The Director of Science Education will apply current research in the areas of education, interpretation, and science to design and implement dynamic programs to help create a continuous pathway of learning that will also draw new and underrepresented audiences to the natural sciences. The Director will also ensure the department’s programs and initiatives are developed and executed in line with the Tennessee Aquarium mission, institutional priorities, and strategic plan, and provide staff with the training, support, and guidance needed to facilitate growth.
Demonstrate commitment to Tennessee Aquarium’s vision, mission, and values, and provides a creative and innovative vision for staff.
Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of cutting-edge educational programming and outreach to bring aquatic science learning to students and teachers at the Aquarium, Conservation Institute, IMAX, and River Gorge Explorer, as well as both off-site and virtual venues.
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the Education staff (eleven full-time, nineteen part-time, and fifty seasonal) while providing on-going opportunities for growth, development, and enrichment.
Build new and strengthen partnerships in the community through participation in collaborative programs and outreach initiatives. Network with other formal and informal education organizations nationally to share and acquire additional knowledge for improvement of the department.
Manage the budget for the the Education Department with earned revenue, and work with the Vice President of Conservation Science and Education to increase available resources through fundraising and grantwriting.
Guide education volunteer programs towards high quality interactions in the galleries while examining opportunities for growth of volunteer programs; supervise 150 gallery volunteers.
Oversee the care and use of the Education Animal Collection.
Participate in aquarium-wide and cross-functional teams, projects, or meetings, particularly with the Conservation Institute. Maintain and grow an environment that empowers staff to contribute to a culture of cross-departmental collaboration.
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Science or related field
Master’s Degree in Education, Science, or a related field preferred
Minimum of 5 years in management role in a team environment
Experience in budget management and departmental oversight
Proven success in an informal education setting
Understanding of recent research in informal learning and science education
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga and surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains, the Tennessee Aquarium tells the story of the river – following the path of a raindrop from the streams of an Appalachian Forest to the Gulf of Mexico – from the mountains to the sea. Although the Aquarium has grown in size and in animal population since it’s opening in 1992, its stor...y and its mission as a private, non-profit institution have remained the same; ‘to inspire wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that it sustains.’