Program Director, EcoSchools in Alberta - Alberta Council for Environmental Education

Are you passionate about environmental education and helping create a sustainable future?  Do you thrive on thinking strategically, bringing creative solutions to multi-faceted challenges, and working with a variety of stakeholders to make things happen in a complex environment? The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) is seeking a dynamic, independent, and highly organized individual for the position of Program Director - EcoSchools in Alberta. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing and growing the EcoSchools Canada in Alberta program across the province. This will entail supervising a small team of co-workers who will assist you in inspiring and engaging multiple stakeholders across the education system as we seek to create a school-led sustainability movement across Alberta using the EcoSchools Canada environmental certification program as the organizing framework. 

ACEE is an award-winning, trusted charity that takes a collaborative and systems approach to advancing environmental and climate education in Alberta. We believe educating today’s youth is essential to creating a sustainable future for all. In 2020 ACEE joined forces with EcoSchools Canada to bring the national EcoSchools Canada environmental certification program to Alberta, a program that nurtures environmental and climate learning and action. The EcoSchools in Alberta initiative was successfully launched in 2020-21 in Calgary and the Capital Region in 2021-22 and we are now looking to expand this exciting program across Alberta. This will require reaching out to and engaging school administrators, teachers, environmental education providers, and local government representatives as we seek to engage schools in community-based environmental stewardship and climate action that supports municipal strategies. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Supervise a small team of co-workers who will assist you in delivering on the program elements listed below. 
  • Identify and refine links between the EcoSchools framework, the K-12 curriculum, climate change and sustainability education, and municipal climate and environmental strategies.
  • Coordinate one or several multi-stakeholder advisory committees who meet regularly to provide guidance on all program activities and help adapt program elements to the local context. 
  • Create and implement a comprehensive communications and outreach strategy targeting teachers and school administrators aimed at keeping stakeholders informed, recruiting new schools to the EcoSchools program, and expanding the reach of the program across the province.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive teacher support strategy aimed at helping participating teachers optimize their use of the EcoSchools on-line platform as they create an action plan, track their progress, and apply for certification. 
  • Oversee the creation and delivery of a suite of professional learning opportunities for teachers to help them:

                     - infuse age-appropriate environmental and climate education across the curriculum

                     - engage students in environmental and climate action projects using the EcoSchools framework

                     - network, share, and learn from each other. 

  • Work with Alberta’s environmental education community to link existing programs and resources to the EcoSchools framework
  • Work with ACEE’s student leadership group Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education to amplify their voice and engage them as EcoSchools ambassadors and mentors.
  • Work with Indigenous education advisors to infuse Indigenous perspectives throughout all elements of the program. 
  • In collaboration with municipalities and school districts, organize in-person or on-line year-end celebration events to recognize school accomplishments and award certifications. 
  • Manage program budgets and reporting to funders.
  • Assist the Executive Director with fund development activities aimed at securing a sustainable funding stream for this program. 

 

Knowledge and Experience:

  • A university degree in education; Master’s or other advanced degree preferred. 
  • At least three to five years teaching experience in the K-12 school system, including significant experience related to environmental or climate education.
  • A results-driven, can-do attitude and demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities with limited supervision in a complex environment.  
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills including supervising staff, workplanning, managing budgets, program evaluation, and reporting to funders.   
  • Exemplary communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to make compelling presentations to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school administrators, government officials and partner organizations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, identify novel directions and possibilities, and forge synergistic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team. 

 

Working Conditions:

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) salaried position located in a home-based office, preferably in Calgary or Edmonton. Travel will be required to visit schools and attend a variety of meetings with various stakeholders.  Anticipated start date is September 1, 2022. 

Compensation: 

The starting annual salary range for this position is $70,000 - 80,000. ACEE also provides a comprehensive benefits package. 

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to marie@abcee.org using “Program Director - EcoSchools in Alberta” as the subject line.  The application deadline is August 8, 2022.