OPEN CONTRACTOR POSITION: Middle/High School Education Specialist (Redford Center Stories)

OPEN CONTRACTOR POSITION: Middle/High School Education Specialist (Redford Center Stories)

Term: 9 months, beginning October 2021
Type: Part-time, contracted / 20-25 hours per week
Contract Fees: $25,000-$30,000
Reports to: Program Officer, Redford Center Stories
Location: Remote, PST working hours required

The Redford Center is looking for an education specialist with environmental experience to coordinate, communicate with, nurture, and expand its educator community and assist with ongoing curriculum evolution for Redford Center Stories, an environmental literacy and storytelling program with an annual filmmaking challenge for middle school and high school students. The program provides a free, flexible curriculum that focuses on environmental justice, and includes built-in lessons, mini challenges, an online public events series, and project-based learning opportunities in preparation for the annual Redford Center Stories Challenge.

By celebrating a new generation of environmental storytellers and providing a showcase for students to share their ideas, this project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, invites creativity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world environmental problems. Redford Center Stories is done in collaboration with Apple. Over the past two years, Redford Center Stories has provided its environmental curriculum to more than 250 educators and 2,000 students in 32 states, and 13 countries across 4 continents. In this year of learning, we seek to expand the program and its impact, continuing to ensure that we create innovative opportunities for the next generation of environmental storytellers to emerge.

Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center uses the power of storytelling to galvanize environmental justice and regeneration. Our cross-cutting programs support environmental storytellers and invest in impact-driven narrative strategies. By amplifying and changing the conversations around environmentalism, we aim to engage a much broader and more diverse population in the movement.

The Education Specialist will lead communications with participating educators, support peer-to-peer educator networks, manage an educator council, support outreach strategy and collaborator management, and participate in reviewing student work submitted for the annual Stories Challenge. This role will also support the ongoing evolution and development of our film-based curriculum as new content, feedback, and ideas emerge and will ensure the curriculum continues to integrate with learning standards. Therefore experience working with digital learning environments that engage teachers and schools along with experience working with learning standards is a must, i.e., Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, Social Justice Standards, Social Emotional Learning Principles, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Education Specialist must also prioritize attention to detail and adherence to timelines. This individual will report to the Program Officer of Redford Center Stories and provide them with regular updates.

We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of perspectives, cultures, skills, and experiences, knowing that the more inclusive our staff is, the more successful we will be.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, liaise with, and support participating educator network, including managing workshops, office hours, and educator communications
  • Help grow and manage The Redford Center Stories educator network by engaging in and supporting the program with outreach and networking strategies
  • Work with Redford Center Stories Program Officer to refresh curriculum in an ongoing way, making sure it aligns with learning standards (Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, Social Justice Standards, Social Emotional Learning Principles, and UN Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Set up and manage an educator council to provide feedback on curriculum and program objectives, serve as program ambassadors, and support outreach efforts and goals
  • Assist Redford Center team with managing and serving educator relationships and events
  • Review student films submitted for annual Stories Challenge

Qualifications

  • Proven experience in designing curriculum that aligns with learning standards
  • Experience training or supporting educators
  • Recent experience working with middle or high school-age students (grades 5th-12th)
  • Interest or background in environmental justice
  • Familiarity with using film in classrooms and/or supporting students in creating films

To apply for the position, please provide:

  • A brief cover letter
  • Resume/CV with relevant curriculum design and educator support experience
  • At least one sample of developed curricula that clearly demonstrates alignment with learning standards
  • Three references

Budget for the Contractor is $25k-$30k for a 9-month part-time engagement starting in early October 2021. Proposals are due by Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5pm PST and are being considered on a rolling basis – please submit to Arathi Govind at agovind@redfordcenter.org.