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Position Announcement and Description

Position Title: Bilingual Education Director
Time Commitment: Negotiable between 16-32 hours/week, typically weekdays
Approximate Start Date: Negotiable, open until filled
Organization: Gorge Ecology Outdoors (GEO)
Organization’s Mission: GEO is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to nurturing ALL children’s sense of belonging, wonder, and connection within the greater Columbia River Gorge region through science and outdoor education.

Location: GEO’s office is located at 203 2nd St. in Hood River, Oregon. Most days will begin at the office, however, programs are run throughout the Gorge within a 2,000+ square mile service area and working some of the time remotely can be accommodated as the position allows.

Salary: $15/hour starting wage

Position Summary: The bilingual education director will help with all aspects of Gorge Ecology operations. We are a very small non-profit that relies heavily on community support. This position is dynamic and includes duties such as, but not limited to, coordinating and implementing educational programs, volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, equipment maintenance, file organization and record keeping, community outreach and communications as well as maintaining and seeking out partnerships with other organizations, agencies, and corporations. GEO currently has three employees, however, one employee has returned to school so the goal of this position is to replace that employee and enhance the effectiveness of the organization to better serve youth in the Gorge. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the human demographics of the region and how there can be systemic barriers to equitable education and access to the outdoors, as well as an appreciation for the naturally occurring systems of the Columbia Gorge. We have been and continue to be committed to creating better practices to increase inclusivity through our programming and diversity within the organization, as well as doing our part to dismantle systemic racism and oppression. The candidate also needs to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy working with kids! It’s a goal to retain the same person in this position for years to come and for that person to have satisfaction in their employment as well as advancement. We offer some non-traditional benefits, over a month of paid time off throughout each year, and strive for a holistically healthy workplace.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the bilingual education director are dynamic, varied, and evolving. A sample includes, but is not limited to:

50% - Program coordination and implementation:

  • Lead and assist with classroom lessons and coordination
  • Assist with and lead field trips
  • Maintain program quality and school partnerships
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers
  • Maintain and enhance on-going programs with schools
  • Track students served and achievements
  • Update, create, and implement programs and materials
  • Ensure proper maintenance of program supplies
  • Assist the executive director with grant proposals and management of programmatic grant funds

20% - Communications and outreach:

  • Provide written program updates, website updates, social media management, and email campaigns.
  • Table at various events in the community
  • Engage children and adults in activities
  • Engage community members in learning about GEO
  • Provide assistance to various partner organizations, including the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and others.
  • Create materials and outreach systems
  • Work an occasional evening and weekend
20% - Fundraising:
  • Assist executive director in grant writing and donor relationships in addition to soliciting businesses as well as individuals for monetary and in-kind contributions
  • Organize and assist with fundraising events and campaigns
  • Record and track donors
  • Assist executive director and board of directors in creating and implementing fundraising plan
  • Secure funds to continue employment

5% - Office and supplies management:

  • Maintain all equipment and supplies
  • Assist the executive director to maintain accurate records.
  • Create filing systems that are methodical
  • Manage supplies inventory and organization
  • Clean and organize office
5% - Other duties as assigned:
       • Due to the nature of our work we are constantly adapting to meet the needs of our organization and our constituents. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, purchasing supplies, meeting with partners to acquire materials, running organizational errands, preparing social events, etc..

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Experience teaching children and adults in both indoor and outdoor classrooms.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Fluent and effective verbal and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences in both English and Spanish.
  • Ability to work independently, or on a team, as well as an ability to begin and complete tasks independently. Self- motivated.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain several projects at once.
  • Physical fitness for outdoor work. Must be able to carry 40 pounds for three miles.
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S. and able to provide documentation.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Passion for our mission and vision.
  • Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Columbia Gorge communities, both natural and built, and appreciation for the diverse cultures.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Energetic.
  • Respect and gratitude for the outdoors.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lived experience as it relates to the children we serve.
  • Volunteer management.
  • Experience fundraising.
  • Other useful skills, knowledge, and experience: office administration, curriculum development, marketing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Social Media, web, WordPress, and email marketing experience.
  • Creativity and artistic ability a plus.
  • First aid and CPR.

Compensation: Salary for this position is budgeted at $15/hour for up to 32hours/week. Additional hours may be available on an as-needed and approved basis. More than a month of paid time off each year will be provided through accrual of vacation time at a rate of two weeks per year, paid sick leave at a rate of one week per year, and nine paid holidays each year (New Years Day, MLK Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, and four holidays of your choice). Flexible schedule and ability to work remotely when programs are not in session. Ability to use GEO supplies and equipment for personal use with proper sign out, care, and return. Opportunities for career development.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to info@gorgeecology.org. The cover letter should be addressed to Drew Eastman (he/him) and should include any information about you that may be relevant to this position that is not highlighted in the resume in addition to any negotiations you’d like us to consider such as your desired starting date and amount of weekly hours. We may request two references. If so, we will want their name, email, phone, and your relationship to them. All documents should be in either Word or PDF. If you have questions please email our executive director, Drew Eastman, at drew@gorgeecology.org or by calling Drew at 541-387-2274.

Diversity Statement for Hiring: GEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and are seeking to create an organization that better reflects the communities we serve. We celebrate a variety of cultures and acknowledge the systemic oppression and disparities that people that are Indigenous, Black, and People of Color have experienced. We admit that we have contributed to this problem and are actively working towards improving our practices through continued learning and evaluation.

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