Science Action Club Manager

Organization: California Academy of Sciences (AZA Member)
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job


Reporting to the Assistant Director of Youth Programs, the Science Action Club (SAC) Manager is responsible for the development and delivery of curriculum materials and trainings that support the implementation of Science Action Clubs (SAC) for middle school youth in the afterschool venue. The SAC program consists of two critical components: 1) hands-on activities that engage students in authentic science experiences in the form of modules designed specifically for the out-of-school (OST) time environment; 2) trainings for instructors that support the implementation of SAC. In addition, the project manager will assist in building communities of practice that support OST instructors in their professional development for science engagement. The SAC program capitalizes on the OST environment as a place where interest driven, interactive science learning can occur.


•Design, develop and coordinate the implementation of science curriculum modules to be taught by OST instructors in the OST environment; adapt authentic science research program into science curriculum modules, as necessary

•Design, develop, and deliver professional development trainings for OST staff on science content and support the delivery of SAC science curriculum modules; including the creation of digital training materials

•Supervise the Science Action Club Educator, volunteers, and contractors when appropriate

•Develop, cultivate, and manage relationships with OST providers, middle schools, and other program partners. Develop policies, memos of understanding, contracts, and marketing materials to promote SAC through digital communication and other venues as needed

•Lead the development of strategic planning for innovative components and scaling up of the SAC program

•Manage all aspects of the SAC budget and help with preparations of reports and proposals as requested.

•Work collaboratively on internal and external evaluation plan; contribute to the development of program goals and evaluation instruments

•Convene, schedule and facilitate appropriate meetings to support SAC communities (Advisory Groups, SAC Alliance team etc.)

•Represent the SAC program and the Youth Programs portfolio to various internal and external audiences and professional networks

•Contribute broadly to the youth experience at the Academy, including assisting with the design and delivery of other youth programs as needed

•Implement and follow all CAS safety regulations

•Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

•Bachelor’s degree in science required, Master’s degree in education or science preferred

•At least two years of substantial project management experience required

•Experience working with teens required

•Experience creating and maintaining productive partnerships

•Experience managing a budget and supervising staff required

•Experience in an informal science setting or community organization highly preferred

•Experience developing authentic science experiences for youth highly preferred


•Outstanding organizational skills with attention to detail

•True commitment to youth development, informal science education, and sustainability

•Demonstrated ability to manage diverse audiences in an informal educational setting and professionals in a training setting

•Self-starter with experience and demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams

•Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

•Demonstrated experience forging successful partnerships internally and externally

•Knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching styles for learners of diverse ages and backgrounds

•Knowledge of science as a process and of field study protocols

•Excellent written communication skills

•Effective classroom management and public presentation skills

•Extensive computer experience; familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite

•Experience with and interest in digital media and learning

•Able to work occasional evenings and weekends

•CA drivers license, or willingness and ability to obtain immediately

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 45% of the time.


Please submit your cover letter and resume online at Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.