The International Head Office of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) hosted by the Danish Outdoor Council (Friluftsrådet) offers a full-time position as International Eco-Schools Programme Director from 1 October 2012.
FEE is an umbrella organisation with member organisations in more than 60 countries worldwide, working to promote education for sustainable development through its five programmes: Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment and Learning about Forests, Blue Flag and Green Key.
Eco-Schools is an international programme for environmental education and management, with the aim of raising students’ awareness of sustainable development issues through classroom study as well as school and community action, actively involving students in the decision-making process. In order to be awarded the Green Flag, schools must comply with the seven steps, the core of the Eco-Schools methodology. Currently, the Programme is being implemented in 52 countries around the world, involving more than 11 million students, more than 600,000 teachers and more than 38,000 schools. The Eco-Schools Programme currently has international cooperation projects with HSBC, Wrigley Foundation and Toyota Motor Europe. For more information about the Programme, please visit www.eco-schools.org.
The FEE International Head Office is hosted by the Danish Outdoor Council (the Danish FEE member organisation) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish Outdoor Council aims to support and encourage outdoor recreation with regard to environmental and nature protection. The Danish Outdoor Council employs around 40 employees in 5 sections and serves as an umbrella organisation with around 90 member organisations nationally.
The FEE International Head Office currently consists of 7.5 staff members. The FEE office will be hosted by the Danish Outdoor Council until 31 December 2013 where it will move to a permanent location (in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt or London) independent of a host organisation.
The International Eco-Schools Programme Director will focus on the following primary tasks:
- Overall responsibility for the management and development of the Eco-Schools Programme (including pedagogic material development, Eco-Schools connect, working parties, etc).
- Overall responsibility for the existing and potential new Eco-Schools projects (in cooperation with the Eco-Schools Project Manager).
- Participate in the sourcing and development of new sponsorship opportunities.
- Potential day-to-day responsibility for one or more of the existing Eco-Schools projects.
- General contact to Eco-Schools national operators, support to the implementation of Eco-Schools in new countries, organisation of the annual Eco-Schools national operator meeting, meetings with national Eco-Schools programme coordinators, participation in national school events, etc.
- Reports to the Board of Directors, General Assembly and other FEE meetings.
- Contact to international Eco-Schools institutional and corporate partners.
- Work with the Eco-Schools websites, manuals, publications and newsletters, press releases and other PR material.
- Work on creating synergies between the various FEE programmes.
- Potential work on Eco-Schools projects with developing countries.
- Support to the work on other general tasks in FEE and the Danish Outdoor Council.
You will work under and report to the Chief Executive Officer of FEE, and you will have direct contact with the FEE Board member with political responsibility for the Eco-Schools Programme.
We are searching for a creative, outgoing and experienced coordinator with a proven record of professional management and programme development. You must have experience of project management, working with corporate stakeholders and excellent communication, skills. You must be a team player who is able to engage in multiple tasks at once while remaining focused and service-oriented. You will have excellent computer skills and speak and write fluently in English. Preferred candidates have a professional educational qualification, and knowledge about working with different cultures (including developing countries) would also be an advantage.
For the right candidate, we offer an exciting position in which you will be part of an inspiring team and atmosphere, working with positive-change programmes in an international context. Salary is dependent on previous experience and there will be international travel connected with the role.
For more information about the position please contact Finn Bolding Thomsen (Chief Executive Officer of FEE) on (+45) 21 64 90 36. Please send your CV and a covering letter by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: ‘Application for the position of International Eco-Schools Programme Director’. The deadline for applications is 19 August 2012.