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Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology seeks an engaging educator and enthusiastic leader to serve as the Public Programs Coordinator within the Visitor Center team as it embarks on an era of change and development with a major re-design of the Visitor Center experience. The Public Programs Coordinator will oversee and participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational offerings and interpretation materials including but not limited to family activities, trail information, workshops, field trips, tours, and educator resources for a wide variety of audiences. Through regular evaluation, determine the effectiveness of programming and work to create the most useful and engaging experiences possible. Through strategic and creative planning, the Public Programs Coordinator will play an important role in furthering the mission of the Lab through the Visitor Center. Supervise Visitor Center employees, students, and volunteers, including hiring, training, evaluating performance and preparing the weekly and monthly schedules and oversee day-to-day operations of staffing and programming needs. Work in partnership with the Visitor Experience Manager to ensure these forward thinking program offerings complement and supplement the exhibition program, involve diverse audiences of all ages, serve the institution's mission and are guided by its strategic plan. Evening and weekend hours required.
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Associate's degree in informal education or museum studies with extensive experience working with the public in a museum, nature center, or similar setting.
Special and passionate interest in connecting with the public.
Broad knowledge of current practice and theory of informal education with prior experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to present information in a variety of formats, to understand and present information to a variety of audiences, and to communicate the Lab's mission with passion.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, volunteers and donors.
Records of strong management and analytic skills, both strategic and operational with the ability to efficiently multi-task while working on a variety of projects and programs.
Experience in supervising, training, and mentoring staff and volunteers with the ability to foster a positive work environment.
Proficient in Word, Excel, Google products, and social media.
Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential.
Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
Bachelor's degree preferred.
Interest or experience in conservation or environmental education with an interest in birds a plus.
Interest or experience with exhibit development.
Prior experience with identifying and securing external funding opportunities.
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Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
Visual: Normal concentration
Hazard: Limited exposure
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