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School Programs Manager

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

   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. 


   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 
   Skills & Attributes 
   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 

Compensation is based on education, experience, and qualifications.

   Fernbank Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, life insurance, and retirement options. 

How to Apply:

   Official posting and application information can be found here:…;