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YF Institute Leadership

Assistant Director, Institute Programming

Position: Assistant Director, Institute Programming

Location: Gardiner, Montana

Reports To: Senior Director of Education

Status: Full-Time / Regular/ Exempt

Summary Description:

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. 

The Assistant Institute Director plays a critical role in Yellowstone Forever’s Institute mission to create opportunities for all people to experience Yellowstone.  This position is responsible for assisting the Senior Director of Education to execute the vision for the Institute and leading the program management team in shaping a world-class education program for the park. This position will lead the Institute team in establishing content and curricula for Institute programs; lead the development and growth of YF’s youth, college, and teacher programs; play an essential role in collaborating with Yellowstone National Park’s education staff to develop unified youth education programs in the park in preparation for the planned Yellowstone Youth Campus. This position will also be responsible for training and mentoring of staff instructors, supervising program managers and lead instructors, and teaching key programs.  Success in this position requires a strong educational background, creativity, excellent communication skills, and close attention to deadlines and details.

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This is a full-time, year-round position, based in Gardiner, MT. This is an exempt position, with a competitive salary based upon experience.  This position qualifies for Yellowstone Forever’s generous benefit package, which includes paid time off, paid holidays, retirement program, medical, dental, vision, paid leaves of absence, life and AD&D insurance, and other ancillary insurance plans. Yellowstone Forever employees also receive a 30% discount on most Park Stores products and a free Yellowstone Forever Institute Field Seminar each year.  Discounts on other courses and products are also offered.  Benefits of this position include knowing that your efforts directly benefit Yellowstone National Park and having the opportunity to work with one of the world’s premiere wilderness areas.

Yellowstone Forever is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.