Education Program Specialist (15537B)

Date: Posted 23-Oct-2017, Closing 22-Dec-2017 (MST)

Department: Other

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Pay Rate: $33,000 - $38,000/year

Pay Type: Salary

Benefits: Strong benefit package including tuition reduction program, generous leave accrual, free Bus/TRAX pass, retirement and health plan options.

Employment Type: Full Time

At the Natural History Museum of Utah we place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. All staff members, at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Candidates selected for employment with NHMU will receive training and be expected to consistently contribute to creating an exceptional and memorable experience at every opportunity.

Education Program Specialists are responsible for the development, delivery and daily management of engaging K-12 science education programs as assigned by the School Programs Manager. Program specialists work as a team to ensure all programming delivered is in direct support of the Museum's mission, innovative, engaging and effective, as determined by evaluation.

  • Delivery of Field Trip programs; all logistics related to field trip scheduling, programming, budgeting, and gallery experience.
  • Delivery of Teaching Toolboxes program; includes all aspects of reservations management, communication, customer service, curriculum development, and collections management.
  • Receive training and on occasion assist with program delivery and engage in program development activities across the department.
  • Collaborate with School Programs Manager in establishing short and long-term goals for teacher workshops and Museum on the Move.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN15537B, Utah Museum of Natural History

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours per week. 8:00AM-5:00PM M-F, occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

COMPENSATION: $33,000 - $38,000/year. Strong benefit package including tuition reduction program, generous leave accrual, free Bus/TRAX pass, retirement and health plan options.


  • Facilitate on-site and statewide science education programs with K-12 students and teachers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures, and commitment to equity and inclusion in STEM.
  • Align programming with new Utah Core Science Standards and differentiate programming to effectively engage diverse school audiences.
  • Align programming with museum initiatives: innovative in broad digital engagement with school audiences, develop inclusive and culturally responsive programs for school audiences, communicate the significance of biological diversity to school audiences, and integrate citizen science opportunities into programming.
  • Collaborate with team and School Programs Manager in establishing short and long-term goals for assigned program(s).
  • Manage program budget, reporting and participant communications on a timely basis for assigned program(s).
  • Collaborate with team for development, evaluation and refinement of NHMU's K-12 student and teacher science education programs including curriculum, pedagogy, delivery coordination and supporting materials.
  • Collaborate with Museum staff, educators, and researcher scientists, to improve NHMU's work with K-12 teachers and students.
  • Develop and maintain professional peer contacts with partner organizations and internal staff in order to stay current on educational and scientific information and to pursue collaborative opportunities.
  • Deliver extraordinary customer service to all Museum guests and internal staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education), and two years related experience required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Science or related discipline
  • Experience in developing and teaching formal and/or informal educational programs
  • Broad knowledge of natural history topics and program management experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Software Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must possess a valid drivers' license; ability to travel and occasionally remain overnight
  • Must be able to manage/lift teaching kits weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand/walk for long periods of time



EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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