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Education Coordinator, Out of School Time Programs

Job Title: Education Coordinator, Out of School Time Programs                   
Department: Community Initiatives/Center for the Advancement of Science Education
Reports To: Manager, Community Initiatives

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Community Initiatives provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of youth, families, and communities in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. The Education Coordinator, Out of School Time Programs will develop and implement science learning experiences that engage targeted and diverse audiences in the community and at the Museum.  This individual will manage multiple external partnerships and play an active role in supporting after school science programs at area schools, libraries and community centers while expanding the impact of the Museum’s education programs.


  • Develop and implement out of school programs in accordance with the objectives of the MSI’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education.
  • Lead and contribute to the ongoing development of science curriculum designed to support after school science learning.
  • Develop and lead professional development and training sessions to build the capacity of after school providers to implement MSI programs and to establish science learning as a regular part of their out of school time programs. 
  • Manage the institutional relationships with 20-30 partner organizations, including schools, libraries, and community-based organizations.
  • Establish a regular presence outside the Museum and deliver technical assistance at community partner sites to provide implementation support for MSI programs.
  • Coordinate and collaborate in the development and implementation of career fairs, family science nights, museum family days to deepen youth, family and community engagement in science.   
  • Review existing content, curriculum, strategies, and research/evaluation to make recommendations and implement approved modifications.
  • Continually monitor programs for quality assurance and relevance to the Next Generation Science Standards and state After school Program Quality Standards.
  • Schedule and supervise volunteers and interns. 
  • Coordinate the selection, ordering and organization of program supplies and consumables.
  • Collaborate with team leadership and team members on projects with community partners.
  • Communicate and attend meetings with external partners regarding program logistics. 
  • Collaborate with internal and external evaluators to track and report program participation and demographics, make continual revisions to program, and measure program outcomes and impact.
  • Represent the Museum and related programs at community and professional meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.)
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field from a four-year college or university; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years related experience in Education; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Program and curriculum development experience required.
  • Experience in both adult education and youth education required.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and knowledge of Chicago’s diverse communities required.
  • Familiarity with programming in a variety of educational settings including community-based organization, schools, science centers and/or other museums.
  • Strong affinity for science and technology.
  • Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas.
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
  • Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills.
  • An ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Bilingual ability is a plus.
  • Expertise in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher) required along with the ability to identify, learn and use new digital tools.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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