School Programs Manager

Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 16, 2018
Dec 16, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

The School Programs Manager will oversee Fernbank Museum’s preschool- 12th grade school and educator programs, including those conducted on-site as well as outreach opportunities.  Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, developing resources and programs for students, creating and providing content for teachers, and developing school partnerships. The School Programs Manager will also co-lead the Museum’s summer camp program.  

Major Job Functions:

  • Hire, train, and manage the School Programs Coordinator and instructional staff to implement school programs
  • Manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of on-site programs covering a range of natural history themes and offered in different formats for small and large groups
  • Manage Science Explorers school outreach program (Grades 3-5), including serving as liaison for school administrators and teachers, maintaining attendance and evaluation records and staff training
  • Support signature programs such as PNC Grow Up Great as needed by the Director of Education
  • Work with the Director of Education to develop annual budget for school programs and manage expenses throughout the year
  • Identify and cultivate educational partnership opportunities throughout the community.
  • Be the liaison for partner-based and grant-funded school programs, connecting with partners to coordinate logistics
  • Collaborate with the Director of Education and the Development team to report program evaluation to Museum donors and partner program funders
  • Collaborate with other departments, such as Marketing and Communications, to promote school programs and coordinate annual Educator Appreciation events
  • Co-Manage the summer camp program with the School Programs Manager, including tasks like content development, purchasing, registration, staffing and program delivery
  • Support the monthly Fernbank After Dark adult science night with development of hands-on science activities and staffing
  • Develop and teach select school programs.
  • 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, natural history content area with broad knowledge of natural history topics
  • Minimum  2 years’ experience in informal science education, including program coordination and development.
  • Minimum 2 years’ supervisory experience
  • Experience with budget development and management
  • Experience working with students and teachers
  • Weekend availability required plus some holiday and evening 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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