Director of Education

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REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Operations
TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Full time, Non-Exempt

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: I Love A Clean San Diego’s Education Department delivers over 900 educational programs to 45,000 youth and adults throughout San Diego County annually. Curriculum centers on stormwater pollution prevention, zero waste lifestyles, solid waste reduction, food systems, and proper waste sorting. Programs include K-12 classroom presentations, youth sustainability clubs, fieldtrips such as Kids’ Ocean Day, tours, presentations to community groups, community workshops & webinars, and the annual Zero Waste Fair.

ABOUT THE ROLE: The Director of Education leads I Love A Clean San Diego’s education team to inform, inspire, and empower youth and adults throughout San Diego County to create a zero waste, litter free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region. Their leadership shapes the effectiveness of ILACSD’s educational and behavior change programs. Responsibilities include managing full and part-time Education staff, overseeing presentation scheduling and implementation of contract requirements, monitoring contract compliance, curriculum maintenance and development, and administrative duties. The Director of Education has ultimate accountability for successful execution of contract and grant goals and requirements within the Education department.


  • Oversee all components of ILACSD’s Education Department including curriculum development, planning, research, marketing, scheduling, presentation delivery, program evaluation, updates, and supply purchasing
  • Plays the role of ultimate accountability for legal, moral, and prudent operations within the Education Department
  • Establish processes and procedures as needed to improve team communication and achievement of deliverables
    • Proactively make adjustments to prevent problems and address recurrent issues
    • Address emergent issues
  • Create and monitor annual operating budget for the Education Department
  • Develop long-term, strategic vision for educational programming, growth, and development of the Education Department


  • Lead a team of 8 full-time and part-time staff, including two direct reports
    • Define and manage staffing requirements; recruit and maintain high quality staff
    • Foster and maintain a culture of excellent customer service for all teachers, students, and attendees
    • Maintain safe working conditions for employees and ensure safety concerns are resolved quickly
    • Design and conduct regular trainings to ensure professional development and relevancy of education staff
    • Facilitate Education Department meetings
    • Shape department structure as needed in conjunction with Senior Director of Operations
  • Directly manage two full-time staff – the Youth Education Manager and the Community Education Manager – including coaching, performance assessment, professional development, workload management, attention to staff retention, administrative tasks, and hiring

Program Development and Quality Control

  • Curriculum development – Vet new opportunities and review existing curriculum to ensure mission fit, ILACSD brand representation, and engaging and age-appropriate material. Lead efforts to design new curriculum as needed.
  • Oversee marketing, scheduling, and delivery of 900+ youth and adult educational presentations annually
    • Monitor scheduling progress to ensure achievement of department goals and requirements; flag and troubleshoot issues early
    • Ensure coordinators and educators have systems in place for the maintenance and care of department supplies, inventory, purchasing, and proper and timely storage
    • Guide team in fielding unique requests for customized educational experiences, assessing for mission fit, viability, and capacity while demonstrating excellent customer service
  • Uphold ILACSD’s existing reputation for high-quality education programming (average 4.9 out of 5 rating for youth presentations during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • Identify areas for program expansion. Work with Philanthropy and Contracts staff on grant applications, contract renewals, and RFPs to define capacity, determine measurable outcomes, and write program descriptions as well as set budgets for educational programs.
  • Develop and monitor goals and performance measures for program impact
  • Stay current with Next Generation Science Standards and cross-cutting concepts
  • Deliver presentations as a backup as needed

Tracking, Reporting, and External Relations

  • Oversee tracking and reporting on contract and grant programs within ILACSD’s Education Department
  • Act as liaison between ILACSD and funders; balance funder goals, team capacity, and ILACSD priorities
  • Meet with funders regularly to provide progress updates, propose new ideas, and direct program development
  • Communicate contract and grant requirements to staff
  • Monitor existing program budgets, including reviewing timesheets to ensure time is billed accurately
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders, including schools, community groups/organizations, clubs, civic organizations, and governmental agencies
  • Identify and pursue creative opportunities for outreach to accomplish goals and expand ILACSD’s reach


  • Serve on the Executive team; contribute to strategic conversations and decisions that advance the organization as a whole
  • Work cross-departmentally to support other ILACSD events and programs (ex. volunteer cleanups,, and fundraising campaigns) as needed
  • Other duties as assigned to support the ILACSD team


  • Microsoft Office proficiency (especially PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Ability to pass a background check prior to employment
  • Reliable transportation; ability and willingness to travel
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and/or evenings
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred


  • 4+ years of experience in one or more of these areas: youth education, K-12 classroom education, curriculum development, leadership/management/supervision/coaching, nonprofit, contract management, program management
  • Proven ability to educate, inspire, and empower behavior change among community members of all demographics and groups of all sizes
  • Exemplary communication skills for diverse audiences, including strong active listening, writing, public speaking, and classroom management skills
  • Leadership philosophy grounded in values of respect, trust, integrity, humility, and growth mindset
  • Demonstrated ability to assess staff performance and deliver actionable feedback
  • Ability to provide clear direction and motivate team to realize vision
  • Ability to handle confidential information tactfully; exercise discretion and independent judgement
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and shifting priorities
  • Ability to proactively and independently engage multiple, simultaneous projects and requirements/goals
  • Ability to troubleshoot challenges efficiently and confidently, and make sound decisions quickly
  • Current knowledge of school standards, learning theories, and informal education best practices
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of stormwater pollution prevention, waste diversion, and zero waste lifestyles
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to live a zero waste lifestyle
  • Familiarity with San Diego County preferred


  • $28 per hour
  • Mileage reimbursement ($0.56 or current CA reimbursement rate)
  • Paid time off (PTO) plan
  • Employer-sponsored health (HMO) and dental plans (PPO)
  • Generous paid holiday schedule
  • Office closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Hybrid in-office/remote work schedule dependent on position
  • 403b program with match opportunity after 90 days

I Love A Clean San Diego is a values-driven organization. It is essential all team members exhibit ILACSD’s following core values and office culture:

Core Values:
• Live the mission
• Inspire environmental change
• Value partnerships
• Exhibit positive attitude

Office Culture:
• Communicate openly to ensure collaboration
• Understanding and supportive of each other and the team
• Respect others and value their opinions
• Encourage learning and growth

TO APPLY: Please send resume, start date availability, and cover letter to Emily Nelson at with “Last Name, Director of Education” in the subject line.

I Love A Clean San Diego provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.