Director of Visitor Engagement
Great Lakes Science Center is seeking a full-time Director of Visitor Engagement to lead an exciting team of experience specialists and oversee a dynamic range of public programs. YOU are a creative problem-solver who loves to work with people in a fast-paced environment. Your energy, flexibility, and vision help you develop and deliver engaging, fun, and interesting public programs and nurture strong, collaborative teams. WE are a science center on the cusp of reshaping our public experience for 300,000 annual visitors. We create exciting scientific programs, relevant school-group experiences, and meaningful visitor interactions with a diverse team of staff and volunteers that includes scientists, educators, and actors. We believe science is messy and are seeking a leader to help take our visitor experience to the next level.
In this senior-level role, you will:
· Lead a team of up to 20 Education Specialists and 20 volunteers to create, deliver, and assess public programs. Create opportunities for staff development and foster an environment of growth and accountability.
· Serve as a museum-wide model for the best practices in visitor interaction and informal learning, integrating GLSC mission, vision, and strategic goals into daily operations. Contribute to and help lead larger discussions about the GLSC visitor experience.
· Develop, implement, and update training and advancement guidelines for Visitor Engagement staff and volunteers to complement and inspire other departments and Education divisions.
· Oversee, guide program development for, supervise implementation of, and help evaluate all public programs. Work closely with colleagues to help with similar processes for school programs, too.
· Drive yourself and your team to meet deadlines, deliver great experiences on time and on budget, and ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
· Create goals, schedules, budgets, training guidelines, evaluation plans, inspirational manifestos, and other guiding materials as necessary.
· Work with other departmentsundefinedincluding Marketing, Guest Services, Facilities, and Developmentundefinedto design strategies for enhancing operations and engaging with the public and supporters.
· Join or lead interdepartmental teams related to special exhibitions or events.
· Serve as part of the Education senior leadership team to ensure high-quality experiences and presenters across the audience spectrum.
· Follow trends in informal science education and put relevant research into practice. Network with informal science providers, schools, community organizations, and Science Center partners to support, grow, and position Science Center programs in the region.
You’re a fearless ambassador for hands-on learning, love people, and have 5+ years’ experience nurturing and leading large teams. You bring at least 7 years’ experience in the museum/science center, education, theatre, and/or science fields. If you’re a teacher, you prefer a test tube to textbooks and love to teach outside the classroom; if you’re in theatre, you think science is interesting and important; if you’re a scientist, you love to share your enthusiasm with others. You’re a believer in continuous improvement and think you can always help a program or presenter to be better. Bonus points if you’re savvy with new media and have a Masters degree in a relevant subject.
Interested? Let us know at http://museumjobs.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/jobs/jobskey.cfm?s=Great+Lakes+Science+Center.
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Requirements: Individual must be a thoughtful practitioner with a B.A. in art history, history, anthropology, education, visual arts, or a related field, with at least one year of museum education experience. Excellent research, communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are necessary, as is experience teaching K-12 students in a gallery setting. Individual must have knowledge of child development and museum education theory and evaluation methods, as well as experience developing lessons, educational materials, and public programs. Candidate should have a strong desire to work with schoolchildren and an interest in collaborating with schoolteachers and Museum staff at all levels. Additional museum experience is strongly preferred.
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Work schedule: 35-hour work week, Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend hours
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks a Demonstrator/Actor.
The Demonstrator provides educational, engaging, accurate, appropriate, dynamic, and interactive programming through demonstrations and use of discovery learning facilitation techniques. The Demonstrator will perform and facilitate science demonstrations, which may include shows/plays, performing as astronaut while wearing simulated space suit, presenting organ dissections, and facilitating activities for young children. This is a Part-Time, term position.
Successful candidates will have a minimum of 1 year experience in teaching, performing, or facilitating programs.
Team-minded attitude and enthusiasm a must.
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Audition and interview required.
Please submit resume and cover letter no later than May 13, 2013.
Be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to directly contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the position, however please check your inbox and junk mail for any correspondence. No phone calls please.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.
Visit www.dmns.org>About Us>Jobs for more information.
Application Deadline * Monday, May 13, 2013
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This individual will engage guests with scientific exhibit content in a positive, fun, inclusive and educational capacity. Provide compelling and personalized exhibit experiences throughout the Museum. Perform core operational functions of exhibits, wayfinding, and opening and closing of Museum.
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- Strong project management skills.
- Evidence of proactive problem-solving skills.
- Evidence of creative and innovative thinking.
- Bachelor’s degree in science or education; and three to five years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
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1. Ensures that all interpretation activities are both age-appropriate and appropriate for fostering family learning relative to the content presented in exhibits.
2. Develops and implements a comprehensive interpretation program for all exhibits including museum theater and facilitated experiences for the museum environment in general. Works collaboratively with other directors in the to provide a seamless visitor experience.
3. Actively recruits, hires, nurtures and retains well-qualified staff and volunteers who have proven ability to work effectively with families and exemplify the museum’s belief in family learning. Serves as a mentor to staff members, providing for their continuing professional development needs. Works with staff to ensure that all interpretative activities are of the highest quality.
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2. Comprehensive knowledge of how children and families learn; minimum of five years experience in museum interpretation work, or formal or informal educational environments and/or theatre or combination of all three.
3. Five years of leadership and management experience. Sound knowledge of acting and interpretative techniques and educational concepts and methods that dictate strong interpretation programs.
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1. Must be able to perform extensive work in indoor environments, to perceive space, to read documents and diagrams and to view computer monitor.
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