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Education Manager

Apply now Job no: 531135
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Child Development, Education, History, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department: Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: $56,000 - $60,000
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

February 22, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter outlining your specific skills and interest in the position and a current resume.

Department Summary

As an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) enhances knowledge of Earth’s environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future.

The museum is a center of interdisciplinary research and education, serving the State of Oregon, the University of Oregon, Native American Tribes, the research community, K-12 students and teachers, and the wider public in Oregon and beyond.
An established major engine of archaeological research in the American West, the museum’s Archaeological Research Division works across the state on dozens of archaeological projects each year. The MNCH is also the State of Oregon’s official repository for publicly owned collections and is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, fossils, and biological specimens from Oregon and around the world.

The museum annually welcomes more than 30,000 visitors and serves another 20,0000 Oregonians through its statewide educational programs. A winner of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, distinguishing it as one of the very best museums in the nation.

The Museum employs a staff of approximately 40 faculty, researchers, classified, administrative, and student employees across several facilities on the University of Oregon, Eugene campus. Annual expenditures are about $3 million, from dozens of funding sources and allocated among a variety of projects across four museum divisions.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Education Manager is a key member of the interpretive team, which develops exhibitions and programming for all types of visitor and program participants. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the museum’s educational programs. The Education Manager maintains a network of relationships with museum administrative and scientific staff, education staff and volunteers, and across Oregon communities with Tribes, schools and other educational agencies and organizations. This position supervises two, full-time education coordinator positions and one to three temporary seasonal employees (hired based on need), all of who deliver approved curriculum. The position’s primary work occurs in the museum’s headquarters building at 1680 East 15th Avenue, but the position also participates in outreach education across the Eugene/Springfield community and throughout the State of Oregon.

Minimum Requirements

• Five years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating informal/free choice educational programs including both family and youth learning.
• Three years of supervisory or lead work experience.
• Two years of experience in informal education, or a certification for interpretive teaching and learning.

Professional Competencies

• Commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging.
• Ability to work with and leading volunteers and/or university students.
• A spirit of positive educational experience, supporting the learning of others.
• Effective managerial and supervisory skills; training staff and volunteers; assigning and evaluating work.
• Excellent writing and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated high-level organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize across a variety of tasks, tracking progress and completing projects that have nonlinear steps.
• Proactive, with the ability to work independently and communicate about projects with colleagues and supervisors.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in museums, aquaria, or cultural or science centers.
• Experience in higher education or a similarly complex organization.
• Experience working with Oregon Tribes.


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://hr.uoregon.edu/uo-covid-19-vaccination-requirement-employee-process.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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