Director of Education

Organization: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (AZA Member)
Location: Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Job or Internship: Job


As The Maritime Aquarium moves into its second 25 years, it seeks to strengthen the quality of its already distinguished educational offerings, devise appropriate new programs that can capitalize on existing strengths, and attract more funding. The new Director of Education has the opportunity to strengthen curricula and existing programs, build new programs, develop program metrics, strengthen and expand relationships with partners, integrate the rich educational content offered to students into the public visitor experience and create a set of public program education offerings.

Job Description


PhD in science education, with a focus in marine biology, biology, ecology, or similar relevant content field, teaching experience and at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in an informal education setting, preferably an institution with exhibits (ie: science museum, zoo, aquarium, natural history museum), or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven ability to lead, manage and motivate professional staff. Proven ability to develop new programs and attract funding. Experience in and on the water. Articulate communicator, both written and oral. Experience with multi-cultural and multi-lingual programs a plus. Ability to work in cross-departmental teams essential. Expertise in educational assessment desirable.

Reports to:

President and CEO


Manager, Outreach & Field Programs

Manager, Research Vessel & Education Special Projects

Manager, In-House & Camp Programs

Program Coordinator


•Set strategy for the department in concert with the President and the strategic plan.

•Manage daily operations of the education department, currently consisting of 4 full-time and about 30 part-time employees, to assure delivery of quality programs related to the Aquarium’s mission and tied to CT, NY and NJ state science standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

•Oversee the development and administration of a budget of approximately $1 million per year, and make the budget grow.

•Continue to strengthen existing programs.

•Devise and implement new programs that address our mission and strategies, including recruiting new program partners.

•Devise and implement quantitative and qualitative metrics that measure program effectiveness.

•As a member of the Senior Staff, help set strategy for the institution as a whole

•As a member of the exhibit team, work closely with the President, Curator of Animals, Exhibit Director and others to contribute to new exhibit development.

•As a member of the programming team, work closely with the Director of Development, Membership and Volunteers to develop program content and assure program quality. Directly manage content-related public programs.

•Work closely with the Development Office to secure funding for new and on-going programs from government and private sources.

•Represent the education program in the education community and with donors, prospects and Board members.

•Staff the education committee of the Board of Trustees.

The Institution

Since its founding in 1988, The Maritime Aquarium has grown to be the second-largest family cultural institution in Connecticut, attracting 450,000-500,000 visitors a year. It serves 150,000 students and scouts annually. The Aquarium focuses on Long Island Sound, the amazing ecosystem in which most of its visitors live. Its mission, to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations, is carried out through living exhibits, marine science and science education programs. Exhibits explore the various habitats of the Sound and its watershed, and feature seals, river otters, sea turtles, sharks and a wide variety of local fish, crustaceans, reptiles and amphibians. Knowledgeable volunteers at the touch tanks provide the personal, intimate experience that is a hallmark of the institution. IMAX films take students and families into other worlds. Over the years, The Maritime Aquarium has become a beloved institution for families and a valued partner to schools from across the tri-state region.

In 2012, the Aquarium underwent a rebirth, with renovations to every permanent gallery. New experiences -- like a 40-foot touch tank for sharks and rays and a giant interactive map where visitors match creatures of the Sound to their habitats -- and a reinterpretation of the permanent exhibits make the story of the Sound vibrant and engaging. Since the launching of the “new” Aquarium, additional immersive, interpreted animal experiences have been added, including a seasonal Lorikeet exhibit in the summer and a new jelly touch tank coming in January 2014.

To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume by January 31, 2014 to:

Rosemarie Lombardi, Human Resources

The Maritime Aquarium

10 North Water Street

Norwalk, CT 06854