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Senior Manager, School and Teacher Program

Natural History Museum
Westchester, California
Closing date
Jan 13, 2024

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Position Type
Dean / Department Head
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
Senior Manager, School and Teacher Programs

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 109 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County-including NHMLA at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall-is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, gender, a person with disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking a Sr. Manager, School & Teacher Programs for our Education & Programs department. The Sr. Manager, School & Teacher Programs works closely with the Director, Education at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop, manage, and implement programming aligned with the Museum's strategic goals and initiatives for the school and teacher audience and community at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and via online virtual platforms to the community of Los Angeles County and beyond. This includes daily school visits, guided programs, special events, partnership programs, and educator workshops in alignment with the Museum's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) initiatives. Work is highly independent and requires strong decision-making skills.
  • Lead a dynamic team of staff between two museum sites by being a hands-on leader, problem-solver, and mentor around school and teacher program implementation and engagement. Oversee hiring, training, professional development, and supervision of 4 full-time staff and 1 part-time seasonal staff.
  • Initiate and cultivate new key strategic partnerships to enhance educational programs and expand museum impact on Los Angeles school and teacher communities. Support strategic relationships with local school districts, county entities, and non-profit educational partners, including organizing and leading the Teacher Advisory Council.
  • Execute extensive and intentional collaboration with the Mobile Museum and Interpretation teams to maximize high-quality program impact with the school and teacher community.
  • Cultivate relationships across departments, including staff in Research & Collections, Security, Operations, Exhibitions, Guest Relations, Membership, Advancement, Marketing & Communication, Museum Store, etc., to develop cross-departmental initiatives and programs and create a unified educational programming experience.
  • Document and assess school programs in the context of the formal education landscape. Work with the Director of Evaluation to support development and tracking of program outcomes and evaluation. Support fundraising efforts through strategic data collection and impact reporting.

This position has the following requirements:
  • Master's degree in Education or Museum Studies with an emphasis on education or extensive equivalent experience; background in biology, cultural studies, science, history/anthropology and/or related field.
  • Knowledge of current museum and informal educational practices in informal science institutions. Experience in school program planning, development, budgeting and implementation for Pre-K - 12th grade audiences.
  • Commitment to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access): Background or experience with engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in museums and in the sciences.
  • Successful team-builder able to produce positive change; track record of providing leadership and effective management of staff.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to balance long- and short-term objectives with creative and strategic problem-solving.
  • A record of integrity, a sense of humor, resilience, and a self-starter with a strong work ethic. Ability to listen, facilitate and engage in collegial relationships across departments and with outside partnerships.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with compelling presentation skills. Proficiency in PC computers and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, basic internet, and email.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. Salary range for this position is $71,379 - $76,752 based on experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, exempt position.

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates please visit and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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