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Tennessee Aquarium

Director of Learning and Evaluation

Director of Learning and Evaluation

The Director of Learning and Evaluation applies current research in the areas of informal education, interpretation, and science education to design and implement dynamic programs for delivery on-site, in the community, and virtually. The Director helps create a continuous pathway of science and environmental learning, from preschool to graduate school, including an equitable and inclusive environment that will also draw new and underrepresented audiences to the field. The Director also oversees evaluation of Aquarium programming and exhibits in order to ensure they are effective, engaging, and aligned with our mission.

Key Responsibilities

Demonstrate commitment to Tennessee Aquarium's vision, mission, and values, and provides a creative and innovative vision for staff.

Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of cutting-edge educational programming and outreach to bring aquatic science learning to students and teachers in a variety of settings.

Recruit, hire, coach, supervise, and evaluate the Education staff while providing on-going opportunities for their future growth and development in the field. Mentor Education staff, as well as interested volunteers, fellows, and seasonal staff, to foster a mindset of lifelong learning, particularly focused on best practices in teaching and learning.

Build new, and strengthen existing, partnerships in the community through participation in collaborative programs and outreach initiatives. Network with other formal and informal education organizations nationally to share and acquire additional knowledge for continued professional learning of the department. Expands access to, and engagement in, scientific inquiry for all audiences, and particularly for underserved communities in our region.

Manage the annual budget and financial goals for the the Education Department , including earned revenue from programs such as summer camp or overnights. Works with others to increase available resources through fundraising and grantwriting.

Oversees program development for high quality interactions with guests in the galleries. Works with Visitor Services managers to provide professional development for Aquarium staff and volunteers who directly work with guests. Fosters growth mindset among all staff.

Guide education volunteer programs towards high quality interactions in the galleries while examining opportunities for growth of volunteer programs; supervise 150 gallery volunteers.

Evaluates success of Aquarium programming and exhibits, including visitor surveys, focused inquiries, and specific initiatives. Works closely with Visitor Services managers for delivery of surveys and to implement changes as reflected by surveys.

Works with the husbandry team to oversee the Ambassador Animal Collection.

Participate in aquarium-wide and cross-functional teams, projects, or meetings. Maintain and grow an environment that empowers staff to contribute to a culture of cross-departmental collaboration.


Bachelor's degree in Education, Science or related field

Master's Degree in Education, Science, or a related field preferred

Minimum of 5 years in management role in a team environment

Experience in budget management and departmental oversight

Proven success in an informal education setting

Experience in an environmental or museum education organization

Understanding of recent research in informal learning and science education

Excellent managerial/organizational and communication skills

Full-time, Exempt; some weekend or evening work required.

The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment

that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers and all of its audiences.

Experience Required

Minimum of 5 years management role in a team environment

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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