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we play, we think, and we learn

At Adventure Science Center, we play, we think and we learn—and we do our very best to create an environment where our visitors do the same.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are proud to offer a quality full-time benefits program with comprehensive medical, dental and vision packages that include company-paid life insurance, two weeks of paid vacation, 11 holidays and more.

Please note: due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Position Title: Formal Programs Manager 
Department: Formal Programs 
Reports To: Vice President of Exhibits & Experiences  
FLSA Classification: Exempt, F/T position working 40 hours per week 
Typical schedule: Sunday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 
Date Written/Revised: March 8, 2024

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center. Adventure Science Center provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. The science center supports STEM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Formal Programs Manager leads a team of classroom educators who create and deliver dynamic programs within Adventure Science Center’s classrooms and science lab. You’ll create dynamic experiences across the fields of science for audiences including K-12 field trips, youth camps, and general visitors. 

You’ll be responsible for creating and updating programs, training other educators, and delivering the programs weekly. If you love teaching and science and want to reach thousands of learners of all ages each year, this opportunity is for you! 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Research, develop, and present classroom programs, such as labs, dissections, and camp classes. 
  • Train staff and volunteers on program content, interpretative strategies, and best practices. 
  • Conduct regular quality control checks to ensure program presenters maintain a high standard of excellence. 
  • Maintain the necessary supplies and equipment to operate the classrooms and science lab. 
  • Supervise the full and part-time Learning Specialists, including professional development and staff support. 
  • Serve as the hiring manager for the position of Learning Specialist. 
  • Track and report program attendance. 
  • Assist with other guest programs as assigned. 
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by program need and/or management.

SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND TRAITS

  • Strong understanding of, and experience with, learning environments such as classrooms and laboratories. 
  • Familiarity with the principles of inquiry-based learning. 
  • Strong presentation skills including demonstrated effectiveness in working with classroom audiences.  
  • Detail-oriented; excellent & proactive planning, problem-solving, and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to effectively engage visitors with different learning styles. 
  • Ability to multi-task and stay calm under pressure, adapt to changing environments. 
  • A strong commitment to customer service is essential. 
  • Understanding of the importance and value of working as part of a larger cross-functional and intra-departmental team in a professional, courteous, and collaborative manner. 
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field required. Masters degree preferred. 
  • Prior teaching experience in a classroom-based setting (school or museum) required. 
  • Prior program or curriculum development experience required. 
  • Minimum 1 year of supervisory experience required. 
  • Evidence of creative and innovative thinking. 
  • Professional appearance and demeanor. 

Customer Service

  • Proactively engage guests in personal, inspiring interactions while showing genuine enthusiasm about the science center. 
  • Anticipate guest needs and solve issues or concerns with a positive, courteous, respectful, and professional attitude. 
  • Interact on all phone calls with the same positive, helpful, courteous, respectful, and professional attitude. 

Operational Support

  • Learn and perform core operational functions of guest safety and wayfinding. 
  • Learn and carry out emergency procedures and protocol for incidents when necessary. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations. 
  • Typically, walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items (up to 40 pounds unassisted) are required. At times, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. Also, the employee must have manual dexterity and visual and auditory acuity sufficient to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Some repetitive motion is involved. 
  • Work schedule and work hours are variable based on operation requirements, but will typically be Sunday - Thursday. 

OUR VALUES

  • We are playful and passionate experimenters.
  • We think big, embrace risk, and evolve our ideas in order to lead.
  • We are collaborative with each other and our whole community.
  • We foster diversity, curiosity, and creativity to make our experience unique.

BENEFITS AND PERKS

  • Free onsite parking
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Vacation Time, Sick Time, and Personal Days, plus 11 paid holidays a year
  • 401(k) with Employer Match
  • Complimentary membership to Adventure Science Center
  • Free or discounted admission to local venues including The Nashville Zoo, The Frist Art Museum, Nashville Shores, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, and more!
  • Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Legal Services)
  • Eligibility for Public Student Loan Forgiveness

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org, including "Formal Programs Manager" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This is intended to be a description of the general nature and level of work to be performed. This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. These responsibilities and duties are subject to change at any time based on organizational needs.

Information regarding internships

We appreciate your interest in Adventure Science Center. At this time, we do not offer internship opportunities. We encourage you to explore our open roles or consider volunteering with us to engage with our mission and contribute to our community.

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