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Director of Education

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Philadelphia, PA

Program Management

Skill Level: Mid Level

Position Type: Full Time

~ The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education inspires meaningful connections between people and nature. We use our forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment. ~

Founded in 1965 as one of the first nature centers in a large American city, the Schuylkill Center is a leader in the next generation of environmental education.

The Center runs a nature preschool, offers a wide range of programming for all ages, presents an ambitious environmental art program, and operates a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. Six miles of trails run through our forests and fields, and buildings include a large Visitor Center, the wildlife clinic facility, and multiple outbuildings.

Position Overview

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a leading Philadelphia environmental education provider, seeks a seasoned professional to guide its programming. As the Center is in the midst of a major reinvention of its facilities and programs, the Director of Education will be afforded a unique opportunity to grow and develop cutting-edge programming.

This is a full-time salaried position with a full range of benefits, including vacation, health, dental, vision and retirement.


  • Guide the growth and development of the center's complete range of educational programming.
  • Manage and motivate staff.
  • Evaluate the Center's programming with an eye to adjusting the mix to continue our success.
  • Assist marketing efforts to attract new audiences.
  • Guide the growth and development of Nature Rx, a new collaboration between the health and environmental sectors
  • Manage several programs directly, e.g. teacher training and college-level teaching.
  • Develop and manage the department's budget.
  • Represent the education department at senior-level staff meetings, all-staff meetings, and Board of Trustee meetings.


Expected Competencies:

  • Significant experience in providing diverse educational programming in a variety of settings, including college-level instruction, pre-K-12 schools, teacher training, and the public arena.
  • Desire and ability to engage youth in learning experiences using developmentally appropriate pedagogy and group management techniques.
  • An understanding of childhood development, including stages of growth, and how social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs intersect with learning.
  • Experience leading workshops and presenting lectures in professional settings.
  • Experience in program design and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading a staff, including hiring, development, and evaluation.
  • Experience in leading and sustaining regional collaborative efforts involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven track record in writing, procuring, managing, and reporting on grants.
  • Experience in successfully creating, managing, and meeting budgets.
  • Mastery of the full suite of Microsoft computer programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in education, environmental/science education or outdoor education.
  • At least two years' experience in a leadership position at a comparable education institution.
  • Exceptional writing, speaking, and teaching skills
  • Must pass background checks and complete all requirements mandated by the state.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email your resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director by the close of business on Friday, December 2, 2016.

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