We’re Hiring: Education Outreach Coordinator

Take Me Outside is hiring!

Education Outreach Coordinator (p/t)

We are looking for a self-motivated, tech-savvy, creative, and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about outdoor learning and creating accessible avenues for learners to spend more time outside. Is that you? Keep reading and apply by Sunday January 28th!

Currently reviewing applications – thank you for your interest!


Summary:

Take Me Outside is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and facilitating action on nature connection and outdoor learning in schools across Canada. We believe in a future where spending time outside playing, exploring and learning is a regular and significant part of every learner’s day. We work collaboratively with other organizations, school boards and individuals to encourage children and youth to spend more time outside through various projects and initiatives. TMO’s target population is learners and educators across Canada who we reach mainly through the education system. Our goal is to encourage schools to extend the learning environment beyond the desk and four walls and to use the great outdoors as part of the regular teaching practice. The ultimate goal is to encourage more time spent outside during the school day to counter balance excessive screen time and sedentary tendencies. Our programs are intended to be simple, fun, and accessible to all.

In this role, you will work with the Take Me Outside Program Manager and Executive Director, to primarily assist with coordinating and executing our large nation-wide initiatives such as Take Me Outside Day and the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge to help grow and connect our community of outdoor educators. You will use your organizational and interpersonal skills to plan events, conduct outreach, consult with the community, build relationships and partnerships, and coordinate all upcoming programs to maximize the impact of our work and to encourage engagement and participation in outdoor learning. Because we are a small grassroots organization and all our team members wear many hats, we are looking for a strong team player who is resourceful, flexible, and able to adapt to changing responsibilities as needed. A working knowledge of French and experience with MailChimp and/or WordPress are strong assets.

Position Description:

The Education Outreach Coordinator (EOC) works with the Program Manager and Executive Director to assist with coordinating, promoting, and executing our North American-wide events throughout the school-year, such as Take Me Outside (TMO) Day and the TMO for Learning Challenge, alongside other initiatives such as our seasonal virtual workshop series for educators.

The EOC is also a key contact person for programs such as the School Board Subscription package for school system administrators, and the national Outdoor Learning Resource Hub, both of which rely on collaborative and timely communication with partnering organizations and participants to bring outdoor learning into schools across Canada.

The EOC’s organizational and interpersonal skills encourage engagement and participation in outdoor learning by building relationships and partnerships, shaping communications and building related strategy for audience engagement, planning events, conducting outreach, consulting with the community, and coordinating upcoming programs to maximize TMO’s impact.

Our small grassroots organization is looking for a strong team player who is resourceful, flexible, and adaptable to changing responsibilities. We are an entirely remote organization, and the role requires someone self-motivated and independent who is also able to be reliable and accountable in a busy team environment.

Responsibilities:

The role and responsibilities of the EOC include, but may not be limited to:

  • Work alongside TMO staff to coordinate with teachers, schools, community educators, volunteers, guest speakers, and partner organizations to plan and execute annual TMO initiatives such as Take Me Outside Day and the Learning Challenge.
  • Liaise with partners and work with TMO staff and contractors to co-create and work together on various collaborative initiatives, including by not limited to: TMO’s Resource Hub and online database, school admin-level outreach and engagement, and school board/district subscription packages to scale and market our programs and initiatives.
  • Collect and integrate feedback to improve initiatives in response to educator needs and consultation with TMO Advisory Committees.
  • Develop a schedule and curate content for various regular communications to our audience and segments thereof, including outdoor learning resources, community building opportunities, organizational updates, and outdoor-based activities for learners of all ages through social media and MailChimp communications.
  • Create and implement engagement, communications, and outreach campaigns to increase followers on social media, retain current newsletter subscribers, and drive traffic to our web-based blog while crafting an engaging narrative around the organization.
  • Promote and potentially host seasonal workshop series in partnership with the Outdoor Learning Store on outdoor learning topics to engage the Take Me Outside community (educators, schools, admin, partners, parents) in ongoing learning opportunities, including recruiting guest speakers and keeping track of prize winners.
  • Administrative tasks which include monitoring email inboxes, MailChimp accounts/contacts, keeping the website up to date via WordPress, supporting the TMO store, monthly meetings with the Board of Directors, etc.
  • Work with the team to identify new opportunities to build partnerships with schools, school boards, and other educational organizations and institutions.
  • Assist with other initiatives, special projects and events as needed and as they arise based on capacity.
Requirements:
  • Must provide your own workspace with reliable internet based from your home location.
  • Regular weekday availability, ie. the ability to be online during regular working hours from Mon—Fri (with some flexibility)
  • Be legally able to work in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident.
Desired Competencies:
  • Communication: Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to express ideas openly and honestly with staff and partners. An active listener.
  • Self-Management: Self-directed, motivated, and resourceful. Able to work independently and maintain own work schedule. Takes initiative and can self manage. Has good attention to detail and superior organizational skills.
  • Digital Proficiency: Comfortable with learning and using digital tools efficiently and effectively for communication and connection.
  • Inclusive Attitude: Adaptable and able to engage with people from diverse backgrounds. Values and embraces differences.
  • Creative: Innovative problem solver. Open minded and adaptable. Passionate storyteller.
Assets:
  • French-language skills: Ability to translate communications and potentially co-host workshops in French would be an asset.
  • Education background: BEd and/or some combination of experience in the education system with familiarity in outdoor learning principles
  • Specific platform experience: MailChimp, WordPress, Quickbooks, and/or Google suite
Additional info:
  • Location: Remote – anywhere within Canada. Please note your location in your application.
  • Term: 1 year contract, with possibility for extension based on performance and funding.
  • Hours: 20 hours per week, with some flexibility and potential for more as funding allows.
  • Compensation: Between $24-28 per hour, based on experience and qualifications.
  • Anticipated Start Date: ASAP. Please apply by Sun Jan 28th.
To Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume as a single PDF file with subject referencing the job title and your full name to info@takemeoutside.ca. We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this posting is taken down.

Within our small team, Take Me Outside is committed to fostering an inclusive organization which reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. All qualified and interested applicants are encouraged to apply and are welcome to identify any accessibility needs required during the selection process. We specially encourage applications from folks who are from historically marginalized cultures and backgrounds, racialized communities, or those with diverse sexual and gender identities, and physical or mental abilities. You may self-identify if you wish to do so.


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