Outdoor Education/Sustainability Coordinator
Brookwood School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
About Brookwood School:
Brookwood is an Early Childhood (Age 3) through Grade 8 independent school of about 300 students located on a beautiful 30-acre wooded campus in Manchester, MA on the coast of the North Shore of Boston. At Brookwood, kids come first—not the test, not trophies, not to-do lists. We know how kids learn best. Every day, we use our expertise to challenge kids intellectually and ensure they feel valued so that they can grow into their best selves. Our program focuses on fostering a joyful community of lifelong learners and upstanding global citizens who embrace a culture of curiosity, kindness, and academic accomplishment. Brookwood also offers a playful, collaborative work environment for 85 faculty and staff who go the extra mile to do what is best for kids.
Brookwood seeks an innovative and energetic Coordinator who will lead the development and implementation of a schoolwide outdoor education (Forest School) and sustainability program (as outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan) where students can learn and play while surrounded by the outdoors. Brookwood’s campus is surrounded by vernal ponds, the ocean, a thriving woodland, and it would benefit from an expanded space where children can truly immerse themselves in nature. This holistic space will support play, exploration, and risk taking where learner inspired, hands-on experiences are in a natural setting. In addition to benefiting our students, the Forest School will also benefit the community as a whole. It will be a space for campouts, bushcraft, athletics, cross country, mountain biking, after school and auxiliary programming. The development of interpretive trails and a new viewing platform on the pond will offer a unique way to explore and connect with nature on our expansive campus.
Sustainability is a core value at our School, and we are committed to incorporating sustainable practices in all aspects of our campus, curriculum, and operations. Our goal is a Brookwood that incorporates learning and teaching within the curriculum that addresses the knowledge and skills needed to foster an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future. We envision a Brookwood that integrates sustainable operations practices within curricular and co-curricular programming, such as energy conservation competitions, waste and recycling audits, greenhouse gas inventories, and organic gardening and landscaping practices, among others.
- Collaborate with Leadership Team members, educators, students, families and other stakeholders to implement the Forest School and support and facilitate the Sustainability Strategic plan.
- Partner with classroom teachers, auxiliary program staff and area organizations to develop programming to support outdoor education and sustainability goals including reducing our carbon footprint, promoting environmentally responsible practices, and fostering a culture of sustainability throughout our community.
- Foster environmental stewardship of the school’s land among the community.
- Serve as an outdoor/sustainability educator who models experiential and science-based instructional practices that promote ethical land stewardship.
- Provide professional development and leadership of curriculum development that prepares educators to teach outdoor, environmental science curricula anchored in sustainability.
- Communicate regularly with other faculty, administration, and parents regarding the development of the outdoor education/sustainability program.
- Member of the Science Department that teaches regularly scheduled classes.
- Master’s degree in education, science, or related field
- At least 2 years of relevant experience
- Experience and proficiency with culturally responsive teaching practices and social/emotional learning
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, résumé, and statement of educational philosophy to Sophie Rothman: email@example.com
We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ educators, or educators from historically underrepresented communities in independent schools. We are committed to an inclusive school experience for all those who come to work at Brookwood.