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Camp Discovery is Seeking a Program Coordinator

Now Hiring! Camp Discovery is seeking a new Program Coordinator!

Camp Discovery is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization celebrating over 30 years of nurturing the spirit of curiosity and creating learning experiences in Nature that engage and inspire. Our campus is nestled among 104 acres of forest, fields, wetlands and streams in Blythewood, SC and provides the perfect outdoor classroom for hands-on learning and exploration. Camp Discovery reaches over 3,000 school children annually through standards-based and project-based learning programs. We also engage youth through our summer day camp, Earth Keepers. Using an array of dynamic, environmental topics from plant and animal life cycles to the study of soils or hydrology, every program incorporates elements of nature, artifacts and even live animals to create an individualized learning experience that better connects participants with the natural world.

Job Summary:  Camp Discovery is seeking a qualified, high-energy individual to work in our Experiential Learning program as a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator is an exempt position that normally requires 40 hours weekly and additional time as tasks demand. Evenings and weekend availability required. The Program Coordinator provides leadership, management and execution of top quality outdoor and experiential education programming for a wide variety of audiences including, but not limited to, elementary, middle and high school students, educators and professionals. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will facilitate the development, implementation, marketing and expansion of environmental education, experiential, and leadership programs at Camp Discovery. The Program Coordinator will oversee customer experience for onsite and offsite Camp Discovery programs in consultation with the Executive Director.

This job demands a great deal of energy, flexibility and commitment. The Program Coordinator often plans and prepares lessons outside of the regular workday until they become comfortable teaching the curriculum. Although the main responsibility of the Program Coordinator is to work directly with participants facilitating lessons, work in other areas may be required to include facility upkeep and maintenance, office work, building projects, gardening, outreach, and development.

A.  Program Development and Outreach
• Design, execute and evaluate Camp Discovery programs for various populations.
• Plan for short term and long term program development in collaboration with Executive Director and board.
• Collaborate with school systems and community groups with a focus on developing long term program partnerships
• Analyze staffing needs and generate creative options for staffing in order to ensure excellent program delivery.  Explore adjunct staff and contracted staff possibilities for the programming needs of all program streams.
• Differentiate and tailor programs that meet the needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests.
• Manage the creation, execution, evaluation and expansion of Camp Discovery community programs by organizing special events and participating in local community events to raise program revenue, build awareness and maintain goodwill.
• Cultivate a culturally aware learning community using sensitivity to bring cultural relevance to program content and community relationships including students, teachers, and schools.
• Maintain a thorough knowledge of educational experience trends, state academic standards, and industry initiatives in order to evaluate programs and determine new opportunities.
• Promote Camp programs through calls and meetings with teachers and administrators as well as by other means as determined by the Executive Director.
• Work with Executive Director to continually explore potential program partnerships, ways to expand program offerings and market Camp programs, while meeting the mission and budget goals of Camp Discovery.
• Serve on multiple committees to lead ongoing development, adaptation, evaluation, and updating of environmental education and outdoor recreation initiatives.
• Build relationships with Camp visitors, community members and staff to promote and strengthen current Camp offerings and identify additional community needs.
• Develop articles and relevant information for Camp newsletters, website and other media outlets.

B.  Program Delivery
• Facilitate, using a student-centered approach, interactive, community-building environmental education learning experiences in outdoor settings for student groups.
• Interpret Discovery Room and trails to children and adults using generally accepted nature interpretation techniques including nature hikes on property and safe hands-on activities.
• Facilitate environmental education activities that include the safety, care and responsible handling of a small collection of animal ambassadors (after training).
• Use scientific inquiry and lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior.
• Oversee group preparations, including but not limited to, activity set-up, pre and post cleaning of indoor/outdoor program spaces and other tasks as assigned
• Provide comprehensive pre and post assessments of student group learning to help evidence achievement of educational goals.
• Inspect program areas and camp facilities with Executive Director of buildings and grounds to ensure top standards of safety.
• Manage student safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed.
• Ensure customer satisfaction by interacting with all group participants (leaders, students and chaperones) pre, during, and post camp experience.

C.  Program Financials and Funding
• Develop and support fundraising initiatives as necessary to promote and build Camp programs.
• Assist in writing of grant proposals to support Camp Discovery programs and infrastructure.
• Monitor financials with Executive Director to ensure fiscal responsibility.

Education and Experience:  Requirements include a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Education, Biology, Ecology, Natural Science, Recreation, or a closely related field and at least 3-5 years of relevant teaching and/or program delivery experience (preferably outdoors). The ideal candidate will have experience in developing, planning and initiating programs and activities that correspond to short and long term program goals; grant writing; and community outreach.  First Aid and CPR Certification desired (or ability to obtain).

Physical Demands:  While performing essential functions, the Program Coordinator is regularly required to walk, stand, bend, stoop, see, speak and hear; frequently required to sit, reach, use hands to manipulate objects or tools and work in all weather conditions; and occasionally required are the abilities to lift or carry up to 45 lbs.


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