Director, School District and Community Partnerships

Job Announcement: Director, School District and Community Partnerships

Do you have a passion for education, the environment, and environmental justice? Have you worked collaboratively to improve the quality of instruction and the expansion of learning opportunities for all students?

Is your superpower your ability to foster enthusiasm, engage stakeholders, and manage relationships throughout the K–12 school system and the communities it serves? Have you brought together resources, stakeholders, and expertise, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance?

If you are such a person, Ten Strands welcomes your application for the job of Director of School District and Community Partnerships.

Under the supervision of Ten Strands’ Chief Executive Officer, the Director of School District and Community Partnerships will take an innovative, collaborative approach to carrying out a statewide initiative to help districts create and implement environmental literacy plans. The Director will initially build out a demonstration program, focused on achieving equity and access for historically marginalized students to standards-based environmental literacy instruction including classroom, outdoor, and out of school environmental learning experiences. With a particular emphasis on school districts primarily serving students of color and students from low-income households, the Director, in collaboration with other Ten Strands staff, partners, and consultants, will pursue the following:

  • Collaborate to support California school district leaders to create districtwide environmental literacy plans that are integral to their academic priorities in core areas such as science, history–social science, English language arts, and health.
  • Connect school districts with environment-focused community partners to access subject matter expertise, provide outdoor learning experiences, and develop culturally-relevant resources to support academic priorities and environmental literacy goals.

Applicants Who Best Meet Our Needs For This Position Have The Following Qualifications:

  • At least seven years of applicable teaching and administrative experience in the formal K–12 school system or equivalent experience working with K–12 school systems through the nonformal education sector, and familiarity with the field of environmental and outdoor science education through coursework, direct program delivery and service, and/or volunteer work.
  • Knowledge of and experience planning and implementing standards-based instruction—working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, California Next Generation Science Standards, California History–Social Science Standards, and familiarity with California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts.
  • Experience working with district leaders, preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated experience bringing groups together to support districtwide planning and the ability to affect change at school district level.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of equity and cultural relevance in education for historically marginalized students, and demonstrated promotion of both within past work experience.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively, authentic listening, self-starting and self-managing, empathy and respect for others, and ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Strong marketing, communications, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders across cultures.
  • Familiarity with California state government operations, policies and procedures, and educational improvement efforts in California.
  • Skilled in budget preparation and fiscal management. Knowledge of local, state, and federal funding sources. Knowledge of local control accountability plans (LCAPs) and the local control funding formula (LCFF).

To Apply:

If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to Ten Strands statewide district initiative, please submit your resume and letter of interest, by email, to Please include “Director of School District and Community Partnerships” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.

Salary is competitive and will be based on experience. Excellent benefits include generous paid time off and holidays; individual/family employer-sponsored health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; a retirement savings plan. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt. Duties are performed in a home office or offsite location at community partner, district, or school sites, and the Ten Strands office. This position can be based anywhere in California. The Director of School District and Community Partnerships will travel statewide 30–50%.

We will review applications starting September 17, 2018 and will accept applications until the position is filled. We hope that one of those applications is yours.

Ten Strands is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that believes California has the capacity to ensure that every student develops the knowledge, skills, and ability to make informed decisions about environmental issues facing our communities and our world.

Ten Strands is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, differently-abled people, and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply.