TWA Career Opportunity: Director of Adult Education
POSITION: Director of Adult Education
Serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources, the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) partners with other organizations, agencies, and land managers to provide education, support, coordination, and outreach for landowners and the general public related to the conservation across the state.
TWA’s Adult Education Programs are designed to increase natural resource literacy in all individuals from the multi-generational landowner to the wildlife enthusiast. The ultimate goals are to engage citizens in current conservation and land management issues and to empower landowners to take the information they have gained and apply it to the decisions they make in managing the land, thus making a direct difference in both their lives and the landscape. Emerging public policy issues and conservation initiatives are also integrated into the offerings, equipping generations of Texans to be informed ambassadors and advocates for natural resource conservation, wildlife, and property rights.
TWA believes that grass-roots community based efforts are the most productive means of promoting and propagating the wise use of natural resources in Texas. Regardless of subject matter, the programs feature top experts in their fields allowing participants to learn from the best. Small class and seminar sizes allow attendees to interact on a personal level with the experts - instructors, speakers and natural resource professionals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Direct TWA’s year-round Adult Education (AE) Programs by planning, coordinating, budgeting and implementing field courses, workshops, symposia, social media (webinars and podcasts) and special events related to land, wildlife and natural resource management and promotion.
- Organize impactful programmatic opportunities to disseminate pertinent and current information focused on TWA’s legislative priorities and conservation initiatives; enabling participants to engage as ambassadors and/or advocates to help influence outcomes in state and federal legislative and regulatory processes.
- Collaborate with TWA’s Regional Development - membership and volunteer - efforts across the state
Assist with the Conservation Legacy (CL) Youth Education efforts as needed.
SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROGRAM ELEMENTS
- Work with program partners and TWA members to develop and execute pertinent and effective field days, seminars, symposia, social media, and related efforts relative to wildlife and natural resource management and public policy.
Augment and deploy specific programs for TWA - land management field workshops, field investigation days, symposia, webinars, and podcasts.
Recruit landowners, organizations, agencies, volunteers and groups with common interests as sponsors, cooperators, and participants to Adult Education programming
Plan and execute monthly webinars and podcasts for distance learning programming for TWA audiences and the general public.
Establish pertinent, highly visible programs and promotions on television and radio (when applicable).
Write and publish information about Adult Education Programs and Special Events for Texas Wildlife magazine and TWA website.
Participate in TWA staff meetings, Directors meetings, and Executive Committee meetings, as well as Foundation trustee meetings when appropriate.
Coordinate with the CL staff to plan, budget, and manage day-to-day operations to include records, correspondence, proposal writing, fundraising, communications, publicity, and promotions.
Actively work with the Director of Programs and Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF) Director of Development to assist with soliciting grant funding for Adult Education programs.
Evaluate and monitor Adult Education Programs and Special Events to determine quality and effectiveness.
Collaborate with Directors of Youth Education Programs and Education Specialists in designing and implementing collaborative educational ventures and field investigation days.
Involve businesses and corporations associated with Texas’ hunting and outdoor recreation industry as participants, donors, and/or sponsors in TWA Education Programs and TWAF Special Events.
Coordinate with other TWA staff as part of the staff management team.
Attend quarterly CL Advisory Committee Meetings.
Co-organize and conduct an annual retreat and training with CL staff.
Assist with the TWA intern training and management.
Cooperate with Membership, Texas Youth Hunting Program, Texas Big Game Awards and Advocacy to coordinate and cross promote programs and events.
GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist in volunteer coordination associated with adult and youth educational efforts.
Coordinate aspects of TWA CL Programs and Special Events via Regional Coordinators and/or other Sponsors.
Act as an official spokesperson for TWA, as well as TWAF and program alliances in appropriate venues.
Network with members of the media, conservation organizations, outdoor industries, landowners, governmental agencies, and individuals, and promote a highly visible, clear message to the general public about our mission, philosophy, and values.
Attend and assist with TWA’s annual convention.
Attend bi-weekly (every other week) staff meetings.
All other duties and tasks as assigned by the Director of Programs or TWA CEO
Location: San Antonio based, office at TWA headquarters.
Salary: Full-time, commensurate with qualifications.
Reports to: Director of Programs.
Variable working hours, including some evenings and weekends.
Frequent statewide travel to meetings, conferences, activities and events.
Education – B.S. in wildlife, fisheries, natural resources, conservation education, or related field. Natural resource related degrees are preferred.
Experience – At least five (5) years working experience in wildlife, agriculture, or natural resource/conservation education.
Satisfactory State and Federal Background Check – required.
Personal Vehicle – must possess reliable transportation.
NECESSARY JOB SKILLS – minimum qualifications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
Proven track record of producing outstanding results and working as a team player.
Budget planning and education program development experience.
Enthusiasm, initiative, and ability to prioritize tasks.
Commitment to wildlife conservation and private land stewardship.
Ability to present clear, well-organized educational programs that exemplify professional delivery, thematic development, and cohesive structure consistently appropriate for the activity and the audience.
Organization, attention to detail, excellent time management, and being prompt.
Ability to utilize computer software, electronic devices and applications, to include Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, Turning Point Solutions, Drone, Google Docs, Microsoft Office – Word, Excel Publisher, and Outlook.
**Successful applicants will prepare and present a 15-minute teleconference/webinar seminar on a wildlife and private lands topic prior to interviews.
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are not specifically established. The employee is expected to provide an average of at least 2,080 hours per year to the TWA. This position required travel on a frequent basis, including weeknights and weekends.
Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience and include traditional employment benefits.
Closing: This position will remain open until filled.
Contact: Please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) letters of reference to:
Texas Wildlife Association
Attn: Lisa B. Flowers, Ph.D., Director of Programs
3660 Thousand Oaks Dr., Suite 126
San Antonio, TX 78247
Office: 210.826.2904 ext. 133