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JOB ID: 22000283

Hershey, PA
Full-time
Job Category: Agricultural & Environmental

Milton Hershey School (MHS) is a tuition free, home, and private school for over 2,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students.  Founded in 1909 by Milton and Catherine Hershey, the lives of more than 11,000 students have been positively transformed through MHS’s high-quality career-focused education, nurturing home life, and extensive extra-curricular opportunities.  MHS boasts an amazing agricultural and environmental education program that is available to all students.   

MHS is seeking an Academic Coordinator for the School’s Agricultural and Environmental Education Program (AEE) which provides all enrolled students agricultural, horticultural, and environmental experiences.  Additionally, students with interest in agriculture & environmental education can enrich those experiences by taking classes, participating in clubs and activities, and working in one of the School’s Agricultural and Environmental Education centers. MHS’s AEE program has 135 acres of fields, greenhouses, gardens, and orchards; as well as three animal barns and an environmental center.

The Academic Coordinator supports the Director, AEE and the AEE Instructional Advisors as the instructional lead in the planning, development, administration, and assessment of experiential education programs to fully leverage AEE’s resources so students have authentic, firsthand learning experiences which enhance student achievement, improve agricultural & environmental literacy, and facilitate development of life and career skills.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Work collaboratively with AEE staff and Pre-K-12 scholastic staff (teachers and administrators) to support the integration of classroom curriculum and AEE projects. This collaboration would be in the form of co-teaching or providing experiences for students that integrate science content and provide exposure to careers in various agricultural and environmental fields.
  • Lead the AEE staff in the design, implementation, and assessment of curriculum and projects with scholastic staff (teachers and administrators) and in all three Centers.  This collaboration will focus on the integrating agriculture, environmental, and animal science content and provide students with exposure to various careers. Design and facilitate after-school clubs, internship and co-op opportunities, student work program, student home activities (e.g., 4-H, FFA), and summer programming that engages children in land-based, experiential opportunities.
  • Co-lead and coordinate with AEE staff in the oversight of the student run MHS Project Market to ensure the continuous development, alignment to CTE pathways, and evaluation to support student achievement and college/career readiness.  
  • Design and lead professional development to AEE staff and Pre-K-12 teachers that disseminates new ideas and best practice to help staff take advantage of an unparalleled range of agricultural, environment, and animal resources.
  • Maintain and utilize an external network of professionals and educators to support and implement best practices in agricultural and environmental education based on current research.
  • Managing special projects and other duties, as needed.
  • Maintain the data base of all AEE project plans related to the Environmental, Horticultural, and Animal Centers.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Agricultural Education, STEM, Education or affiliated degree.
  • At least 3 years of experience in experiential education, preferably in a leadership role.
  • Candidates should be eager to engage with students and have experience working with diverse students from lower-income settings preferred. 
  • Experience in designing and leading professional development to adults.
  • Demonstrated success designing, implementing, and evaluating value-add experiential education programming, in the agricultural and environmental realm. 
  • Exceptional leadership skills including the ability to strategically plan, inspire, collaborate, and deliver value-add results.
  • Exceptional communicator including verbal, written and platform.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.  
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to interpret and apply student outcomes data.
  • Able to work independently and provide forward thinking vision to create, innovate, implement, and maximize experiential education opportunities as it relates to the AEE program and resources. 
  • Candidates must demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all MHS staff are role models for students.  
  • Candidates should be willing to actively engage with students beyond the scope of their responsibilities.  

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