Education Director

Audubon Center of the North Woods
Jobs - Full Time
Sandstone, MN

Audubon Center of the North Woods

Job Title: Education Director

Full Time Regular



The purpose of this position is to provide leadership, management and execution of the highest quality environmental education programming for a wide variety of audiences. Programs include residential, day-use and outreach K-12, college, adult, community and senior programs, youth and family camps and retreats/conference groups. As a senior level administrator, this position assists the Executive Director and collaborates with Finance & Operations Director in leadership of the Audubon Center of the North Woods.



  • Job title of this position's immediate supervisor: Executive Director
  • Job titles of other positions reporting to the Executive Director: Operations Director, Development Director, Director of Charter School Authorizing
  • Job titles of positions reporting directly to this Education Director position: Education Manager, Wildlife Coordinator, Reservations Coordinator


  • Minimum Level Education: Master’s Degree
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills required including curriculum and public presentations
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in environmental education required
  • Demonstrated leadership and management of teams in a professional setting
  • Excellent problem solving, decision-making and prioritization skills required.
  • Good computer skills required
  • Human resource management skills and experience required, including organizational development, performance evaluations, goal setting, training and development, motivating, team building, hiring, and discipline
  • Manage programs within budget, read financial statements and use information to guide decision-making.
  • Knowledge of ACNW programs and policies preferred
  • Experience with risk management and emergency procedures
  • First Aid and CPR certification required, additional certifications preferred
  • Favorable background screening required
  • Driver’s license and ability to drive all types of vehicles, including 15 passenger vans with trailers


20% Program Management and Administration

  • Direct all aspects of ACNW K-12, outreach, youth camp, family camp, & Road Scholar programs, maintaining responsibility for appropriate, safe, and effective operations
  • Maintain oversight of programs including scheduling, staffing, facilities, equipment, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with other center department supervisors to ensure positive customer experiences while also enabling productive staff functioning in all departments
  • Design, lead and support the professional development of ACNW educational program staff
  • Lead and conduct the education department’s recruitment of staff, hiring, retention, and employee performance evaluations

10% Risk Management

  • Ensure ACNW meets all local, state, and federal regulations for safety in the programs
  • Direct and oversee complete and timely safety practices for all ACNW activities and facilities including policy, safety and security training for program staff
  • Review programs and facilities regularly for safety and security compliance.
  • Document all safety inspections, incidents, etc. as needed on a timely basis

5% Financial and Business Management

  • Develop and manage operating expense budgets for education programs under jurisdiction
  • Assist in development of revenue budget and fee setting for programs, including appropriate scoping of new and existing programs
  • Assist in development and execution of annual budget
  • Ensure cost effective, high value and efficient use of financial resources in program deliver

40% Program Development, Marketing and Partnerships

  • Seek, maintain & strengthen relationships with leaders of k-12 school clients
  •  Secure school attendance through retention of existing clients and recruitment of new schools
  • Support the center’s executive, communication and development functions
  • Assist with funding opportunities for programs, including grants and donations
  • Work with Leadership Team and Marketing Coordinator for the effective execution of ACNW marketing strategies and activities, with focus toward increasing enrollment
  • Assist in strategic and long-term planning for all ACNW programs
  • Represent ACNW with a wide variety of local, regional and national professional organizations appropriate to the ACNW mission
  • Review scholarship requests and follow up on funder requirements
  • Support communication efforts, including but not limited to writing and/or editing of center literature, marketing and related efforts
  • Seek out, develop and implement new educational opportunities and programs

5% Curriculum and Instrictional Design Management

  • Ensure that program design and implementation remain clearly aligned ot the center's mission, goals and strategic advancement efforts
  • Review and adjust curriculum, resources and staff develoment in respinse to chanaging trends in the industry 

10% Education Vision and Leadership

  • Lead entire Audubon Center of the North Woods educational program staff
  • Lead the design process for, implement, and evaluate organization-wide educational goals, both short and long term, to position ACNW at the leading and growing edge of environmental education
  • Lead, create and implement successful tactics to achieve assigned objectives of the organizational strategic plan

5% Evaluation

  • Manage design and implementation of all program=based evaluation activities
  • Monitor quality of education delivery, formally and informally through varities of methods

5% Teaching

  • Periodically teach ACNW classes
  • Maintain working knowledge of all ACNW programs & classes


  • Human Resources – Create a working environment which promotes job satisfaction and growth for all employees. Work with employee concerns in a fair manner within policy guidelines
  • Enforce all ACNW policies in a fair, consistent manner
  • Effectively solve facility and property needs relational to customer experience on a timely basis in collaboration with facilities staff
  • Maintain programs in a manner that ensures safety to staff and students at all times
  • Address critical issues on a 24/7 basis and respond as needed
  • Anticipate potential concerns in all areas of the business. Proactively plan to prevent concerns or issues


  • This position is limited by all ACNW policies and local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations
  • This position must obtain Executive Director approval for spending beyond planned budget and for any capital spending
  • This position must obtain Executive Director approval for addition of any new programs, curriculums, and initiatives
  • This position has authority for all HR activities and decisions within the educational program
  • This position has authority for all purchases within approved budget


  • This position is accountable for the successful and timely execution of programs, policies, and procedures in accordance with the ACNW mission statement and business needs
  • This position is accountable for annual revenues and expenditures of approximately $800,000
  • This position is accountable for the actions and performance of 12-15 staff


  • Employment at ACNW is “At Will” and is not a contract
  • Employment is conditional until acceptance of a favorable background screening
  • This position will require a minimum of 40 hours per week with a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends to fulfill business needs. Full time attendance “on campus” is a normal expectation when not off campus for business purposes
  • This position will work outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • This position requires work at heights of up to 25 feet
  • This position requires the ability to swim while wearing a PFD and adequately facilitate basic water rescue techniques
  • This position prefers competence in outdoor skills including orienteering, canoeing, backpacking, LNT camping, rock climbing, and ropes course management
  • This position requires occasional overnight, multi-day travel
  • This position requires regular and repetitive tasks related to computer and office work
  • This position requires a valid Class D drivers license, with a favorable driving record
  • This position requires physical exertion; occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs.
  • This position requires the ability to travel under his/her own power, for hours at a time, through the terrain of the entire ACNW property in all types of Minnesota weather year-round


  • Starting Annual Salary of $40,000
  • Eligible for Health Care and Simple IRA through ACNW. We currently offer health care coverage through Medica with a $3,000 individual deductible and $6,000 family deductible and contribute $600 annually into your HSA to be used towards your deductible. We match your Simple IRA up to 3% of your annual earnings.
  • 10 Annual Floating Holidays & 120 Hours PTO Annually beginning rate
  • Professional Development & Training Opportunities


To Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References to Bryan Wood, Executive Director at by July 15.