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Director of Education

Full-time, Leadership Position

Director of Education
This senior position has ultimate responsibility for Hawk Mountain education programs, and reports to the President. Principal tasks include providing leadership in Sanctuary education, and guiding and overseeing staff, volunteers and trainees who work in this area. Director serves on the leadership committee and as the liaison for the education committee of the board of directors. 
To Apply:
Send a letter of application, resume, list of references and other support materials to
Jerry Regan, President
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
Kempton, PA 19529

Attn: Shelley Davenport, Business Manager

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Job description

Education Duties: 

  • Develop, direct, coordinate, and implement Hawk Mountain Sanctuary education programs, including curriculum and program development, evaluation and strategic planning.
  • Work strategically to grow Hawk Mountain's role as a global leader in raptor education, consistent with the strategic plan for Hawk Mountain and the Education Plan, with an eye on strategies to integrate technology and other methods to achieve goals and reach new audiences.
  • Coordinate school group use of the Sanctuary and public weekend programming, and work with the leadership team to increase the use of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and all of its facilities by diverse groups.
  • Collaborate with Sanctuary scientists and other personnel to strengthen  education programs, identify best practices, and create new curriculum that meets or exceeds national and statewide standards, and supports regional school-district curriculum requirements.
  • Supervise the care, maintenance, and training of non-releasable raptors, including oversight of handlers in their proper handling and care, and ensure federal and state permits for all on-site raptors and museum specimens are current.
  • Participate in relevant regional, national and international education meetings and organizations as a tool to enhance the Sanctuary mission.
  • Partner with the President, development staff, board and major supporters to build revenues for education programming and participate in Sanctuary fundraising activities.

Administrative Duties:

  • Oversee the leadership and management of educators at the Sanctuary.
    Coordinate and oversee education budgets, performance reviews and the development of annual departmental goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate the use of the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building and work with facilities staff to ensure top maintenance.
  • Track and report success stories in educational programming for all constituents by working in conjunction with the communications and development department.


  • M.S. preferred with minimum six years experience in education, natural sciences and/or conservation.
  • Demonstrated a proven track record for developing effective science-based programs in formal and/or non-formal settings.
  • Applicants must have a strong passion for education, teaching and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s mission.
  • In addition, the director should have a strong background in curriculum development, including an understanding of how to create developmentally appropriate programming and curriculum for K-12 learners and beyond.
  • Experience in ornithology, raptor migration, Appalachian forest natural history, and/or use of live raptors in education helpful. 
  • Experience in conveying research results through age-appropriate learning activities along with experience using appropriate technology to advance educational goals.
  • Director should be an excellent collaborator, with exceptional skills and experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Superior communication skills, including excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills are essential.
  • The applicant must also demonstrate successful fund raising experience to support programs.
  • Individual must be physically able to hike one mile over rocky terrain several times per day. Job requires occasional heavy lifting associated with transport and handling of live birds, models, and their containers that weigh up to 50 pounds.