Public Programs Manager
- 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.
- 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