Public Programs Manager

Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 15, 2018
Dec 15, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

The Public Programs Manager will develop, implement and coordinate educational programs and activities for various audiences, including adults, teens, children and families.  Specific responsibilities include oversight for on-site and off-site public programming, family event day planning and the Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) youth volunteer program. The Public Programs Manager will also co-manage Fernbank’s annual summer camp program.   

Major Job Functions:

  • Hire, train and manage the Public Programs Coordinator and instructional staff to implement public programs
  • Manage the development, implementation and evaluation of family and children’s on-site and off-site programs offered throughout the year, including but not limited to programs like Excellent Experiments, Tadpole Tales, workshops, family event days, and birthday parties
  • Support the monthly Fernbank After Dark adult science night with development of hands-on science activities and staffing
  • Manage all aspects of the FUN (Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist) teen volunteer program, including spring recruitment, training, Science Cart activity development and scheduling.
  • Work with the Director of Education to develop annual budget for managed programs and manage expenses throughout the year
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to ensure promotional information about upcoming programs is current
  • Maintain program attendance and evaluation records for reporting to Development
  • Co-Manage the summer camp program with the School Programs Manager, including tasks like content development, purchasing, registration, staffing and program delivery
  • Identify and cultivate partnership opportunities throughout the community that support the Museum’s educational programming and mission
  • Research and arrange exhibitors, performers and other resources for programs  
  • Develop and teach a variety of educational programs for diverse audiences.
  • Collaborate with and support other departments such as Membership, Marketing, Development and Exhibits.
  • Other projects and duties, as assigned, to support the goals and mission of the Education Department and the Museum.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in STEM field, education or natural history science content area
  • Minimum two years’ experience in informal science education, including program coordination and development.
  • Two years’ supervisory experience
  • Experience working with adults and families
  • Weekend availability required plus some evening and holiday work as needed

Other skills, abilities and/or competencies required:

  • Positive, outgoing disposition with enthusiasm for Natural History subject matter
  • Highly motivated self-starter able to work independently and see projects through to completion
  • Able to work in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and a willingness to help out as needed
  • Ability to research and learn new scientific information quickly
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with communicating a wide variety of scientific subjects to diverse audiences
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Willing to work with educational animals such as reptiles, amphibians, and some terrestrial invertebrates

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