Education Manager

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:00pm



Gulfport, MS
United States

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II.  Responsibilities:                  

Oversee the success of Mississippi Aquarium’s Education Department; areas include education programs, interpretation, and professional development
Establish a standard of excellence in all aspects of day to day educational operations
Write and prepare STEAM- based curriculum for grades K-12; align all lesson plans with state and national standards
Implement high quality professional development that is aligned with certification credits
Coordinate and host annual teacher open houses
Develop innovative field trip programs for all ages, include assessment strategies to evaluate student success and best practices 
Create and implement innovative hands-on camp programs
Launch career-driven and project-based learning opportunities for teens
Design, support, and enact daily onsite interpretation
Assist Mississippi Aquarium’s Docent program with ongoing training initiatives
Actively participate in environmental education member-organizations on a local, state, and national level
Manage, coordinate, and assist a team to meet MSAQ’s standard of excellence in all areas; support MSAQ’s conservation and research projects, and empower a love for learning for all team members and guests
Fill in and support daily operational needs when necessary
Work weekends, evenings, and overnights when necessary
Work in a collaborative team environment, cross-train and support all other Guest Experience areas with projects, planning, and training

III.  Qualifications:       

Minimum 3-5 years supervising a team in an informal education role
Minimum 4-year bachelor’s degree in education or related field
Strong background in developing and teaching STEAM-based curriculum
Certification with the National Association for Interpretation is preferred
Must have strong verbal and writing skills  
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products

Other Personal Attributes Include:

Consistently looking forward, focused, ready to listen
A heart for service, always willing to provide support to fellow team members
Make important and tough decisions with resilience and grace
Communicate a strategy well, oversee execution, and celebrate results
Highly organized self-starter maintaining high standards
Have an awareness and interest in the conservation of aquatic environments and their inhabitants
Innovative, creative thinker; not afraid to propose something new and inspire others to do the same
Proactive in finding solutions, productive, and efficient

Team Requirements: 

1.          Safety & Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.

2.          Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality.

3.          Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.  To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.

4.          Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:     

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Essential functions of this job described may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 

How to Apply:

To apply for an open position, send your resume, cover letter and any relevant work samples to RESUME@MSAQUARIUM.ORG. Please put the name of the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email.