Vacancy at WAZA

Date: 2018/05/11

 

IZE Education Coordinator position available

 

Position: WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator
Location: Barcelona, Spain


Application Deadline: 15 June 2018

 

OBJECTIVE

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) are seeking a dedicated, creative, experienced individual to serve as WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator.


The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator will work with the WAZA Executive Office, International Zoo Educators Board of Directors, and zoo and aquarium educators from WAZA and IZE member institutions to ensure that effective conservation education programmes and messages are an integral part of the global zoo and aquarium agenda.


The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator will oversee the development of compelling conservation curriculum for on-line and in-country training that is engaging, relevant, inspiring, and interactive and creates positive conservation change.


The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator will manage global education programmes, prepare proposals, budgets, and narratives to procure and administer grant awards and oversee evaluations of these programs.
The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator tasks will include, but are not limited to:
• Working collaboratively with zoo and aquarium educators and zoo and aquarium leadership teams on conservation education, interpretation and conservation messaging
• Developing partnerships with other conservation education providers and conservation, research, and sustainable development organizations
• Creating education training materials
• Supporting development and roll out of WAZA member association conservation education standards
• Coordinating and evaluating new and existing programmes
• Writing grant proposals to support programmes for WAZA and IZE members
• Participating in both WAZA and IZE strategic planning
• Preparing reports and research information
• Monitoring the latest developments in learning concepts, techniques, and innovations
• Assist with preparations for WAZA Council meetings, WAZA Conferences and other relevant events
• Attending WAZA staff and IZE Board of Directors meetings
• Demonstrating strong technology skills. Ability to use Microsoft 365, Survey Monkey, and other applicable software programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS
The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator must have at least 10 years of experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and writing grants in a zoo, aquarium, science center, national, state, or regional park, or museum setting. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in ecology, biology, zoology, education, or related field is required and a Master's degree is preferred.

 

COMPETENCIES
• Professional Expertise-demonstrates knowledge of and experience with professional education principles and practices
• Self-Starter-demonstrates self-motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Problem Solving-approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome 

• Multi-Tasking-handles multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and current positions

• Innovation-exhibits creativity and innovation when contributing to organizational and individual objectives; seeks out opportunities to improve, streamline, and reinvent work processes 

• Communication Skills-communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form 

• Partnering / Networking-develops networks and builds alliances; participates in cross-functional activities to achieve organizational objectives.
• Technology Skills -- uses Microsoft 365, Survey Monkey, and other relevant software programs

 

LANGUAGE
The primary language of WAZA is English, and the WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator must be proficient in spoken and written English. Other languages - such as French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic, among others - will be advantageous, particularly given WAZA's global composition.

 

CONDITIONS
The WAZA/IZE Education Coordinator will travel as necessary.

 

COMPENSATION
The WAZA/IZE Education Coordinator will be paid $60,000 USD per anum.

 

REPORTING

The WAZA / IZE Education Coordinator will have a dual reporting structure, reporting to the CEO of WAZA and President of IZE.

 

WAZA BACKGROUND
WAZA is the alliance of regional associations, national associations, and international zoos and aquariums that is committed to the highest possible standards of animal care and husbandry. Founded as the International Association of Directors of Zoological Gardens in Switzerland in 1935, the organization changed its name to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2000 to reflect a modern institution working on a global level to build cooperative approaches to common needs, tackle common issues, share information and knowledge and represent the community in other international forums.
WAZA offers wide-ranging resources and services to its members including:
• Annual and specialist conferences and workshops 

• Policy positions and strategy reflecting leading thinking in zoos and aquariums 

• Communication on emerging zoo and aquarium issues 

• Recognition of members and affiliates in international forums 

• Management of studbooks and global species management programs, allowing for the professional management of animals for conservation and display 

• Access to research findings, scientific expertise and data 

• Advocacy and expertise in government affairs and legislative and regulatory matters at international levels such as through the United Nations, CITES and IUCN 

• Resources in education, public engagement, and communications 

• Opportunities to increase members' focus and impact, including grant programs and member or partner funding opportunities. WAZA is active globally, partnering with like-minded organizations. Some partners include: Wild Welfare, TRAFFIC, Convention on Biological Diversity, IUCN, Convention on Migratory Species, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, International Zoo Educators Association, Species360, Alliance for Zero Extinction, Great Apes Survival Partnership; and the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History of the International Council of Museums.

WAZA is active globally, partnering with like-minded organizations. Some partners include: Wild Welfare, TRAFFIC, Convention on Biological Diversity, IUCN, Convention on Migratory Species, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, International Zoo Educators Association, Species360, Alliance for Zero Extinction, Great Apes Survival Partnership; and the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History of the International Council of Museums.

 

 

IZE BACKGROUND
The mission of the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) is engaging members worldwide to achieve biodiversity conservation by encouraging sustainable behaviors in people that visit zoos and aquariums. IZE was founded in 1972 by a group of European zoo educators to create a forum where professional zoo educators could meet to share ideas and discuss topics of common interest. What started as a small group of European educators has now, in a little over forty years, united educators with a passion for conservation education worldwide. IZE is now the educational arm of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and assists with all of their educational initiatives. With a growing membership of over 300 individuals, IZE is posed to help grow the skills and abilities of its members to help in the fight to save endangered species.
IZE offers wide-ranging resources and services to its members including:
• Biennial conferences
• Training resources
• Yearly journal
• Job experience program at zoological facilities on six continents
• Sponsored delegate program which provides support for individuals to attend biennial conference
• Conservation training workshops
• Website which captures trends in the field

 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter by COB 15 June 2018 to secretariat@waza.org. 


 

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