Reports To: Knight Vice President of Education
Creation/Revision Date: June 11, 2021
The Director of Educational Programs has direct oversight of the operations of all educational programs at the museum from conception to reservations to implementation and works under the supervision of the Knight Vice President of Education. These programs include (but are not limited to): camp programs, programming for youth with special needs, field trip experiences, early childhood programs, internships, outreach, evening educational programs, and special learning opportunities in line with special events. The Director of Educational Programs will supervise a team of educators.
ESSENTIAL Duties and Responsibilities:
- Adhere to the established policies and procedures of the Museum.
- Work with the Knight Vice President of Education to develop and directly implement educational science programming for diverse learners.
- Lead the operations of all educational programs at the museum and within the community.
- Work with the Knight Vice President of Education to develop and directly implement new models of innovative programming serving diverse audiences and utilizing unique technologies and varied learning modalities.
- Monitor spending according to established programming and grant budgets; generate and monitor proposed budgets for new programming including potential revenue generation as well as expenses.
- Work towards defined revenue goals for outreach, field trips, and other educational programs.
- Monitor all programming for fiscal stability and maximize program revenue generation.
- Support and/or lead programming implementation aligned with grants, federal and foundational.
- Provide direct staff management including performance assessment, scheduling, and mentorship.
- Work closely with other museum departments with regards to program design, implementation and staffing models.
- Work with the Knight Vice President of Education to track benchmarks, numbers served, and program outcomes to support funder reports and other accountability measures.
- Collaborate with external partners as necessary to support program implementation.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in Education or a science discipline associated with the museum’s exhibits. Master’s or Doctorate degree is strongly preferred.
- At least 4-6 years in educational program development and implementation at a museum, zoo or aquarium, or similar informal learning environment with a portion of that in a supervisory role.
- Experience in sales and/or marketing revenue generating programs/products a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Experience with new program development and familiarity with museum/zoo/aquarium best practices.
- Ability to manage multiple staff, including schedule management, performance assessment, and training.
- Ability to develop educational programs with emphasis on learning through active, inquiry-based exploration.
- Ability to think strategically and executive plans to meet revenue goals.
- Experience working with children, youth and families of diverse backgrounds and income levels.
- Comfort working within unfamiliar environments; ability to initiate connection and build new relationships with stakeholders.
- Ability to present oneself as an ambassador for Frost Science.
- Ability to adhere to and manage budgets, including report generation.
- Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously.
- Able to work both collaboratively across departments as well as independently to achieve programmatic benchmarks.
- Comfort with design and implementation of new models of engagement, new technologies, and unique programming models.
- Able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively share information across and between multiple disciplines and reach audiences with varied technical and organizational knowledge.
- Bilingual is preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds on select occasions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work time will be split between working in an open office setting and on the floor observing programs, and helping with program oversight. Occasional exposure to outdoor activities may be requested. Weekend and evening work in alignment with programs is sometimes required.
- Level 2 background clearance as defined by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
- Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.
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