The Humane Educator (HE) develops, implements, and presents Willamette Humane Society’s (WHS) education and advocacy programs. The goal is to inspire children and adults to demonstrate compassionate respect and attitudes for all living creatures. The HE must demonstrate, mentor, and reinforce WHS values, principles and mission-driven culture.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Successfully present classroom education programs in an engaging and professional manner.
- Develop the education program direction and curriculum.
- Coordinate and lead on-site tours.
- Develop and operate successful summer and holiday camps for first through 12th
- Coordinate and teach Shelter Fun Days (service days) for youth in various age groups.
- Respond to public inquires via email and phone in a timely and professional manner.
- Promote and market education and outreach through email or phone communication to targeted groups.
- Maintain accurate and timely records of all education and outreach programs including pre and post survey responses, attendance, quotes and testimonials, volunteer hours, and other metrics.
- Order and maintain necessary supplies.
- Provide effective leadership and training for camp counselors and humane education volunteers. Remain current with trends, techniques and resources within the humane education industry.
- Investigate and maintain expertise in regional and national humane education best practices and trends.
The HE has no direct supervisory responsibilities; however, the HE oversees camp counselor(s) and humane education volunteers.
CONTROLS OVER WORK
The HE works under the general direction of the Development and Community Relations Director. Must be self-guided and independently motivated with excellent time management skills.
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS
Will have regular and ongoing contact with students, teachers and principals in the school districts of Marion and Polk counties. Regularly interacts and engages shelter guests, visitors, customers, staff and volunteers. Contacts will require consistently demonstrating WHS core values with both internal and external customers; interactions will exhibit diplomacy, compassion, and a respectful professional demeanor.
Work is performed in classrooms, in the community, and throughout the shelter with a wide variety of individuals, organizations, environments and weather.
Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time including at a computer. Standing is required during periods of customer engagement/oral presentation. The position includes driving and transport of outreach equipment such as canopies, tables, chairs, and displays as well as set-up of booths, rooms and camp activities. Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 pounds along and heavier weights with assistance. May be required to take a physical examination paid for by WHS prior to the start of work activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY
- Present a creative and dynamic approach to public outreach and education.
- Experience and ability to write lesson plans which are core curriculum aligned to animal welfare topics.
- Demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated advocacy skills on behalf of animals.
- Excellent computer and time management skills to accomplish the administrative tasks and communication.
- Excellent speaking, reading, and written English. Ability to speak and understand Spanish is desirable but not required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Three to five years demonstrated experience in developing and delivering educational programming to a targeted audience of elementary school youth.
- College degree.
- Teaching credentials preferred.
- Work or educational experience in animal handling and welfare.
Additional requirements: Must have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and WHS Mission; be willing to work weekends and evenings as required by the job; have a valid Oregon driver’s license and insurable by WHS vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job, be bondable, and pass a background investigation for working with children.
Wage: $14.40 – $19.85 per hour DOE.
Schedule: Part-time starting at 30 hours weekly, with the potential to grow into a full time position.
Benefits: Paid time off provided after 90 days. Employee Assistance Program benefits available. A 401(k) retirement plan is available after one year of service.Apply Online!
INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Due to the large volume of responses, WHS will contact only those candidates who are selected for interview.
Completed application materials received by HR will be reviewed upon receipt. This position may close at any time.
All WHS employees are committed to the following mission-driven values:
Positive Service to All
Collaborative Problem Solving
Initiative and Innovation
Accountability and Responsibility
Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility for employment. WHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic profile or any class protected by law. WHS is a drug free/smoke free workplace. Employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a drug screen conducted at the Society’s expense.
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