This position advances Lincoln Park Zoo’s mission by coordinating the development and implementation of community-based education programs as part of the zoo’s increased focus on local communities. Key to this position is the capacity to coordinate logistics and oversight of content development for co-created community programs. This position also oversees community learning facilitators to ensure smooth implementation of the new and developed curriculum.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Primary responsibility is to ensure educational programming is delivered for a wide range of audiences (K-12 and adult), mostly off zoo grounds in target communities.
Ensure programs are aligned with zoo mission, strategic plan and departmental framework for learning.
Work with community engagement manager and community learning facilitators to ensure that key partners’ and community members’ values and perspective are built into the curriculum, soliciting feedback often.
Coordinate logistics and communication channels for community engagement programming.
Identify educational curriculum needs and work with the community engagement manager and learning facilitators in the creation of these resources.
Directly oversee the community facilitators, guiding development and implementation of community engagement programs.
Use appropriate learning strategies to advance and support educational activities, including identifying opportunities for use of innovative application of best practices.
Support community engagement manager in ensuring that programs stay within allocated budget, including showing fiscal responsibility when ordering program supplies.
Support the Manager of Evaluation and Learning Research in evaluation planning and data collection.
Perform other duties as a Learning Department representative as assigned.
Represent Lincoln Park Zoo by giving presentations at professional conferences and local meetings
Serve on committees and projects as requested
Ability and willingness to operate zoo vehicles including electric carts and vans
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Bi-lingual, English-Spanish preferred
Demonstrated passion for working in underserved communities, with at least two years’ experience engaging with and collaboratively developing programs to meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Working knowledge of PCs, using word processing, spread sheet and database software.
Comfort with change, innovation, and unique approaches to educational programming
Willingness to utilize creative thinking and problem solving skills in a dynamic office environment.
Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing
Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions
Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects.
Ability to work independently on multiple, competing projects
Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors, community members, partners, and program participants.
Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental studies, community organizing or related field is required.
Experience with informal education is required.
Experience with researching and developing curriculum in a team setting.
Familiarity with the zoo, aquarium and museum field is preferred.
Experience working in urban environmental education or related field is preferred.
Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners is required.
Strong, demonstrated commitment to broadening participation in science education and conservation.
Ability to sit for long periods of time
Ability to work in an open office environment
Ability to traverse zoo grounds as required for job responsibilities
Must be able to move equipment on a rolling cart up to 50 pounds
Ability to navigate Chicago streets and parking while on location in communities
Available to work weekends, evenings, holidays and special events which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned.
Valid driver’s license with good driving record
Access to personal vehicle is preferred
About Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org.