OPENING: Full-time Engagement Director

Application Period Closes March 10, 2023

About the Position

Algalita Marine Research and Education seeks an Engagement Director to lead community outreach for our environmental education program, Wayfinder Society.

Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education is a dynamic, free online platform that includes environmental education lessons, activities, and toolkits for interactive classroom learning.  Our community of environmental educators aim to cultivate creativity and imagination in their students – helping them become engaged citizens that can impact their local community.

This role will work closely with the Education Director and Executive Director and will represent Wayfinder Society in all public outreach – online and off – with environmental educators in California and beyond.

The ideal candidate has experience building and growing communities online and/or facilitating events and workshops around shared interests. In addition, an interest in environmental education and teaching experience (formal or informal) is a plus. This role will focus on three primary areas to cultivate and grow Wayfinder Society’s community:

  1. Champion Wayfinder Society – creatively and consistently create engagement opportunities for the educator community to learn and grow. Get educators excited to journey with us.
  2. Storytelling and Sharing – meet members of the Wayfinder Society community. Capture stories of connection, imagination, and optimism to share and inspire the community.
  3. Advocate for environmental educators – actively seek and capture feedback and insights from the community to ensure Wayfinder Society meets their needs in and outside the classroom.

We are looking for a creative, energetic, flexible, and proactive individual who thrives in a collaborative environment – one who can bring a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem-solving.

In addition, there is a tremendous opportunity in this role to expand beyond Wayfinder Society and collaborate with the Algalita team on new and upcoming programs. We’re an ambitious organization with lots of ideas!


Location: Long Beach, CA

Full-time, Exempt Salary Position

Salary Range: $65K-$70K

Flexible Schedule
Paid Vacation, Sick Days, & Holidays
Monthly Investment Stipend
Professional Development Opportunities

Experience & Education

  • Excellent writing and communication skills 
  • Excellent public speaking skills – comfortable presenting in front of large groups online and in-person
  • Experience creating content for web, email, and/or social media and evaluating its performance
  • Experience facilitating online events via zoom (or other online platforms)
  • Eye for design – comfortable creating documents with a strong, impactful visual design
  • Intermediate to advanced user of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently as well as within groups
  • A strong interest in environmental education and the vision, mission, and values of Algalita.

Desired Qualifications

  • Has connections and experience in the education field, and ideally environmental education field
  • Experience and knowledge of environmental education and environmental issues


Must have access to reliable transportation, and be willing to travel throughout Southern CA.



  • Lead all community outreach with educators and related environmental education programs  – keep the community up-to-date on new program offerings, lesson plans, events, and grant opportunities.
  • Grow the Wayfinder Society community. Create opportunities to build and foster relationships with educators.
  • Represent Wayfinder Society at events, conferences, panels – seek out opportunities to share Wayfinder Society with others in the education and environmental communities.
  • Lead Wayfinder Society communications and marketing. Manage the editorial calendar including email, blog posts, announcements, and social posts.
  • Write and edit community-facing short and long-form copy for various channels including social, web, newsletters, press releases, brochures, and event programs.
  • Ideate, develop, and execute programs for educators to connect with each other, share classroom experience, lesson plans, and teaching expertise.
  • Manage inquiries and feedback from the Wayfinder Society community including emails, ad hoc requests, and surveys. Organize and report trends as needed.
  • Turn qualitative and quantitative data into actionable insights, content recommendations, and educator programs.
  • Collaborate with Algalita’s Education Director on educational content – utilize data and community feedback to guide new content.

    The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.


The application period for this position is closed.

We journey together

It will take a diverse mix of thinkers, doers, and feelers to push forth long-lasting solutions to our environmental and social challenges. We deeply believe diversity and inclusion are the real grounds for creativity and positive change, and we’re committed to delivering programs and creating teams that foster a sense of belonging for all. Algalita provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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