Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its education department (on-site, outreach, distance learning, etc.). This is a professional, senior-level position, reporting to the executive director. As a member of the leadership team, the job requires previous experience in informal science education, program development, staff management, time management, project planning, and handling many projects at the same time. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing. Duties will include – lead in the development, planning, scheduling, staffing and presentation of all informal and formal programs; responsible for the continuous growth and monitoring of all revenue and non-revenue programs, numbers, finances and data; hire, train and manage outreach, school/public and special programs full-time, part-time and seasonal staff; have a strong presence in the educational community (schools, universities, community centers, scouts, etc.); manage various Strategic Plan components; participate in and lead various internal and community committees; assist with researching, writing, and reviewing grants; help write and review print and social media materials and ads; care for small aquarium and terrarium animals and equipment.
Comfortable with and interested in science and public education; have a strong background in program development, planning and presentation; experience in researching and writing program scripts; exceptional communication skills (with staff and colleagues) and public speaking abilities (comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ ages/backgrounds), outgoing, flexible, professional in attitude and appearance; energetic, enthusiastic; highly organized, able to develop and monitor program and staff schedules; strong leadership abilities; skilled in staff hiring, training and management; researching, reviewing and/or writing grants and grant reports; collecting and analyzing program and program-participant data; must be able to be both self-directed and work in a team-oriented environment; have strong sense of humor; moderate lifting (approx. 40 lbs.) when setting-up chairs, tables, exhibits, etc.; ability to work long hours.
This is not an entry-level position. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (science, education, etc.); significant number of college science classes; significant experience in the informal science education field (science center, nature center, science museum, etc.); experience with managing staff; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; experience with managing staff; must have a flexible schedule. Ability to drive, valid Drivers License and successful completion of a Criminal Background Check is required.
SCHEDULE: Full time; schedule will include days, weekends, early hours and evenings; must be flexible.
SALARY: $35,000 per; exempt position; full benefits.
APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online (http://www.sciencecentral.org/Supportpdfs/applicationforemployment.pdf). Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) examples of science program scripts, 5) other writing examples, such as brochures, newsletters, etc. 6) professional references (minimum of 5) to:
Human Resources Director
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899
Science Central is an Equal Opportunity Employer