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Associate Program Manager: Tinker Lab 

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 Non-Exempt  

Associate Program Manager Responsibilities

  • Development of the strategy and workplan for a program of work, including:

    • Research of learning context and rationale

    • Research of competition or alternative models

    • Research of target audiences and needs

    • Work within a budget for the program of work

    • Manage short- and long-term project timelines

    • Identify prospective partners across public, private, and civil sectors

    • Provide 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

General I&L Responsibilities

  • Conception, development, prototyping, and delivery of experiences and programs for visitors, including:

    • Paid programs for children, families, adults and groups (summer camps, school programs, family events, scout sleepovers, homeschool classes, etc.)

    • Informal, on-the-floor programs for visitors

    • Special programs as they arise

  • Management of space for program delivery (e.g., classroom), storage areas and materials

  • Work within a budget for specific programs

  • Work with the I&L team to develop short and long-term goals for the department

  • Work on cross-departmental teams as needed

  • Support general Museum activities

  • General Tuesday - Saturday schedule with some evening work required

  • Other duties as needed

Sub-Roles and Specific Areas of Focus

  • Lead delivery and support development of strategy for the Museum's tinkering portfolio, including the sub-brand, overall objectives, related learning framework (including computational thinking, maker/tinker), business models, partnerships, and budget (including achieving revenue objectives)

  • Support evaluation of educational programs

  • Support conception, development, prototyping, and implementation of new tinkering, digital and phygital experiences, platforms, and infrastructure, aligned with overall 'Think Digital' objectives

  • Support development of institutional Digital Strategy, and serve as secretariat for Digital Advisory council

Staff Oversight

  • May supervise part-time staff and volunteers, including Program Facilitators, Interns, Fellows, Catalysts, and others as initiated for experimentation and agile delivery of experiences

Position Requirements


  • Passion for informal education, particularly related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), computational thinking, and/or design thinking

  • Experience developing and implementing inquiry-based, materials-rich curriculum to children, families and/or adults

  • Ability to develop a research-informed strategy and workplan for a program of work, including the design and execution of a set of services/offerings

  • College degree in a related subject

  • Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner

  • Ability to work independently and within a team

  • Strong organizational skills

  • 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


  • Ability to make decisions and delegate responsibilities in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to prioritize and orchestrate a portfolio of sub-projects to multiple audiences, deadlines, and objectives

  • Experience working in a museum or other informal educational setting

  • Advanced degree in science or engineering discipline, education, design, or related field

  • 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 with program evaluation

  • Experience using technology to augment and enhance curriculum

  • Tinkering experience in a museum or similar institutional setting

Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range $17/hr  
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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