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Director of Programming

Orlando Science Center, Orlando

The Director of Programming is a creative and innovative individual who is familiar with the latest in museum best practices of interpretive techniques. This individual is responsible for developing and implementing the overall programming experience at the Orlando Science Center (OSC). This person is responsible for cultivating and leading a diverse team of talented staff and volunteers with the united goal of developing the highest quality interactive programming experience. The typical work hours for this position are Tuesday – Saturday, 9am-5:30pm. Weekend work and overtime is required based on building and department needs.

Essential Functions

  • Executes OSC’s strategic plan as it relates to experiential goals, objectives, and messages of programs and events.
  • Oversees the high quality execution of programs and events from concept through final delivery.
  • Develops and manages departmental operating budgets: monitors and reports on all special projects, programs, and event budgets and assists managers in adjusting deliverables accordingly.
  • Develops safety protocols and standard operating procedures for new experiences. Oversees all safety training, documentation and approves all final aspects of program and event implementation.
  • Develops programming event days throughout the year, ensuring they are timely, relevant, cost-effective and high-quality.
  • Assists the Director of Strategic Partnerships in seeking sponsorships and grants for programs and events.
  • Works with Development and Special Events departments to provide special experiences and offerings for sponsorship opportunities and donor cultivation.
  • Develops quality standards for the visitor experience and evaluates to ensure standards are being met or exceeded. Identifies opportunities for improvement and works with managers and team to implement corrective actions. 
  • Hires, evaluates, and terminates personnel as required; reviews the personnel requests of management staff.
  • Assists the Marketing team to develop messaging around engagement of audiences outside the organization.
  • Strategizes with the Marketing team on website design, and content for improved visitor engagement with OSC’s web platform.
  • Serves as a project lead, as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Teamwork
  2. Decision Making
  3. Work Standards
  4. Motivation
  5. Reliability
  6. Problem Solving
  1. Adaptability
  2. Planning and Organizing
  3. Communication
  4. Integrity
  5. Initiative
  6. Customer Service and Quality


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a museum studies, science education, or science related field.  
  2. Experience:  Minimum of 5 years’ experience in museum programming development, or project management and production. Minimum of 3 years of direct leadership experience.
  3. Certifications:  N/A


Preferred Qualifications

  • Be imaginative and creative.
  • Experience leading and managing multi-disciplined teams.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, both alone and in teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in/with museums or in an informal education setting. 
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short-and long-range goals.
  • Ability to analyze budgetary expenditures for compliance with approved budget.
  • Ability to lead, supervise, and train staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Operate effectively under time constraints and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to be positive and clear in explaining ideas and concepts.
  • A valid Florida driver’s license is required.


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervises the Manager of NatureWorks, Manager of KidsTown, and Manager of Public Programming. Sets priorities and delegates as necessary.

Physical demands:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Expected Hours of Work:

  • Typical work hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5:30pm. Weekend work and overtime is required based on building and department needs.


  • Less than 5% of time is dedicated to travel for conferences and professional development.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to

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