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Sr. Manager, Teacher Professional Development Program (IQST)

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: MSI’s Institute for Quality Science Teaching (IQST) works to improve science learning in Chicago-area schools through sustained teacher professional development. IQST provides middle grade (4-8) educators with the content knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to effectively teach science under the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with a particular focus on underserved, urban student populations. Courses address environmental, earth, physical, space and life science.

The Senior Manager, IQST works closely with the Director of Teaching and Learning to develop and oversee implementation of the Institute, including strategic planning and development, managing a team of science teacher educators, collaborating with universities, districts and teachers, partnering with program evaluators and researchers to align work with evidence-based practices and standards, and disseminating core work to key internal and external stakeholders.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic planning, development, delivery and refinement of IQST in accordance with in the Welcome to Science Initiative’s priorities and guiding principles for multiple courses for over 200 teachers via full day workshop sessions, along with communication and coaching year-long.
  • Actively collaborate across the division and museum wide to help advance the team’s goals and strategies.
  • Strategically collaborate with other employees of the division to ensure the Student Experiences programming is integrated into MSI’s cohesive science education support for the K-12 community.
  • Identify, remain current in and apply best practices in science education for elementary and middle grades students as well as teacher education and professional learning for elementary and middle grades teachers, and lead the IQST team in doing the same.
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships with education communities and external organizations, such as universities, school districts, individual schools and professional groups.
  • Foster and maintain communication with university partners and the Illinois and Indiana State Boards of Education to ensure IQST remains approved to provide continuing education credits towards teacher licensure.
  • Manage the IQST team and all responsibilities associated with that function and ensure that the highest ethical standards are followed

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in science, education or related discipline and five (5) to seven (7) years’ related experience required.
  • Deep familiarity with the K-12 science education landscape.
  • Experience with both developing and delivering science education programs, as well as supporting others in doing so.
  • Experience with students and teachers across multiple grade levels (with increased emphasis on middle grades).
  • Experience supervising staff required.
  • Familiarity with programming in a variety of educational settings including schools, out of school time, science centers and/or other museums.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness required.
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
  • Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills.
  • An ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office required.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams required.
  • Experience in using digital media and technology in educational and/or program settings required

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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