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Communications: Education/Camp counselor
Camps & Classes: Summer Camp Education Specialist (seasonal, full-time) - Several positions open - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)

Great Lakes Science Center, in downtown Cleveland, home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the historic SS William G. Mather, is seeking dynamic individuals to instruct Summer Science Day Camp programs for children in grades K-12. This is an on-the-go, out-of-the box position that not only requires a working knowledge of STEM concepts, but excitement for informal education. Education Specialists lead the instruction, organization and facilitation of individual summer camp sessions in a playful and educational manner.

Sessions include up to 24 participants and range from one-day workshops to Monday-Friday week-long summer camp sessions, offered in 10 consecutive weeks. Staff will collaborate to share the preparation, instruction and organization of the camp program. Position reports to the Camps and Class Manager, Youth and Family Engagement.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop an understanding of, and the ability to implement GLSC Camps and Classes curriculum in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment while supplying accurate scientific information. This may involve further reading or research on a subject or topic.
  • Present programs in an entertaining and professional way that actively engages our program participants.  
  • Manage a camp environment for participants’ well being; including not only safety, but also managing expectations of behavior from participants.
  • Be responsible for material management of individual camp/class sessions, including appropriate set-up, clean-up, and storage.
  • Thoroughly understand the building safety and security manual and help implement emergency procedures when deemed necessary.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or enrollment in science, education, youth development or related field. Experience teaching and/or working with children with demonstrated creative teaching methods in an informal or formal learning environment and creative methods of teaching. Certified teachers are preferred. Must be energized and excited to share the experience of science with children entering PreK-12th grades. Excellent verbal communication skills, a good sense of humor, flexibility, and ability to think quickly on one’s feet necessary. Strong customer service skills.

Summer Science Day Camps begin June 6 with mandatory training sessions May 21-22. A minimum 5-week commitment is required for employment.

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Communications: Education/Camp counselor
Great Science Academy Supervisor - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)

The Great Science Academy Supervisor is a creative and resourceful full time program developer and supervisor that works with a dynamic and diverse group of middle and high-school students within the GSA program, which is designed to deeply engage students in exploring careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Program supervisor will design, plan, and implement the Great Science Academy while supervising and supporting GSA AmeriCorps staff and additional GSA adult volunteers. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements curriculum that provides intellectual rigor, includes fun and hands-on experiences, and collaborates with community partners to provide exposure to real science and STEM careers.  Creates a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Provides a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Identifies, selects, and modifies instructional resources—including equipment, activities, speakers, and field trip opportunities—to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, community partners, and other professionals on a regular basis. Models the highest professional and ethical standards in all communications.
  • Cooperate with other members of the staff in planning and implementing instructional goals, objectives, and methods according to Great Science Academy and Great Lakes Science Center standards.
  • Supervises AmeriCorps team and GSA Program Developer for GSA recruiting events and program continuity.
  • Monitors attendance and engagement at weekly GSA sessions, and reports information to director for retention and sustainability plans.
  • Provides media and other requested resources to Marketing staff for recruiting.
  • Supports designing and implementation of program assessment, and helps suggest program improvements for future years.  Assesses student growth and achievement, and helps evaluate their potential for continuing in the program in future years.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in working with a variety of personalities, learning styles, and constituencies.
  • Uses technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process.
  • Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating teams, and keeping information organized and up to date.
  • Serves as lead instructor for the 8th and 9th grade GSA program with assistance from AmeriCorps staff.
  • Supervise, train, and advise all GSA AmeriCorps grade level facilitators.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in education, science or related field.
  • The successful candidate will have at minimum 1-2 years experience managing a team.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are a must.
  • Experience working with youth and or youth development programs.
  • Experience facilitating and/or teaching.
  • Experience in an informal science education a big plus (such as workshops).
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility, creative thinking and passion for sharing science with youth.

Great Lakes Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws concerning discrimination in employment. 

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Museum Administration: Non-Profit Management
Vice President of Development - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)

Serving more than 8 million visitors since opening in 1996, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is a community-focused, forward-thinking regional asset. The Science Center asks itself “What does the community need from us?” In the 1990’s, Cleveland’s leaders founded the Science Center as part of a vision to improve our community’s image and resiliency. Funding nearly half of the initial $55M investment, city leaders demanded a destination museum dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the 21st century and we have not rested since.

Today, our newly updated mission makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, engaging educational programming and unique opportunities. The 170,000 annual participants in our education programs experience real scientific challenges while engaging their curiosity. One in three visitors engages with a scientist-educator for a deeper experience such as a demonstration of Newton’s Laws of Motion, a circuitry workshop, or a chat with a former NASA employee about GLSC’s famous Apollo capsule. 

At the Science Center, community is front and center. Home of the 9th grade of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s award-winning MC2 STEM High School, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and the historic William G. Mather Steamship we are committed to keeping pace with community needs through collaborations and partnerships that improve STEM education, and cultivate creative, critical thinkers that will shape our future.

As Cleveland continues with plans to increase business, housing, education, and tourism on the lakefront, the Science Center will continue to be a central voice in the shaping of the region. The Science Center’s annual operating budget averages more than $7 million, including more than 70% earned revenue. There is a café, store, and parking garage as well.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Vice President of Development leads the museum’s contributed revenue efforts, including annual, capital, and endowment fund development efforts to secure financial and in-kind support from key donors and prospects at the local, regional, national, and international levels. He or she will have oversight responsibility of fund development functions and provide leadership in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, as well as public and government funding sources.  The Vice President of Development works closely with the President & CEO to support the Board of Trustees and to ensure that the mission and impact of the Science Center are strongly valued in the community. He or she is an experienced advancement leader, positive collaborator with creative approaches, and strong manager and team-builder. This is an opportunity to join a mission-oriented, experienced, and passionate leadership team that is launching a strategic planning process that will set a course for a dynamic new phase of the organization. The Vice President of Development is a high-visibility, high-impact position that will directly contribute to the strength of the organization. This is an opportunity to work and to lead in an environment that fosters a sense of fun, community service, and data-driven decision making. Application details available at www.greatscience.com.

Reporting Relationships

The Vice President of Development will report to and work closely with the President & CEO, Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen.

For almost thirty years, Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen has been in the business of researching and developing learning experiences in science centers and other informal learning environments. In her work as the third President & CEO of the Science Center, she has launched Cleveland Creates, a strategic initiative developed in collaboration with education and corporate leaders to change the community’s narrative around advanced manufacturing and technology through STEM education for diverse middle-school youth and families. She began her work in museums at the Detroit Science Center and has worked at five museums and consulted for more than thirty. She works extensively with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. And she has been appointed to the Cleveland Mayor’s Lakefront Advisory Committee, the Planning and Urban Design Committee of the Group Plan Commission, and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Visioning Committee, where she serves as chair.

The Vice President’s peers include the Vice Presidents of Education, Exhibitions, Marketing, the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Facilities & Security, Director of Operations, and the Human Resources Manager. The Development team includes positions in corporate and individual giving, grants, and membership.

Responsibilities

The Vice President of Development is responsible for the planning, strategic oversight and direction of the annual and long-range institutional advancement activities of Great Lakes Science Center. The Vice President acts as the lead strategist for all leadership and principle gifts and is responsible for leading the Development team in the establishment and execution of operational plans and the tracking of goals for: Major and Planned Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Government Relations, and Individual Giving. The Vice President additionally manages the department’s activities in the areas of grant writing, prospect and donor research, and fundraising events. The Vice President supports the Board of Trustees in overall governance strategy, Board giving, all formal and informal campaign efforts, as well as committee leadership. 

  1. Cultivates individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects; manages the portfolio of prospects and donors, with primary responsibility for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these relationships.
  2. Effectively support the President & CEO in her role as chief fundraiser for the museum, matching the CEO with the museum’s top donors and prospects in an appropriate strategy for engaging these donors and prospects in the museum’s mission and vision.
  3. Creates, implements and refines a museum-wide action plan for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors and prospects that allows the Development team to actively achieve the strategic initiatives set forth in formal or informal campaign plans. 
  4. Creates, implements and refines audience development plans for acquiring, renewing, and upgrading donors and prospects. 
  5. Personally engages in stewardship and cultivation and maintains a high level of visibility with external donor constituencies. Attends donor and member cultivation and stewardship events as needed.
  6. Works collaboratively with other members of the museum Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees to accomplish division goals and to support the achievement of the museum’s strategic plan. 
  7. In collaboration with the President & CEO, works closely with the Board of Trustees and any campaign teams to identify funding priorities in order to plan and implement all formal or informal comprehensive campaign(s) strategies.
  8. Oversees major development strategies and activities for annual, capital, and endowment campaigns. Leads annual preparation of the contributed revenue projection, with regular monitoring and quarterly updates.
  9. In collaboration with the Vice President of Marketing, Communication & Sales oversees development of a comprehensive portfolio of communication materials for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship support. 
  10. Provides strong leadership to Development Division staff, ensuring that individual responsibilities are well defined and communicated while also encouraging a positive team environment. 
  11. Works with other Senior Leadership Team members to identify and mentor key museum staff across the organization as development resources in presenting their areas of expertise to donors.
  12. Establishes a communications plan to keep the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees current on fund-raising strategies, activity and results. 

Minimum Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in fund development, business, education or related field, advanced degree preferred.
  2. Eight years of leadership experience in development, non-profit management or related field with a broad knowledge of institutional advancement, campaign leadership, major gift identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. At least five years of people management experience, with a proven track record of developing staff.
  3. A passion, understanding and strong commitment to the mission and vision of Great Lakes Science Center.
  4. Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and closing high-level gifts.
  5. Superior strategic skills and a holistic understanding of the aspects and nuances of fund development and how best to engage stakeholders. Ability to design, implement, and assess the success of a multi-year fund development strategy for building an effective program.
  6. Demonstrated success in setting and achieving annual, multi-year strategic goals.
  7. A personal style that is positive, polished, and supportive. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, as well as a sense of humor and perspective.
  8. Proven success in building relationships with diverse individuals, colleagues, Trustees, and other donors and stakeholders.
  9. Proven success in managing and motivating a high functioning diverse staff and Trustee team. 
  10. Superior communication skills to express the mission and fund-raising goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.

A competitive salary with attractive benefits is offered.

Great Lakes Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws concerning discrimination in employment.  

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Museum Administration: Non-Profit Management
Vice President of STEM Learning - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)

Serving more than 8 million visitors since opening in 1996, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is a community-focused, forward-thinking regional asset. The Science Center asks itself “What does the community need from us?” In the 1990’s, Cleveland’s leaders founded the Science Center as part of a vision to improve our community’s image and resiliency. Funding nearly half of the initial $55M investment, city leaders demanded a destination museum dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the 21st century and we have not rested since.

Today, our newly updated mission makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, engaging educational programming and unique opportunities. The 170,000 annual participants in our education programs experience real scientific challenges while engaging their curiosity. One in three visitors engages with a scientist-educator for a deeper experience such as a demonstration of Newton’s Laws of Motion, a circuitry workshop, or a chat with a former NASA employee about GLSC’s famous Apollo capsule. 

At the Science Center, community is front and center. Home of the 9th grade of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s award-winning MC2 STEM High School, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and the historic William G. Mather Steamship we are committed to keeping pace with community needs through collaborations and partnerships that improve STEM education, and cultivate creative, critical thinkers that will shape our future.

As Cleveland continues with plans to increase business, housing, education, and tourism on the lakefront, the Science Center will continue to be a central voice in the shaping of the region. The Science Center’s annual operating budget averages more than $7 million, including more than 70% earned revenue. There is a café, store, and parking garage as well.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Vice President of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Learning provides vision and strategic direction for all educational activities of the Science Center. The position is responsible for a dynamic portfolio of innovative, community-focused experiences that serve the diverse audiences of our community. The Vice President of STEM Learning builds the Science Center’s role as a trailblazer in informal STEM education and provides inspirational leadership for a creative, dedicated team of educators. Working closely with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team, he or she will collaborate on strategic fulfillment of organizational priorities in ways that provide exciting, relevant, fun learning experiences that attract new audiences and engage all guests. He or she is an experienced education leader who stays abreast of new developments in STEM learning, with a positive approach to team building and collaboration. This is an opportunity to join a mission-oriented, experienced, and passionate leadership team that is launching a strategic planning process that will set a course for a new phase of the organization. The Vice President of STEM Learning is a high-visibility, high-impact position that will directly contribute to the strength of the Science Center. This is an opportunity to work and to lead in an environment that fosters a sense of fun, community service, and data-driven decision making. Application details are available at www.greatscience.com.

Reporting Relationships

The Vice President of STEM Learning will report to and work closely with the President & CEO, Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen.

For almost thirty years, Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen has been in the business of researching and developing learning experiences in science centers and other informal learning environments. In her work as the third President & CEO of the Science Center, she has launched Cleveland Creates, a strategic initiative developed in collaboration with education and corporate leaders to change the community’s narrative around advanced manufacturing and technology through STEM education for diverse middle-school youth and families. She began her work in museums at the Detroit Science Center and has worked at five museums and consulted for more than thirty. She works extensively with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. And she has been appointed to the Cleveland Mayor’s Lakefront Advisory Committee, the Planning and Urban Design Committee of the Group Plan Commission, and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Visioning Committee, where she serves as chair.

The Vice President’s peers include the Vice Presidents of Development, Exhibits, Marketing, the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Facilities & Security, Director of Operations, and the Human Resources Manager. The Education team includes positions in public and school programming, camps and classes, youth development, early childhood education, and out-of-school learning.

Responsibilities

The Vice President of STEM Learning acts as the lead strategist for a broad range of education-related activities that are in strong alignment with the organization’s strategic plan and in service to the community. She or he is responsible for a Science Center-wide plan for research-based program design, evaluation, and training to ensure every guest has a great STEM learning experience.

  1. Maintains and strengthens a welcoming, supportive learning environment for staff and guests.
  2. Advocates for and oversees evaluation efforts that improve the quality of the organization’s education programming and measures its impact.
  3. Provides strong communication and builds partnerships with the preK-20 formal education community (including the 9th grade of the MC2STEM school, which is based at the Science Center), learning researchers, and other organizations in the local STEM learning ecosystem.
  4. Oversees or leads the development and dissemination of content and learning experiences that meet state and national education standards for schools, assessment, and public programming.
  5. Serves as an advocate for informal STEM education in general and disseminates and promotes the informal STEM education achievements of the Science Center.
  6. Provides strong leadership to all Education Division staff, ensuring that individual responsibilities are well defined and communicated while also encouraging a positive team environment. 
  7. Works with other Senior Leadership Team members, especially Human Resources, to identify and mentor museum staff across the organization for career development and promotion opportunities.
  8. Oversees Education Division finances and budget activities, meets fiscal goals, and fulfills reporting commitments as needed on grants and other funding.
  9. Works closely with the Development team to identify funding opportunities for new and innovative education programs that fulfill the Science Center’s strategic goals.
  10. Works closely with the Marketing team to develop new revenue streams.
  11. In collaboration with the President & CEO, works with the Board of Trustees on education-related efforts and general organizational initiatives.
  12. Establishes a communications plan to keep the Senior Leadership Team, Science Center staff, and the Board of Trustees current on education strategies, activities, and results.

Minimum Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in education, science education, learning sciences, science or a related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  2. Eight years of leadership experience in education program development, non-profit management, evaluation, and development of grants and budgets. At least five years of people management experience, with a proven track record of developing staff.
  3. A passion, understanding, and strong commitment to the mission and vision of Great Lakes Science Center.
  4. Ability to strongly represent the Science Center and advocate for informal STEM education.
  5. Experience working with children, youth, and families of diverse backgrounds and income levels.
  6. Knowledge of the latest learning theories, STEM education research, and learning technologies.
  7. Demonstrated success in setting and achieving annual, multi-year strategic goals.
  8. Ability to implement financial plans and budgets, identify, secure, and ensure compliance with a variety of funding sources.  
  9. Ability to write and edit compelling materials.
  10. A personal style that is positive and supportive. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, as well as a sense of humor and perspective.
  11. Proven success in managing and motivating a high functioning diverse staff. 
  12. Superior communication skills to express the mission and education program innovations with clarity, passion, and persuasion.

A competitive salary with attractive benefits is offered.

Great Lakes Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws concerning discrimination in employment.

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