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Director of STEM Learning 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

The Director of STEM Learning supports the vision, strategy, and roadmap for the institution's informal education experiences; providing leadership and management to a portfolio of I&L program areas and teams, further our research and understanding of critical thinking skills and behaviors, and guiding and communicating our related pedagogy.

This position will serve as a key leader of the Innovation and Learning Experiences Team, and also serve as a resource across departments and teams to accomplish the following:

  • Providing mentorship, direction, and oversight to I&L Program Managers and staff, in developing the strategy and workplan for various I&L programs of work. Associated responsibilities include:
    • Research of learning context and rationale
    • Research of competition or alternative models
    • Research of target audiences and needs
    • Conception, prioritization, development, and orchestrated delivery of a portfolio of experiences to multiple audiences, deadlines, and objectives
    • Development of, and working within, a budget for the program of work
    • Creation of short and long-term goals for the program, and a framework for program development and evaluation
    • Identification of prospective partners across public, private, and civil sectors
    • Develop and manage short- and long-term project timelines
    • Provide direction, support and feedback to other team members working on related programs of work
    • Actively engage and communicate with other departments with regards to the program of work and I&L objectives
    • Developing and executing evaluation rubric and tools
  • Evaluate existing and potential Museum offerings based on adherence to our learning philosophy, customer satisfaction and financial performance.
  • Management of staff, including hiring, onboarding, ongoing professional development and informal performance review.
  • Develop and track department-wide budget, including creation of annual operating and grant budgets and review of monthly financial reports.
  • Develop and track short- and long-term goals that meet departmental objectives and align with the organizational strategic plan.
  • Work on cross-departmental teams as needed
  • Support general Museum activities
  • Some evening and weekend work required
  • Other duties as needed

Position Requirements


  • Passion for informal education, particularly related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), computational thinking, and/or design thinking
  • 10+ years of experience working in a museum, informal educational setting, or related field of work
  • Degree in STEM, education, non-profit management, or related field
  • Experience developing and implementing inquiry-based, materials-rich curriculum to children, families and/or adults
  • Experience with learning program evaluation
  • Experience with project management, including budgeting, creating and managing timelines, and supervising staff
  • Strong research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Creativity, dependability, flexibility and enthusiasm
  • Must be able to travel distances of up to one mile over varying terrains and lift up to 25lbs; accommodations may be able to be made
  • Valid driver’s license; accommodations may be able to be made
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc.)

Desired Requirements:

  • Ability to make decisions and delegate responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Graduate degree in a related subject
  • Experience using technology to augment and enhance curriculum
  • Experience in designing and delivering professional development to educators and others
  • Fluency in language other than English (with particular interest in Spanish)
  • Experience working with children or adults with different abilities
  • Experience working with science professionals or academics
  • Experience evaluating, developing and / or implementing educational technology, and integrating digital tools in learning efforts
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EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Education  

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