Letter from Cathy Manduca, Executive Director of NAGT
In this newsletter you will see the announcement of the search for a new Executive Director. After 11 years in this position, I have decided it is time for me to step down. I have tremendously enjoyed working with you and the organization during that time. We have accomplished a great deal together. NAGT is a healthy, growing and vibrant community known within and beyond the geosciences for the quality of its work and its zest. We have active regional sections and three new divisions enabling us to work locally and in groups with shared focus. We have a palette of professional development programs and online resources to support high quality Earth education and education research including the recently established Earth Educators' Rendezvous. We advocate for Earth education on local to national levels. And we have an long-running set of strong publications, awards and programs. It has been a tremendous opportunity to be involved in all of that. One of the things that I am most proud of is the growth in the leadership of our organization. From workshop leaders, to committee members and chairs, to officers, to members working on campuses, in schools, and in communities, we have a tremendous wealth of strong leaders with a shared vision of quality Earth education and its importance to our society. This is what is allowing NAGT to grow, thrive, and extend its influence. I think it is time for a new person to come up from this community and have a chance to serve as Executive Director. It is time for fresh ideas and new energy in the Executive Office. NAGT plans to continue to contract with SERC to provide services for the Executive Office. This will allow for new leadership without disrupting service. I will continue as the Director of SERC. We anticipate that this transition will be complete in August 2019. Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the support you have given to me and everyone at the Executive Office over the years. Please help us to assemble an accomplished and diverse applicant pool for the new Director position by bringing this opportunity to the attention of colleagues or perhaps consider submitting your own application. I look forward to collaborating with the new Director to ensure a successful transition, and to seeing NAGT move forward in bold and innovative directions.
NAGT Executive Director Search
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) is seeking a qualified person to serve as the Association's Executive Director. NAGT's mission is to support a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth. NAGT represents the collective voice of K-12 teachers, college and university faculty, and informal educators in museums and science centers who share a vision to build geoscience expertise and an Earth-literate society through high-quality education.
We seek an exceptional Executive Director to build on past successes and to provide strategic leadership to guide NAGT toward new opportunities for growth. The Executive Director is the public face of NAGT and maintains strong relationships with members, donors, federal agencies, and the leadership of associated organizations. The Executive Director is responsible for working closely with the association's elected leaders to advance NAGT's mission and ensure organizational sustainability.
Successful candidates should have the vision, creativity, experience, and skills needed to successfully guide the programmatic and management needs of the association. The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College will support the Executive Director with services for NAGT operations, activities, programs, and leadership including communication and management services; website hosting, tools and support; financial management and membership, election, and donation services.
The Executive Director works closely with NAGT's elected and appointed leadership. The Director's responsibilities include:
- Promotion of the association's mission and coordination of its major programs and functions for essential annual operations.
- Management of an annual budget to ensure the long-term financial health of the organization.
NAGT offers extensive programming for its members and the broader community. The Executive Director performs his or her overall responsibilities to support the administration of these programs, including:
- Professional development opportunities: the Earth Educators' Rendezvous, face-to-face and virtual workshops, webinars etc.
- Publications: Journal of Geoscience Education, In the Trenches, Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (co-published with AGI), and others.
- The Teach the Earth website: A well-established set of web-based resources to support geoscience education and research.
- Awards and scholarship programs
- Sponsorship of community projects, meetings, and proposals
- Regular communication with members
- A presence at professional meetings such as the annual meetings of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union.
NAGT is a member-based organization and is supported by membership dues, revenue from programming and publications, donations, advertising and grants. The Executive Director position comes with 1-2 months of salary support. This time will be spread throughout the calendar year as needed. The incoming NAGT Executive Director would serve for a three-year term (August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022) with the potential for renewal.
We anticipate that the Executive Director will have a background in the geosciences and/or geoscience education, but we are also interested in applicants with relevant experience from other settings. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience managing staff, building collaboration among multiple stakeholders, and an understanding of non-profit organization development and maintenance.
Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, and a list of at least three references below. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Please direct any questions about the position to the search committee co-chairs, David McConnell (email@example.com) or Karen Viskupic (firstname.lastname@example.org).