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Posted
December 14, 2018
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Position
Director of Environmental Citizenship, PreK-12
Description
The Nueva School
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP

About the Nueva School

The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 900 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”
Position Overview
We seek a dynamic and visionary scientific educator with a background in environmental education and/or industry experience focused on sustainability for the newly created position of Director of Environmental Citizenship.
The Director of Environmental Citizenship will lead the development of a significant new PreK-12 lens of inquiry designed to instill optimism, resilience, and a bias toward action regarding environmental issues. The program will build upon significant, existing offerings and provide students, teachers, and the broader community with a framework by which to develop the skills, mindsets, and perspectives that build understanding of and appreciation for the earth’s natural systems, human impact on the planet and the necessary balance required for future sustainability.
Our new director will report to the Head of School, serve on the expanded leadership team and collaborate closely with division heads, faculty, students and the Nueva parent community. Responsibilities include half-time teaching and half-time administrative duties to develop and coordinate the program.

Primary Responsibilities
Curriculum Development
• Create, articulate and promote a vision for Environmental Citizenship (EC) that reflects Nueva’s mission, vision, constructivist pedagogy, and culture
• Support integration of EC programming across PreK–12
• Map and evaluate existing environmental initiatives, including coursework, academies, intensives, trips, and community outreach
• Collaborate closely with faculty to enrich the existing EC curriculum components as well as identify new areas for integration of EC programming Instruction
• Develop and teach dedicated EC courses in the Middle and Upper Schools
• Develop and teach EC modules within other courses across all PreK-12 levels
• Mentor and support select student-led research and projects

Program Coordination and Management
• Oversee a new E-Lab facility on the Hillsborough campus that will serve as the central hub for environmental learning, research, student projects, and community collaboration
• Explore ideas for all-school EC initiatives with the goal of creating community commitment and enthusiasm for sustainability
• Serve as a liaison with external partners, including nonprofits, other schools, corporations, internship providers, and community service organizations to create, curate, and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships
• Engage a rich network of parent and faculty connections to explore opportunities for student impact beyond Nueva
• Actively participate in regional and national networks supporting sustainability education

Leadership and Communication
• Integrate EC into the fabric of the school, including working with campus facilities, to identify areas for improvement, growth, and synergy as well as new initiatives supporting sustainability
• Support faculty and staff with professional development opportunities, new teacher training, small working groups, or whole-school in-service days
• Design and lead parent and teacher educational workshops
• Create and oversee all internal and external communication about the EC initiative

Candidate Qualifications
• Experience in the field of environmental citizenship through coursework, direct program delivery, and/or industry/nonprofit work
• Experience developing curriculum and a desire to integrate the EC curriculum with other subjects
• Skilled at strategic thinking and tactical execution
• Flexibility and creativity in a dynamic environment where new ideas and iteration are embraced
• Openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning in practice as well as in the subject area specifically
• Excellent communication skills, orally and in writing; grant writing experience a plus
• Demonstrated understanding of child development
• Minimum of 3–5 years of experience in the field of education, either within a PreK–12 school or equivalent experience in a nonprofit educational environment
• Master’s degree required (PhD in environmental science or related field a plus)

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, your résumé, and the contact information for at least three professional references at http://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply. For specific questions, contact Scott Bowers, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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