Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation (Sierra Club BC) is a non-profit environmental organization whose
mission is to support people stewarding abundant ecosystems and a stable climate, while building resilient,
equitable communities. Our overarching goal is to uplift grassroots-led change in response to the climate
emergency and ecosystem collapse. To do this, we engage with and learn from diverse communities and
knowledge systems, including communities most impacted by the ecological challenges we all face. In particular,
we are committed to learning from the governance systems of the Indigenous Nations on whose territories we
live and work. Learn more here.
We are currently seeking a new Education Program Lead to guide our current K-8 programming and support the
development of new offerings for high school learners. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic team that
welcomes people who bring diverse ways of knowing into a growing organization that is in the early stages of
implementing its new vision and strategic plan.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Sierra Club BC’s Education Program Lead offers strong administrative, relational and fundraising skills, informed
by a background in education and a commitment to transformational learning. They support and grow a thriving
program of curriculum-linked, nature-based workshops for learners and teachers across BC. This program
directly engages learners with local natural environments through hands-on activities and experiential learning
opportunities that highlight a culture of sustainability and encourage respect for Indigenous knowledges. This
work is done through a lens that centres healthy development for young learners and those they engage with. A
strong candidate for this position encourages inquiry, acknowledges that they do not have all the answers, and
can communicate with diverse communities through an environmental and social justice lens, based in
intercultural knowledge and understanding, as well as their own lived experience. They have a strong
commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Sierra Club BC pays a living wage to all staff and is committed to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in both
our hiring practices and work environment. We are committed to building and maintaining a work environment
that is welcoming to people who bring other ways of seeing, knowing and communicating to our work.
This is a four day per week (30 hours per week) position. Preference will be given to candidates based in Victoria
or the Lower Mainland, although outstanding candidates willing to work remotely from other parts of the
province will be considered. At four days per week, the starting salary for this position is $40,560, rising to
$44,070 through annual increases. For the right fit, negotiation is possible for increased hours up to 37.5 hours
weekly. We offer extended benefits and a generous vacation allowance, as well as opportunities for
professional development and training.
The successful candidate will work in a team that emphasizes mutual respect over hierarchy. They will
collaborate most closely with our two Facilitators of Learning, but also with our Development, Communications
and Campaigns teams. They will be responsive to the advice and counsel of our Leadership and Cultural Voices.
We know the following lists are extensive. We encourage applicants who believe they have the majority of
qualifications, while they may need to grow into others. Sierra Club BC is committed to providing the supports
necessary for that professional development.
RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE FACILITATING:
FUNDRAISING and FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
• Develop and execute the annual program budget and track all program expenses
• Prepare narratives and budgets for funding proposals and reports in collaboration with the Development
• Assist with stewardship of funders and donors
• Support the Development Team to develop and carry out an annual revenue plan
• Manage the annual programming calendar, including scheduling workshops and coordinating travel logistics
• Ensure delivery of grant obligations
• Respond to telephone calls/emails related to school‐based programming
• Track program delivery statistics and maintain records and files
STAFF SUPERVISION and COLLABORATION
• Guide a team of Facilitators of Learning (currently 2 staff), helping them to reach their full potential
• Hire new staff as required and assist with their training
• Coordinate and facilitate weekly education team meetings
• Collaborate with the internal transformational conversations
• Collaboratively develop outward facing materials, curriculum, and professional development BC wide
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT and DELIVERY
• Coordinate delivery of pro-d trainings for teachers and facilitate trainings in collaboration with Facilitators of
Learning as required
• Collaborate with Facilitators of Learning to update and revise programs as needed, threading in a
Transformational Learning approach and an Indigenous lens
• Support the development and execution of a new high school climate action pilot program
• Support Facilitators of Learning in developing new educational resources
MARKETING and COMMUNICATIONS
• Work with the Communications Team to develop and deliver the Education Program marketing and
communications plan, including promoting our free online educational resources
• Develop content for promotional materials for student workshops and professional development trainings
• Collaboratively create content for blogs, media articles, and the monthly Education E-News
• Network, communicate and collaborate with community partners including schools, school districts,
Indigenous leaders, community groups and/or other non-profit organizations.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE (ideally these skills or equivalent experience are needed)
• A university degree in Education, Environmental Studies or another relevant field
• Minimum three years demonstrable experience within environmental education, outdoor education, youth
engagement, and/or experiential education
• Experience in program and staff management, preferably in a not-for-profit setting
• Strong financial literacy, particularly within the context of a not-for-profit organization
• Experience writing grant applications and managing grant deliverables
• Demonstrable experience working with children and youth in a classroom environment or other settings,
including a variety of cultural contexts
• Strong familiarity with environmental education theory and approaches, including First Peoples Principles of
Learning and Transformational Learning
• Experience writing engaging educational materials and curriculum for youth (knowledge of BC Curriculum is
• Deep understanding of environmental justice, social justice, and cultural contexts within BC
• Strong written and verbal communications skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom (assets include basic knowledge of WordPress
and Google Classrooms)
HOW TO APPLY
• Submit your application with the words “Application for Education Program Lead” in the subject line to
• Applications will be received on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.
• Applications received by 9:00 am on May 21, 2021 will be given first consideration for an interview.
• Calls for interviews will occur starting May 27, with interviews to commence the week of May 31.
• Target start date for the successful candidate is June 28.
• This timeline may be adjusted as needed.
• If you have questions, please write to the email address above (please do not call).
• Only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.
• We encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA individuals and
members of other diverse communities to apply for careers with our organization.
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