Educator

Company Name: 

Anchorage Museum

Address: 

625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact Name: 

Amy Komarek

Phone: 

9079299217

Email: 

akjera@anchoragemuseum.org

Job Description: 

Under the general direction of the Planetarium Director & Science Education Manager, this position is responsible for the development and delivery of education programming that crosses discipline boundaries and uses the talents and knowledge of staff and the material and intangible resources of the Anchorage Museum to provide innovative experiences that enhance understanding and foster curiosity about Alaska and the Circumpolar North.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Planetarium Director & Science Education Manager to manage and oversee outreach/partnership opportunities including but not limited to afterschool and summer library programs
  • Work as part of the Discovery Center education staff to create engaging experiences in the Innovation Zone
  • Collaborate with Museum staff to develop ongoing programming utilizing the museum’s living collection.
  • Research, plan, develop, deliver, facilitate, and assess a variety of programs for all Museum audiences, including experiences in the Discovery Center, Thomas Planetarium, galleries and exhibitions, classes, outdoor spaces, and schools
  • Collaborate with Museum and outside partners/content area experts to develop and deliver a wide range of programs for school groups (pre-K through 12), families, the general public, and other members of the Museum's audiences
  • Identify individual audience needs and goals and implement attainable timelines for projects and programs
  • Work with the communications staff on multiple vehicles for promotion
  • Present and interpret content and concepts to visitors in a professional, friendly, and accessible manner
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the Discovery Center, including opening and closing procedures, light exhibit maintenance, and occasional coverage of Marine Mechanical

 

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regularly communicate information about the Discovery Center and Thomas Planetarium daily operations to the Planetarium Director and Science Education Manager
  • Work closely with the Planetarium Director and Science and Innovation Education Manager on training and overseeing staff, volunteers, and interns
  • Properly handle live animals including reptiles and invertebrates for a variety of educational experiences, as needed 
  • Collaborate with other Museum staff to create and edit digital teaching resources
  • Research current trends in education and share with other Museum staff the latest trends and forward-thinking approaches
  • Participate in rentals, private, and/or special events as needed
  • Perform other related tasks as required

 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Must have excellent written and oral interpretative skills with the ability to introduce innovative ideas to inspire curiosity in diverse audiences
  • Must be a professional, responsible, reliable motivated team player with strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Ability to:

  • Ability to effectively, serve as an integral part of a project team, and communicate pertinent information to colleagues
  • Be available for weekend and evening hours
  • Work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced environment, prioritize multiple competing tasks, and seek supervisory assistance as needed
  • Learn about and safely handle various animals including reptiles, lizards, sea stars, and invertebrates  

Qualifications:

  • High-school diploma or equivalent, or a combination of education and experience 
  • Preferred experience developing and delivering interdisciplinary programs, experiences, or other related activities to public audiences
  • Preferred experience managing projects, including those with discreet timelines 
  • Informal pedagogy or formal classroom experience preferred 
  • Proficiency in curriculum development, distance learning technology, and administrative organization and operations preferred 
  • Bachelor’s degree in education (art, history, or science), museum studies, museum education, the sciences, art, anthropology, history, or other related fields, preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal skills

 

Employee Expectations

 

As an AMA employee, the incumbent is expected to model the following traits:

  • Foster and maintain open communication and collaboration and actively engage in the exchange of ideas and maintain constructive relationships
  • Initiative and creativity in all aspects of the position
  • Lead by example by maintaining a high standard of professional ethics
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Support and uphold the policies, procedures of the Museum

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.