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The San Diego Natural History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Education


The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a passionate mission supporting and natural history loving individual to lead the museum’s education department. Reporting to the Senior Director of Public Programs, the Director of Education oversees the development and implementation of effective educational experiences as well as the education staff and docents; creates a high performance culture; develops, motivates, and evaluates a diverse, talented team across assigned functions; and develops and executes relevant programs and events that produce measurable results and visibility for the organization. 


  • Works closely with Senior Director of Public Programs and education staff to collaboratively develop programs and educational experiences that develop the next generation of creative problem solvers and position the organization as a leader of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and its integration with Common Core.
  • Provides strategic and creative direction, content/program development and review, integrated team management, and operational oversight to education and docent teams.
  • Evaluates the organization’s existing educational framework and aligns programs with NGSS and exhibitions.
  • Refines training program for new educators, and develop ongoing professional development opportunities for existing education staff.
  • Oversees the development, design, and implementation of new curriculum for school, camps, and other educational programs.
  • Continues the audit of existing education programs, and develops new programs, for relevance, value added, sustainability, and potential revenue.
  • Determines the allocation of resources and expenditures to maximize earned revenue potential and ensure efficiency, strategic alignment, and budgetary compliance.
  • Leads effort to establish measurable objectives and practicable evaluation procedures to assess the effectiveness of educational content and interpretive techniques.
  • Assists development staff in preparing funding proposals for educational programs.
  • Develops and nurtures relationships with the community to position the museum as a leading resource in informal education and further the organizations outreach efforts.
  • Formalizes and oversees inquiry training program for volunteers who work at the museum and within the community.
  • Works collaboratively with other Directors within Public Programs Division.
  • Oversees Docent Program.


  • Proven professional with 7-10 years of experience in a museum, or similar non-profit position with increasing responsibility.
  • 5+ years of management experience.
  • MA in Museum Education or Museum Studies preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with community organizations desired.
  • Prior informal and/or formal teaching experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Leader of the highest integrity, embracing a diverse workplace and visitor base.
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze both existing and potential problems and solutions identifies key performance indicators, and systemic improvements resulting in sustainable impact.


  • Schedule and availability reflects that the organization is a 7-day-a-week operation. Coordinates with other members of the education team to ensure education staff has support during all operational hours. On occasion, the position will require duties outside of/in excess of regular Monday - Friday schedule.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “DE Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: DE Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.

Posted: 06/29/2015