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Operations Director - Canopy

  • January 05, 2022 7:58 AM
    Message # 12240692

    Canopy is a growing urban and community forestry nonprofit with a track record of delivering high quality, innovative, and impactful programs. Canopy staff and volunteers strive toward excellence, equity, collaboration, and gratitude in the work we do, and welcome candidates that share these values. We are seeking a hard working, dedicated person to join our team and grow with us as we aim to accomplish our vision: a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.

    Position Summary
    Under the direction of Canopy’s Education Director, the Environmental Educator will be responsible for Canopy’s growing K-12 tree lessons at schools in East Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Palo Alto predominantly, with upcoming teaching opportunities in Belle Haven (Menlo Park) and North Fair Oaks. Canopy’s lessons are typically taught outdoors, although virtual lessons are also now part of our programming. As such, a balance of office work and outdoor work can be expected. This is a part-time position (20 hours / week) with occasional night and weekend work.  

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    Program Coordination:
    - Develop and implement systems for scheduling environmental education lessons with school district administrators, principals, teachers, and parent groups at schools in Canopy’s service areas. 
    - Create new ways to recruit and manage Canopy’s corps of education volunteers to assist with the delivery of education programs.
    - Design evaluation tools to gather feedback from students and teachers and use Canopy’s database to track and report program outcomes.
    - Upgrade, create, purchase, and maintain program materials.

    Program Instruction:
    - Prepare and teach up to 80 inquiry-based, hands-on science lessons yearly from Canopy’s curriculum to approximately 2,000 students (numbers are subject to fluctuation due to COVID).
    - Update curriculum as needed to achieve Canopy’s desired education outcomes, align with school curriculum, and support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 
    - Research and maintain a current knowledge of the evolving field of environmental literacy, hands-on and inquiry-based education, and STEM.
    - Engage youth and families through educational tabling activities at Canopy and community events.

    Goal Setting and Tracking:
    - Work with the Education Director to identify and use self-reflective tools and exercises for setting personal goals and evaluating professional development as an environmental educator.
    - Attend Education Committee meetings to set and track programmatic goals.
    Collaborate with the Canopy team on shared goals.

    Qualifications and Experience
    - One year of full-time work or volunteer experience. 
    - Knowledge of environmental subject matter or a sincere desire to study and learn.
    - Excellent classroom and behavior management skills.
    - Demonstrated commitment to equity in education and cultural competency.
    - Ability to adapt teaching style and content to meet the diverse needs of students.
    - Strong public speaking skills; ability to present in a confident, engaging manner that draws in the audience.
    - Organizational skills and ability to follow through with assigned tasks.
    - Strongly preferred: fluency in Spanish.
    - Preferred: experience working in school classrooms, youth groups, or children.
    - Preferred: database skills
    - Preferred: experience working in multicultural settings

    - Compensation $20,000 to $25,000 a year, commensurate with experience. 
    - Prorated medical/dental/vision insurance (employee pays half of insurance monthly premiums), sick leave and vacation time, and paid holidays.
    - Canopy values professional growth and offers paid opportunities for professional development.

    How to Apply
    Email résumé and short cover letter to Vanessa Wyns, Education Director, to with the subject header, “Environmental Educator”. Accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

    Equal opportunity employer: Canopy strives to engage, celebrate, and reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We value inclusion and equity in our programs, leadership, and hiring practices.


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