Education Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $44,000
Maximum: $52,000
Details: Salary commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



2825 Dewey Road
San Diego
United States


San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization working to protect and restore San Diego’s fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water, seeks an energetic, organized, and self-motivated individual to fill the position of education manager. The education manager will facilitate and oversee the implementation, promotion, and growth of the organization’s environmental education programs, Project SWELL and Water Education for All, and various educational projects. The education manager reports to the programs director.

Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership) is a K-6 standards-aligned, hands-on water science and pollution prevention curriculum available for implementation in San Diego Unified School District. This curriculum was developed in partnership with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

Water Education for All (WEFA) is a K-12 grade online water and climate science curriculum available in English and Spanish to all formal and informal educators in San Diego County. The lesson plans educate students about local habitats, watersheds, water quality, marine debris, climate, water conservation, and animal adaptations.

Responsibilities Overview:

The education manager contributes to the advancement of Coastkeeper’s mission by empowering San Diego’s next generation of young leaders to become thoughtful, informed, and proactive environmental stewards. The education manager leads Coastkeeper’s formal and informal education programs, providing teachers, informal educators, and students with high quality, science-based water education. The education manager leads all aspects of Coastkeeper education programs, including program development, implementation, evaluation, promotion, and management. The education manager works closely with the executive director, programs director, and development manager to identify and develop program funding and partnerships. 

Responsibilities Include:

Program Development

  • Develop curricula grounded in State standards (e.g. Next Generation Science Standards), environmental literacy principles, and best practices in STEM
  • Ensure delivery of high-quality, pedagogically sound, and scientifically accurate programming across all education programs and projects
  • Cultivate and grow relationships with teachers, school administrators, science resource personnel, and school district science leads to increase curriculum adoption and broaden impact
  • Establish and maintain relationships with informal educators, outdoor education providers, and community leaders to support dissemination of Water Education For All, Climate Stewards, and other Coastkeeper informal education programs
  • Identify and develop strategies to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in environmental education and science programs

Program Implementation

  • Organize, promote, and conduct teacher trainings and other professional development opportunities to provide educators with hands-on experience using curricula
  • Work closely with the education specialist to increase the scope and effectiveness of Project SWELL and Water Education for All adoption and implementation
  • Conduct and/or facilitate classroom visits to demonstrate Project SWELL lessons to teachers and support curriculum adoption
  • Work with City of San Diego publishing services to ensure all necessary Project SWELL curriculum lessons, guides, graphics, and other support materials are printed
  • Work with SDUSD staff at the Instructional Media Center (IMC) to store and distribute Project SWELL kits through SDUSD

Program Evaluation

  • Develop, conduct, collect, and analyze teacher and student pre- and post-implementation surveys to gauge program effectiveness and inform program improvements
  • Develop and implement performance metrics in accordance with program deliverables

Program Promotion

  • Lead marketing and promotion efforts for Coastkeeper education programs to support curriculum adoption and program growth
  • Generate, maintain, and enhance content on Project SWELL website and social media platforms
  • Attend outreach and tabling events to promote education programs to educators and within local community
  • Communicate effectively about the importance of environmental education, stewardship, and STEM education, as well as about the role of Coastkeeper curricula in aiding teachers in meeting their NGSS requirements.

Program Management

  • Manage and maintain program supplies and equipment, including purchasing, upkeep, and inventory of Project SWELL and Water Education For All science kits and materials
  • Manage and mentor education interns, education specialist, and/or education contractors
  • Meet and keep track of programmatic milestones, metrics, and deliverables
  • Participate in strategic planning and program development for the enhancement and expansion of education programs
  • Develop and adhere to annual programmatic budget
  • Create and follow annual programmatic work plan in alignment with organizational strategic plan and program deliverables
  • Assist with programmatic fundraising, including grant identification, grant writing, crafting proposals, and grantmaker/grantee meetings and communications
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with funders and potential funders, including individuals, foundations, corporate sponsors, government agencies, and partner organizations
  • Conduct timely grant reporting, annual reporting, and program analysis

Other Responsibilities

  • Write regular blog posts on education topics and other Coastkeeper focus areas from an education perspective
  • Work with other programs staff on opportunities for program integration

Qualifications Overview:

The right candidate for this position will have a holistic mix of science and education experience, a passion for the environment, and the energy and drive to bring high-quality educational programming to a diverse audience. Successful candidates will be highly organized, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about interacting with students ages 5 through 18, as well as with teachers and school administrators. Successful candidates will have an energetic, outgoing approach to learning, and display strong classroom-management skills. Applicants must be punctual, hardworking, motivated, and must demonstrate a deep commitment to environmental education and sustainability, and demonstrate familiarity with Coastkeeper’s mission. Hiring will be contingent on candidate’s ability to obtain and submit background reports as required by the State of California (fees reimbursed).

Qualifications Include:


  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in science, education, or environmental studies is required. Advanced degree preferred


  • A minimum three to five years of teaching experience in either a formal classroom environment, an informal (environmental/outdoor) environment, or a STEM program
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards and their implementation and assessment in California schools
  • Substantial knowledge of pedagogy/best practices in science and environmental education
  • Demonstrated ability to design curriculum and conceptualize, develop, and evaluate educational programs
  • Experience developing or implementing education programs that incorporate inquiry-based activities and hands-on learning, and that emphasize learner-centered approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to provide science instruction to students and teachers, to navigate school/education culture, and to adapt lessons to fit the needs, time constraints, and education standards of a diverse array of classrooms
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse group of people, organizations, agencies and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated history of fundraising, program promotion, and/or establishing and cultivating strategic partnerships
  • Experience with budgeting, tracking programmatic progress, and programmatic strategic planning

Additional Skills and Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and Spanish language proficiency is strongly preferred
  • A high level of comfort with public speaking is a must
  • Proficiency with Google Apps, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive, and Microsoft programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, is required
  • Access to reliable transportation is required. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Ability to pass a background check and undergo tuberculosis screening are required
  • Physical demands: Candidate must have the ability to carry, transport, and set up supplies independently, safely lift up to 40 pounds, sit for extended periods of time, and look at a computer screen for extended periods of time


Medical, dental, vision insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave

Level of Language Proficiency

English proficiency is required; Spanish language proficiency is strongly preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a single PDF file with both resume and cover letter to, with “YOUR LAST NAME: Education Manager” in the subject line. If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Please, no phone calls to the office regarding this opening. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 26, 2018. Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, November 26 will not be reviewed.