You are here

Head of Program at Vida Verde Nature Education - 9497

Job Title: 
Head of Program
Vida Verde Nature Education
3540 La Honda Road
94074 San Gregorio , CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

THE HEAD OF PROGRAM POSITION
This year-round, full time+ position is responsible for leading, developing and managing Vida Verde’s instructional staff of four, and for planning, managing and operating the 30-week school year program (Sept-Dec & Jan–June). The Head of Program (HoP) collaborates with other Vida Verde leaders, and HoP work includes participating in some non-program activities, such as fundraising, strategic planning and organizational team building. The position is well supported and has benefits, including housing, paid vacation during specified periods, retirement contributions, health and dental contributions, and professional development opportunities. We are looking for someone who wants to be challenged and work hard towards educational equity and who can handle serious responsibility and many details. More details below.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Head of Program Responsibilities
This is a full-time, year-round position

Manage & Support Instructional Team: (~55% of the job)
• Embody Vida Verde’s organizational values and motivate the instructional staff into a similar space.
• Ensure that all instructors comply with Commercial Class-C Driving licensure requirements, on time.
• Mentor the Instructors by:
• Planning & facilitating instructor training week (utilizing existing systems)
• Serve as an exemplary instructor with students in fall and ensure peer-to-peer observations year-round
• Utilize the V.V. Management and Support system for each instructor, including:
• Meet 1 on 1 monthly with each to support, set and track goals, review the job description
• Write Quarterly Report on each instructor re: their progress in work
• Improve instructional efficacy by leveraging feedback from internal teaching observations and visiting teacher/chaperone evaluations
• Lead Friday Instructor Workshops: plan, facilitate and execute the system in place
• Motivate and Inspire the team to success with students each program week
Support instructors to success in their caretaking roles
Maintain ongoing communication with instructors in person and via email, text
Program Operations Management: (~25 % of the job)
• Problem-solving of any larger program disruptions
• Communicate well with E.D.: For many reasons, including to report on program success/challenges, instructor progress/fit, obtain guidance on job-related issues and request any personal/professional support.
• Manage the existing systems and execute processes of Vida Verde that relate to staff and program, including creating a weekly “program” work schedule
• Maintain V.V. Risk Management Plan and ensure instructors are aware/prepared to implement the protocols there-in. Meet bi-annually with E.D. to review and revise.
• Maintain a positive working relationship with OVY site director.
• Act as a liaison between the Vida Verde Executive Director, visiting teachers, chaperones, donors and others as required.
Organizational Collaborative Leadership: (~15 % of the job)
• Work with our other managers to help maintain Vida Verde’s culture and the team as a whole by serving as a positive leader and role model for the entire staff
• Represent the organization at events outside of the program
• Engage in misc. fundraising help, as requested by Development Director or E.D., including maintaining some relationships with funders, preparing for and participating in other donor/volunteer events
• Prepare the agenda for and facilitate monthly All-Staff meetings
• Attend and participate in Annual org wide goal setting retreat and quarterly check-ins
• Keep all paid staff aware of the Risk Management Plan
Additional Responsibilities: (~5-10 % of the job)
• Help produce the Annual Benefit and manage instructor team in this effort
• Communicate program facilities needs with the Facilities & Farm Manager. Be available and assist with tents, trails, vehicles, animals, etc.

Term of Work
Year-Round
• Desired Start Date: June 1, 2020 (Flexible part-time training to begin in April/May)
• The program operates during the school year from September-November and January-June, with 30-31 weeks of program
• There is an instructor training week in late August, an annual fundraiser in December, and additional rotating weekend caretaker work commitments (roughly 1 hour, once a month) outside of program weeks
• There is a break in late December/early January and a spring break in March - see vacation section.
• During summer and any other non-program weeks the HoP plans trainings, revises systems, prepares for the program year.

Qualifications of a Strong Applicant
• Inspired by and committed to the mission
• Desire to work in a small, values-driven nonprofit
• At least 3 years experience in outdoor education or classroom teaching with at least 1 year experience in teaching, supporting and/or engaging low-income and students of color
• Experience in any of the following trauma-informed, culturally relevant and culturally responsive teaching
• Experience in team management or leadership
• Strong attention to details, systems/procedures management, and strong organization skills
• Comfortable working independently and as part of a tight team
• Positive attitude, commitment to excellence, great communicator, full of integrity
• Enthusiastic about participating in an improvement-driven and supportive management system. Comfortable giving and receiving feedback and regularly setting/tracking goals.
• Current Commercial Class C Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement (Or readiness to obtain immediately upon hire. Resources and financial support available.)
• Appreciation of and comfort leading and teaching students in the outdoors in all types of weather
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (some evenings and some weekends)
• Composure when dealing with adversity and conflict, Diplomacy in crucial conversations
• Current First Aid/CPR certification and Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
• Adaptable
Bonus Qualifications
• Bilingual (Spanish and English), Handy with tools/fixing, Comfortable playing guitar or other instruments during songs/campfire

Compensation and Benefits
• Hourly rate is $20/hour. Housing also provided, valued at $5.77/hr. Total value $25.77 + other benefits
• (If under extenuating circumstances, the Commercial license is not obtained prior to Aug 20, pay will be at a reduced rate until license is obtained.)
Housing: housing for HoP is provided on site, and is a condition of the job. It includes private bedroom. Kitchen, bath, laundry may be shared with other staff housemate(s) depending. More details provided in interview / upon request.
2 Weeks of Paid Vacation plus 5 holidays for year 1. (Vacation to be taken primarily over Summer, Winter Break and 1 week of Spring Break *that does not align w/ instructors Spring Vacation)
There is a $200 monthly contribution from Vida Verde towards the group Health, Dental & Vision insurance plan of your choice from the menu.
Full-time staff at Vida Verde are eligible for retirement benefits (V.V. matches your contributions up to 5% of your salary) after nine months of employment. Vida Verde’s contributions are applied retroactively upon completion of nine months of work, and are vested over a five-year period.
6 meals provided weekly during program weeks (throughout the 3-day program)
Pro Deals (deep discounts on name brand outdoor gear, clothing and products)
Paid Training for the Position - details to be worked out based on date of hire.
Paid costs of relevant professional development opportunities

Education & Experience: 

Qualifications of a Strong Applicant
• Inspired by and committed to the mission
• Desire to work in a small, values-driven nonprofit
• At least 3 years experience in outdoor education or classroom teaching with at least 1 year experience in teaching, supporting and/or engaging low-income and students of color
• Experience in any of the following trauma-informed, culturally relevant and culturally responsive teaching
• Experience in team management or leadership
• Strong attention to details, systems/procedures management and strong organization skills
• Comfortable working independently and as part of a tight team
• Positive attitude, commitment to excellence, great communicator, full of integrity
• Enthusiastic about participating in an improvement-driven and supportive management system. Comfortable giving and receiving feedback and regularly setting/tracking goals.
• Current Commercial Class C Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement (Or readiness to obtain immediately upon hire. Resources and financial support available.)
• Appreciation of and comfort leading and teaching students in the outdoors in all types of weather
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours (some evenings and some weekends)
• Composure when dealing with adversity and conflict, Diplomacy in crucial conversations
• Current First Aid/CPR certification and Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
• Adaptable
Bonus Qualifications
• Bilingual (Spanish and English), Handy with tools/fixing, Comfortable playing guitar or other instrument during songs/campfire

Application Instructions: 

Send a video of yourself teaching young people*, letter of interest, resume, and three references.
Applications received by will be given priority consideration.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Send by email only to all three of the following.
Shawn Sears, Jeff Butterworth, and Paula Alves.
Shawn@Vveducation.org, Jeff@Vveducation.org, Paula@Vveducation.org

*A teaching video is a requirement for a complete application to Vida Verde. If you are not currently working with young people, or if there are restrictions on recording where you are teaching, it is requested that you take creative measures to create some kind of teaching video.

Job Categories: 
Education