Our Mission: The mission of the American Cetacean Society (ACS) is to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.
Our Vision: Together, we can protect cetaceans and their habitats in ways that restore ecosystem health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind.
ACS SF Bay: ACS - San Francisco Bay Chapter (ACSSF) is far more than a conservation organization. We build communities of members - uniting caring people in a common purpose - protecting whales, dolphins, and porpoises. In doing so, we build hope that 'tomorrow’s child’ will live in a world where these magnificent creatures continue to thrill the hearts of people and inspire a sense of awe and commitment to stewardship.
ACSSF Education: We serve as a bridge between science and lay communities and develop innovative, interactive education programs through whale watch naturalist programs, expert presentations at chapters, speakers bureau, festivals and events, classroom curricula, social media, websites, and more.
The American Cetacean Society is committed to incorporating sound scientific principles and best practices in the development and implementation of our educational programs.
The ACSSF Education Director is responsible for planning and managing educational programs and activities that further the ACS mission. The Education Director plays a key role in growing the organization’s capacity to develop and motivate teams of volunteers with a "many hands make light work" philosophy; maintaining working relationships with experts in the marine science fields; and assessing the organization’s programmatic needs and readiness.
The Education Director is a volunteer position on the chapter’s board of directors. The board of directors is a working board in an all-volunteer-organization. The expected time investment for the Director of Education is 4 to 8 hours per week. During a special program or project the time investment may temporarily increase.
- Assess needs, requirements, and readiness for educational activities for volunteer staff and the general community.
- Manage the naturalist training course, our content and educational support for the Citizen Schools curriculum, and other educational programs as they are developed.
- Develop and manage instructional methods and activities.
- Manage education operations by gathering resources; resolving operation problems; maintaining reference manuals; and implementing new procedures.
- Investigate, evaluate, and recommend supplies and equipment.
- Manage projects, timelines, and deliverables. Monitor program outcomes. Communicate program updates to leadership.
- Work with the board to ensure that annual educational goals, objectives, and activities are in alignment with the organization’s mission statement and plan. Collaborate with the fundraising team to identify and apply for mission-relevant funding.
- Recruit and manage volunteers for the education team, standing committees, and/or ad hoc committees. This includes guest experts, informal educators, and clerical assistants. Delegate responsibilities to team members and track progress.
- Promote a motivational environment that maintains the education team as a cohesive unit.
- Work with chapter outreach coordinator/volunteers to promote education offerings to the community.
- Liaison with clients, constituents, community leaders, and marine science experts to ensure that our education strategies are relevant, valid, and accessible.
- Public Speaking
- General Education
- Business Planning
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