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Friends currently has an opening for a Community Coordinator as well as open positions on its Board of Directors.

Job Opening - Education Manager

TITLE: Education Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time/Salary

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

SUMMARY

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (the “Friends”) is seeking a full-time Education Manager. In this role, the Education Manager will help establish and implement an education program that furthers the Friends’ mission of protecting, preserving and restoring the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (“Boundary Waters”) and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem. An important part of the long-term protection of the Boundary Waters is fostering the next generation of wilderness paddlers, explorers and stewards.

Although approximately 200,000 people visit the Boundary Waters each year, many Minnesotans have never been to the Boundary Waters and do not have a full appreciation of its unique and complex wildlife, ecology, culture, and history. The Education Manager will work to change this situation by connecting students to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness through classroom education and wilderness canoe experiences, targeting diverse and underserved students throughout Minnesota. The goal of the Friends’ education program is to ensure that there are no boundaries to the Boundary Waters.

The Friends has received a state grant to implement an education program and to provide scholarships for students to experience multi-day wilderness canoe trips. The Education Manager will be responsible for building and implementing the classroom component of this program and for working with partners to recruit and send students on wilderness canoe trips.

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Reports to the Executive Director.

  • Works effectively with other departments, including Communications, Development and Membership, and Operations.

  • Works effectively with partner organizations and schools.  

RESPONSIBILITES

  • Work with teachers and curriculum specialists to develop curriculum for classroom presentations about the wildlife, ecology, culture and history of the Boundary Waters.

  • Establish relationships with schools and schedule classroom presentations.

  • Give presentations at schools across Minnesota to educate students in grades 6-12 about the Boundary Waters.

  • Recruit students to go on wilderness canoe trips, targeting diverse and underserved communities across Minnesota.

  • Identify and work with partner organizations to facilitate wilderness canoe trips.

  • Facilitate follow up and evaluation of the program with students and with teachers and adult learners after classroom presentations and wilderness canoe trips.

  • Assist in compiling information and preparing reports to comply with grant requirements.

  • Supervise an Education Program Assistant, that is anticipated to be hired within the next three years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Education, Outdoor Education or similar field.

  • At least 5 years work experience in a teaching role or equivalent position.

  • Understanding of Minnesota curriculum requirements preferred.

  • Excellent public speaking skills.

  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with outside organizations and with school administrators and teachers.

  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently and in collaboration with staff and outside partners.

  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently throughout Minnesota.

  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem.

BENEFITS

  • Paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

  • In addition to paid vacation and sick leave, the Friends provides a $300 stipend and five additional paid vacation days to each employee to take time off and recharge in the wilderness.

  • Hours of unpaid leave for parents to attend a child’s school conferences, classroom activities, childcare or any other childhood program.

  • $50 per month transportation allowance for public transit or parking.

  • We encourage life-long learning and will pay for ongoing professional development.

TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and two writing samples to:

Ms. Bree Sikorski, Operations Director

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
401 North Third Street, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401

bree@friends-bwca.org

In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Education Manager Position.”

Applications will be accepted until November 7, 2019.

At the Friends, we have a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. The Friends is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

 

 

Job Opening - community coordinator 

TITLE: Boundary Waters Community Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time/Salary

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: Ely, MN

SUMMARY: The Community Coordinator serves as a liaison to communities that are gateways to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Friends recognizes that the successful protection of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the wilderness areas throughout the Quetico-Superior ecosystem requires the support of communities that are gateways to the wilderness. This position provides the Friends with an on-the-ground presence in Ely, Grand Marais, Duluth and other communities along the North Shore, Gunflint Trail and Iron Range. This position builds relationships with local business owners, teachers and other school officials, labor organizations, other nonprofit and civic organizations, and government and tribal officials to support and advance the Friends’ mission.

An integral part of this position is to identify and participate in activities in Ely and other gateway communities that make for stronger communities, such as local park projects or broadband internet access. This position is intended to reflect the fact that the Friends genuinely cares about the wellbeing of people living in Ely and other gateway communities. This position also supports the Development and Membership staff by facilitating and building relationships with existing and potential donors. This position represents the Friends at local events and serves as a local spokesperson for the Friends.

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Reports to the Executive Director.

  • Works effectively with other departments, including Communications, Development and Membership, and Operations.

  • Coordinates with and supports policy and legal staff, who will be hired in the upcoming months and located in the Twin Cities office.

  • Serves as a staff liaison to the Boundary Waters Communities Committee that will be comprised of residents from northern Minnesota.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Represents the Friends in Ely, Grand Marais, Duluth, and other communities along the North Shore, Gunflint Trail, and Iron Range.

  • Builds and develops new and ongoing support with business owners, schools and local colleges, labor organizations, civic organizations, and public officials.

  • Engages in government relations with federal, state, local, and tribal government officials throughout northeastern Minnesota, including officials at the Superior National Forest.

  • Builds and participates in collaborative relationships with the Friends’ nonprofit partners involved in the fight against copper-sulfide mining in the Boundary Waters and other issues that threaten the Boundary Waters and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

  • An integral part of this position is to identify and participate in activities in Ely and other gateway communities that make for stronger communities, such as local park projects broadband internet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Political Science, Marketing, Conservation, or similar field.

  • Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.

  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with staff and outside partners.

  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups.

  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently and extensively to Grand Marais, Duluth and other communities along the North Shore, Gunflint Trail, and Iron Range.

  • Ability to engage positively with a broad array of people and constituencies

  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem.

BENEFITS

  • Paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

  • In addition to paid vacation and sick leave, the Friends provides a $300 stipend and five additional paid vacation days to each employee to take time off and recharge in the wilderness.

  • Hours of unpaid leave for parents to attend a child’s school conferences, classroom activities, childcare or any other childhood program.

  • We encourage life-long learning and will pay for ongoing professional development.

TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and two writing samples to:

Ms. Bree Mattson

Operations Manager

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

401 North Third Street, Suite 290

Minneapolis, MN 55401

bree@friends-bwca.org

In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Boundary Waters Community Advocate Position.”

Applications will be accepted until filled.

At the Friends, we have a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. The Friends is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. 


Opening - Board of Director 

SUMMARY

The Board of Directors determines the mission, strategic direction, and programming for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (“Friends”). A Director ensures and nurtures adequate human and financial resources and actively monitors and evaluates the Executive Director’s performance and the Friends’ financial results. A Director approves and systematically implements policies to ensure achievement of the mission of the Friends.

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP

  • Reports to the Board Chair

  • Works closely with the Executive Director and other staff to ensure the achievement of the mission

  • Works closely with and gets to know other Board and committee members and builds collegial working relationships that contribute to consensus

  • Serves as a spokesperson outside the organization and delivers consistent, compelling messages on mission, programs, and finances, and encourages civic participation 

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Knows and commits to the Friends’ mission, vision, and values

  • Provides leadership continuity by ensuring Board succession, including identifying, recruiting, and orienting new members

  • Is knowledgeable about Friends’ policies, programs, and operations, and oversees their implementation and evaluation

  • Is accessible and responsive to other Directors and staff

  • Actively seeks out financial and other resources for the organization

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engages in strategic planning

  • Approves written policies and procedures governing the work and actions of the Friends’ employees and volunteers

  • Hires, sets the compensation for, and annually evaluates the performance of the Executive Director

  • Reviews the overall compensation structure for staff and establishes policies on employee benefits, vacation, and sick leave 

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Approve the annual operating budget; at least four times per year assesses the organization’s financial performance

  • Assists in developing fundraising plans and actively participates in fundraising initiatives each year

  • Makes an annual gift to the Friends as circumstances allow. There is no minimum contribution amount, but the Friends should be in a Director’s top three charities for annual giving.

  • Ensure that an internal review of the Friends’ compliance with legal, regulatory, and financial reporting requirements is conducted annually

BOARD MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Regularly prepares for, attends, and participates in Board meetings

  • Participates actively in at least one Board committee

COMMITTEE CHAIR DESCRIPTION

  • The Committee Chair presides or assigns someone to preside at all meeting of the respective committee. The Committee Chair has general supervision, direction, and active management of the committee’s affairs, working in partnership with staff and volunteers. The Committee Chair reports to the Board Chair.


Internship Program

There are currently no internship opportunities.