The Presidio Trust is seeking an Education Coordinator to join the Heritage Program at the Presidio of San Francisco – a 1,500 acre national park with a richly layered history and landscapes that includes wildlife, native plants, archaeological sites, the only campground in the City of San Francisco, and historic military buildings animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies. As part of the Presidio Trust, an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio of San Francisco as a park, the Heritage Program shares the park's rich natural and cultural heritage through public engagement, working collaboratively with community organizations and park partners, including the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, to promote awareness, appreciation, and protection of this unique American resource. Learn more at www.presidio.gov.
Our ideal candidate is passionate about teaching K-12 students using place-based program strategies to connect youth to the archaeology, history, and natural environment of the Presidio. You possess experience in informal or formal education practices and you're knowledgeable about conducting successful field trip experiences for Bay Area schools. You're excited to engage Bay Area youth, teachers, and families with the many resources and programs offered by the Presidio Trust. You're highly organized, enjoy working collaboratively within a team environment, and can also work well independently, providing high quality, unique national park experiences that inspire and empower future generations.
This is a full-time temporary position not to exceed one year. Applications received by May 16, 2018 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold interviews beginning the week of May 21st, make a job offer before the end of May, and set a work start date in June, 2018.
- Deliver predetermined interdisciplinary pre K-12 historical and archaeological education programs for students, teachers, and families in order to promote resource awareness, appreciation, protection, and youth engagement.
- Provide instruction and material for K-12 students and teachers prior to, during, and after visits to the Presidio to ensure there is adequate preparation for effective on-site delivery and a valuable educational experience. Document and refine program instructions and materials to provide a lasting contribution to the ongoing curriculum and educational offerings in the Presidio.
- Serve as a collaborative member of the Presidio Trust education team. In cooperation with the Education Program Manager, schedule meetings, set agendas, check and respond to fieldtrip emails/requests, and attend weekly meetings.
- Review educational materials and support program delivery for all education programs. Work collaboratively with staff, interns, and volunteers within and outside the department. Schedule and assist with training and onboarding new education interns, temp employees, and/or staff.
- In cooperation with the Education Team, develop and maintain effective working relationships with community partners, schools, scientific and academic institutions, and non-profit groups in order to further the educational goals of the Presidio Trust.
- Participate in ongoing training and professional development in order to establish and maintain best practices for the park and to stay current in the field of education.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Archeology, History, Education, or related field AND at least one year of experience in education (preferably place-based education)
- Demonstrated skills in program delivery, and a solid understanding of youth engagement/ development
- Professional background in archeology or history to understand methods and how to meaningfully incorporate concepts and practices into dynamic educational programs for youth
- Basic knowledge and skill in performing developmental assignments and rapidly learning technical work
- Knowledge and skill in analysis, problem solving, writing, interpreting policies and regulations, and dealing effectively with people
- Practical understanding of educational institutions and processes and related political, social, and economic issues
- Ability to work well and collaborate with others, and a positive attitude and engaging personality.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
- Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio
About the Heritage Program
The Heritage Program is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of the Presidio as an exceptional national park that welcomes all – a place with deep meaning, an oasis of biodiversity, a legacy of service, and a historical significance that provides inspiration for our education and interpretation efforts. This team offers the public opportunities to build meaningful connections to the park through the development of innovative education programs, thought-provoking museum exhibits, ongoing archaeological excavation, and a rich array of events that inspire visitors to learn more about the park's natural and cultural heritage. The Heritage Program is truly collaborative and interdisciplinary – staff work across teams and with outside partners and community groups to bring the Presidio alive for visitors. The team is passionate about their purpose-driven work, which has resulted in awards from the Governor of California, the California Heritage Council, and the American Alliance of Museums.