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Head of Education and Community Engagement

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The University of Oklahoma
Location
Norman, OK

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The Head of the Museum’s Department of Education and Community Engagement (DECE) is responsible for the administration, leadership, and management of the department including the development, implementation, and evaluation of STEAM-based educational curricula and public and outreach programs and is expected to assist in teaching classes and leading public programs (including some nights and weekends). The Head of the DECE is also responsible for administration of the Museum’s Discovery Room programs and Volunteer program. This position has significant budget management duties and must strategize program funding utilizing multiple funding streams. The ability to seek, obtain, and implement outside funding (e.g., grants) for educational and public programs is a critical function of this position. This position reports to the Associate Director of the Museum.

Duties:

  • Responsible for program administration in addition to monitoring projects, program evaluations, and developing long-range plans.
  • Directs program administration, implementation, tracking and budget development.
  • Develops an overarching vision and strategy for programs.
  • Establishes operational and strategic unit goals. 
  • Develops, implements and interprets policies and practices of the program.
  • Explores and creates new program opportunities.  Coordinates with internal and external constituents and campus staff to foster program growth.
  • Serves on various committees and represents the program to the public and client groups.
  • Performs related duties as assigned to successfully fulfill the function of the position.  


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Required Education: Master's degree, AND:

  • 24 months related experience.    

Equivalency/Substitution:  Will accept 72 months experience in lieu of the Master's degree for a total of 96 months related experience.

Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in the development of STEAM-based learning objectives
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring programming effectiveness by gathering and analyzing qualitative and
    quantitative statistics, including attendance and other engagement metrics
  • Demonstrated experience leading staff, part-time personnel, students, volunteers, and/or interns to achieve positive
    outcomes
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, following through on assignments with minimal direction, and completing
    workloads with established time frames
  • Demonstrated basic experience with AV equipment (e.g., projectors, microphones)

Certifications:

  • None

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • The job may include frequent exposure to pressure caused by deadlines and busy periods
  • Ability to reach including extending the arm or hand
  • Ability to speak including expressing oneself or exchanging information with others
  • Ability to hear including receiving detailed information orally
  • Ability to see including color, depth, perception, or clarity
  • Required to be mobile, agile, bend, stoop, squat, climb, lift, and carry (up to 50 pounds)
  • Must be able to type on a keyboard

Departmental Preferences:

  • M.S. degree in Education, especially science education
  • 24 months experience in Museum education, science education, and/or art education experience, as evidenced by
    record of active teaching and/or curriculum development
  • 24 months experience in project management for informal, museum and/or community engagement and/or outreach
    programming, as evidenced by the record of program development
  • Demonstrated experience with Oklahoma Science Standards (or comparable for other state)
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation and management of operational budgets
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining and administering grants, as evidenced by a record of successful grantsmanship
  • Demonstrated experience in the use and implementation of educational technology tools
  • Ability to negotiate, and exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to develop programs and/or arrive at
    decisions, conclusions, or solutions
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff members, students, and volunteers
  • Ability to interact positively and professionally with individuals of all ages and backgrounds
  • Energetic and engaging presentation style
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing situations
  • Excellent customer service skills

Supervision: 1 Program Specialist I (Educator) 1 Program Specialist I (Volunteer Coordinator) 1 Program Specialist II (Lead Educator) 1 Program Assistant III (Public Programs Coordinator) Students, Interns, Volunteers

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit https://hr.ou.edu/Policies-Handbooks/TB-Testing.

Why You Belong at the University of Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma fosters an inclusive culture of respect and civility, belonging, and access, which are essential to our collective pursuit of excellence and our determination to change lives. The unique talents, perspectives, and experiences of our community enrich the learning, and working environment at OU, inspiring us to harness our innovation, creativity, and collaboration for the advancement of people everywhere.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.



Organization: Okla Museum of Natural History
Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 10, 2024

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