We are seeking an experienced Director of Education & Exhibits to join our re-opening team. In this role, you will be part of a creative and passionate team seeking to inspire a passion for science and nature.
The Director of Education and Exhibits will oversee the museums exhibits (permanent and temporary/traveling), educational content and community outreach programming. The Director supervises a small team of exhibits, collections, technology, and education staff and ensures exhibits and educational programs are aligned to strategic institutional goals, community need, and institutional resources.
This position serves as a member of the senior leadership team, and engages with the Board of Directors through committee service and institutional strategic planning. The Director will be instrumental in implementing plans that ensure the museum is strong in a post-COVID-19 world and leading up to the Museum’s 200 year anniversary in 2025.
In this role, you will:
- With senior leadership and board, provide leadership and vision to the Education & Exhibits Department; facilitate individual and department goal-setting, manage staff workloads, and voice departments perspectives within institutional leadership teams
- Hire, train and supervise staff; identify and hire key positions as department comes out of the impacts of COVID-19
- Work closely with Business Office on education reservations and processing
- Develop, oversee and manage budgets, including tracking and forecasting with a focus on maximizing revenue to support the organization’s bottom line
- With team, develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based, participatory programs and exhibits for all audiences
- Maintain quality assurance of programs and exhibits with the goal of enhancing attendance, revenue and growth. Implement department approved processes to measure effectiveness, success and guest satisfaction
- Serve as institutional representative for COVES research
- Remain current with philosophies, trends, and research on museum and zoo education programs, exhibits and their outcomes
- Oversee, with the Camp Director, the EcoTarium’s summer and vacation week camp programs; maximize use of outdoor space including Crow Hill property across the street from the main campus
- Ensure a safe environment for all staff, volunteers and guests.
- Perform on-going evaluation of all program offerings
- Collaborate effectively with all departments, and streamline interdepartmental communication and projects with other departments
- Develop contacts and foster relationships with groups and individuals within the community to further the museum’s mission; work to develop and deliver co-created programming and exhibits in the EcoTarium and in the Community.
- Represents the EcoTarium at public meetings, conferences, partnerships and programs
A successful candidate is someone that has:
- 10 years of experience in programming (exhibits, education or combination of) at a museum, zoo, nature center or other informal education setting
- At least 3 years of experience managing staff and projects in an informal education setting
- Experience developing science-based programs and/or exhibits for lay-audiences
- Experience developing, teaching and evaluating programs and exhibits
- Demonstrated experience developing budgets and meeting budgetary and earned revenue goals; experience with active budget management
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and internal and external customer service skills; staff coaching and mentorship-based leadership style desired
- Comfort with public speaking and presentations; ability to be a convener and connector of community
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to multi-task, manage time efficiently, and successfully manage multiple and competing deadlines; comfortable with priorities and deadlines shifting
- Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to form cross-departmental collaborative work teams highly desired
- Experience working with diverse audiences
- Bi-lingual Spanish speaking skills highly desired
Requirements of the job:
- Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs, stay stationary for long periods of time, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
- Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license or have ability to attend and deliver offsite programming
- Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines
Special COVID-19 Statement:
The EcoTarium has been temporarily closed due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are preparing for an eventual reopening later in 2021, and as part of those preparations are hiring key positions to assist with that reopening. Coming out of hibernation provides a unique opportunity to re-envision and re-imagine the museum’s experience, and will be a time of rapid change and growth as we move closer and closer to the date of reopening. Positions that are hired as part time in the hibernation period may have the opportunity to shift to full time, and positions that have an interim reporting structure may be reporting to still-to-be hired senior leaders as we continue with the re-opening hiring plan. The EcoTarium welcomes and encourages an open discussion about these plans and process with interview candidates.