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Director, Science and Nature Program
New York, NY
About the Organization
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.
Founded in 1998, The Science and Nature Program enhances children's understanding and respect for the natural world, as well as teaches the initial skills of scientific inquiry. Offering weekday classes during the school year, the Program is designed for children ages 3 through 11 and their parents, families, and caregivers. The staff of experienced science educators works with Museum scientists and specialists to create age-appropriate curricular themes and inquiry-based projects that reflect the Museum's disciplines, including life sciences, earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, and paleontology.
In addition, the Science and Nature Program works with early childhood educators to help them strengthen their science curriculum through professional development programs. The Program has also developed ongoing partnerships with public and independent schools and community organizations, including day care centers and Head Start programs. For more information, please visit: www.amnh.org.
About the Position
The American Museum of Natural History seeks a Director for its unique and visionary Science and Nature Program. The Director will be responsible for shaping the vision and strategy for the program, ensuring high-quality design and implementation and acting as the program’s primary external leader. Reporting to the Senior Director, Education Strategic Initiatives/Director, Center for Lifelong Learning, the Director will manage a team of 14 full time and 6-8 part-time program managers, science educators, and administrative staff.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Leadership, Design, and Strategy
- Lead the ongoing refinement of The Science and Nature Program’s strategy, ensuring alignment with broader organizational and departmental priorities
- Oversee the creation of program curriculum and resources that leverage the assets of the Museum and instructional best practices to achieve optimal student learning outcomes
- Identify and pursue opportunities to apply the program’s expertise more broadly, with the goal of improving science education both within the Museum and externally
- Collaborate with related educational programs offered by the Museum, creating a coherent and shared learning experience for all students
- Create ongoing feedback systems and processes to understand the strengths and challenges of the program and use that data to improve day-to-day practice
- Liaise and collaborate with other Museum departments invested in the program such as Institutional Advancement
- Represent the Museum and the program at relevant international, national, and local conferences and convenings
- Communicate the vision for The Science and Nature Program and develop team-wide and individual goals to support that vision
- Manage and support staff to a high standard of excellence, creating opportunities to leverage team members’ strengths and coaching all team members to grow professionally
- Build a sustainable organizational culture that sets ambitious goals, operates with shared accountability for outcomes, and emphasizes personal and professional growth
- Identify opportunities for team members to collaborate across the Museum, ensuring that learning is leveraged and applied across teams
Partner, Family, and Community Relationships
- Cultivate and manage relationships with the parent community
- Serve as primary point-of-contact for parents throughout the program duration, responding to questions and feedback
- Build and maintain relationships with external partners, including public and independent schools, community organizations, and their staff
- Build political capital and community ties to ensure that The Science and Nature Program remains responsive and integral to the social and educational landscape of the region
Administration and Operations
- Manage an equitable and efficient program admissions process, including, but not limited to: setting tuition fees and scholarship policies; designing and overseeing applications and interview processes; establishing outreach and partnerships; and effectively communicating with families
- Collaborate with Senior Director of Operations to manage program budget
- Assess hiring needs for the program; oversee the recruitment and onboarding of new staff
- Collaborate with Institutional Advancement on events and outreach to families
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree in education, the natural sciences, or related field required.
- A minimum of 10 years of educational or programmatic leadership experience
- Robust knowledge of best practices in early childhood teaching and learning, with a strong preference for expertise in science education
- Experience leading and managing teams with a high standard of excellence and accountability; instructional coaching experience a plus
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively across a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
- Exceptional strategic thinking skills and a high level of intellectual curiosity
- Understanding and appreciation of the role that cultural institutions and other informal environments can play in student learning
- A passion for expanding access to high-quality science education
- A love of nature and science
Compensation and Benefits
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants must apply online:
Director, Southwest Research Station (SWRS)
The Director of the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is charged with leadership of a remote field station which provides scientists, educators, and students from the Museum and other institutions, as well as the public, the opportunity to participate in and conduct scientific research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biodiversity-rich environments in the United States. Since 1955, SWRS has served those interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of southeastern Arizona. Visitors live in comfortable accommodations with meal service and enjoy use of laboratory and equipment, library, outdoor animal facilities, gift shop, and recreational facilities. The station is located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona with proximity to pristine Spruce forest and desert habitats, with trails for hiking and climbing in spectacular scenery.
The Director is responsible for operation and administration of facilities, education and research programs, budget, purchasing, and personnel. We particularly seek applications from candidates with previous experience and high standards in administration, education, and scientific research and a compelling vision for the future trajectory of biological field stations in general.
PhD in one of the natural sciences, outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse user communities, experience in field station and/or laboratory management, and proclivity for obtaining external funding in support of infrastructure and operational needs and scientific, educational and outreach objectives.
Scientific research interests in an area commensurate with SWRS location and opportunities; track record of successful grantsmanship in research, instrumentation, and field station support; interest in establishing collaborations with neighboring universities; previous experience in successful community relations.
Interested applicants must apply online:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Sciences
New York, NY
The Postdoctoral Fellow will carry out original scientific research in Earth Science in concert with staff in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at AMNH (65% commitment) and teach/mentor in the Practicum Science Experience of the Richard Guilder Graduate School's Master of Arts in Teaching for Earth Science Teachers (35% commitment).
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to develop a robust research program in mineralogy/petrology/geochemistry, teach collaboratively with museum professionals in the AMNH MAT program, particularly during the summer field experience and research exercises, and coordinate its science activities including those of other MAT program postdocs.
Ph.D. in geoscience is required
Scientific research resulting from or following obtaining a Ph.D. Educational experience as a lecturer, graduate assistant or teacher.
Experience with electron beam instruments
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and goals, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and the names and contact information for two scientific and one education/outreach references in PDF format to George Harlow (firstname.lastname@example.org). Consideration of application materials will begin in October 2015. For further information please contact Jim Webster (email@example.com) or George Harlow.
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The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veteran or disability status. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions.
Last updated: July 13, 2015