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

Director of Education


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. 


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


Director of Museum Events

The Director of Museum Events directs the sales and marketing of the Museum as an events venue. The Director oversees all departmental functions including the special events department budget, reports, and supervises the Event Coordinator and on-site events staff. This position works closely with the Institutional Advancement team to manage the annual fundraising gala. This position is full-time and reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Roles and responsibilities:

1.      Facility Usage Sales and Marketing

  • Researches, designs, and develops strategic special event sales and marketing plan.
  • Schedules site visit with prospective clients and conducts facility tours
  • Generates and manages all client contracts; understands the required insurance and contract risks for Museum and clients.
  • Works with the Communications Department on event marketing strategies, efforts and opportunities.
  • Investigates ways to target demographics, including weddings, corporate functions, fundraising events and others
  • Develops and maintains relationships with local event planners, DMCs and the San Diego Convention Center to promote the Museum
  • Manages the Special Events brochure publication

2.      Facility Usage Production and Internal Event Production

  • Oversees the production of all Facility usage events
  • Advises the client throughout the planning process and provides pre-event guidance to clients to assure adherence to all Museum regulations
  • Creates work orders and diagrams and distributes to key departments
  • Maintains a strong working relationship with internal clients, including departmental directors and other key staff to ensure event logistics are secured
  • Manages any post-event activities

3.  Departmental Operations

  • Manages liquor license and associated beverage vendor(s)
  • Develops, maintains and adheres to annual budget
  • Oversees financial compliance/invoicing for each facility usage event including balances and deposits due
  • Oversees master Museum events calendar
  • Manages the events staff, including the Event Coordinator and the on-call temporary Special Event staff.
  • Serves as liaison with City of San Diego and Balboa Park authorities (and others as needed) regarding major events requiring permits
  • Understands and works closely with Senior Director of Operations on all Museum safety and emergency procedures
  • Updates facility usage hard costs.
  • Determines appropriate facility usage rates and makes recommendations as needed.
  • Develops professional relationships with all vendors

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years special events experience, preferably with a non-profit or museum.
  • Proven track record of facility usage sales and marketing.
  • Exemplary customer service skills and a strong sales focus.
  • Expert knowledge of event scheduling, production and administration.
  • Experience running fundraising galas.
  • Must have rigorous attention to detail, ability to manage multiple deadlines, excellent organizational abilities, budgetary and supervisory experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with people at all levels of an organization.
  • Database experience required, Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.
  • Ability to work late nights and weekends.

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations to ebates@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.