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Director of Education


The Director of Education provides the educational vision for the Children’s Science Center’s family and school programs by translating long-range goals into effective strategies to meet diverse audience and stakeholder needs that measurably increase school participation and family-learning engagement. The Director of Education serves as the lead educator and project manager to oversee, develop, create, implement, and evaluate dynamic, world-class programs that provide extraordinary and fun science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based learning experiences. The Director of Education works collaboratively with all members of the management team to execute the plans of the Center, including the education, development, marketing, operational and financial goals outlined in the Center’s strategic and annual plans.

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Deadline 01/20/2017
Date Listed: 12/27/2016
Organization Children's Science Center
Web Address
Address 3949 Pender Drive, Suite 120 B
City Fairfax
State/Prov Virginia
Country United States
Postal Code 22030
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Job Status Full-Time
Exemption Status Non-Exempt
Qualifications Minimum of 3 years management and supervisory experience, in addition a minimum of 3 years of experience as an educator within an educational organization or museum institution. Bachelor’s degree in field of education or museum studies required. Master’s degree or higher is preferred, and study or experience in a field of science is ideal. Successful completion of a criminal background check. Successful completion of a national background check and drug screening may also be required. The ideal candidate will possess:  Energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for education, particularly informal STEM education.  Excellent leadership, including staff, volunteer, and program management skills.  Creativity and resourcefulness in educational program design.  Superior attention to detail, written, and organizational skills.  Demonstrated success managing people and operations.  Ability to plan, manage and report against a departmental budget.  Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills.  Demonstrated ability to forge effective community partnerships.  Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations, including those that are underserved.  Flexibility, creativity and a fun-loving attitude.  Ability to utilize current technology.
Job Responsibilities The Director of Education is responsible for all educational programming activities as follows:  Manage the design and implementation of educational programming including, - Children’s Science Center Lab programs for preK-6 field trips, demonstrations, workshops, classes, camps, rotating educational activities in galleries, and programs for specific audiences including youth leadership, scouts, homeschool families, girls, special needs children, in close coordination with Lab Operations. - Off-site community programs including PreK-6 school outreach programs and community outreach programs at venues including festivals, libraries, and other public spaces and events. - Educational content for organization-wide and other events produced with Marketing and Development.  Develop programs that encourage student, teacher, and family engagement and skill in STEM subjects.  Align activities and content to the Virginia Standards of Science Learning and proven effective practices in STEM learning based upon current research.  Design future programs for preK-6 teachers that inspire and motivate them to make full use of the Center’s resources and materials that extend and expand the museum experience into the classroom.  Create and manage an annual program plan and budget to provide extraordinary visitor experiences, support Center projects, and reach targeted audiences.  Work closely with Marketing to develop an annual thematic program calendar, promote programs, monitor customer feedback, and continuously improve programming.  Monitor financial resources, both revenues and expenses, throughout operational areas of responsibility by coordinating with Finance team to ensure timely and accurate financial information.  Work with the Development team to help identify and secure funding support for education programs, exhibits, projects, materials, and equipment.  Develop, implement and maintain metrics and evaluations for all program offerings which includes: - Monitoring sales and measuring attendance of programs - Working with Marketing and Lab Operations to implement customer surveys and evaluate feedback - Utilizing formal evaluation techniques like behavioral coding - Working with Development to provide program evaluation and data collection as required for grant reporting.  Recruit, train, manage and develop a team of dynamic education staff, as well as interns and volunteers to implement the Center’s educational activities.  Produce training materials and programs for Lab Operations and Education staff and volunteers, as well as ensuring all in the organization have timely knowledge of programming, plans, and goals.  Work with the Volunteer Coordination and Marketing teams to advertise volunteer needs for educational programming and committee work, as well as internship opportunities.  Draw upon expertise of Center advisors and staff by attending STEM Advisory Council meetings and seeking the Council’s assistance in identifying specific subject matter experts and enhancing programming content.  Build strong relationships with diverse, strategic and like-minded partners and collaborators to expand the potential of the Center and its offerings.  Develop professional networks with organizations that include, but are not limited to, museums, non-profit, and for-profit institutions.  Actively participate in Center events, advocate for the Center, and assist with other duties as needed.
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