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Salary Range: $65k-$75k, negotiable based on skills/experience

Reports to: COO/CFO

Direct Reports: 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time contractor

Ideal Start Date: June 1, 2021

 

Friends of the Los Angeles River seeks a dynamic, creative, and highly organized leader to evolve our environmental education programs to the next level. FoLAR’s environmental education programs are highly regarded and widely administered in Los Angeles County. The primacy of our programs is our four-part Source to Sea watershed curriculum, which reaches roughly 2,500 K-12 students at Title 1 schools every year through grant-funded scholarships. Pre-pandemic, our visitor center on wheels - the River Rover - would reach another 10,000 community members every year.

The Los Angeles River is the birthplace of our region and was once the thriving, unifying water source for the people and wildlife of Los Angeles. But that connection and our collective history was severed when the River was encased in concrete and fenced in 1938. Established in 1986, FoLAR has endeavored for over 30 years to restore community connection to and natural ecology of the Los Angeles River as its single largest mobilizing force. With climate change upon us, we envision an increasingly natural river that prioritizes nature-based solutions and the well-being of the communities alongside it. We educate, engage, and mobilize over 50,000 Angelenos to repair habitat and fight for the plans and policies that will reclaim our collective right to a healthy, thriving, and equitably accessible Los Angeles River. Our theory of change is that an educated public that can connect to the River is one that will take on the responsibility for it and LA’s broader environmental health; fighting for, stewarding, and reaping the benefits of a healthy, climate resilient Los Angeles River. We see our education programs as the first introduction between the river’s role in a healthy LA and the next generation of environmental stewards.


Position Summary

The Director of Education will work collaboratively with the organization’s diverse stakeholders to deliver environmental education programs throughout Los Angeles County. FoLAR is a regional leader in environmental education serving a range of constituents in the Los Angeles River watershed. The Director is required to manage multiple projects, oversee program staff and contractors, collaborate both internally and externally, steward partnerships, pursue funding and contracts for services, set the vision for an innovative and ever relevant future of the programs, and has responsibilities in both planning and action. The Director of Education reports to the COO/CFO and is supported by an Education Manager and Education Coordinator, in addition to a part time or contract educator.


Specific Responsibilities

■     Strategize for and manage the growth and implementation of FoLAR’s Education Programs including; Source to Sea curriculum, River Rover community engagements, customized curriculum partnerships, and district level contracts

■     Collaborate with partner organizations, educators, administrators, and funders to strategically evolve and expand upon existing programs

■     Prioritize partnerships for program scalability and efficacy

■     Work with marketing/communications staff to promote and publicize programs in multiple media

■     Engage with FoLAR’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee to incorporate JEDI practices into programming

■     Manage education team

■     Update curricula to include age-appropriate introduction to Environmental Justice principles and frameworks (training/professional development will be offered for this responsibility)

■     Staff and collaborate with the Education Committee, a committee made up of five of FoLAR’s Board and Advisory Board members

■     Oversee management of educational assets, materials, and supplies

■     Deliver fee-based environmental education; matching of community needs with funding opportunities

■     Collaborate with Director of Policy & Advocacy and Director of Communications & Impact to develop and execute new innovations in cross-functional programming and to seamlessly advance students and their families through FoLAR’s civic engagement continuum

■     Collaborate with CEO, COO/CFO, and VP of Development on grant writing, funder relations, annual budgeting, and reimbursable revenues

■     Foster and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with school districts, units of government, and other environmental/conservation organizations

■     Work to ensure the continued sustainability of FoLAR and its programs


Qualifications

■     Must have a Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, environmental education, or related field; equivalent professional experience will also be considered.

■     Must have at least seven (7) years of experience in teaching and/or workforce development and/or educational program/project management

■     Must have experience managing staff, contractors, and/or volunteers

■     Must have experience in setting and/or collecting data and performance metrics

■     Background in environmentalism, biodiversity, climate change, water, biological sciences strongly preferred

■     Experience in developing, managing, or administering job training or workforce development programs strongly preferred

■     Experience managing budgets strongly preferred

■     Experience in advocacy, public engagement, and/or community organizing is preferred

■     Knowledge of and network in Los Angeles’ nonprofit education, education funding, and environmental landscape is strongly preferred

■     Strong organizational skills required

■     Spanish fluency strongly preferred

■     Experience working with or programming for high school students or recent grads strongly preferred

■     Current driver’s license required

■     Must have a passion for civic engagement, climate resilience and/or the environment and environmental/social justice.


Benefits:

■     Competitive salary

■     Health, dental, and vision insurance

■     Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and New Years

■     Flexible work schedule and remote work options based on individual and team needs available

■     Close, passionate, fun, and creative team environment

■     Opportunities to grow with the organization

■     Beautiful office location


FoLAR’s Equity Statement

The LA River traverses through diverse communities of people, plants, and geographies. It provides an opportunity to reshape our environment in a way that is more inclusive, equitable, and just. We are committed to building a team, leadership, and a River Movement that is as diverse as the communities the River touches. We believe in working with nature and alongside communities to achieve climate resilience, park equity, and environmental health for all.

 

Friends of the Los Angeles River is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.  

Salary Range: $65k-$75k, negotiable based on skills/experience

Reports to: COO/CFO

Direct Reports: 2 full-time employees, 1 part-time contractor

Ideal Start Date: June 1, 2021

 

Friends of the Los Angeles River seeks a dynamic, creative, and highly…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

$65,000 - $75,000Negotiable based on skills/experience

Benefits

■     Competitive salary

■     Health, dental, and vision insurance

■     Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and New Years

■     Flexible work schedule and remote work options based on individual and team needs available

■     Close, passionate, fun, and creative team environment

■     Opportunities to grow with the organization

■     Beautiful office location

■     Competitive salary

■     Health, dental, and vision insurance

■     Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency strongly preferred

Spanish fluency strongly preferred

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
Los Angeles, CA, USA

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to resumes@folar.org with “Director of Education Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins.

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to resumes@folar.org with “Director of Education Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please…

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