Interim Program Director – Natural Curiosity – Downtown Toronto, Ontario

Since its initial launch, Natural Curiosity has gained widespread implementation in schools, school boards, and ministries of education across the country and internationally. The driving motivation for a second edition was the burning need, in the wake of strong and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), to bring Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian educational settings and curricula, most notably in connection with environmental issues. Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry is currently being disseminated and used widely across Turtle Island at publically and federally funded schools, school boards, Faculties of Education, educational institutes, and informal educational settings such as outdoor education centres and camps.
At this time, we are looking to hire someone to step into the role of Interim Program Director* to facilitate, manage, and oversee the following responsibilities, along with others as required. This is a wonderful opportunity for an outstanding educator to join our team and contribute to the continuing development of exemplary policy, models and practices within education.

Key Responsibilities include:
Natural Curiosity Resource
Continue to drive and oversee the sales of the English and French editions of the resource Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition
Continue to procure and document teacher stories of inquiry-based environmental education and Indigenous education for publication on our website, newsletter, and in other social media related outlets to act as inspiration for other teachers and to maintain a consistent presence in the world of education
Find new and creative ways to publicize and garner support for the current resource
Maintain and build strong relationships with educators, advisors, and Elders involved in the creation, dissemination, and use of the new resource
Professional Development

Develop content, workshops, and seminars to introduce experienced teachers and teacher candidates to inquiry-based teaching and learning that is both dynamic and engaging
Manage large group discourse, reflective practice, and facilitate knowledge building discussions to help teachers gain understanding and insight into their own practice and questions surrounding environmental inquiry and related Indigenous perspectives
Maintain a positive and collaborative relationships with professional development partners, and be comfortable working with a team of facilitators across Ontario and beyond
Build and maintains responsive, professional, and positive relationships with all educators

Fundraising
Reporting to the Principal of the Laboratory School, is responsible for the operations fundraising and management of a yearly budget totaling $100,000+
Complete and develop materials to submit to granting and other funding organizations
Develop and implement strategies to encourage new and/or increased contributions to the program
Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with current and possible donors

Management
Maintain a supervisory role for the Natural Curiosity Program Coordinator, Program Consultant, and Work-Study Students
Demonstrate a professional approach by maintaining currency in areas related to the field of Inquiry, Environmental Education, and Indigenous Education
Monitor and organize the annual awards program that feature three different awards for teachers and pre-service teachers surrounding environmental inquiry and the importance of Indigenous perspectives
Collaborates with team members to share expertise and practical knowledge
Facilitates environmental education committee meetings and attends weekly Laboratory School staff meetings (when available)
Ensures all social media accounts are being kept up to date are providing high quality information
Performs other related duties as assigned
We seek applicants with the following professional qualifications and experience:

BEd. and/or MEd/MA qualifications
OCT Certified
Minimum 2 years related teaching experience
Experience in a facilitation or directorial role
Experience or a strong interest/background in inquiry-based teaching and learning, environmental education, and Indigenous education
Commitment to diversity and equity
Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application including: a CV, 2 references, and a cover letter addressing the above requirements by Monday, June 17th, 2019. Please email your application to naturalcuriosity@utoronto.ca .

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