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UA Assistant Director of School Partnerships

American Museum Of Natural History

UA Assistant Director of School Partnerships

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, and has as its mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning brings together in one organizational structure all the Museum's activities directed towards K-12 schools and teacher education. Urban Advantage is a partnership program in science education that involves eight New York City science-rich cultural institutions and currently serves over 300 middle schools and over 1000 science teachers.

The Assistant Director will have primary responsibility for school and community partnerships for the UA program, including stakeholders' access to program resources such as vouchers, communication with schools and communities, family and community outreach and events, the distribution of materials and equipment, and UA professional learning programs. This position will report to the UA Director and supervise the Family Outreach Manager, and will function as a member of the UA leadership team. The Assistant Director will shape UA's research-based vision for sustainable partnerships between participating schools, families, communities, and the UA program, aligned with the goals of UA. This role will oversee the implementation of this vision by working collaboratively with partner institutions in the UA consortium. The Assistant Director of School Partnerships will demonstrate: ● A passion for building and organizing school partnerships in support of student learning.● The ability to manage partnerships across a consortium of informal science institutions.● A learner's mindset, and excitement to learn and continuously expand your knowledge through research and collaboration.● The ability to work in a frequently changing environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
● Shaping UA's vision for sustainable partnerships between UA schools in support of UA program goals through collaborations and current research.
● Leading the operational aspects of implementing UA's vision for strong partnerships between UA schools.
● Engaging with UA stakeholders creatively to understand contextual factors and align UA to participants' needs, including by visiting schools, using surveys, or using other means.
● Managing communications with UA stakeholders with the goal of disseminating important UA information and program expectations, and gathering information from UA partners across the consortium to disseminate to UA stakeholders.● Coordinating and collaborating with the UA tech team to ensure UA's online platforms support the needs of UA stakeholders.
● Collaborating with UA Director and Museum leadership on key budget decisions as needed
● Helping the UA team plan and meet time-sensitive program deadlines including by constructing and updating a calendar of UA operations and logistics outlining tasks and responsibilities.
● Leading the design and implementation of UA's voucher program, with the goal of increasing equity and accessibility and the overall utilization of vouchers with the support of the Director of UA and the collaboration of the Manager of Family Outreach and the Senior Middle School Program Manager
● Coordinating and collaborating with the instructional and budget teams on the components and tasks that are part of UA's annual distribution of science materials and equipment to schools and teachers.
● Developing and updating UA digital and printed materials, including vouchers, banners, EXPO materials, FSD flyers, and elements of the UA website.
● Overseeing the annual UA applications and admissions process for schools and teachers.
● Attending and participating in monthly partner meetings and other meetings as determined.
● Building and maintaining relationships with the NYC DOE STEM Department to identify areas of support and relevant connections to UA components.
● Completing other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of the Gottesman Center and the Urban Advantage Director.
● Schedule includes some weekends and evenings.

Required Qualifications:

● A Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or a related field.● Five years of professional experience teaching science, developing, and implementing teacher professional learning programs, and/or teaching adults.● Experience supervising direct reports.● Exceptional organizational, time-management skills, problem solving and communication skills.● Ability to be proactive and able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues across the partnership.● Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite.● The ability to work with confidential data and demonstrate discretion.

Preferred Qualifications:

● A Master’s degree in science, education, or a related field.● More than five years professional experience, including developing and managing teacher professional learning programs.● Professional experience working in education in informal science institutions.● Knowledge of city, state, and national learning and performance standards in science● Familiarity with Moodle or a similar content management platform, and online teaching tools such as Nearpod, Canvas, Kahoot, etc.● Experience with Illustrator or other graphic design software.

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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law.

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