The Bay Area Discovery Museum—a nationally-recognized children’s museum and research center focused on STEM and creativity development—seeks a new Associate Director of Museum Programs. This results-oriented, collaborative, and strategic leader will oversee education programming offered to the public, both as part of museum admission and through special programs. S/he will oversee education elements of exhibits; collaborate closely with visitor services to ensure that programs meet the needs of visitors and members; and oversee special event programming and donor programs. Reporting to the Vice President of Education and managing a team of five, this person will serve on both the Organizational Management and Education Leadership teams, informing policies and procedures for successful operation of the museum as well as direction and strategy for education initiatives. This person will draw on the research assets of the Center for Childhood Creativity to ensure that all museum programs demonstrate the promising practices outlined in the institution’s translational research. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Develop vision, strategy, and metrics for success for the following initiatives:
Public programs included with museum admission (arts programs, STEM programs, Fab Lab programs);
Programmed spaces included with museum admission (arts studios, educational exhibit elements, and the Fab Lab);
Revenue-generating specialty programs (summer and holiday camps, family classes, and Fab Lab workshops);
Special events (e.g., STEM Superheroes Series)
Provide exemplary leadership, management, and operational oversight for the teams executing against this vision and strategy.
In collaboration with human resources, articulate KPIs related to frontline and program staffing and staff engagement; develop meaningful strategies to attract and retain diverse talent, representative of the Bay Area’s many communities; in partnership with the CCC, oversee and lead staff training.
Drive budget development, aligned to annual goals and strategic planning; oversee monthly expenses and revenues.
In collaboration with the Associate Director of Marketing/ Communications, ensure that museum’s unique brand promise is successfully communicated through education programs.
In collaboration with the Associate Director of Marketing/ Communications, evaluate opportunities to bring museum programs off-site toward a goal of driving attendance with new museum audiences; oversee the execution of prioritized offsite marketing-driven events.
In partnership with the visitor services team, collect and analyze data related to visitor experience of programs; use data to inform design and delivery of programs.
Establish processes and procedures for program evaluation, including alignment to research and efficacy of approach.
In partnership with the Development Department, oversee the delivery of high-quality specialty programs for donors and work collaboratively to support other fundraising efforts.
Establish and communicate priorities for space usage for programs and collaborate with Facilities Department to ensure these align to broader institutional space requirements and associated revenue and impact goals.
Establish and enhance partnerships and relationships with a wide range of community organizations, including community advisors, Park Partners, environmental and cultural institutions and other informal education service providers.
Participate in occasional weekend and evening work to oversee and support teams and initiatives as needed.
Bachelor’s required; Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in Education, Museum Sciences, and/or Business preferred.
Understanding of, respect for, and investment in creativity (defined broadly as the openness, flexibility and persistence to solve problems in innovative ways) and STEM education.
Five or more years of experience in management, ideally in the education sector.
Exemplary communication and customer service skills.
Proven track-record of strong operational management, including budget development and management; hiring, training, and overseeing staff; and systems and processes development.
Passion for developing, overseeing, and evaluating hands-on, learning-rich programs.
Tolerance of ambiguity, change, risk, rapid iteration and a fast-paced work environment; ability to manage pressure with sense of humor, perspective and strong prioritization, and positivity.
Skills in both creative idea generation and tactical execution.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.
General comfort with technology; high proficiency with full Microsoft Suite; ability to learn new platforms quickly.
Applicants bilingual in Spanish and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience
About Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool housed at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, utilizing child-directed curriculum and based on current educational research coming out of the Center for Childhood Creativity. Our program is the first licensed preschool housed within a Museum in California, and we are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio, an incredibly warm parent community, and opportunities to collaborate with staff of both the Museum and the research based CCC (Center for Childhood Creativity). In addition, we are blessed with a beautiful natural setting, looking out over San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge as we step out of the classroom.