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Position: EcoLinks Conference Coordinator — Director at Large 
Type: board member / unpaid / volunteer
Organization: Ontario Society for Environmental Education
Location: anywhere in Ontario

The Ontario Society for Environmental Education is seeking a volunteer with experience and demonstrated expertise within the Not-For-Profit, governmental or environmental education sectors as a Director at Large, to assist with the coordination of our annual conference, EcoLinks.

The Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE) is a Subject Association for all educators, both formal and non-formal, who are interested in integrating environmental topics into their teaching practice.

The role of a Subject Association is to offer resources, news and information about curriculum related to a specific subject matter to teachers. Subject Associations can also send representatives to attend Ministry of Education meetings and advocate for their subject area.

Currently the main avenues of OSEE’s work include:

  • Organizing an annual conference: EcoLinks
  • Hosting an online workshop series for educators: Interactions Live
  • Managing a website which includes a diversity of EE resources
  • Sharing EE events and opportunities through social media platforms
  • Advocating for environmental education and communicating with the Ministry of Education and other educational organizations
  • Connecting to and supporting the activities and resources of other environmental education organizations
  • Maintaining archives for our past publication: Interactions – The Ontario Journal of Environmental Education

OSEE is committed to principles of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.

In order to ensure that we are attuned to and inclusive of these principles in our work, we are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for the volunteer role without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, community identity, national origin, age and disability.

We recognize there is much work to be done in supporting the process of establishing right relations with the Indigenous Nations whose lands we are on. In order to ensure that we are attuned to and inclusive of these principles in our work, we welcome and encourage all qualified applicants for the volunteer role without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, community identity, national origin, age and disability.

We want to be transparent as a Board about where we’re at and what we’re doing in relation to addressing racism and inequity in education and the outdoors. For further details go to:

Position Overview

We are seeking a Director at Large who will contribute to the OSEE Board by:

  • Attending monthly board meetings, providing insight and strategic direction for the short and long term growth of OSEE’s work
  • Providing specialised expertise in the form of coordinating and implementing OSEE’s annual spring conference, EcoLinks (likely to be online), including:

    • Participating in monthly Conference Committee meetings
    • Assisting with workshop presenter recruitment and selection
    • Taking the lead and managing one or more of the following roles - venue liaison, catering, exhibitors, and Eventbrite tickets and attendees
    • Assisting with conference communications, including managing conference email account, posters, social media, website updates, and overall conference promotion
    • Assisting with conference tickets and managing attendees
    • Attending EcoLinks conference and assisting with all conference day activities

Commitment (ongoing):

  • Attend 9-10 online Board meetings per year, once a month in the evening

    • Attend the AGM and a one day in-person, or online planning retreat in late Summer / early Fall (pending COVID-19 health and safety guidelines)

  • Provide EcoLinks Conference support by attending additional monthly committee meeting and participate in the planning and execution of all conference activities

  • Roughly a total of 5-10 hours per month (work increases leading up to conference date, which is currently TBD, likely spring 2021)

Benefits of joining the OSEE’s board

All board positions are volunteer-based. There are a number of ways as volunteers that we grow and benefit through experiences gained, as we work together to further advance EE towards becoming embedded in the Ontario school system. We encourage board members to put their energy and skills towards areas and projects which they are passionate about, and which may also advance skills-sets and expertise. We are able to offer each board member a small parcel or PD money, which we encourage folks to use towards expanding one’s knowledge and experience in relation to equity in environmental education, and the outdoors.

Skills & Experience

  • A passion for supporting the advancement of environmental education across Ontario, and building capacity and community between teachers (formal and non-formal)
  • Previous Board experience and event organization experience is preferred
  • Membership with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), is an asset, but not required
  • The ability to expand our organization’s impact to support EE for french language teachers and learners is an asset, but not required

How to apply

If interested, please send us:

1. A 1-2 page letter outlining

  • Who you are and what connects you to OSEE’s work and values
  • The relevant skills and experience that you can contribute to the board role
  • Aspects of environmental education that you’re passionate about advancing (e.g. equity in education, Indigenous perspectives, curriculum, resource accessibility, school gardens, advocacy, or developing teacher training, etc.)

2. A resume is optional

Send your application to:

Jessie Cowe - OSEE President: . Please quote the position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for applications is October 25th, 2020.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 29 2020    ID: 57583