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The San Diego Natural History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

School Programs Manager

POSITION SUMMARY

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a passionate mission supporting and natural history loving individual to manage the museum’s school programs. Reporting to the Director of Education, the School Programs Manager facilitates the Museum’s participation in the School in the Park program and school programs, oversees the development and production of the Education Program Guide, and organizes the museum’s annual educator night.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and facilitate the Museum’s participation in the School in the Park Programs for elementary and middle school children and carries out the role of lead instructor
  • Oversee the development of the School in the Park programs curricula, the annual schedule, the co-educator’s participation, and attends School in the Park Education Council collaborative meetings
  • Oversee the development and production of the annual Education Programs Guide
  • Organize and implement the annual educator’s night
  • Collaboratively develop new curricula for the department that integrates Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Collaborate in the development, coordination and implementation of new and existing programs at the Museum or school site as well as any materials to support our visitor’s experience
  • Keep the educations website current
  • Participate in the annual budget process
  • Other duties as assigned.

CREDENTIALS/EXPERIENCE

  • Proven successful teaching experience in formal or informal education settings.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural science content area or education
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Highest level of integrity, embracing a diverse workplace and visitor base.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “SPM Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: SPM Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.

7/15/2015

Museum Educator

Position Summary:

The Museum Educator will provide dynamic mission driven education programs and public programs to grades K-12 using an interactive, engaging, participatory style reflecting inquiry-based teaching methods and supporting the unique curatorial voice of the NAT. This is an on-call position.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Museum Educator will primarily facilitate hands-on classes at school sites and occasionally, hands-on classes at the Museum. Primary concentration will be on education programs for school groups. In addition, he/she will participate in public programs and will provide instruction for winter, spring, and/or summer camps.

Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Education, Environmental Science, or a related field
  • 2-3 years of related experience working in a public setting or informal education organization is preferred
  • Background working in a public setting – implementing programs with children and adults
  • Experience teaching elementary and/or middle school formal or informal classes preferred
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter outlining your experience and interest in the position, résumé, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 25, 2015 and will continue until positions are filled.

7/15/2015

Director of Education

POSITION SUMMARY

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a passionate mission supporting and natural history loving individual to lead the museum’s education department. Reporting to the Senior Director of Public Programs, the Director of Education oversees the development and implementation of effective educational experiences as well as the education staff and docents; creates a high performance culture; develops, motivates, and evaluates a diverse, talented team across assigned functions; and develops and executes relevant programs and events that produce measurable results and visibility for the organization. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works closely with Senior Director of Public Programs and education staff to collaboratively develop programs and educational experiences that develop the next generation of creative problem solvers and position the organization as a leader of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and its integration with Common Core.
  • Provides strategic and creative direction, content/program development and review, integrated team management, and operational oversight to education and docent teams.
  • Evaluates the organization’s existing educational framework and aligns programs with NGSS and exhibitions.
  • Refines training program for new educators, and develop ongoing professional development opportunities for existing education staff.
  • Oversees the development, design, and implementation of new curriculum for school, camps, and other educational programs.
  • Continues the audit of existing education programs, and develops new programs, for relevance, value added, sustainability, and potential revenue.
  • Determines the allocation of resources and expenditures to maximize earned revenue potential and ensure efficiency, strategic alignment, and budgetary compliance.
  • Leads effort to establish measurable objectives and practicable evaluation procedures to assess the effectiveness of educational content and interpretive techniques.
  • Assists development staff in preparing funding proposals for educational programs.
  • Develops and nurtures relationships with the community to position the museum as a leading resource in informal education and further the organizations outreach efforts.
  • Formalizes and oversees inquiry training program for volunteers who work at the museum and within the community.
  • Works collaboratively with other Directors within Public Programs Division.
  • Oversees Docent Program.

CREDENTIALS/EXPERIENCE

  • Proven professional with 7-10 years of experience in a museum, or similar non-profit position with increasing responsibility.
  • 5+ years of management experience.
  • MA in Museum Education or Museum Studies preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with community organizations desired.
  • Prior informal and/or formal teaching experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Leader of the highest integrity, embracing a diverse workplace and visitor base.
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze both existing and potential problems and solutions identifies key performance indicators, and systemic improvements resulting in sustainable impact.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Schedule and availability reflects that the organization is a 7-day-a-week operation. Coordinates with other members of the education team to ensure education staff has support during all operational hours. On occasion, the position will require duties outside of/in excess of regular Monday - Friday schedule.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “DE Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: DE Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.

Posted: 06/29/2015