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Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning

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 Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning provides primary operational support and quality assurance for the Teaching and Learning Department, housed within MSI’s Welcome to Science Initiative. The Teaching and Learning Department develops and implements science-focused programs that support formal K-12 education and extend the Museum’s impact on the broader school community through:

  • Student Experiences – Field trip and distance learning programs for elementary, middle and high school classrooms
  • The Institute for Quality Science Teaching – Graduate-level professional learning coursework for 3rd – 8th grade teachers of science
  • The Science Leadership Initiative - School-level science education supports for K-8 administrators, teacher leaders, and entire school communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Optimize the capabilities of the Department team, provide leadership to energize and coach a highly committed team.
  • Provide leadership for the ongoing refinement and implementation of Student Experiences, the Institute for Quality Science Teaching and the Science Leadership Initiative in accordance with the Welcome to Science Initiatives priorities and guiding principles, as well as research-based best practices in science teaching and learning for K-12 students, teachers and administrators.
  • In partnership with the Director, supports short- and long-term strategic planning for all Teaching and Learning Department initiatives.
  • Partner with MSI’s Research and Evaluation team to investigate department programs; use findings to guide program development, document audience impact and inform the broader fields of formal and informal science education.
  • Cultivate and manage strategic partnerships with external entities and organizations (such as universities, schools and districts, Federal agencies, professional organizations and other museums) to further the Museum’s support for K-12 science teaching and learning.
  • Strategically collaborate with other Division leaders and teams to integrate Teaching and Learning programming into MSI’s cohesive science education support for the K-12 community.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Public Relations to raise awareness and recruit participants for Teaching and Learning Department programs.
  • 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.
  • Assist in compiling and maintaining program budgets.
  • Participate in assigned working groups, attend and support Museum-sponsored events, and serve on cross-department/division Museum teams as assigned.
  • Maintain departmental responsibilities and the highest ethical standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in science, education or related discipline and 10+ years’ related experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience building, mentoring, and developing strong, diverse, interdisciplinary teams, with strong collaboration skills.
  • Familiarity with and passion for K-12 science education, teacher professional learning, and learning in informal environments required.
  • Tangible record of education program design and implementation.
  • Required understanding of meeting the needs of diverse learners; belief in and support for access and equity.
  • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills; an ability to work on multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Experience working with large urban school districts preferred.
  • Exposure to fundraising from a variety of sources, including federal grants.
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness required.
  • Experience in using digital media and technology in educational and/or program settings preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office 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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