Dept. Learning & Instruction Program Staff Manager

Science Museum of Minnesota - Saint Paul, MN4.0

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The Science Museum of Minnesota knows that the diversity in our communities generates better ideas, inspires creativity and is essential to building a positive workplace. As an Employer of Choice we hire and retain the best employees by valuing differences, creating a collaborative work environment, and providing promotional and career development opportunities.

Join the Department of Learning and Instruction (DLI) as the Manager for DLI Program Staff to advance the mission of the Science Museum through the development, delivery and support of a wide range of facilitated learning experiences for youth and family audiences.

This position provides leadership and supervision for youth through adult program staff including team leads, counselors, assistants, and hosts for DLI programs. The program staff ranges from a team of 70+ staff over the summer to 15+ during the school year. In addition this position will provide program management and leadership for Birthday Parties, Family Events, and other designated programs or projects.

As part of the DLI leadership group this position will be engaged with strategic planning, grant/proposal development, and department operations. This position will play a key role in the development of program opportunities and career pathways for both youth and adult program staff at SMM.

Work Environment & Schedule: Work both indoors in classroom settings and outdoors in all climate types, surrounded by more than 100+ children. Deliver programming both onsite and offsite, with occasional weekends and evenings and periodic travel for several days at a time, including overnight.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Work closely with the Director of DLI to develop and implement strategic and annual plans for the department and Lifelong Learning group.
Provide strategic direction and guidance for DLI and STEM Equity and Education Division (SEED) operations functions including registration, materials, and administration.
Supervise, evaluate, coach, and develop program staff to result in the optimum motivation, recognition, and retention of high performing employees that meet the museum’s strategic and business needs.
Advocate and build support networks and pathways for multiple youth and program staff positions and experience.
Provide leadership and modeling to incorporate best practices for STEM Equity and access for DLI, SEED, and SMM staff and audiences.
Work closely with Director and Managers to collaborate on and implement pedagogy-related best practices in informal and formal science education instruction throughout Lifelong Learning and across the institution.
Lead and/or participate in in professional development for DLI, SMM and external audiences.
Develop, nurture, and sustain critical relationships with internal/external partners and stakeholders that contribute the vision, experience development, engagement, inclusion, and access for DLI/SEED/SMM audiences.
Lead development and contribute to grant and development proposals.
Serve as Principal Investigator, Project Director, or Cost Center Manager for select projects and grants.
Develop and coordinate audience research and evaluation efforts to inform strategic planning and program/project management. Advise on, contribute to, and support research and evaluation efforts to maintain data-driven decisions that will improve pedagogy at SMM.
Design, implement and manage scheduling, curriculum documentation, policies, and infrastructure to assure successful program delivery and learning experience development.
Support the implementation of information and project management systems to seek improved efficiency, build audience, and optimize program impact.
Collaborate with internal and external partners to develop and implement business plans and budgets for pedagogically sound programs that attend to both mission and margin.
Work closely with Director of DLI to track and manage financial performance of department. Contribute to SMM budget/financial work groups and systems implementation.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Degree or demonstrated knowledge of STEM education best practices and pedagogy in formal and informal environments.
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for STEM equity and inclusion in learning and instruction.
Demonstrated training in leadership skills to lead a diverse and talented team of youth through adult program staff.
Demonstrated knowledge of youth development programs, support, and pathways to achievement.
Working knowledge of data base and system software for the operation of education program.
Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to work effectively in a non-profit organization and culture and contribute in educational team settings.
Management experience, data base and system software, curriculum development in informal and formal environments, STEM equity and inclusion.
Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
Bilingual a plus (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
The position deadline is Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00am.

The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.

We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.

Licenses & Certifications
Driver's License
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