Education Director
Job Details
Olympic - Port Angeles, WA
Full Time
Not Specified
$55,000.00 - $55,000.00
Up to 25%

What You Will Do:

As the Education Director of our Olympic Campus, you will report to the National Director of Education and be responsible for overseeing the quality and consistency of educational programming for students who attend our Olympic programs. You will lead the Olympic Education Team and represent the Education Department in cross-departmental work on campus, as well as in nation-wide organizational initiatives and with local and regional partners. This job requires regular attendance on campus in Port Angeles, WA.

Your primary job will be to:

  • Oversee educational programming as NatureBridge re-emerges and expands from COVID dormancy

  • Provide leadership to the Olympic Education Team, including culturally-relevant supervision and coaching of Educators and Education Managers. You will supervise two Education / Program Managers and up to three Educators.

  • Work in concert with other campus Education Directors and the National Director of Education connecting Olympic educational programs and NatureBridge-wide program initiatives and partnerships

  • Foster a positive and inclusive work community culture, and establish supportive relationships with staff, volunteers, and participants.

  • Ensure high-quality educational programming and act as a resource on pedagogical theory and best practices, especially about Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and topics such as science, inquiry-based learning and responsible environmental behavior.

  • Use the NatureBridge Equity, Inclusion & Diversity framework to drive personal, professional, and departmental goals.

  • Direct the growth and continuous improvement of the Olympic campus curriculum, programs, and education staff.

  • Can access and understand education trends, education research and pushes our program towards excellence and joy in the pursuit of strong teaching

  • Work with our National Park partners and represent NatureBridge in our local and regional communities.

  • Support development efforts, including cultivating potential donors, attending development functions, and monitoring grant budgets and reporting.


Salary: $55,000; includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, and generous vacation and paid sick leave policy. This position is considered Exempt.


Working Conditions

This job operates both in a professional office environment and in an outdoor setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Who You Are:

  • Flexible, creative, and strategic.
  • Have a growth mindset, and 4+ years of experience leading successful and collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in education, and creating positive community work culture. We especially encourage you to apply if you have lived experience as a member of (or extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education, or the outdoors in general.
  • Strong pedagogical foundations and understanding of current research in experiential and inquiry-based learning, social emotional learning, inclusive education practices and science and phenomena-based curricula
  • Effectively able to balance priorities while managing multiple staff, projects, and deliverables; you can make the hard call when necessary and communicate your reasoning clearly.
  • Experience in managing and maintaining a departmental budget
  • Inspired by NatureBridges mission and value the development of environmental literacy through environmental science and nature education.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR, AED or willingness to acquire upon hire
  • Masters Degree in education, natural sciences, or related field or combination of Bachelors Degree and equivalent experience

Why should you join the NatureBridge team at Olympic?

  • You want to work for a mission-driven organization that values your contributions and supports you in making a positive impact on youth and the environment.
  • You will work in a beautiful setting in Olympic National Park with dedicated, passionate team members.
  • You want to be part of an organization that is invested in creating equitable and inclusive environments for staff and participants.

How To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to National Education Director, Meg Jakubowski (Ms.) to our online Career Portal. In your cover letter, please tell us why you want to work for NatureBridge and how your work experience sets you up for success in the Education Director role. Applications are due March 31, 2022 by midnight.

NatureBridge connects over 35,000 students and 600 schools each year to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.