Director of Education


Responsible for the effective development, planning, management, presentation and evaluation of education and public programs for Whitaker Center’s Harsco Science Center (HSC). Education programs include facilitated STEM Design Studios activities for school field trip participants, the Surgery Live! distance learning program, summer camps, homeschool programs, professional development programs for teachers, scout badge workshops, and additional community outreach programs. Public programs include hosting services and science demonstrations and related activities provided by HSC staff and volunteers for the general public and school groups, and Whitaker on Wheels (WOW) outreach presentations. Supervise both Education and Public Programs department staff and volunteers. Works directly with the Chief Financial Officer on the development of long-term goals for HSC education and public programs and the development, implementation and evaluation of these programs. Assists with the development and management of the annual operating budget, including grant funds.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in science education or related field; Master’s degree preferred. Current PA Teaching Certification required.
Demonstrated ability to teach inquiry-based science in an enjoyable, engaging, hands-on manner to a wide range of audiences from pre-K through adult, and train others to do the same.
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate professionally with educators and effectively with groups of children, including maintaining appropriate decorum in HSC exhibit galleries and classrooms. Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse individuals and groups including working in crowded or noisy environments, and coach staff and volunteers to do the same.
A flexible, pro-active, team-oriented attitude is essential. Must be a positive influence on group dynamics and possess excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends, depending on scheduled program of events.
Minimum five (5) years supervisory experience, including supervision of volunteers, preferably in an educational, museum or related setting. Must be able to lead by example.
A working knowledge of state and national science curriculum standards.
Some classroom teaching experience required; elementary or junior high science classroom experience preferred.
Experience in informal science learning necessary; previous science center education experience ideal.
Highly organized and methodical in approach to work with an ability to work independently and proactively.
Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to the general public, school groups, co-workers, and volunteers, and coach others to do the same. Positive and friendly attitude at all times.
Ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals and groups, think quickly and calmly, and act decisively.

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