Programs Director

Company Name: 

The Leonardo


209 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111




Job Description: 


The Leonardo seeks a passionate, seasoned and outgoing leader with experience in informal and formal learning environments to oversee all of the museum’s educational activities and programs.

The Programs Director will oversee school programs, floor programs, as well as community and public programs – all of which should be designed and delivered to inspire our visitors of all ages.

This position serves on the leadership team, and will provide critical strategic planning for all education programs, ensuring they convey The Leonardo’s mission, serve community needs, and build audiences.

S/he will ensure that all interactions with the museum’s visitors will be positive and energizing.

S/he will oversee the education team and in-house science, tech, engineering and art experts, as well as the public programs team, and will motivate them to high performance, and will promote the mission of the museum to guests of all ages. Primarily, the candidate should be extremely positive and highly motivated.



  • Lead and oversee the Education and Museum Experience staff.
  • Serve on Leadership team
  • Develop and host monthly trainings for team members with an emphasis on customer service as well as ongoing learning, peer-to-peer mentoring.
  • Assist in preparing the annual department budget and monitor approved revenue goals and expenses.
  • Work with staff management on program delivery, coordination, and on staff scheduling.
  • Oversee hiring, training, and supervision of staff and volunteers, ensure adherence to museum procedures and that outgoing information is current and accurate.
  • Interface with facilities team management to ensure an excellent experience for guests with the exhibits and programs currently on the floor.
  • Delegate responsibilities to department Managers.


  • Ensure Education Department’s alignment with core museum mission of inspiring creativity and innovation, while also keeping department offerings relevant with teacher and student needs and current state and national standards.
  • Communicate standards, learning objectives and goals for assigned programs; monitor progress and effectiveness; recommend and implement strategies to maximize effectiveness.
  • Develop phased plan to grow “education” and “museum” team into one team that allows for more informal educational experiences to take place on the museum floor and career progression for team members.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with USBE, school principals, district coordinators and other relevant education stakeholders.
  • Serve as primary lead for iSEE group, managing all communication, shared initiatives, legislative support, and financial reporting.
  • Develop 1 year and 5-year department strategic plan with goals and objectives that support and capitalize and broader museum vision.
  • Host teacher focus groups to better understand pain points and needs, and develop a robust teacher professional development program.
  • Works to grow successful programs, including educational outreach, Mind Riot, summer camps and others.
  • Represent The Leonardo at regional and national conferences presenting on The Leo’s programmatic pedagogy, methodology and effectiveness.

Content and Delivery:

  • Develop and execute Leo on Wheels revamp including new interactives and activities that support reexamined program outcomes.
  • Review existing field trip curriculum and make necessary changes to align with ISEE objectives and broader museum mission of inspiring creativity and innovation.
  • Assist in Mind Riot program recruitment and delivery.
  • Oversee the museum experience and program/activity delivery, all school programs content, and overall operations, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Compile and analyze school and floor program data for reporting.
    • Works with Marketing team and the Programs Manager to develop a compelling and dynamic ‘Learning’ website that attracts educators and visitors from Utah and beyond.
  • Oversee Education Content:
    • Develops and/or manages curriculum development for field trips, Leo on Wheels, conferences, and other school related programs.
    • Develop creative and innovative field trip programming that is content appropriate, exciting, inspiring, mission aligned and informed by informal science education best practices.
    • Develop content for program brochures, website, education blog, and education newsletters.
    • Develop and maintain training materials (written training manual, instructional videos, etc.).
    • Researches best practices in field trip, outreach, teacher training and youth development programs at other museums
    • Generates education newsletter, and actively grows its subscriber base
    • Acts as a representative for teacher interests and thoroughly understands teacher and curriculum needs and how The Leonardo’s exhibits and programs can support those needs.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must be curious and passionate about learning.
  • Excited about inspiring creativity and implementing hands-on, inquiry-based learning in both formal and informal education.
  • Demonstrated track record in creating innovative, compelling curriculum.
  • Have a deep interest in science, art, and/or technology.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) required.
  • The ability to work well with others both as a team member and as a team leader.
  • Willing to drive a Ford F250 truck hauling a 25-foot cargo trailer, sometimes distances of up to 300 miles throughout the state, often alone.
  • Be able to push metal carts on wheels (weighing more than 100 lbs.) and stand for up to 6 hours at a time.
  • Possibly travel for out of town school visits within Utah (Monday through Friday).  Lodging, transportation and food stipend provided.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in science or education preferred.
  • K-12 teaching experience highly preferred.
  • Experience in providing K-12 leadership and/or staff development a plus.
  • Experience teaching in both formal and informal learning environments a plus.
  • Must be well versed in understanding Utah’s education system, teacher needs and core standards.
  • Possess a valid Utah driver’s license and a clean driving and criminal record.

If you are interested, please email your resume to