The Youth and Family Programs Manager will develop and implement a robust and diverse suite of on- and off-site STEAM-focused programs serving diverse youth and intergenerational family audiences. These programs will leverage the resources of the Bell, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the larger University of Minnesota in order to improve public understanding of science and the value of science for improving people’s lives. Oversight of initiatives includes, but is not limited to: youth camps, after school programs, family-oriented drop-in activities, birthday parties, and scout programs.
Many of the programs that are the focus of this position are revenue-generating and this individual should have an entrepreneurial mindset focused on the growth of on-site programs and potential expansion off-site. This individual is a dynamic leader with a passion for science and education and demonstrated success in working collaboratively to engage diverse youth and family audiences in settings for informal learning.
Program Development and Management (60%)
The Youth and Family Programs Manager works under the direction of the Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning to lead the development and implementation of a suite of innovative and diverse programs serving youth and intergenerational family audiences, a core demographic for the Bell Museum.
This individual will develop and oversee a robust suite of on-site, revenue-generating programs, including K-8 youth camps, afterschool programs, scout programs, and birthday parties. This individual’s portfolio will also include programs that add to the visitor experience and build audience, including family-oriented drop-in activities on high-visitation days. The Youth and Family Programs Manager will oversee the development of STEAM-based content and curriculum for these programs, based on best practices in informal science learning and in support of the Museum’s mission and interpretive initiatives. This individual is encouraged to innovate and experiment with programs in order to build audience, enhance visitor experiences, and increase revenue, and will work with PESL leadership to evaluate engagement in and impact of all youth and family programs.
This individual will identify opportunities and develop a strategy for expanding youth programs, particularly developing partnerships to offer youth camps off-site and creating on-site, STEM experiences for high school audiences.
This individual will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community and university-based partners, researchers and organizations, critical to all aspects of successful program development and delivery. This individual will support the Bell Museum’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, working with partners to engage diverse communities through programs and events that reflect the needs and cultures of our community.
This individual will work collaboratively with other members of the Public Engagement and Science Learning team (including the Public Science Events Manager, School Programs Manager, and the Planetarium Manager) to develop engaging STEAM experiences for larger scale public science events, including themed festivals, statewide star parties and special ticketed events.
This individual will supervise the Youth and Family Programs Coordinator (Civil Service) and a team of seasonal camp staff, including camp leaders, assistants and a logistics coordinator. They will work with and supervise Museum student staff on an on-going basis in support of programs and events.
This individual will coordinate the development and implementation of appropriate policies, procedures, and training in keeping with the University of Minnesota’s responsibilities for protecting the safety of minors.
This individual will communicate and collaborate with other Museum departments, including Operations and Business/Marketing to successfully implement programs and activities.
Science Program Delivery (10%)
As a member of the PESL team, this individual will deliver experiential learning labs, tours and other Museum programs to PreK – 12th grade students on an as-needed basis during the school years as well as youth camps and additional youth and family programs as needed.
Budget and Fundraising (5%)
With support from the Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning, this individual will manage an annual budget that includes expenses and revenues, and will be responsible for tracking and reporting deliverables specified by grants and funders.
This individual will collaborate with the Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning and the Development team to raise funds to support new and ongoing youth and family programming efforts through a combination of revenue-generating activities and grant proposals.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS â— Bachelor’s degree in education, science or a related discipline â— Minimum of 3 years experience in development and implementation of formal or informal STEM education programs â— Knowledge of best practices and trends in informal science learning â— 3 or more years of management experience (people, budgets, other resources) and the ability to inspire a diverse team of staff and partners â— Cultural competency and a demonstrated experience working with diverse communities from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds â— Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with close attention to detail. â— Excellent verbal and written communication skills â— Entrepreneurial mindset, self-starter, and goal-oriented â— Able and willing to work non-traditional work hours as needed for events to include occasional weekends â— Access to a reliable source of transportation for off-site programs/events. â— Proficient using MS Office Products to include Word, Excel, etc.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS â— Master’s degree in education, science or a related discipline â— Informal education experience in a museum setting â— Knowledge of the natural history of Minnesota â— Working knowledge and experience with program research and evaluation â— Experience with grant-writing and reporting â— Experience working in a university environment â— Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish)
Physical Requirements: â— Lift up to 30 lbs.
Internal Number: 331064
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