The Director of Programs and Climate Initiatives (DPC) for the Waterfront Alliance has program and operational responsibility for climate resilience, environmental education, recreation, urban planning, conservation, sustainability, port/maritime industry and integrated related program areas of the Waterfront Alliance that are core to our mission. The DPC will provide leadership, expertise, and strategic direction on climate policy, legislation, studies and reports that influence agencies, the public, partner orgs.
Working under the supervision of the education program associate, per diem waterfront educators will be responsible for engaging with partners, students, and the public at schools, community organizations, and tabling events, and leading outdoor waterfront field labs (focused on marine science and coastal resilience) with students participating in the Estuary Explorers program.
In New York, collaborating with colleagues and partners in developing climate change policy and strategy for the Waterfront Alliance; leading the coordination and convening of the Rise to Resilience coalition; implementing advocacy strategy through the Rise to Resilience coalition and directly as part of Waterfront Alliance’s policy agenda; identifying changes and trends in climate change that affect and dictate new strategy; and collaborating with multiple programs within the Waterfront Alliance.
The Coastal Resilience Education Toolkit is an interactive learning guide that consists of seven activities, all built on the idea that experiential learning is the best way to build a relationship between students and the urban marine environment surrounding them. These activities, full of games, experiments, and pre-recorded content, can work in-sequence with one another, or stand on their own, depending on the needs and abilities of your students. Each lesson plan consists of an overview of the activity, list of materials, detailed procedures, post-activity recommendations for further learning, and background for educators.