Newport RI Ballard Park


Employment Opportunities

Interested parties should e-mail resume, salary requirments, why you're interested in working at Friends of Ballard Park and cover letter to Thank you.

Friends of Ballard Park:
320 Thames Street #274
Newport RI 02840
Phone: 401.619.3377

General Duties:
Plan, implement and market innovative and engaging educational programs for children, families and adults in the fields of environmental education, physical fitness and art at Ballard Park. The education coordinator plans, initiates and provides office and on-site management for a variety of educational programs, marketing initiatives and special events related to Friends of Ballard Park and assists the executive director with fundraising activities so the educational program is a sustainable and self-supporting operation. S/He works in concert with the executive director to ensure that Ballard Park remains a wild and natural open space for future generations by developing high caliber cultural and educational programs and help Friends of Ballard Park to become a more inviting, active and educationally stimulating place for the public to visit and the community to support.

Specific Duties:
Lead all educational programs (field trips, hikes, home school lessons, summer programs, etc.).

Develop year round educational outreach programming targeting area schools (during school year) and social service agencies and other organizations (Summer months)

Coordinate, host and book field trips to Ballard Park that include the collection of statistical data from participants (pre- and post-surveys) and class room visits, leading trips/visits when needed

Keeps detailed records of all educational programs including preparation, committee and partner meeting minutes, attendance records, attendee survey results, post mortem meeting minutes and budgets then prepares written reports noting pertinent information such as attendance, successes, failures and suggestions.

Identify, cultivate and secure new revenue streams such as grants and fees and cultivate and maintain relationships with current and prospective donors.

Assist with planning, implementing, and coordination of special events including coordination of volunteer efforts, event set up and breakdown.

Network and collaborate with local organizations as approved by exec director.

Hire staff when needed and handle associated administrative details such as training and supervision

Market FBP Educational offerings and update educational information for web site (

Detail oriented and able to forecast needs (materials, staffing, etc.); essentially must be a good planner.

Familar with Aquidneck Island.

Skilled in written and oral communications, presentations, judgment, budgeting and comfortable making solicitations.

Experience with students.

Highly organized with the ability to take initiative and work independently but also be a good team player and work with staff, volunteers and visitors and relate well to the public in person and on the telephone.

Some weekend and evening work is expected.

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills as well as a sense of humor are essential.

Diplomatic, tactful, creative, discreet, flexible, resourceful, dependable, well-organized, friendly, emotionally mature and professional.

Proven record of results and ability to meet deadlines required.

Be in good physical condition. While performing the duties of this Job, the Coordinator is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The position requires extensive computer use so the employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and walk on trails that are uneven, dark and muddy.

Requires the use of his/her personal vehicles. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.

Bachelors degree, plus three years relevant experience preferred.

Have well-developed communication and leadership skills, and strong computer knowledge/proficient with MS Word, Excel, Outlook and database software.

Knowledge of school education issues and understanding of federal and state education policies desirable.

Interested parties should e-mail resume along with salary requirments and why you're interested in working at Friends of Ballard Park in cover letter to Thank you.