Director of Education

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Organization: 

Address:

Pearlington, MS
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Job Goal: 

  • Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Education is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and strengthening education programs and services that align with INFINITY Science Center’s mission and strategic goals.  They are also to maintain quality control of all programming to ensure that annual objectives, strategies associated with operating budgets and revenue goals are met while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and business performance.
  • The Director of Education will oversee the entire education department which includes but is not limited to Public Programs, School Programs, exhibit interpretation and maintenance, theater presentations, special events, homeschool programs, outreach and teacher professional development.  The Director of Education is also expected to direct, manage, supervise and mentor professional staff members and volunteers.  The education department fosters a culture of learning that emphasizes interdisciplinary dialogue, imaginative use of learning and evaluation methods, creativity and hands-on science play and exploration.
  • This position is also instrumental in the research of funding sources specific to meeting education program goals. Inter-departmental cooperation to create and submit successful grant proposals to further support and sustain science education programs at INFINITY Science Center is a must.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of (3) years related experience in a nonprofit position responsible for education administration, teaching methods, and outreach.  Grant writing experience preferred.  Strong knowledge of inquiry-based learning curriculum and program development is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, science or other related area required.  Masters or above preferred.
  • Proven staff leadership and community partnership-building skills required
  • Demonstrated local education community knowledge and experience preferred
  • Experience with grant implementation, paperwork, reports and close out
  • Proven ability to plan, train, and mentor staff and set priorities to direct others in the maintenance of established high standards of work production and ethics
  • Must possess a professional, positive, can-do demeanor and be able to adapt to ever-changing conditions while exhibiting exceptional interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Strong verbal communication skills with an emphasis on public speaking and presenting information about programs to donors and audiences understandably and compellingly as well as a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Thorough understanding of multiple teaching and learning theories and models
  • Exceptional analytical skills and the ability to work efficiently with abstract ideas and intellectual leaders
  • Intermediate computer skills required (Word, Excel. Outlook. PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and follow through needed
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a diverse team environment
  • Ability to organize time efficiently and manage a large number of tasks simultaneously
  • Strong mathematical skills in order to perform budgeting responsibilities.
  • Extensive knowledge of educational practices, family engagement, and community STEM education.
  • Experience with framework development for strategic learning plans
  • Identify and lead key education initiatives with existing and new partnerships
  • Identify and communicate the community need and market opportunity to sustainably grow initiatives to scale

Working Conditions:

  • Mental Demands include problem-solving, planning, forward-thinking, and organizing
  • Physical demands include prolonged sitting, computer work, standing, walking
  • Environmental demands include working inside a loud environment and outside work.
  • Occasional travel by car or plane is required

Terms of Employment:

  • Full time-40 hours per week-Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
  • Must pass a standard drug test
  • Must pass a background check
  • Occasional weekends, nights and holiday

Evaluation:

  • Periodic evaluations will be performed.   The basis of the evaluation will be the extent to which the performance responsibilities of the job are successfully handled and the extent to which job goals are met.
  • The INFINITY Science Center expects that all employees will perform assigned duties, diligently, professionally, and efficiently and in compliance with all policies and procedures as well as all federal and state laws.

NOTE:  The above job description reflects the general requirements necessary to describe the principal functions or responsibilities or the job identified and shall not be interpreted as a description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job, either at present or in the future.

INFINITY Science Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.  In addition to federal law requirements, INFINITY Science Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

INFINITY Science Center expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.  Improper interference with the ability of INFINITY Science Center’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

              

Job Duration:

Permanent

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and 2 letters of reference to Betsy Bethea at betsy@visitinfinity.com.  NO PHONE CALLS.