Posted July 3, 2014

The Putnam Museum and Science Center is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized collections and innovative educational programs that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. By making connections for visitors, inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages in a friendly and welcoming environment, The Putnam has developed a reputation for presenting exhibitions, programs and experiences in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner.

The Putnam has served Quad City citizens since 1867 and will mark its 150th anniversary in 2017. The museum completed a repurposing project which created space for more than 40 hands-on science-based interactives in April 2014, adding a 10,000 sq. foot science center to its 170,000 item history and natural science collection and National Geographic Giant Screen theater. The Putnam has hosted internationally-renowned blockbuster exhibitions such as Titanic, Dinosaurs Unearthed and Diana: A Celebration.

Job Description

The Education Manager is responsible for leading the Museum’s initiatives in educational experiences in history, culture and science, including STEM education. Responsibilities include the conceptualization, implementation, promotion and evaluation of all Museum education programming and services for children and adults, both in-house and through outreach to support the museum’s mission. This position is also responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Museum’s interpretation and visitor resources program, working collaboratively across departments to enhance the visitor experience and promote self-directed learning throughout the Putnam.

The qualified candidate must possess a compatible commitment to the museum brand personality: smart, dynamic, innovative, passionate, entrepreneurial, gracious, and approachable.
Job Requirements

Core Competencies

The Education Manager will possess excellent leadership, supervisory, planning, and organization skills. Effective communication, presentation, and problem solving skills as well as flexibility, and sense of humor. Knowledge of current curriculum initiatives including Core Curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards as well as the maker movement. Team building skills with a collaborative management style, ability to assess and coach in a teaching environment. Creative, conceptual and analytical thinker. Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives of public and private organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. 5+ years experience working in informal education, public education or related field. Knowledge of and experience in principles, practices, and techniques of informal education and management. Exceptional communication skills verbal and written. Strong background in Core Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards, knowledge of current trends in STEM Education, FabLabs, history and the cultural sector.

Competitive salary and benefits package.

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