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Head of Education

Bermuda (BM)
$125,000 USD + benefits
Closing date
Jun 7, 2024

About the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)

Since inception, BUEI has been a bridge between classroom learning and real-world application. We believe two things: People need connection to care about the environment.  And that learning leads to doing.

The role of Head of Education is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our local population.  As an organization, we are uniquely positioned to address environmental challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of our interconnected community through our educational programmes.

We are a respected provider of ocean literacy and environmental education, and our education programmes and activities focus on the local perspective within a global framework:

  • Globally, our offerings support outcomes under UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of Quality Education, Life Below Water, Climate Action, and Life on Land.
  • Locally, our classes, labs, workshops, and sessions serve students in public and private schools and the home-school network.

Our programmes align with Bermuda’s public-school curriculum:

  • We are a STEM class provider for the Government signature school programme.
  • We facilitate Educator classes and workshops to ensure teachers have a variety of support tools to positively inform student learning outcomes.

The impact of our efforts to connect learning with acting have been recognized and celebrated by the community and our peers, and we’ve received numerous awards for our programming.  Most notably, in 2022 BUEI received the 2023 'Michael Darling Heritage Education Award' from The Bermuda National Trust, their pinnacle award for Environmental Education. BUEI is the first non-school awardee since the award’s inception in 1990.

Job Description

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), a registered charity (No. 326), is seeking a Head of Education. This pivotal senior role contributes to BUEI's mission of promoting ocean awareness, appreciation, and conservation through accessible learning opportunities about Bermuda's marine ecosystem and maritime history. BUEI is renowned for its effective Ocean Literacy programs and Green Education initiatives, backed by educational collections and exhibits, and a commitment to collaborative partnerships. Qualified candidates with a dedication to education and marine conservation, and the requisite skills for success, are encouraged to apply.

• Oversee the delivery of all education programs
• Lead on educational fundraising initiatives including grant writing and reporting
• Design, implement and update education programmes while monitoring and measuring effectiveness of outcomes
• Develop, conduct and supervise the suite of educational offerings including school programmes, camps, workshops and tours
• Conduct market research to inform and update learning methods for ages 5 through to adults and develop mission-focused education offerings to meet demand
• Liaise with external stakeholders and partners to cultivate collaborative value in educational programmes
• Oversee the stewardship of BUEI’s collections for use in educational programmes and exhibits
• Submit annual budget and effectively manage the Education Programme resources, including staffing and materials
• Work with other BUEI team members for developing and upgrading exhibits in the Ocean Discovery Centre
• Mentor and train staff within the Education and Programme areas
• Seek innovative and impactful collaborations and activities to enhance visitor experiences

Key Requirements:
• An advance science degree (Environmental and/or Marine Sciences preferred)
• A minimum of 10 years’ experience teaching sciences
• Demonstrated experience developing and tracking relevant metrics, and utilizing data to inform and improve education offerings
• Competence in the use and promotion of new and emerging technologies for education
• Strong management and organizational skills and the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy in a deadline-oriented work environment
• Highly flexible and available to work during school, holidays, evenings, and some weekends
• Comfortable working across a full spectrum of stakeholders in the public and private sectors

Desired Experience:
• Developing and writing ocean literacy and or environmental education curricula integrating multidisciplinary subjects related to the marine environment
• Preparing management reports to highlight performance against targets
• Upholding BUEI’s core values: Stewardship-Minded, Committed Collaborators, Supportive Team Members and Professional Ambassadors

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