervision 
    • Coaching & Professional Development 
    • Continuous Improvement 
    • Development
    • External Partnerships
    • Initial Program Support functions, outlined below. 

    Initial Program Support

    As NatureBridge rebuilds post-COVID, the responsibilities of the Golden Gate Education Director will shift from broadly encompassing the majority of campus education management responsibilities to leading a team of Education Managers.The full job description includes the expected duties that the Director will initially hold, then transfer to employees they supervise.

    An ideal candidate is reflective, relationship-minded, and strategic. They have a growth mindset for themselves and their staff, and have experience leading successful and collaborative teams. They have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, and creating positive community work culture. They can effectively balance priorities while managing multiple staff, projects, and deliverables; they can make the hard call when necessary and communicate their reasoning clearly. They are inspired by NatureBridge’s mission and value the development of environmental literacy through environmental science and nature education.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

    Required Qualifications

    • Four to ten years of experience in nonprofit management or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Sophisticated understanding of and demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and equity in education
    • Proven experience building high functioning teams and positive community work culture
    • Strong ability to lead proactive change in management processes in response to new opportunities or understandings
    • Significant experience supervising and collaborating with multiple teams; proven coaching/ mentoring skills
    • Experience developing innovative programs, trainings and curricula
    • Extensive experience teaching youth, adults and professional educators
    • Exemplary budget and project management skills
    • Strategic and systems-focused approach to management
    • Exceptional communication skills - including writing, editing and public speaking skills
    • Strong pedagogical foundations in experiential and inquiry-based learning, social emotional learning, inclusive education practices and phenomena-based curricula

    Desirable Qualifications

    • Lived experience as or experience working with: people of color, indigenous people, people whose first language is other than English, people from low-income communities, people from immigrant communities, people who are gender non-conforming or non-binary, people who are LGBTQIA+, people with special needs and other groups that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has prevented them from having access to environmental education
    • Current Wilderness First Responder or willingness to acquire after hire
    • Experience designing, implementing and analyzing results of program evaluations and assessments
    • Teaching credential
    • Working knowledge of human and natural history of the California Coast

    This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

    Visit our Careers Page for the complete job description.


    Competitive salary, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans. 

    Application Process 

    NatureBridge is an equal opportunity employer. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to

    No calls, faxes, or printed materials please. No agencies please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in late-July. Position is open until filled. Looking for immediate hire, contingent on successful background check and fingerprinting.


    About NatureBridge

    Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service (NPS), NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park and Prince William Forest Park. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. For more information, visit:


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