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Shreveport Aquarium

Education Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

Seeking an innovative and conservation-minded individual with experience in interpretation, guest experience (fee-based and added-value offerings), school programming, and educational message development and delivery in an informal learning setting..  Must be highly resourceful, have a passion for informal education and interpretation, and be a team player possessing both quick thinking and flexibility. Position may begin with a three-month role as a contractor with the goal of successfully transitioning to full-time position.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in education, natural science, or a closely related field is required.  A Master’s degree in education, natural science, or a closely related field is preferred. A minimum of three years’ experience coordinating/managing informal education and/or interpretive programs in a public aquarium, zoo, nature center, science center or museum.  Demonstrated experience at an Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility is preferred.  Any acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the background necessary to perform the functions of the position may substitute for the above. At least one year of successful supervisory experience. Experience handling and managing animal ambassadors for programming is desirable.

Knowledge of and ability to use computers and standard, commonly accepted computer programs, as well as the ability to work under limited supervision, both independently and in a team environment is required.

Individual must have excellent communication, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills that allows him / her to work closely and effectively with people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages and beliefs.

The incumbent must be able to gain and hold a valid Louisiana driver’s license.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creates a forward thinking strategy for the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, creative and effective fee-based and added-value educational and interpretive programming for a range of audiences both on and off-site.  In cooperation with the Director of Husbandry Operations and the Curator, leads the development and implementation of interpretive planning for husbandry presentations and other guest experience offerings, including conservation messaging an interpretive training for staff.

  • Coordinates with the Operations Manager and event staff to schedule, coordinate, and provide tour experiences/programs for donors/VIPS, Aquarium fundraising/Member events, and day and evening rental events.

  • Collects and manages statistics and data regarding all education and interpretive programming, monitors such programs for continued relevancy and implements updates to meet current trends, best practices, and pedagogical theory.

  • Provides development and implementation of conservation initiatives/messages.

  • Coordinates with Facilities, Custodial, Operations, and restaurant staff to ensure program logistics (safety, security, cleaning, food, and event set-up and take-down). 

  • Works with the Marketing Manager to develop, distribute, and monitor program descriptions and publicity. Develops and maintains relationships with teachers, scout leaders, community fair leaders, and previous program participants.

  • Communicates with the General Manager and Operations staff about program policies, registration, and scheduling. 

  • Coordinates the hiring, training, scheduling and evaluation of permanent, part time and seasonal staff and intern for education and interpretive programming. Updates and reviews job descriptions for direct reports.

  • Assists in the presentation and participation of on-site interpretation, outreach, sleepovers, classroom and guest programs as needed and time allows.

  • Coordinates the programming, policies and handling schedule for ambassador animals for on and off-site programming. Trains all staff and volunteers on handling protocols and education messaging.

  • Assumes responsibility for the preparation and justification of the annual budget for education and interpretive programming and maintains strict fiscal budgetary control over departmental budget expenditures.

Salary

Salary range $35-45,000 + benefits annually based on experience.  Start date April 2017

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Chris Spaulding at chris@planetaquagroup.com

Shreveport Aquarium
Shreveport, LA

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