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Sr. Manager, Science Leadership Initiative

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: The Science Leadership Initiative (SLI), housed within the Teaching and Learning Department of MSI’s Welcome to Science Initiative, supports school-level reform in science teaching and learning through the development of supports for administrators, teacher leaders, and entire school communities.

The Senior Manager, SLI works to develop and oversee implementation of the Initiative, including strategic planning and development, managing a team of science educators, collaborating with school administrators and teachers, partnering with researchers and program evaluators to align work with evidence-based practices and standards, and working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the continued success and growth of the program.


  • Lead the strategic planning, development, delivery and refinement of SLI (including the Science Leadership School Partners Program and online STEM Network) in accordance with the Welcome to Science Initiative’s priorities and guiding principles.
  • Lead the SLI Team in providing strategic leadership coaching, mentoring, and work load management for Partner Schools’ Teacher Leaders, Administrators and Cross-Disciplinary Teams (350+ individuals from 45 Partner Schools plus alumni) each year.
  • Hire, train, supervise and coach 3+ full time professional education staff, as well as volunteers and interns.
  • Work with MSI’s Digital team to maintain the School Partner portal and online STEM Network.
  • Collaborate with External Affairs to cultivate and maintain relationships with funders, including grant application and report writing, as well as meetings and presentations for corporate, individual and federal grants and gifts.
  • Partner with Research & Evaluation team members on evaluation of program and dissemination of findings.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Public Relations to raise awareness of Department programs and initiatives and recruit participants.
  • Work with Finance to develop and maintain program budgets.
  • Strategically collaborate with other divisional employees to integrate SLI programming into MSI’s cohesive science education support for the K-12 community.
  • Apply best practices in teacher education, science education, and school change management for elementary and middle school students and teachers.
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships with education communities and external organizations, such as universities, school districts, individual schools and professional groups.


  • Master’s Degree in science, education or related discipline and seven (7) to ten (10) years’ related experience required with at least four (4) years’ management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness required.
  • Proven track record of developing and delivering science education programs, as well as supporting others in doing so.
  • Experience with programming in a variety of educational settings including schools, science centers and/or other museums.
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking skills required.
  • Strong collaborator who works well independently or on team projects.
  • High level of initiative and exceptional problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in using digital media and technology in educational and/or program settings required, including collaborative software (e.g. Google docs) along with strong Office Suite programs.

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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