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Education Manager - Public Programs

Date: 11/8/2012
Dept: Education
FLSA: Exempt
Hours: Full-time w/benefits

General Job Description:

The Fleet Science Center seeks to inspire life-long learning by furthering the public's understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.

Under the general direction of the Director of Education, the Education Manager - Public Programs is a key position within our Education Team that will develop and manage educational programs design for the public both in-house and through community outreach as well as design, coordinate and compose education guides and materials as needed for all educational programs and other departments as related to education. This position will also supersive, coach, and develop a team of educators, volunteers, and interns and collaborate with other departments to achieve mission goals and objectives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities, including mental requirements of position:


  1. Develop and implement community and public programs, including family days, lectures, scout classes, and other specialized events for audiences of all ages.
  2. Coordinate writing, editing and distribution of all Fleet Center Education Department program literature including the Educator Resource Guide, seasonal brochures, and flyers.
  3. Manage the Afternoon Scholars lecture series, including recruiting speakers and publicizing the series to local senior organizations.
  4. Collaborate with Multimedia Services and Marketing to develop and maintain materials related to science education for the Web and social media.
  5. Coordinate and supervise educators for summer camp classes, Birthday workshops, Girl/Boy Scout Badge workshops, Saturday Science Club, Young Scientists, and other youth programs.
  6. Summer Camp Volunteer supervisor and liaison with Volunteer Coordinator. Train volunteers and oversee summer camp evaluation process.
  7. Coordinate an astronomy spokesperson for media needs, and work with consulting astronomer to develop flyers and other materials for special astronomical events.
  8. Serve as primary liaison and provide supervision for outside presenters of education programs.
  9. Represent Education Department at special events such as science fairs, career days, science discovery days, etc.
  10. Interview, hire and supervise part-time educators and guest presenters for public programs.
  11. Represent the Fleet at specific meetings, such as BPEC and related sub-committees, CTF meetings, community event meetings and other activities as required.
  12. Attend Front Line, Marketing, and other staff meetings on a regular basis.
  13. Coordinate Education Department events, meetings, talks and workshops as required.
  14.  Interact effectively with various Fleet Center departments, including Multimedia Services, Marketing and Visitor Services to publicize education programs.
  15. In conjunction with Multimedia Services, work with printers, graphic artists, mailing houses, magazine representatives, and production staff to ensure accuracy and quality in Education Department materials.
  16. Handle questions, comments and/or complaints regarding public education programs and events professionally and tactfully.
  17. Work evening and weekend functions as required.
  18. Oversee and ensure a safe work environment is being provided at all times and that proper protocol and safety procedures are being followed by Education programs team both in-house and at remote locations. In addition maintain knowledge of all Fleet-wide safety and emergency evacuation procedures.

Please note that the above job description is not all inclusive of actual job duties and is meant to give an applicant a basic summary of the job opportunity being offered.

Basic Selection Factors:

To be considered qualified for the job; applicants should meet these basic selection factors:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Education or Science and/or valid CA teaching credential
  • One to three years experience utilizing the following skills: creating educational print materials, evaluation and creation of lesson plans, striong knowledge of elementary science, knowledge of educational techniques and materials, development and coordination of meetings, workshops, conferences, and speakers
  • Proven staff leadership and community partnership-building skills required
  • Demonstrated local education community knowledge and experience preferred
  • Proven ability to plan, train, and mentor staff and set priorities to direct others in the maintenance of established high standards of work production and ethics
  • Must possess a professional, positive, "can-do" demeanor and be able to adapt to ever changing conditions while exhibiting exceptional interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Strong verbal communications skills with an emphasis on public speaking and presenting information about programs to diverse audiences in an understandable and compelling fashion as well as a demonstrated ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively
  • Ability to organize time effectively and manage a large number of tasks simultaneously
  • Understanding of multiple teaching and learning theories and models, helpful and preferred
  • Exceptional analytical skills and the ability to work effectively with abstract ideas and intellectual leaders
  • Intermediate computer skills required (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated attention-to-detail and follow-through required
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a diverse team environment
  • Availability to work occasional nights, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Proficient mathematical skills required in order to perform budgeting and payroll responsibilities
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish, preferred
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and be able to provide proof of a valid California Driver's License and current insurance

Please note final applicants may be tested on their Microsoft Office computer skills and may be asked to demonstrate writing, proofreading and mathematical skills.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

To be considered for the job, applicants must be able to perform with reasonable accommodation, all physical & mental requirements of the position.

Medium Work: Position involves sitting some of the time. Standing and walking are required. Position requires ability to exert minimal force of up to 10 pounds occasionally and minimal force to carry, lift, push, and otherwise move objects frequently.

Physical Demands:

The following activities indicated by a Y (YES) are used in performing the job.


Y Balance Y Carrying 1-10 lbs daily
Y Crawling Y Far vision
Y Grasping Y Kneeling
N Legs and arms (ladder) Y Lifting 11-20 lbs occasionally
Y Near vision Y Reaching
Y Right finger dexterity Y Standing
Y Talking Y Walking
Y Working inside the building Y Ability to push a wheelchair
Y Working with others Y Climbing
N Carrying 11-20 lbs daily Y Crouching
Y Feeling Y Hearing
Y Left finger dexterity N Legs only (stairs)
N Lifting 21-50 lbs daily Y Pulling
Y Repetitive Motions Y Shoulder mobility
Y Stooping N Travel (minimal)
Y Working outside the building Y Working alone
Y Ability to spend entire shift standing and/or walking N occasionally up to 100 pounds of force to move objects
Y Carrying 11-20 lbs occasionally Y Travel

Does occupation involve exposure in these areas (yes or no)?


N Hazardous machinery N Vibration Y Dust or Fumes
Y Cluttered floors N Poor ventilation Y Possible burns
N Electrical hazards Y Noise N Wet areas
Y Poor lighting  


The Fleet Science Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Science Center does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation or any other protected status as provided by law.