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Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum team. Please direct all resumes to the contact listed on each job description. 

Curriculum Specialist
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Title:
Curriculum Specialist 

Reports to:
Education Leadership Team 

Status:
Full Time 

Position Summary:
The Curriculum Specialist’s responsibilities include staying current within the fields of museum and science education and collaborating with program coordinators across the Education Department to integrate current best practices into all programs. This position provides primary support for the sharing of cross-program knowledge – including curricula, science content topics, and program development systems. The Curriculum Specialist is also an active part of the Education Department programming, implementing programs at the Museum and in schools for students and teachers. 

Minimum Education Required: 
  • Master’s degree in science and/or education related fields. 
  • Teaching Certification strongly preferred. Minimum Experience Required: 
  • Three years experience working in formal (classroom) or informal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting strongly preferred. 
  • Experience teaching or training adults. Experience with teachers preferred. 
  • Formal evaluation experience or training a plus. 
Principle Roles and Responsibilities: 
  • Implement programs at the Museum and in schools for students and teachers. 
  • Collaborate with program coordinators to guide and support their work and processes in curriculum development, evaluation, and revision for their own programs. 
  • Develop curriculum templates for use in standardizing program curricula. 
  • Research and communicate (to other staff members) information about relevant learning standards and other curriculum development considerations. 
  • Develop and write curricula for formal and non-formal programs, collaborating with appropriate people. Collaborate with program coordinators to determine which curricula/lessons to offer. 
  • Support and lead curriculum writing process (timelines, responsibilities, etc.) for programs that do not have a coordinator. 
  • Support the sharing of cross-programming knowledge, including lessons, development procedures/systems, approaches, and content. 
  • Support all regular functions and programming of the Education Department 
  • Complete animal handling training 
  • Some weekends and evenings are required. 
  • Participate in special Museum-wide events an planning committees when appropriate 
Brief List of Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge of the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to teach science, nature, and environmentally-based content to a diverse population of learners, including teachers. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other educators, school administrators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff. 
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Windows XP. 
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum. 
  • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors. 
  • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus. 
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required. 

How To Apply for Curriculum Specialist Position: Email resume and cover letter to: EducationJobCS1@naturemuseum.org Please include “Curriculum Specialist” in the subject line. 


No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Director of Development
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Director of Development. Reporting to the Vice President, External Affairs, the Director leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in solicitation of annual, endowment and special gifts to the Museum. 

The job will include:  identifying key prospects; cultivating and soliciting donors; creating and executing campaigns; managing donor acknowledgements and recognition; and planning and developing stewardship events, including our major fundraising event of the year – the Butterfly Ball. The Director will have an opportunity to support, in a leadership role, a capital campaign, as well as Trustee cultivation and solicitation. The Director will work closely with the other areas of external affairs including grants, marketing and membership. 

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Significant, measurable experience in development; particularly with annual, major and event based giving programs
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Experience in a museum or art related environment, a plus
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who understands the importance of both strategy and execution

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply for Director of Development position: Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs1development@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please


Marketing Manager
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Marketing Manager, reporting to the Vice President, External Affairs, leads the marketing and promotional activities for the Museum – now the 6th most attended Museum in the Park in Chicago!

This is an outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, advancing the museum – its programs, exhibitions, events and partnerships.

Key responsibilities include: 
  • Acts as a central strategist, developing targeted marketing and promotional campaigns, and advancing the brand awareness of the Museum and its programs and exhibits 
  • Executes comprehensive marketing and promotion plans for key exhibits, programs and activities, along with major fundraising efforts and Museum-wide initiatives (including the annual 5K walk/run). 
  • Integrates PR, social media, advocacy and promotions into supporting programs and events Identifies sponsorship opportunities – for exhibits, programs and events -- and prepares materials and sponsorship proposals for donor solicitations. 
  • Works closely with sponsors to assure all sponsor benefits are delivered and to jointly market and promote exhibits and programs 
  • Works with outside public relations counsel and the Web and Social Media Coordinator to assure presence in the media, including print, online and social media 
  • Works with volunteers and board leadership on key Museum projects, priorities and goals 
Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required: 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public affairs or related discipline with measurable experience in marketing or a related field 
  • Experience in a museum or art related environment, a plus. 
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who thinks both strategically and executes effectively 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience working with a creative team; ability to build and maintain strong internal relationships within a diverse institutional environment; ability to meet deadlines and prioritize to manage multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines at once Demonstrated effectiveness in sales and strong interpersonal and persuasion skills 
Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply for Marketing Manager position: Please send cover letter and resume to: marketingjobs15@naturemuseum.org

Qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.
Museum Educator
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Title: Museum Educator 

Reports to:
Senior Director of Education 

Status:
Full Time 

Organization Description:
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum serves as an urban gateway to nature and science. Located in an eco-friendly building amidst abundant wildlife and nature in Lincoln Park, its hands-on exhibitions allow visitors of all ages to connect with regional wildlife. With a history that spans more than 150 years, the Academy’s conservation efforts study, explore and protect urban wildlife and the unique natural history of the Great Lakes Region. Today, collaborative conservation programs include citizen science initiatives, native habitat restoration and one of the region’s largest environmental education programs. 

Position Summary:
This Museum Educator position requires a multi-dimensional educator with natural science content knowledge and a passion for teaching. It entails implementation of onsite and offsite science and environmental education programming for a wide variety of audiences varying in ages from pre-K to adults. Some program development responsibilities (especially curriculum writing and revision) are also required. Classroom experience that is transferable to school and community outreach education, after school programming, and museum settings is essential. 

Minimum Education Required: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or education. 
  • Teaching certification preferred. 
Minimum Experience Required: 
  • Two years experience working with K-12th grade students in a formal educational setting. 
  • Experience working in a non-formal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting a plus. 
Principle Roles and Responsibilities: 
  • Implement science and environmental science programs to students and teachers in Chicago area schools, at the Nature Museum, and as community-based programs. 
  • Assist in the development of programs. 
  • Assist in the evaluation of education programs. 
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the teachers, parents, students, and other members of the communities the Museum serves. 
  • Participate in a collaborative curriculum development process which includes sharing ideas, writing, and editing. 
  • Assume a leadership role for programs or initiatives when appropriate. 
  • Participate in special Museum-wide events and planning committees when appropriate. 
  • Support all regular functions of the Education Department. 
  • Some weekends and evenings are required. 
  • Complete animal handling training. 
Brief List of Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge of the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to present general science, nature, and environmental education content to a diverse population of learners, including students and teachers. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other educators, school administrators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus. 
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Windows XP. 
  • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors. 
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum. 
  • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens. 
  • Valid driver’s license is required. Access to vehicle required. 
How to Apply for Museum Educator position: Email resume and cover letter to: EducationJobME1@naturemuseum.org Please include “Museum Educator” in the subject line. 

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Museum Exhibit Developer

Supervisor Title:  VP, Exhibits and Museum Experience

Summary of Position:   The Nature Museum prides itself on original, creative, educational exhibition that inspire our visitors to learn more about world around them.  The Exhibit Developer acts in all facets of exhibition creation, from concept development to prototyping and installation, working collaboratively in teams, including scientists, artists, collections management, educators and designers for the research, development, interpretation and writing of permanent and temporary exhibitions. This is a full time exempt position located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

  • Develops original content for temporary and permanent
  • Acts under the direction of the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience and manages outside contractors (eg. Writers, evaluators) where necessary
  • Primary office is located in Museum, occasional regional travel required.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate and lead exhibit concept development for in house temporary exhibitions.
  • Participate as the primary exhibit content developer for both in house and leased exhibitions.
  • Conduct primary topic research and develop Content Resource Document for in house displays
  • Research, write and edit exhibit labels, visitor handouts and other exhibition interpretation materials
  • Research, develop and prototype exhibit interactives
  • Serve as project manager during in house exhibit implementation phase.
  • Research and compile leased exhibition possibilities.
  • Coordinate with exhibiting artists and supervise contract exhibit designer

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree (MA preferred) in museum education, environmental education, anthropology or related field. Minimum 5 years experience in exhibition development.
  • Experience in  interactive development and prototyping
  • Proven ability to communicate complex ideas with a wide range of audiences
  • Extensive research, writing and copy editing experience
  • Experience managing budgets, contracts and working within tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and a basic understanding of VectorWorks and AutoCAD
  • A demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation, and community improvement.

How to Apply for Exhibit Developer position: Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExDeveloper1@naturemuseum.org

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.  

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Visitor Studies/Exhibit Evaluator

Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Department: Museum Experience

Objective: Visitor Studies/Exhibit Evaluation will help the Museum determine how visitors interact with exhibits by completing observational surveys and visitor surveys. Observational and visitor surveys will help the museum in the planning of future exhibit development, such as interactive components, exhibit design layout, and signage.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop formative and summative evaluations, questionnaires and interactive prototypes for current and future exhibits.
  • Distribute surveys and collect survey data
  • Supervise data collection volunteers
  • Produce final evaluation reports

Qualifications

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and consistency in reporting observations
  • Creativity in developing visual prototype tests
  • Ability to approach visitors to ask their opinion of museum exhibits
  • Adept with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Project
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics, data analysis and psychology 
  • Ability to interpret social interactions and behavior within a museum environment

Time Commitment: 15 to 20 hours a week (split between two or three days). Days are flexible. Amount of average hours may vary based on each project.

Compensation: Visitor Studies Contractors will work at a negotiated hourly rate.

How to Apply for Visitor Studies/Exhibit Evaluation position: Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to EvaluatorJob315@naturemuseum.org

 

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