Program Administrator II – Head of Education and Community Engagement- Job Number: 210787

Posted on 03/24/2021

Program Administrator II – Head of Education and Community Engagement-  Job Number: 210787 

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 am to 5 pm, occasional evenings and weekends
Salary Range: Up to $66,187.80 based on experience
Benefits Provided: Yes 
Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter 

Job Description
Responsible for administration, leadership, and management of the Department of Education and Community Engagement including coordination, development, implementation, and evaluation of museum’s educational interpretive, and public programs and of the Discovery Room and Volunteer Program.  This position also has significant budget management duties and must strategize program funding utilizing multiple funding streams. The ability to seek and obtain outside funding for educational and public programs is a critical function of this position. This position reports to the Associate Director of the Museum.

Typical Functions May Include:

  • Responsible for leading the Department of Education and Community Engagement, including developing departmental vision, goals, priorities, and strategic plans.
  • Responsible for managing Department of Education and Community Engagement personnel, including supervising, inspiring, training, and providing professional development for staff and creating a positive, team-oriented, productive work environment.
  • Responsible for projecting, preparing, and administering budgets for all educational and community engagement areas/programs.
  • Responsible for coordinating, developing, implementing, and evaluating museum educational and community engagement programs, events, and activities.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and operating Discovery Room programs.
  • Responsible for oversight of the Volunteer Program in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator including developing and implementing volunteer training.
  • Participates on exhibit teams to review, develop, and/or evaluate traveling and in-house exhibits.
  • Participates in developing, designing, and writing grant proposals for educational programs in collaboration with the museum Development Officer, curators, and/or other museum/university staff/faculty.
  • Participates in service to the museum community and professional organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Maintains a high level of communication and interaction with the Director, Associate Director, Head of Exhibits, Head Curator, curators, Coordinator of Special Events and Facility Rentals, and the Head of Operations.

Job Requirements
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education/job-related experience, AND

  • 18-36 months experience in a school (K-20), museum, or other settings with instructional and/or public engagement component.


  • Experience in development and implementation of a diverse range of creative and engaging education and community engagement programming, with an emphasis in museum and/or community program
  • Experience in monitoring programming effectiveness by gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics, including attendance and other engagement metrics
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff, part-time personnel, students, volunteers, and interns to achieve positive outcomes
  • Able to negotiate, exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to develop programs and/or arrive at decisions, conclusions or solutions
  • Able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff members, students, and volunteers
  • Able to interact positively and professionally with individuals of all ages and backgrounds
  • Experience in preparation and management of operational budgets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic social media skills
  • Energetic and engaging presentation style
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Attention to detail and exceptional time management skills; able to work independently, following through on assignments with minimal direction, and completing workloads with established time frames
  • Computer skills such as word processing, simple graphic design, email, and spreadsheet data entry
  • Basic experience with AV equipment


  • 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 or making fine discriminations in sound
  • Ability to see including color, depth, perception, or clarity
  • Required to be mobile, agile, bend, stoop, squat, climb, lift (up to 44 pounds) and carry

Department Preferences:

  • Master's degree in Education (especially Science Education) or in Natural or Social Science area (e.g., biology, zoology, anthropology, geology, etc.), museum studies, or other related fields
  • 24 months experience in Museum education, science education, and/or art education experience
  • 24 months experience in project management for informal, museum, and/or community engagement and/or outreach programming

Supervision: Supervise up to 5 staff members

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

Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?- Yes

Special Indications: 
Hiring contingent upon police records check

Program Administrator II

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