Education and Engagement Program Manager (I)

Full-time; Benefitted

Ecology Center Background

The Ecology Center is a 50-year-old nonprofit located in West Berkeley. Our mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Founded in the run-up to the first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center has been a regional and national leader on a wide range of issues, turning vision into action and cementing it with advocacy. We operate the nation’s first and longest running curbside recycling service, nationally recognized food and farming programs, and model education and engagement activities.

We are a committed and diverse staff dedicated to making the world a better place through action. Every employee is integral to the success of our organization. We value vision, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. If you are passionate and qualified, we encourage you to apply to be part of our team.

Program Description

The Ecology Center’s Education and Engagement Program centers on our public resource center. This is the heart of the organization engaging the public on a wide range of issues through a number of modalities and platforms. The resource center offers hotline information and referral services, a multimedia and seed interchange library, a wide spectrum of materials and educational resources and online services. The resource center shares a cooperative space and works very closely with the EcoStore and is often used for classes, events, and workshops led by program staff, our events coordinator, and occasionally outside groups.

The Ecology Center’s Education and Engagement program has deeper topical areas focusing on Climate Action through our Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, and Zero Waste Education that supports our curbside recycling program. Education and Engagement programming also includes a small residential EcoHouse that is used for demonstration, training, and education. Finally, the education and engagement programming includes a strong focus on external engagement and visibility through partnerships, coalitions, and education and engagement activities focusing particularly on historically underserved communities. These programs work in regular collaboration with our fundraising, communications, and youth development teams to fulfill organization strategic priorities.

Operations During COVID-19

At this time, this position works primarily from home performing office duties. Once it is safe to do so, this position will resume working in the office from our office in Berkeley, California.

Summary of Responsibilities

The Education and Engagement Program Manager leads and develops the Ecology Center’s community education and engagement activities, projects, and campaigns focused on zero waste, climate change, and a wide range of environmental issues. The Program Manager leads our Climate Coalition work, and plays a key role in recycling and zero waste education and campaigns. The Program Manager oversees the organization’s public resource center and information assets and the staff who maintain, curate, and develop them. The Education and Engagement Program Manager reports to the Community Engagement Program Director and works collaboratively with the Store Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the Ecology Center Resource Center including staffing, public engagement, resource development, information provision, ensuring a safe public space, interdepartmental coordination, external communications, and event coordination
  • Work collaboratively with Community Engagement Program Director on developing plans, policies, goals, and objectives for Education & Engagement Program
  • Hire, train, supervise, schedule, and conduct performance evaluations for EE support staff, who maintain, curate, and develop the organization’s informational resources in collaboration with the Community Engagement Program Director.
  • Develop and monitor departmental budget and prepare program reports as needed
  • Support the Community Engagement Program Director and Development Director to identify, secure grant funding. Manage, execute, and report on grants as needed
  • Work with Community Engagement Program Director and Development Director increase membership and individual giving
  • In collaboration with Communications team, lead content development and communications to highlight and promote Education and Engagement programs, services, campaigns, and overall mission of the organization
  • Track, evaluate, and document the results of Ecology Center climate action and Zero Waste activities, as well as other EE services and resources
  • Convene, coordinate, and facilitate the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (BCAC), in collaboration with the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainable Development and lead local climate action collaborations and coalitions
  • Participate in and lead Ecology Center recycling and Zero Waste related education, projects, and campaigns including coalition work, advocacy and pilot projects.
  • Engage City and other government agencies, other NGOs, and community members through coalition building, tabling, public talks, events and other outreach. Stay abreast of, support, and collaborate with regional organizations on campaigns and initiatives
  • Collaborate with event staff to develop events that focus on solutions, leverage partnerships with other organizations, and spur advocacy and activism. Host and facilitate events
  • Engage youth via collaboration with the Ecology Center’s Youth Development Program.
  • Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff, volunteer, youth intern, and contractor compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in campaign work, project management, group facilitation, or event planning, or
  • High School Diploma/GED and four years of experience in campaign work, nonprofit project management, group facilitation, or event planning or other relevant experience,
  • Possess a valid CA driver’s license, or alternately, be able to readily access and use public transportation or other means in order to travel from site to site
  • Demonstrated program management experience
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff, project assistants, youth, and volunteers
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Demonstrated experience with group facilitation and event planning to attract and serve diverse audiences
    Advocacy or campaign experience
  • Climate change and/or Zero Waste knowledge; well-developed relationships with local climate change and environmental justice organizations; familiarity with relevant inner East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Richmond) communities and institutions
  • Experience working with local government agencies
  • Excellent presentation skills in both verbal and written formats; experience in public speaking and conducting outreach to diverse audiences
  • Ability to lead and oversee content development and digital media communications in collaboration with Communications team
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including conflict resolution
  • Experience working in a collaborative community setting
  • Proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a variety of environments and situations
  • Flexibility and creativity, ability to “think on your feet” and find appropriate solutions to unique challenges
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to principals and clients
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule format
  • Ability to work well with a range of computer applications
  • Efficient and well organized; able to report information in a timely manner and manage a budget

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to:

  • Regularly talk or hear up to 8 hours a day;
  • Regularly sit, type, and use the mouse up to 7 hours a day;
  • Regularly sit and stand from chair up to 20 times a day;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly stand, kneel, climb, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms;
  • Regularly lift, carry, and/or move up to twenty five (25) pounds and occasionally lift, and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Regularly stand and walk for up to 5 hours at a time;
  • Occasionally climb stairs and/or take elevator;
  • Occasionally get in and out of car up to 6 times a day.

Salary and Benefits:

Full-time, non-exempt position; starting pay range is $21.64 to $25.24 depending on qualifications. Please note that only internal candidates are eligible for the highest starting pay rate. This position is eligible for benefits which include fully paid employee medical, dental, optional vision plan, fully vested 401K plan, vacation/sick/holiday pay, Employee Assistance Program


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We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.