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Educational Outreach Manager

University of Michigan, Museum of Natural History
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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Dean / Department Head
Full Time
Anthropology of Education, Museum Studies
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The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History opened in 2019 in the award-winning, state-of-the-art Biological Sciences Building (BSB) after moving from its old home next door. The new museum puts the building's science on display, highlights current U-M research, and welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore natural history and science and enjoy the spectacular new space. With more frequently changing and interactive exhibits, a landmark Planetarium & Dome Theater, two public hands-on labs, and all-new programsserving the campus, PreK-12 students, and the public, the new museum is an exciting and important new STEM educational resource for the campus and the larger community. The museum is a unit in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) and is situated in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Closed for 15 months during the pandemic, the museum is now gradually reopening tothe public, with limited occupancy and hours.

The Educational Outreach Manager plays a key role in the museum's commitment to supporting and sharing current U-M research with the campus community, K- 12 schools, and the public through hands-on activities and opportunities to meet and converse with scientists. The position manages school outreach for the museum, including multiple grant-funded STEM careers pipeline programs. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Mission Statement:The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving, and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Why Work at Michigan?Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care - that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

Responsibilities:The Educational Outreach Manager manages and plans elementary and middle school science programs and middle school STEM careers pipeline programs in coordination with U-M faculty National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, leading a team of non-student and student coordinators and facilitators; plans and manages family science library outreach, and promotes and manages additionalschool outreach.

This position makes decisions about program content, personnel, and budget priorities for the programs under its direction. The positionsupervises a student coordinator to plan summer community outreach events and a grant-funded coordinator to assist with curriculum development and delivery, and also manages science programs for middle and high school students in the summer, serving as Camp Director for our middle school science camp, Ypsilanti Science Connections Camp. These programs are central to ourgoals of providing excellent NSF Broader Impacts research outreach programs contributing to the pipeline for under-resourced students to engage with STEM fields and college access programs at U-M, making the museum a hub for science outreach at the University.
Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Program Management - 40%
  • For each of the following programs, the Educational Outreach Manager is responsible for managing and cultivating school partnerships, scheduling, developing and supervising the development of curriculum, developing and implementing evaluations, planning and supervising events, and completing grant reports:
  • Science for Tomorrow-a middle school STEM careers program funded by the Broader Impacts portion of the National Science Foundation (NSF) faculty grants. This program is funded by 1-3 faculty NSF grants per term. The Educational Outreach Manager works directly with faculty on program details, develops school partnerships, manages the budget, and manages details for the middle school campus and outreach visits. The position trains and supervises student employees, interns, and temp staff in the creation and delivery of the curriculum.
  • Ypsilanti Science Connections-an emerging partnership with Ypsilanti Middle School involving school year field trips and outreach, and a
  • summer enrichment science camp for middle school students. This program is funded by faculty NSF grants. The Educational Outreach
  • The manager is responsible for managing and nurturing this community partnership, managing campus and outreach visits, supervising the development of curriculum in coordination with faculty PIs, creating evaluations, and writing grant reports.
  • River Residencies-school outreach programs focusing on watersheds involving the transport of a 10-foot stream simulation table to and from a school, occasionally funded by the Association of Downstream Watersheds. The Educational Outreach Manager manages and trains a
  • A team of outreach presenters manages the relationships with the funding organization and the schools and is responsible for agreements with additional schools for fee-based programs.
  • Museum to You-fee-based classroom outreach. The Educational. The Outreach Manager is responsible for managing, training staff for, evaluating, and marketing these school outreach programs.
  • Family Reading and Science-a longstanding outreach program to public libraries. The Educational Outreach Manager is responsible for developing curriculum, training staff for, evaluating, and marketing these library outreach programs.
  • Museum on the Road-community outreach events (supervise student coordinator). The Educational Outreach Manager liaises with community organizations and manages a schedule, budget, and staff for spring and summer community events, supervising a student coordinator in creating activities for these events.
  • Assists with other museum events, as assigned.

Hiring and Supervision - 20%
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate part-time (non-student temp) program coordinators and undergraduate student facilitators (student temps), with the coming addition of a grant-funded intern for the Science for Tomorrow program.
  • This position makes hiring decisions for all of the above programs independently and has the authority to terminate these positions. This position supervises multiple undergraduate and non-student employees in complex situations, managing programs for large groups of middle school students during campus visits and overnights.

Budget Management - 15%
  • Manage complex budgets with multiple federal grant funding sources, and plan future program budget requests. This position manages multiple budgets (6-10) for NSF Broader Impact grant portions and makes purchasing and budgeting
  • decisions for the programs they manage.
  • The position develops relationships with faculty and requests budget changes from faculty PI's when necessary.

Teaching Programs - 15%
  • This position is the lead teacher for the above programs, traveling with coordinators and student staff to schools, modeling good teaching techniques, and supervising and mentoring undergraduate coordinators and facilitators, including deciding when they are ready to take responsibility for programs and teach independently.

  • Other duties as assigned - 10%

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in natural science, anthropology, education, museum studies, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of full-time experience teaching and curriculum development.

Essential skills for this position include:
  • Understanding successful strategies in school and community outreach and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs.
  • Strong day-to-day personnel management and mentoring skills.
  • Outstanding teaching ability.
  • Excellent science curriculum development skills suitable to museum education and secondary school context, detail-oriented budget management, excellent communication, and program management skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively with museum staff,
  • faculty, and school personnel.
  • The position requires a working knowledge of basic natural history and/or STEM subject areas (e.g. evolutionary biology, ecology,
  • anthropology, astronomy, physics engineering, mathematics, technology).
  • At least 3 years of full-time experience planning and/or teaching-related topics in an informal or school science setting, preferably in community outreach.
  • Bachelor's degree in natural science, anthropology, education, museum studies, or a related field is required.
  • Ability to transport 50 lbs, travel to and from schools to transport supplies, and background checks are required.

Desired Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in natural science, anthropology, education, museum studies, or a related field is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Michigan and/or national K-12 science curriculum requirements.
  • Experience leading educational outreach collaborations is desired.
  • Experience with museums or other informal science K-12 outreach programs.
  • Experience tracking and managing grant budgets and program evaluations.

Additional Information:
  • The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College's Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit

To learn more about LSA's Strategic Vision, visit
Background Screening:
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Application Deadline:Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day afterposting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement:The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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