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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is currently seeking the following candidates:


General Summary

The Discovery Center's two Education Coordinators cooperatively lead the Discovery Center's Education Team, including developing and managing programs, exhibits and outreach, scheduling Education Team coverage for public hours and on- and off-site Discovery Center programs, and ensuring excellence in all of the Discovery Center's educational offerings. The Education Coordinators serve as primary visitor contact persons at the Discovery Center.

Essential Functions and Basic Duties

- Ensures appropriate Education Team staffing for all Discovery Center open hours, school field trips, planetarium shows, facility rentals, special events and outreach.

- Recruits, trains, supervises and coaches Education Team staff, volunteers, work-study students and interns, ensuring accuracy in content and excellence in delivery of Discovery Center offerings and services.

- Works with the Executive Director and Board of Directors' Exhibits/Education Committee on short and long-range planning, development and implementation of educational initiatives.

- Oversees the docent program, including scheduling gallery and observatory coverage, ensuring positive and content-rich interactions between docents and visitors, and ensuring the safety and security of visitors and the Discovery Center's buildings, exhibits and equipment.

- Coordinate the Discovery Center's planetarium program, including the selection and updating of planetarium shows and optimal functioning of the planetarium hardware and software systems, scheduling planetarium show and lecture coverage, ensuring positive and content-rich planetarium presentations, and ensuring the safety and security of visitors and the Discovery Center's planetarium theater and systems.

- Coordinate the Discovery Center's school field trip program, including scheduling coverage, ensuring positive and content-rich interactions between Education Team members and the students, teachers and chaperones, and ensuring the safety and security of the students and the Discovery Center's buildings, exhibits and equipment.

- Manage exhibits program, including oversight and implementation of fabrication, maintenance, content, cleaning, rentals and shipping, safe and secure exhibition with adherence to accessibility standards.

- Formally and informally evaluate Discovery Center educational offerings and services to ensure the Discovery Center's educational content and delivery meets or exceeds audience expectations.

- Prepare, present and oversee Education Team member and outside expert presentation of workshops, lectures, talks, summer camps, symposia and other on-site educational programs.

- Coordinate operation of the NASA Educator Resource Center, including orienting staff, volunteers and the educational community in its resources and use; ensuring availability of NASA resources; interfacing with and reporting statistics to NASA.

- Assist the Executive Director with content for grant applications for educational programs and initiatives, implement grant-funded programs and assist in grant reporting.

- Oversee safe, clean and proper storage, inventory, accessibility and functioning of all in-house Discovery Center educational tools, materials, equipment, supplies and furnishings.

- Complies with all Discovery Center policies and applicable local, state & federal rules and regulations including, but not limited to, health and safety policies and all civil rights laws.

- Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in the fields of science, math, engineering, technology, education, aviation or museum studies.

Experience: One year of professional experience in formal or informal (museum/nonprofit) education, preferably science education, with responsibilities in educational program development and implementation.


Desired Characteristics: Self-starter, enjoys working collaboratively and independently, excellent oral and written communication skills with both children and adults, creative and flexible, willing to work nights, weekends and occasionally overnight. IT/technology skills are a plus.


Please email or mail cover letter, resume and completed application (no phone calls please):
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Attn: William Swyers, CFO
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301

MSDC is an equal opportunity employer.

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