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Coordinator of Environmental Education and Stewardship

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The Northwest School
1415 Summit Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Phone: 2068166226

The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment diversity and social justice.

The Northwest School seeks a passionate environmental educator with a strong science background and social justice orientation; with the capacity to inspire stakeholders and draw them into the work; with a strong disposition toward networking and a desire to collaborate; with a record of successful teaching, particularly in a related scientific discipline; with experience in gardening/farming, bee-keeping, botany, and/or engineering; with outdoor leadership skills.

This position reports to the Assistant Head of School and serves as the co-chair of the Sustainability Committee; member of the, Science Department, Curriculum Committee, Administrative Team, and Board Facilities Committee.

Areas of responsibility:
Curriculum and Program:
Attend to the scope and sequence of our 6 -12 environmental curriculum
Connect content-oriented priorities (global, environmental, social justice) with pedagogical aims (interdisciplinary, creative problem-solving)
Teach a senior (science) elective
Co-coordinate the Environment Program
Oversee related Immersives (and lead/teach one)
Help organize/lead related Student Interest Groups
Facilitate related curricular/co-curricular connections with (international) partner schools
Encourage/support related Senior Projects
Develop, encourage, and support related internships (see “Community Outreach” below)
Act as liaison to the Outdoor Program (strong preference: a participant with expertise)
Act as liaison to Heritage University
Act as liaison to the Service Program Coordinators
With the Summer Camp Director, generate curricular and co-curricular opportunities
With students, design, construct, and manage The Northwest School Urban Farm, featuring:
A lab to explore and model “vertical farming”
An apiary, connected to Seattle’s “pollinator pathway”
A hydroponic system supporting shrimp, fish
Increased integration with the school’s dining program (planting, produce, compost, etc.)
Enhanced relationships with our neighbors, including restaurants, food banks, community pea patches, elderly (and other) apartment dwellers, schools

Operations and Facilities: Act as liaison between all departments of the school, including (especially) the academic and co-curricular programs to those supporting them:
Transportation
Physical plant
Dining
Purchasing

Community outreach (in service to everything above):
Higher education (e.g., UW, Seattle U.)
Peer schools, public and private
Non-profits (e.g., Sustainability Ambassadors, Capitol Hill Eco District)
Municipal government
Community (e.g., parent) education, including presentations, clinics, etc.
Website maintenance and elaboration

Qualifications
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity and the environment.

A bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job are required, a master's degree is preferred.

The successful coordinator will be just that: someone capable of knitting together in more comprehensible fashion Northwest’s strong, but disparate, oft-disconnected programs, including its Middle and Upper School curricula, co-curricular activities, outdoors/wilderness education experiences, dining, and facilities/operations. Help us answer the question, “What would it mean to graduate students with an ‘environmental perspective’?”

Compensation:
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with experience. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee’s salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. Generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, a commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.

Application Process:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and other supporting information that may aid your candidacy online: http://northwestschool.org/about-the-school/employment

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.

Location

The Northwest School
1415 Summit Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Phone: 2068166226