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Under general supervision of the Manager of Youth and Community Programs, the Education Coordinator is responsible for the development, assessment, and implementation of year-round science education programming. Research and provide the highest-level of science content and accuracy for Education programs and activities appropriate for and in alignment with the Aquarium's role as the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego. Program audiences include, but are not limited to, multi-generational groups, families, toddlers, adults, preK-12 and college students, and teachers. Serve as Program Lead for Youth programming, including but not limited to in-person and virtual out-of-school time camps, after school programs, and outdoor education. Serve as Camp Director for Summer Learning Adventures Camp.
Program Lead responsibilities include full knowledge of day-to-day coordination of program logistics, objectives and lesson plans; training, mentoring and evaluation of program educators and volunteers; recommending revisions and making approved changes; and assisting with strategic development of the program. Independently, and as part of a team, develop program descriptions and lesson plans, including the creation, procurement, and organization of materials appropriate to assessment of audience/community needs, investigation of current research and literature, and drafting plans and budgets for approval. As part of a dynamic team, assist with program marketing, staff development and strategic planning, and support of cross-unit programs. Assist in interviewing, hiring, and mentoring of education staff. Implement programs using appropriate materials, teaching strategies and curriculum, recommending revisions as needed.
Schedule will primarily be Monday through Friday and may be flexed to accommodate holidays, weekend programs, and/or special events, as needed. Some programs involve outdoor, water or sea-going activities and may require lifting tanks and equipment plus handling live organisms.
BA or BS in marine science, environmental science, or related natural sciences or in education with science specialization, or combination of related educational background and teaching in the subject matter, or equivalent experience.
Two (2+) or more years experience teaching in an informal science education institution, with a strong emphasis in science interpretation and integration.
Experience in and working knowledge of interpreting and communicating complex scientific research for preK-12 and public audiences using research-based pedagogical strategies.
Experience in and working knowledge of best practices in outdoor programming, including public and environmental safety, especially in water-based activities such as snorkeling.
Experience in overseeing Summer Camp programming, including scheduling, program development, and developing staff training and supports.
Demonstrated experience with providing work direction and/or supervision in an educational setting.
Working knowledge of museum educational techniques and appropriate subject area content.
Working knowledge of the learning characteristics of museum audiences.
Working subject area knowledge presentation skills to diverse audiences, and in a variety of environments/settings.
Working knowledge of emerging educational technologies. Ability to provide feedback and use mentoring techniques.
Strong verbal, interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills. Ability to maintain classroom attention.
Working knowledge and experience with best practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
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