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Education Specialist II - School Programs

Company: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Location: Modesto
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission. We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.
Job Summary
Under general supervision and with a focus on culturally relevant and bilingual education, delivers education programs at the Aquarium and offsite for PreK-12th grade school groups, teens, teachers and/or community members; assists in the design of these high-quality, mission-driven programs with a focus on school field trips; coordinates all aspects of multiple Education projects; supervises and coaches volunteers, program assistants, and interns; perform other duties as assigned.
Core Activities:
Program Delivery: Lead existing short-term and long-term educational sessions for PK-12 students, including:
Develop a full understanding of and expertise in the topic
Gather necessary learning tools, props, documents, and/or presentation slides
Recommend and implementing modifications to existing learning tools, props, documents, and/or presentation slides based on the needs of the specific audience and the latest research
Facilitate in-person and online activities, including leading presentations, engaging students of various ages and learning levels, answering students' questions, as well as assessing and adjusting as-needed during the sessions based on the developmental and learning needs of the specific audience
Build and maintain a positive, culturally responsive program environment that encourages strong relationships among and between program participants, volunteers, and staff
Program Development: Collaborate with colleagues to create, test, and iterate short- and long-term programs, including:
Front-end audience evaluation and research to understand the needs of the specific audience
The identification of existing and needed curriculum for the program to meet stated learning goals
The creation of program agendas with estimated timing and materials
The inclusion of culturally responsive education strategies
Identify, schedule, and coordinate the acquisition of project supplies and resources, including food, outdoor equipment, volunteers, and educational materials, under the direction of program leads.
Gather, enter, and maintain program participants' demographic and attendance data into division databases.
Lead existing educational activities for PK-12 students and/or educators at program recruitment events.
Support leads in the program application review and acceptance process, with a focus on equity.
Stay informed on the latest science, research, opinions, strategies, and academic standards with respect to formal and informal STEM education and programming.
Supervise program assistants, interns, and/or volunteers as they plan and deliver parts of long-term Education programs.
Become familiar with program budget and accounting processes, under the direction of program leads.
Implement existing evaluation tools, ensuring protocols are maintained, such as focus groups and/or interviews.
Represent the department, division, and the Aquarium to the public, visiting dignitaries, and the professional education community, at various meetings, events, and professional conferences. Begin to develop relationships with program participants, community members, and other educators.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in natural science, formal or informal education, curriculum, youth or educator development; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Strong understanding of marine science content and integrated STEM educational practices
Knowledge of national and state standards, teaching methods, and youth development strategies
Two or more years of experience facilitating educational activities with PK-12 students
Commitment to culturally responsive education
Demonstrated success building and maintaining positive learning environments, including strong team building skills
Able to write clearly, concisely, and fluently in English
Strong speaking skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong time management skills with the ability to contribute to multiple simultaneous projects
Flexible with changes in work priorities
Familiarity with Monterey Bay natural history, as well as marine and basic science
Experience and comfort in the use of technology as an educational tool with students, including but not limited to iPad apps, Google Suite, and web-based educational tools
Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values
Fluent Spanish speaking and writing skills
Experience working with middle school students
Annual Compensation Range Minimum:
$55,700.00 USD annually. Starting rate will vary based on previous experience and relevant skills/knowledge set.EducationPreferred: High SchoolPreferred: AssociatesPreferred: BachelorsPDN-97161558-2c5b-4a3e-9c52-f3ba48859e65

Keywords: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Modesto , Education Specialist II - School Programs, Education / Teaching , Modesto, California

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