Open Position Notification
University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums
Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
The University of Iowa (UI) Pentacrest Museums seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Science Education & Outreach Coordinator. This position is housed at the Museum of Natural History but includes responsibility for science-focused exhibits and programming at the Old Capitol Museum and on the UI Mobile Museum. The Museum of Natural History’s permanent exhibits focus most strongly on zoology, paleontology, and anthropology, but programming spans a broader range of scientific disciplines. The ideal candidate will have experience in museum education combined with excitement about sharing a wide range of scientific topics with the public.
This position will have primary responsibility for the direction and implementation of STEM programming at the Pentacrest Museums, including public programs for all age groups and programming for the university community. Duties include researching, developing, coordinating, and running new and existing internal and external education and outreach programs for the UI Pentacrest Museums; developing tour content and programs to enhance permanent and temporary exhibits; collaborating with faculty and staff across the university to broaden the scope and reach of public programs; consulting with faculty on public education and outreach components of academic grants; writing and managing grants to support education programming; managing the development of some UI Mobile Museum exhibits and education materials; managing outreach resources and programs such as traveling education trunks; using evaluation tools to assess programs and recommend improvements; and supervising student education staff.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field, museum studies, or education, or equivalent combination of education and experience
- 1-3 years’ experience in museum education or public programming, preferably focused on STEM programming
- Experience communicating complex science topics to public audiences
- Must have a valid U.S. driving license and be able to meet the University of Iowa’s Fleet Safety requirements: http://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/administrative-financial-and-facilities-policies/fleet-services/fleet-safety-program
- Master’s degree in a relevant scientific field, museum studies, museum education, or informal education, or equivalent combination of education/experience
- 3-5 years’ museum education/public programming
- Experience in a higher education environment engaging undergraduate students in museums
- Experience supervising students
- 1-3 years’ experience in a supervisory position
- Knowledge of theory and practice of program evaluation/assessment as applied in museum/informal education environments
To apply: See requisition 69353 at http://jobs.uiowa.edu/jobSearch/index.php
Applicable background checks will be conducted.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.