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Director Environmental & STEM Education Full Time

Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Rd., Berwyn, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #135
Friday, July 26, 2019
We are a diverse community joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility.

With more than 80,000 members across Chester County, our programs and facilities are always based on the unique needs and interests of the communities we serve. In addition, our volunteers, staff, members and donors are all united by a deep commitment to continually strengthen Chester County.

Job Title:  Director Environmental & STEM Education
Branch: Upper Main Line YMCA

Location: Berwyn

Shifts/Availability:  Some evenings and weekends required


About the YMCA of Greater Brandywine: 

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW), an association of eight YMCAs serving Chester County, is a non-profit organization committed to nurturing the potential of every child, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility through life-changing programs for all. 


The Upper Main YMCA is seeking a qualified candidate for an exciting, cause-driven, leadership opportunity as a Director Environmental & STEM Education.   


Primary Responsibilities:


Join Upper Main Line Y’s team to lead one of the most unique programs in the region! The Environmental & STEM Education Director is responsible for overseeing and providing opportunities for our members and the community to connect with nature and science through four focus areas: Wildlife Conservation, STEM, Sustainable Agriculture, and Environmental Service Learning. These engaging focus areas are delivered through classes, camps, workshops, school programs, and community outreach to audiences comprised of preschool children, K-12 students, families, adults, and individuals with special needs. These programs utilize the amazing resources provided by the Environmental & STEM Education Complex. Situated on the Upper Main Line YMCA’s 54-acre campus, this unique Complex includes:


  • Cassatt Preserve, 20-acres of five miles of trails through mature woodland, wetlands, meadow, pond, and the headwaters of Darby Creek
  • Nature Center, with live animal exhibits (terrestrial and aquatic), educational exhibits, and a classroom
  • Raptor Center, housing our non-releasable birds of prey used for programs
  • Micro-Farm, encompassing learning gardens, farm plot, community garden, and barnyard that houses goats, sheep, and chickens
  • STEM lab classroom


In addition to teaching, this position is also responsible for overseeing all education program development and administration, including curriculum/program design, scheduling, animal care and exhibit upkeep, program
evaluation, personnel management, and budgeting. The Director provides leadership and direction to ensure the Environmental & STEM Education programs are well-balanced, of consistent high quality, mission-focused, fiscally sound and highlight the local natural resources. The Director also helps promote the Center, supervises education staff, leads programs and assists with events and long-term strategic planning. This is a full-time,
year-round position, which includes some weekend and evening programming.


  • Ensure program content and delivery is high quality, relevant, accessible and effective. Initiate and develop changes to programs as necessary to ensure performance outcomes, operational efficiency and fiscal responsibility.
  • Recruit, hire, train, inspire, develop, guide and supervise education/naturalist staff; ensure collaboration and proper coordination with other Y staff.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of educational exhibits, displays, and live animals. This includes the daily care and health management of all live animals, including required state and federal permits to be kept up to date, health record keeping, scheduling annual medical appointments with partner medical providers and emergency care when needed.
  • Create and oversee the Department’s budget; monitor revenue and expenses; ensure timely negotiation and execution of school and other education-related contracts; coordinate department finances with Associate Executive Director.
  • Coordinate with Marketing staff to fully promote all programs available to members and the community by meeting all marketing deadlines through providing the correct content, fees, and participant data.
  • Coordinate with Development staff to plan, develop, and execute grant proposals for funding education programs in a timely manner; ensure that all grants and contracts involving Education staff are carried out as expected; assume overall responsibility for each education grant project and initiate corrective actions when necessary to ensure funded programs are completed on time and within budget.
  • Maintain positive and flexible attitude and apply professional, common-sense solutions to every day challenges.




  • Minimum two years of experience working in an educational management position, including supervision of staff.
  • Three or more years of experience teaching K-12 educational programs.
  • Raptor handling and animal care experience preferred
  • Effective public speaker.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to optimize the promotion of programs through social media
  • Demonstrated ability to select, lead, develop, and inspire staff and volunteers.
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of strategic planning, budgeting, proposal writing, fundraising and volunteer management.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diversity of people with different backgrounds and abilities.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, adapt to change, work independently, and to prioritize effectively.
  • Excellent overall computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications, online registration systems and databases.
  • Ability to hike 3 miles with a 10-pound backpack.

Job Requirements: 

Bachelor's degree in an Environmental related field or equivalent preferred. Candidate should have at least 2-4 years experience in environmental education related work, including management of animals for education purposes. Must be available to work weekdays, weekends and evenings. 




The YMCA of Greater Brandywine currently offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a free YMCA family membership, medical and dental insurance along with a 12% employer contribution to the retirement savings plan.  Program discounts on YMCA of Greater Brandywine programs, camps, childcare, and continuing education classes at Immaculata University. Up to four free hours of Childwatch per day. 


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - The YMCA of the Greater Brandywine considers candidates for all positions on the basis of qualifications and without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetic information, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran or other protected classification and in accordance with applicable federal, state & local laws.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Job Start Date Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Rd., Berwyn, Pennsylvania, United States of America