The Senior Coordinator, Community Programs will be responsible for developing and executing a strategy to engage the Center’s various audiences in programs that increase awareness of bird conservation initiatives in the Greenwich region and result in community action that benefit birds and the places they need. With a focus on increasing accessibility and equity, the Senior Coordinator will ensure a consistently high-quality visitor experience through public programs, engaging educational exhibits, communications, as well as outreach opportunities and partnerships. Primary program areas include coastal conservation, family programs, birding programs, and camp programs.
They will work with the Center Director, the Greenwich Center team, and colleagues across Audubon Connecticut and New York to increase access to nature along with opportunities for action to protect birds and the places they need through community science, land stewardship that improves bird habitat, engagement of coastal Fairfield County in the Audubon Connecticut and New York Coasts Program, and local advocacy to make the Greenwich region a Bird Friendly Community.
In collaboration with the Center Director, support the execution of the Center’s coastal program strategy through the development and implementation of activities that help protect 200 acres of Audubon Important Bird Area on Great Captain Island and Greenwich Point Park through the reduction of disturbance to nesting birds and improved habitat quality.
Establish and strengthen partnerships with schools, communities, and homeowners along the coast connecting people to conservation action across the Long Island Sound.
Increase access of programs to underrepresented communities by ensuring programming is inclusive of marginalized perspectives in an effort to grow program relevance, conservation impact, and the diversity of our membership.
Increase measurement of community conservation outcomes and direct impact through the development and tracking of metrics.
Coordinate Youth Leadership Development programs including the Audubon Eco Leadership Corp and the Teen Board.
Develop Next Generation Science Standards-aligned curriculum for coastal education programs and community programs in coastal Greenwich.
Develop engaging coastal educational exhibits for the Hilfiger Children’s Learning Center.
Coordinate seasonal community engagement events including the Fall Festival.
Lead the Center’s Summer Nature Day Camp program to include:
Spring program planning and curriculum development.
Coordination and implementation of registration, daily camp operations and preparations.
Training summer camp staff and junior naturalists and guiding and supporting camp counselors in the field and other duties.
Assist Public Programs Coordinator in delivery of school programs both onsite and offsite.
Support the recruitment of volunteers; promote program through presentations, marketing at community events, and producing/distributing marketing materials.
Plan and schedule annual program calendar.
Respond to general nature inquiries.
Represent the Center at programs hosted by community organizations.
In coordination with Center Associate, provide communications support by writing content for the E-newsletter, newsletter, social and other media.
Participate in fundraising, new initiatives, and overall growth of Audubon’s profile.
Assist with other tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
3+ years of experience and undergraduate degree in a relevant field. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
Knowledge in coastal biology and experience in designing programs leading to conservation action desired.
Experience working with and managing staff and youth volunteers.
Able to interact well with children, teens, and adults, especially parents.
Experience developing and leading environmental education curriculum.
Strong desire to work in a support capacity for a complex suite of ongoing conservation programs.
Ability to identify potential efficiencies and work across projects to achieve programmatic goals.
Attentive to detail with strong follow through.
Flexible work style (e.g., desire to work in a team environment as well as autonomously).
Comfortable speaking to the public and engaging with community members to communicate program objectives and project goals.
Flexible with scheduling and ability to anticipate upcoming needs, careful time management and punctuality.
Comfortable with long hours in the field in adverse weather and on difficult terrain.
Experience with Microsoft office suite including Excel.
Bird and plant identification skills a plus.
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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