Head of Education and Community Engagement - Job Number: 222252

Posted on 09/01/2022

Head of Education and Community Engagement - Job Number: 222252 
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 (hours may vary, flexible work schedule with some work occurring in the evenings and on weekends)
Salary Range: Negotiable, based on experience
Benefits Provided: Yes 
Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter 

Job Description
The Head of the Museum’s Department of Education and Community Engagement (DECE) is responsible for administration, leadership, and management of the department including 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.

Job Requirements
Required Education:
 Masters 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.


  • Demonstrated experience in 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 keyboard

Department 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 record of program development
  • Demonstrated experience with Oklahoma Science Standards (or comparable for other state)
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation and management of operational budgets
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining and administering grants, as evidenced by a record of successful grantsmanship
  • Demonstrated experience in use and implementation of educational technology tools
  • Ability to negotiate, 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: Supervise up to 10 staff members

Special Instructions:

Diversity Statement

  • The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

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.

Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?- Yes

Special Indications: None

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