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Position:     Education Director
Location:    Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Michigan
Reports To:   Executive Director

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, with a mission to protect and enhance quality of life through ecological education, research, and stewardship of the natural world, is seeking an Education Director.  The Institute, which opened in 2001, is located on 661 acres of diverse habitat and includes a 13,000 square-foot visitor center, an education building and research lab, along with housing for 42 overnight guests.  It is an independent, private operating foundation with a current staff of eight and a board of seven.

The Education Director is responsible for the development, presentation, and evaluation of educational programs for teachers, students, and community members.  The qualified candidate must demonstrate the ability to plan and manage the delivery of educational programs.  Experience in environmental education at an environmental center or biological field station is highly desirable.  Bachelors degree in environmental education, natural sciences, biology, or related field required.

Resume and cover letter may be sent electronically to Michelle Skedgell, Executive Director, at, or mailed to: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058.  Review of application will begin early February, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.  Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Description attached.

Willard G. Pierce and Jessie M. Pierce Foundation, dba


TITLE:   Education Director

REPORTS TO:   Executive Director 


STATUS:   Permanent, Full-time

DATE:   January 2006

BROAD FUNCTION:   The Education Director is responsible for supporting the mission of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute through the development and execution of classroom and outdoor education curriculum and programs for teachers, students, and interested non-professional and community members.

   Plan, coordinate and manage the delivery of educational programs.
   Develop and manage the Education Department budget, records and reports.
   Assist with strategic plan formulation and evaluation, ensuring progress is achieved and goals are met.
   Coordinate with marketing staff to insure programs and initiatives are effectively promoted.

ACCOUNTABILITY:    The Education Director is accountable to the Executive Director.  The Education Director is expected to perform duties contained within this job description. 

   Offer introductory and advanced environmental education workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers and environmental educators.
   As required, develop environmental curricula for pre-service and in-service teachers and correlate to State Teaching Framework.
   Develop and implement education programming and curricula for the general public and Institute members, such as hikes, family programs, and environmental and renewable energy workshops.
   Support biological field station initiative through research assistance and program development.
   Oversee docent program and supervise education volunteers.
   Oversee and manage research equipment, library and all educational supplies and materials.
   Serve Institute as guest presenter as required.
   Provide environmental training to staff and volunteers as needed.
   Provide environmental education material for Institute website, newsletter and other outreach media.
   Work with targeted community groups as a resource professional on conservation and environmental education, by providing information, guidance, and partnership on environmental education programs.
   Maintain a current working knowledge and professional working relationships in all aspects of job requirements.
   Assist and coordinate with other staff as required.
   All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

   Bachelors degree in environmental education, natural sciences, biology, or related field.  Masters degree preferred. 
   Ability to teach and present ideas effectively and general comfort with speaking in public.
   Proven writing ability with strong command of grammar and excellent proofreading skills.
   Strong ability to work both collaboratively and independently, strong interpersonal skills in a team setting.
   Computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
   Commitment to the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute mission.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY:   The Education Director is charged with development and implementation of education programming and curriculum that meets the mission and strategic plan of the Institute. The Education Director will work in conjunction with the Executive Director as well as other staff to meet this responsibility.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  The Education Director is responsible for supervision and management of traditional and nontraditional workforce staff within the department.

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