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Director for the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area & Shortridge Coastal Center

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Title: Director for the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area & Shortridge Coastal Center

Position Purpose:

Bates College supports educational opportunities, environmental conservation, and faculty research at two coastal properties on Maine’s Phippsburg peninsula. The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
comprises 600 acres of salt marshes and coastal uplands, and is situated approximately a mile from the college’s Shortridge Coastal Center which consists of a large house, 70 acres of forest, and a 10-acre
pond. Our vision is to expand the scope and impact of environmental education programming at these natural areas while continuing to manage them for conservation, research, and public access.

We seek a Director who would develop and deliver programming in environmental education, manage activities and facilities at these coastal properties, and nuture our partnerships with a diverse array of
stakeholders including Wabanaki Tribal communities. The Director oversees several employees (some seasonal, some year-round) and reports to the Dean of Faculty’s office.

The Director position calls for candidates with a background in environmental education, a strong commitment to equity and inclusion particularly in an environmental context, and the demonstrated ability to nurture positive relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups.

Job Duties:

Environmental Education:
  • Creates and offers environmental education programming for the Bates community and the public, including standards-based curricula for local school groups.
  • Hosts retreats for subsets of the Bates community.
  • Teaches a Bates College course, largely on site at BMMCA and Shortridge, during Bates’ Short Term in May each year.
  • Writes extramural grant proposals as appropriate to support educational programming.
Management of the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and Shortridge:
  • Manages stewardship and protection of the Conservation Area in accordance with its governing documents and easements.
  • Develops, maintains, and implements policies about usage, including management plan and
    emergency procedures.
  • Authorizes and regulates on-site research activities by Bates faculty, students, and outside
    groups as appropriate.
  • Maintains budgets and invoices, documents area usage, generates reports, and manages
  • Hires and supervises Morse Mountain gatekeepers and Shortridge caretaker.
  • Develops, hires, and supervises intern positions as appropriate.
  • Maintains signage and services (e.g., snow-plowing, tree cutting, lobster trap removal), with
    support from gatekeepers and caretaker.
  • Oversees work by Bates Facility Services, the Shortridge caretaker, and local contractors to care
    for and enrich the physical facilities.
  • Manages reservations and supplies at Shortridge, with support from Shortridge caretaker and a
    shared academic administrative assistant.
  • Maintains and updates websites, and develops appropriate social media presence, with support
    from a shared academic administrative assistant.
  • Manages public use of BMMCA.
  • Writes extramural grant proposals as relevant to improve physical infrastructure.
Cultivation of Relationships with Partner Groups:
  • Wabananki Tribal communities (including exploring topics around land access and integration of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives).
  • Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area Corporation.
  • St John family.
  • Small Point Association.
  • Bates College Bates-Morse Mountain Advisory Committee.
  • The Nature Conservancy.
  • Maine Audubon.
  • The State of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources, including the Maine Coastal Program.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA).
  • Area schools, such as Phippsburg and Bath public schools, Bowdoin College, Maine College of Art.
  • Town of Phippsburg, including its Conservation Commission Phippsburg Land Trust.
  • Popham and Phippsburg Historical Societies.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, the natural sciences, environmental studies, or related field.
  • A valid Maine driver’s license.
  • Environmental education experience.
  • Experience working with diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Experience or expertise in program and/or facilities management.
  • Experience or expertise in partnering with Indigenous tribes and more generally with groups that are historically marginalized or underrepresented in outdoor/environmental education preferred.
  • Experience writing public school activities to meet state science standards preferred.
  • Grant writing experience preferred.
  • College teaching experience preferred.
  • Supervisory and administrative experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with the State of Maine and the Phippsburg Peninsula, including indigenous communities preferred.
  • Familiarity with the academic environment preferred.
  • Familiarity with environmental stewardship culture preferred.
  • Experience in collaborative decision making preferred.
Skills and Knowledge
  • Knowledge of best practices in environmental education, community engagement, program planning and evaluation, and group facilitation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation).
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, flexibly handling multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Impeccable organizational skills (time, task, project management) and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the College community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain positive, constructive relationships.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Wordpress). Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to drive regularly between Bates College campus (Lewiston) and BMMCA/SCC (Phippsburg).
Benefits: Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 13 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug and smoke-free workplace.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at .

About Bates:

Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

Advertised: Dec 08 2023 Eastern Standard Time
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.Bates College

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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