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Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators

Wildlife Conservation Society
New York
FULL TIME$52,000 - 67,000 / year

The location of this job is in New York, but since it's remote work, you can do it from anywhere. The salary for this job, if you are hired, is $52,000 - 67,000 / year. The job offer of Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators has been made available since December 10, 2023, and it will expire on March 7, 2024. When applying to Wildlife Conservation Society, make sure the full time job fits your career aspirations.



Job Description

Position Title: Coordinator of Professional Development

Who We Are: The Wildlife Conservation Society envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. We actively save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

The WCS Education Department works across our five parks: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Our mission is to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates by sparking connection with animals and nature, enhancing scientific literacy through hands-on investigation, and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wild places. WCS is proud to be an equal opportunity employment workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work and learning environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

The Opportunity: The Zoos and Aquarium Education team is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to serve in an exciting and unique role as the Coordinator of Professional Development. This position will primarily support the WCS efforts on the Urban Advantage initiative.

Urban Advantage (UA) is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students' understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and science centers. UA involves institutions outside the formal education system that support the science-specific goals of the public school system. Urban Advantage was launched in 2004 in New York City by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in collaboration with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, and the New York City Department of Education, with leadership funding from the New York City Council.

The Coordinator of Professional Development will be responsible for course development and delivery for Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium based UA programing. They will model best practices in science education for hundreds ofUA teachers annually. They will collaborate with other WCS Coordinators of Professional Development and with AMNH staff, as well as staff at the other UA partner institutions on all aspects ofUA programming. They will be responsible for incorporating and modeling best practices in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion into all UA programming. They will mentor and support WCS assigned Lead Teachers in all aspects of UA programming. In addition to their duties with UA, the Coordinator of Professional Development will support teacher education efforts throughout NYC by developing, facilitating, and assessing teacher workshops and school partnerships.

  • You will be responsible developing, facilitating, & assessing UA programming at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.
  • You will represent WCS at all UA partner events, including monthly meetings, Family Science Days, & the UA Expo.
  • You will incorporate & model best practices in DE&I education into all WCS PD programming.
  • You will mentor & support WCS assigned Lead Teachers in UA programming.
  • You will engage with UA families through the UA Family Engagement Initiative and support programming around Parent Coordinator workshops, Family Science Days, & Family Engagement Visits to schools.
  • You will facilitate non-UA teacher education workshops, focused on conservation issues, at all five WCS facilities across NYC.
  • You will cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with partners across WCS departments and UA partner institutions
Qualification Requirements

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Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Conservation, Education, Biology, or a related field
  • Classroom experience teaching in a formal education setting (K-12)
  • Familiarity with national and state education standards
  • Understanding of inquiry-based learning theory and practice
  • Comfort with leading by example on best practices in diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • Passion for wildlife conservation
Professional Qualities:
  • You have a passion for improving education and supporting all learners in a professional development setting
  • You are a driven individual who is independent, yet collaboratively-minded
  • You are a logical, data-driven, problem-solver
  • You are organized and capable of prioritizing, completing large project loads, and managing multiple organizational systems
  • You are a strong collaborative partner who enjoys working with partners from a variety of academic and conservation focused organizations
  • You work independently and manage your time/tasks effectively
  • You are interested in mentoring and supporting direct reports around career development
Workplace Conditions and Environment:
  • We value team members and community partners from all backgrounds and cultures with different skills, abilities, and perspectives; we ensure that everyone has an opportunity to fully contribute to our mission
  • This is a flexible work environment that includes some evenings, weekends and holiday work
  • This is an on-site position with one (1) remote day option per week when scheduling allows
  • While primarily based out of the Bronx Zoo, this position will require you to work at all five WCS parks in NYC (Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo)
  • This position includes regular local travel throughout the NYC area
Professional Impact
In this position, you will impact:
  • The WCS organization by promoting our mission to diverse communities through explicit connections to our global conservation efforts in all teacher and higher education programming
  • The WCS Professional Development Team by assisting in reaching over 1800 teachers, undergraduate, & graduate students through PD programming yearly
  • Your professional growth by being able to attend regular professional development workshops to improve your pedagogical and professional skills, provide PD in areas of your expertise to your colleagues, and present at national conferences
WCS is an equal opportunity employer, and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and engaging a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on gender, race/ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information or any other covered status or characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.

It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based upon a person's membership in one of these protected categories in areas such as recruitment, selection, job assignment, supervision, training, promotions, job grading, transfers, termination, compensation, benefits, educational opportunities, WCS sponsored recreational activities and facilities.

Note that the salary offer will reflect the selected candidate's individual experiences, skills and qualifications, internal equity, work location and country of work.

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