Job Listing: Museum Education Coordinator
Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond, VA
Closes - Open until filled.
Position Title – Museum Education Coordinator
Salary - Based on experience.
Job Type - Full-Time
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The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire all Virginians to enrich their lives through science. For more than 40 years, the Science Museum has served as the state’s flagship institution for informal STEM learning, employing a broad range of experiences to inspire and engage guests of all ages. Through experiential exhibits, inspiring artifacts, interactive technologies, live science demonstrations, features in the Dome Theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and touring exhibitions from around the world, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Museum is located in the iconic Broad Street Station in Richmond. The Museum also has a satellite location, the Danville Science Center, located in Danville, and is currently developing another satellite location in Northern Virginia. The Science Museum is seeking a dynamic Gallery Experience Coordinator. Are you someone who loves to engage with people and facilitate learning? Then join our amazing team of museum educators! Museum educators deliver engaging, hands-on science programs to the museum’s diverse visitors. Staff serve as science facilitators, sparking excitement, curiosity, questioning and appreciation for scientific research. Duties include delivering energetic scientific demonstrations, facilitating interactions with the museum’s exhibits, answering guest questions, staffing the labs, and delivering workshops for school groups and at special events. This position is actively involved in the conception, development and implementation of fun, engaging, and scientifically accurate educational programs in support of Museum gallery education programming. This position supports the Manager, Gallery Education in the development of and staffing, training and maintenance for programming in the Museum’s exhibit galleries including STEM carts and the Museum’s permanent exhibits including Boost, Speed, Light Place, Art Lab, Science On a Sphere and traveling exhibitions. Additionally, this position is responsible for the overall care and maintenance of the live animal collection used in teaching programs. This position creates the daily schedule for gallery staff and volunteers and is the key point person for training new gallery education volunteers, interns and work-study students. This position also serves as the Manager On Duty for the education team on weekends. The Coordinator is part of the Education team, supporting other programming such as school programs, digital demonstrations, monthly family-friendly after-hours events, adult after-hours events and festivals. May be asked to support programs such as birthday parties, camp, and out of school time programs.
The schedule for this position is Wednesday –Sunday. Evenings and Holidays may be required.
Desirable candidates should be energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic and enjoy “being on stage”; have experience developing and delivering science-based experiences, classes, workshops, demonstrations and activities; experience working with and maintaining a live animal collection; experience delivering science education in an informal setting; experience teaching students K-12. Superior organizational, problem solving, attention to detail and communication skills. The desire, commitment and ability to work with children, families, and adults in a positive, friendly and accessible manner. The ability to perform in front of a large group and to interact one-on-one with the public and visitors of all ages is essential. Must be flexible, patient, resourceful and have the ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously, the ability to work in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced work environment, as well as being able to work independently and as part of a team.