If providing most engaging hands-on educational opportunities for our community sounds like the right challenge for you, The Tech Museum of Innovation invites you to apply to be our new Director of Museum Education. A critical member of the Education Department, the Director of Museum Education reports to the Vice President of Education. The Director’s role is to ensure the success and quality of The Tech’s educational programming, labs and floor facilitation. The right person has extensive experience with learning in informal contexts and excellent management skills. You enjoy both implementing an overall vision for museum education and being flexible and responsive on the fly. You thrive on working in a dynamic context in which every day is different and collaborating with a great team of dedicated and creative professionals. You understand how technology can be used in playful informal programs and love working with a team to figure out how to execute the next great idea.
Responsibilities or Duties
Guide all aspects of education in the museum.
Ensure that educational programs are of the highest quality and in The Tech’s own particular style.
Oversee lab operations and work closely with the Labs Manager to refine and develop new programs targeting school and afterschool groups and connecting labs and galleries to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Oversee development and implementation of programs and work closely with the Museum Programs Manager and internal museum team.
Work with team and the Director of Museum Experiences to ensure that all internal and partner educational programs are operationally successful. This includes internal communication, set up, implementation and take down.
Lead staff to develop the floor facilitation model. Support team to implement the program and ensure its continuous success.
Work with team to create and implement program evaluations and use evaluations to continuously improve programs.
Mentor direct reports. Support them to achieve their goals.
Work collaboratively with Education, Exhibits and Operations staff.
Build and maintain relationships with external partners who provide educational floor programs. Support them to provide the highest quality floor programs.
Requirements or Key Qualifications
A minimum of 7 years of experience in informal education or related field.
Graduate degree or equivalent experience required.
Experience supervising and managing staff.
Deep passion, understanding and experience with informal learner-centric, hands-on learning programs, particularly those related to STEAM, computational and digital literacies, and/or engineering design.
Understanding of Common Core and and Next Generation Science Standards beneficial.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
Willingness to work weekend days, plus some evenings and holidays required.