Director of Education

The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the senior management team, the Director of Education is responsible for the development, implementation and management of a diverse set of educational programs and strategies to serve the museum’s audiences and support the sustainability and growth of the museum’s educational programs. The Director of Education manages a team of six including four direct reports as well as a large team of on-call teachers and volunteers (docents).

Primary Responsibilities

• Expand, develop and execute the museum’s strategic plan for educational programming to best match the strengths, mission and needs of the museum with the needs of the formal education community and local children, families and adults.

• Working with colleagues (staff and volunteers), evaluate and strengthen the museum’s existing education programs and develop, implement and evaluate new programs that meet the needs of the museum’s diverse audiences and leverage the museum’s unique resources.

• Oversee the delivery of all educational programs

• Lead efforts to increase education program revenues and achieve annual education department financial goals.

• Develop and execute an annual operations plan and budget and monitor implementation and results on a monthly basis.

• In cooperation with other staff and volunteers, promote the museum’s educational programs to maximize enrollments, revenues and support, leading to ongoing growth of the overall educational program.

• Coordinate the design and development of education and marketing materials to support education programs.

• Continue to strengthen LWE’s reputation as a provider of quality science and nature education programming.

• Collaborate with the development department in the development of and reporting on grant proposals supporting specific education initiatives and ongoing programs.

• Serve as a key member of the museum’s senior management team to create unified programming, messages and policies, and provide leadership in high level internal planning activities.

• Manage the education department, including direct supervision of education staff and oversight of the management of education volunteers and staff to ensure excellent customer service and the delivery of excellent programming.

• Developing annual work plans with measurable goals and provide timely feedback both informally and through formal performance reviews.

• Oversee management of museum’s natural history collection.

Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree (MS preferred) from an accredited four year college or university in the natural sciences, education, museum studies or a related field.
• A minimum of eight years of experience in education, with at least five years in the informal learning sector.
• Demonstrated understanding of pedagogies applicable to informal learning settings.
• Experience with development and evaluation of education programs offered to both school and museum (or other informal) audiences.
• Familiarity with current trends in and influences on the K-12 classroom curriculum in California.
• Demonstrated skill in coaching, supervising, and leading paid staff and volunteers.
• At least three years of direct management experience and demonstrated success in hiring, training and managing an effective team.
• Ability to create and manage effective plans.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience developing and managing project and annual budgets
• A passion for nature, science and education.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
• Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.

NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.

OVERALL WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
• Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and infrequent
outdoor event and/or outreach sites.

Hours, Benefits & Compensation

Exempt, full time.
Medical and dental benefits. Vacation, sick and holidays.
Salary commensurate with experience.

EEO POLICY STATEMENT
It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all
qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status,
gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal,
state or local law.

Apply

Send cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] Please put “Director of Education” in the subject line.

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*Submit all materials in PDF format with your first initial and last name in the document name

Example: JSmith_Resume.pdf

Position Availability

Open until filled.