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Program Coordinator Job Description

This position is a part time (25 hour/ per week) professional permanent position with Detroit Audubon.  It is expected that this position will be converted to full-time in the near future and salary may be upgraded as well.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Two years of coursework in Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Environmental Science or equivalent (Bachelor’s or even Master’s Degree preferred).
  • Experience designing and conducting education programs for K-12 groups and adults.
  • Knowledge of Michigan natural history (birding experience strongly preferred).
  • Excellent computer skills, including thorough familiarity with MS Office Suite, Internet, and Facebook.  Experience in website development and maintenance preferred, and in particular experience with Word Press is a big plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in publicity and press relations a plus
  • Experience in grant-writing and crowd-funding a plus.
  • Must be a self-starter, organized, and a networker.
  • Professional and service oriented

Supervisory Controls.

  • Hired by the board (until an Executive Director is in place).
  • President or Executive Director (when one is in place) is the director supervisor of this position.

Duties and Expected Outcomes:

1. Conduct an average of at least two environmental education programs every month for school groups, after school groups, or for youth organizations and/or adults. These can be school classes, non-formal groups (e.g. scouts, enrichment afterschool programs), and may be done in partnership with other organizations.  (24 per year for a full year).  This schedule may be modified during the COVID-19 pandemic—including virtual lessons, providing lessons for home schoolers etc. 

These will include: 

Conducting 8 Intro to birding education programs (one per week for 8 weeks) for summer day camp at the Belle Isle Nature Center. 

Explore possible partnerships with EMEAC, EcoWorks. Detroit Zoo, Saving Birds Through Habitats, Belle Isle Nature Center, Wild Indigo etc. for school after school, and general public programming. 

            Birding/nature programs at the Riverwalk Birding Spot        

Field trips (often monthly or more often during migration season) to Elmwood Cemetery (weekends or weekdays, for seniors, young people and new birders).

Coordinate our Young Birders Clubs (tots, elementary/middle school, teens)

2. The program coordinator will design the programs or adapt programs previously designed for use with youth groups by Detroit Audubon previous Program Coordinators or contractors or use/adapt other existing environmental education curricula (e.g., FLYING WILD, V.I.NE., O.B.I.S. etc.).

3.  Recruit and where appropriate train and organize volunteers to conduct or assist with education programs, field trips, and to staff committees (using returned member surveys as a key resource). 

4. Coordinate and arrange speakers and logistics for public nature programs and other public education programs including webinars and in-person membership programs/meetings.  

5. Coordinate annual Black Tern educational/fund-raising cruise and work with Research Coordinator to coordinate other pubic programs about our Black Tern research and conservation efforts.

6. Recruit and organize volunteers for exhibits/shows and wildlife festivals. At present these include Hawkfest, Wayne County Parks Hobby Day, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Harvest Day, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Open Streets Day, Shiver on the River, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earth Day Concert, Belle Ilse Nature Center Birds and Bees, Belle Isle Nature Center Boo at the Nature Center, and Noel Night but other shows may be added as time allows.  We sell books, promote the organization, and offer activities at these shows.  

7.  Attend board meetings when required and provide activity reports one week before each board meeting.  

8. Coordinate publicity using conventional media (newspapers, TV, radio) as well as social and computer media outlets.  Write and distribute press releases and other publicity for major programs and to call attention to significant accomplishments of the organization.  Maintain media contact database.   

9. Write and disseminate all program information to all those internally responsible for publicizing the programs and events. The coordinator will write articles for each Flyway and write regular posts for Facebook. Publicize events on Detroit Audubon Facebook page, website, and area birders list-serves.

10. Coordinator writes, edits, and disseminates our monthly e-newsletter, The Flyway Express.

10.  The coordinator will keep records including statistics of how many attended each program and where appropriate their evaluations of the programs offered, volunteer hours etc.  Program Coordinator will submit written reports for every board meeting and write or assist in writing reports for National Audubon, grants, and for other purposes as assigned. 

11.  Answer phone calls when in the office, and especially regarding natural history questions. Projects a positive image of Detroit Audubon Society in all interactions with the public, members, board members, associates, and vendors. Displays professionalism, pleasantness, and helpfulness at all times. 

12. Coordinate or help coordinate our Conservation Conferences/Symposia (formerly held in March or April each year) and Annual Awards Program, and Volunteer/Partner Recognition Event.

13. Provide staff support for Memorial Day Weekend Nature Get-away including taking registrations, maintaining registrant list, sending out confirmation packets if and when it is revived (we lost our venue two years ago and have not yet found a new one). 

14. Assists the editor of the Flyway with ideas for articles, photos, features etc., may coordinates some of the writing of articles by others, and assembles and organizes photos for articles he/she writes or is coordinating where possible. 

14. Attend meetings and webinars on behalf of Detroit Audubon as appropriate.

15. Suggest books & other items to be sold in our bookstore. Manage bookstore sales at events.

16.  Answers letters requiring professional expertise, and assists in preparing annual reports and other reports regarding programs as necessary.

17. Writes grants or participates in writing grants, and maybe involved in some crowd-funding efforts as well. 

18. May be required to perform office management duties (sorting mail etc.) when Office Administrator is away from the office. 

Schedule: The program coordinator will generally work three to four days per week, with schedule to be negotiated.   Weekend and evening work often required. PC should work in the office at any time he/she is not conducting a program or working off site unless permission is granted by supervisor to work elsewhere.  

Compensation:  The starting salary for this 25 hour/ week position is $17/ hour.

Start Date:  negotiable but must start by June 15, 2021.  

How to Apply:   Send a cover letter, resume and three letters of professional reference to Rochelle Breitenbach, President; Detroit Audubon, at rochelle@detroitaudubon.org