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Posted January 12, 2018
Director of Education
Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Discovery Lab, a hands-on science center and children’s museum, is hiring a creative, highly-skilled, self-motivated, fun, and organized individual to direct its education department. This is a senior-level position reporting to the Executive Director/CEO. As a member of the leadership team, the job requires previous experience in informal science education, program development, staff management, and project management.

The Director of Education, along with other members of the leadership team, advances the educational vision for Discovery Lab’s family and school programs by translating long-range goals into effective strategies that meet diverse audience and stakeholder needs and that measurably increase school participation and family-learning engagement. The Director of Education serves as the principle lead of the museum’s educational experiences providing oversight of the development, creation, implementation, and evaluation of the museum’s dynamic, high quality programs that offer extraordinary and engaging science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) and Health and Wellness based learning experiences.

Tulsa Children’s Museum was incorporated in 2007 and operated as a museum without walls for six years providing STEAM and Health and Wellness programming to over 40,000 children through outreach and community events. In 2013, the museum opened Discovery Lab in a temporary space near downtown Tulsa. The community response to Discovery Lab has exceeded expectations with museum attendance more than double original estimates and the outreach program growing to serve over 24,000 students each year—making it the largest STEAM outreach program in the state. These attainments have led the museum to successfully launch its capital campaign to build a permanent facility—due to open in early 2020—in the city of Tulsa’s amazing, new urban park, A Gathering Place. Discovery Lab is also being distinguished by its designation as the STEM Center for all of Tulsa Public Schools—providing inquiry-based learning opportunities to an additional 26,000 students each year through museum classes. The successful candidate for the Director of Education position will have the opportunity to help guide the development of a world-class STEAM informal education system that is poised to make a difference on a local, regional, and national level.

For more information and specific duties, responsibilities, and requirements, please see the museum careers page at www.tulsachildrensmuseum.org.

Posted January 10, 2018
Full-Time Exhibit Project Manager
Virtual Science Center
San Jose, California

Virtual Science Center (VSC) has a mission to create inquiry-based learning experiences to educate the public about innovative technologies.

We are looking for a full-time project manager to support the design, visitor testing, fabrication, and implementation of a 5,000 square foot traveling exhibition about the science of virtual and augmented reality. The exhibition will begin touring in 2019.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • All aspects of project management including budgeting, schedules, and documentation through exhibit development, design, prototyping, visitor testing, fabrication, and installation.
  • Creating/modifying contracts for independent contractors.
  • Provide effective communication between VSC, exhibit design and fabrication firm(s).
  • Assist the Chief Experience Officer in obtaining use rights, arranging video shoots, and planning/managing the exhibition’s audio-visual components.
  • Develop and maintain the project plan, including cost, resource allocation, schedule and risk management.
  • Effectively identify, document, manage and communicate project risks.
  • Facilitate project planning sessions with the team and develop detailed project schedules.
  • Define project scope and work breakdown schedule.

Minimum Experience

  • At least 3 years experience managing a team in museum exhibition design and fabrication.
  • Experience with traveling exhibits and/or exhibits that are modular, portable, and reproducible.
  • Experience directing and motivating geographically distributed teams.
  • Expertise in presentation and project management tools.
  • Proven track record meeting project deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree or higher.
  • Understanding of Inquiry-based-learning.
  • Experience with iterative development strategies.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Meghan Lee, Executive Director at jobs@virtualsciencecenter.org.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
www.virtualsciencecenter.org

Posted January 3, 2018
Assistant Director, Public Programs
American Museum of Natural History
New York, New York

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs and Exhibition Education, the Assistant Director of Public Programs will create and implement visionary public programs that support and extend the Museum’s mission to a broad and diverse set of audiences in the New York metro area. The Assistant Director will bring innovative ideas and high-quality talent to the Museum’s programming effort, and oversee special projects and events as required by Museum initiatives. This position will supervise junior staff workload and department workflow, and work closely with the Director of the department to develop and execute a strategic plan for the Museum’s public programs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Seek out and create innovative program formats that draw new audiences to the Museum and engage existing audiences in new ways
  • Identify and book high-profile talent from across the fields of science, art, policy, and the humanities
  • Research, develop and execute a multifaceted set of public programs that highlight the Museum’s unique resources and position the Museum as the place in New York City for diverse audiences to engage with science and culture
  • Slot and manage the annual calendar of events, pacing programs based on expected attendance, staff capacity, and institutional priorities
  • Manage special projects and events as required
  • Write marketing copy, program proposals, and program reports as needed
  • Oversee the department operations and manage department workflow
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners on program development and execution
  • Recruit, supervise, and support junior staff, contractors, and volunteers
  • Oversee professional development of junior staff

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Non-profit Management, Education, Science or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in relevant work, programming, project management and staff supervision
  • Proven track record of program development and execution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in science, current events, technology, and education
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, independently and with multi-department teams
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required

Please visit us at pa495.peopleadmin.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=52659 to submit an application online.

Posted October 4, 2017
Digital Librarian/Collections Analyst
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
Washington, D.C.

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is dedicated to advancing the fields of informal science education (ISE) and science communication by supporting and building on the rich diversity of projects supported by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under a cooperative agreement with NSF, the Center provides resources to practitioners, researchers, and evaluators across ISE sectors, including science centers and museums, transmedia, youth and community programs, cyber learning and gaming, and other settings and environments, as well as to those involved in science communication or public engagement with science activities.

The project’s leadership team consists of partners from academic institutions across the nation and the Project Director, who with the Center staff works from Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) headquarters in Washington, DC.

CAISE activities include convening meetings, workshops and conferences, both face-to-face and online; contributing to user-friendly online resources, including a centralized database of NSF-funded projects; supporting and tracking CAISE initiatives; and participating in a variety of communication and outreach efforts.

One of CAISE’s key activities is InformalScience.org, a repository that contains descriptions of funded grants, evaluation reports, research, and grey literature from the informal STEM learning field. The Digital Librarian is responsible for overseeing, curating, and disseminating this resource, and reports to the Project Director.

Position Summary

  • Work closely with CAISE co-PIs, staff and advisors, and NSF program directors to provide resources, connectivity and infrastructure for designers, researchers and evaluators of informal STEM learning and science communication settings and experiences
  • Work with NSF AISL-funded co-Principal Investigators from the NSF AISL program in order to update their resources, profiles and dissemination materials on InformalScience.org
  • Ongoing collection development for database/repository
  • Catalog submitted and curated project, evaluation and research materials using a customized metadata schema
  • Primary point person for all internal and external member/user interface with the InformalScience.org website
  • Outreach activities including writing blog posts, leading webinars, updating social media, and presenting at relevant conferences
  • Website content management, including news & views, calendar and community pages
  • Create curated landing pages for informal STEM education and science communication sectors to provide quick relevant access to topics within the collection
  • Manage web-related vendor contracts, including the web development contract
  • Proactively research and propose future improvements for InformalScience.org, and oversee their implementation
  • Respond to queries from the informal STEM learning and science communication communities
  • Collect and analyze data, statistics and analytics about website and resource use for evaluation and measurement purposes
  • Participate in Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) staff meetings and activities as required by Project Director
  • Other duties as assigned by Project Director

Approximate breakdown of scope of work by time:, 40% cataloging, 25% internal and external outreach, 25% content/website management and 10% miscellaneous.
Qualifications Summary

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Masters in Library/Information Science and 2+ years of experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Proven experience or interest in science, informal STEM education, and/or science communication
  • Familiarity with Google Drive applications, including Docs, Sheets, and Hangouts
  • Experience working in nonprofit organizations
  • Experience using web content management systems, especially Drupal

This is a full-time, exempt, grant-funded position located in Washington, DC. Occasional travel may be required (2-3 times per year).

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to caise@informalscience.org. Please include desired salary range. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not accepting calls.

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