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Education Coordinator, Student Experiences

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.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Student Experiences team provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines in order to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

The Education Coordinator is responsible for developing, teaching, and refining facilitated, hands-on education programs for on and off-site groups of 3rd through 12th grade students through Learning Labs, exhibit guides and other programs and resources in accordance with the Welcome to Science Initiative. This individual serves as a key member of the Student Experiences team within the Teaching and Learning Department - MSI’s primary program support for the formal education/school audience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research, develop, and teach science education programs for 3rd-12th grade classes, based on best practices in formal and informal science education. 
  • Differentiate instruction for a highly variable student audience (grade or ability level, developmental stage, cultural background, etc.) on an immediate, as-needed basis.
  • Maintain working knowledge of trends in science education, as well as local, state and national science education standards (NGSS). Develop and modify programs accordingly.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with school partners to effectively recruit diverse pool of program participants; maintain productive partnerships with formal education community.
  • Work with External Affairs and Finance Department on record keeping and reporting for grants, including attendance tracking, hours, etc. as dictated by grant guidelines.
  • Continually monitor programs for quality assurance via formal and informal evaluation; make recommendations, and implement modifications based on evaluation findings.
  • Collaborate with other Teaching and Learning Department teams to organize and implement special events such as student events, Educator Open Houses, donor events, etc.
  • Supervise and coordinate volunteers and interns.
  • Train colleagues on program facilitation
  • Keep all program equipment and supplies stocked, maintained, and in working order. Inventory and order materials and supplies as needed.
  • Attend meetings with external partners regarding program opportunities as a representative of and/or spokesperson for Student Experiences and the Museum of Science and Industry. 
  • Represent the Museum at community and professional meetings and conferences as an attendee and/or presenter/facilitator.
  • Collaborate with internal and external evaluators/researchers to track and report program participation and demographics, make continual revisions to programs, and measure program outcomes and impact.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Department to raise awareness of Student Experiences programs and initiatives and recruit program participants.
  • Participate in assigned working groups and on cross-department/division Museum teams.
  • Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.).
  • Assist with other Welcome to Science Initiative programs and collaborations as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science; or related field (Master’s degree a plus)
  • 5+ years related experience in education; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • A strong understanding of learning strategies employed in a variety of learning environments; such as schools, science centers, museums, community-based organizations, etc.
  • Curriculum development and implementation experience required
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and appreciation of Chicago’s diverse communities required
  • Strong affinity for science
  • Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas
  • Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills
  • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking required
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
  • Spanish fluency a plus
  • A desire to change the world for the better
  • A passion for fueling the insatiable curiosity of youth
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