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Education Program Manager - Solano Resource Conservation District

  • November 17, 2021 10:42 AM
    Message # 12133722

    About Solano Resource Conservation District
    Solano Resource Conservation District (Solano RCD) is a special district to the State of California which works closely with a variety of local and regional partners to enhance and protect Solano County watersheds through strategic restoration activities, water education and outreach programs, and by offering conservation planning and watershed coordination services to local residents and landowners. Solano RCD staff and its Board of Directors
    strive towards excellence, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and appreciation in the work performed and welcomes candidates who share these same values.

    Position Summary
    Solano RCD currently has 1 vacancies for the Education Program Manager position. Individuals selected for this position will typically report to the Solano RCD office located in Dixon, CA, but will also attend meetings, events, and field trips in the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo and some unincorporated areas of Solano County. Meetings and some project activities may also take place virtually. The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any additional vacancies that may occur up to six months after this vacancy is filled. Please visit to explore our programs and activities in full detail.

    The Education Program Manager oversees several K-12 education programs and provides recruitment and outreach for new staff and programs. The person in this position must be civic-minded and enjoy interacting with
    diverse communities; work well with a dynamic and collaborative team as well as independently; and have strong time management and organization skills. The Education Program Manager reports to the Education Director and will assist with oversight of 2-8 full and part-time education staff.

    Work Hours
    To perform assigned duties, the employee will be required to work a mixture of day and evening hours, in the field and in the office. The regular work time will occur within the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday, with periodic night and weekend obligations.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    This position will manage and implement several Solano RCD watershed education programs throughout Solano County, which may include two or more of the following programs: the Watershed Explorers Program (3rd grade), the Suisun Marsh Watershed Program (6th grade) and the Biomonitoring Program (High School), Benicia Water Program (4th-5th grade), and the School Water Education Program (K-12). Major responsibilities include:

    Education Program Management

    50% Plan, manage, and implement education programs
    -Implement education programs, track deliverables and coordinate resources, teacher, and staff logistics
    -Staff oversight, management and support
    -Prepare for and manage program field trips/lessons
    -Troubleshoot program obstacles and identify solutions with and for the team
    -Provide guidance for curriculum updates

    25% Scheduling
    -Recruit teachers and manage a complex schedule for three or more countywide
    education programs and assigned staff
    -Schedule program field trips and in-classroom lessons

    10% Budgeting & Reporting
    -Implement and oversee 3-4 education program budgets ($500,000+)
    -Track expenses and prepare quarterly invoices
    -Write annual progress reports for funders and partners

    10% Seasonal Employee & Volunteer Recruitment
    -Recruit seasonal employees and/or volunteers through job fairs, job or volunteer boards and unique recruitment events
    -Develop and facilitate a team of volunteers to support program activities

    5% Training
    -Provide formal and informal trainings on best teaching practices and communication strategies
    -Support staff through coaching, mentorship and feedback

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in ecology, biology, environmental science, K-12 education, environmental education or similar field;

    Experience: 5-7 years relevant work experience in teaching, project management, outreach and community engagement, or other K-12 environmental work.

    *Additional experience may be substituted for Bachelor’s degree

    Desired Qualifications
    -Experience managing and implementing programs
    -Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in related field
    -Certifications in a relevant field and/or completion of outdoor science teaching program
    -Outstanding writing and communication skills
    -Strong time management, organization and prioritization skills
    -Experience writing program curriculum
    -Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of outdoor science and environmental education
    -Experience coordinating large field trip events
    -Basic understanding of the natural and cultural history of Solano County and the water resources of the region
    -The ability to speak, read, and/or write in a language other than English representative of Solano County’s diverse communities
    -Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365

    Conditions of Employment
    -Must complete and pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) background check upon acceptance of job offer. The cost associated with a background check is paid by Solano RCD.
    -Must be able to work in a variety of environments, including sitting inside at a computer for long periods of time as well as standing/walking outdoors in extreme temperatures as well as on uneven terrain.
    -Must have and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License and have personal liability vehicle insurance.
    -Must be able to occasionally lift, bend, stoop, kneel, and carry heavy objects up to 25 pounds.
    -Employment at the Solano RCD is employment at-will. Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time by the employee or the District.

    Compensation and Benefits
    This position is an exempt 80-100% full-time equivalent position. Solano RCD’s current compensation rate for full time managers ranges from $61,000 to $76,000 per year. There are seven steps within this salary range. The successful applicant’s starting pay salary will be based on experience. There are medical, dental, vision, and vacation benefits included as part of employment. Retirement benefits are available upon completion of a six (6)
    month probationary period.

    How to Apply
    Submission: Submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a detailed resume with three professional references to Caitlyn Morrissey at Mailed application materials are also accepted. Interview panel will start review of applications November 22, 2021. Position is open until filled.

    Notification: All applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date.

    Selection Process: The application materials for applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for testing or interview. Solano RCD reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test.

    Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact Caitlyn Morrissey at (707) 678-1655 x 3.
    Solano Resource Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other status covered by local, state, or federal law. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.


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