Director of Learning
Job Title: Director of Learning
Reports To: Executive Director
Classification: 10-12 month contract, full time negotiable
Schedule: Primarily based at the Kaleideum North location, but must be able to travel for work, meetings, etc.
Compensation: $40,000 - $50,000, Negotiable based on length of contract and experience
Kaleideum was formed in July 2016 as result of the merger of SciWorks and The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. The mission of the Museum is: Inspiring wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in our children and community through interactive play and discovery. As a merged entity, we spark the imagination and ignite the intellectual curiosity of our visitors by developing exhibits and programming that fuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, and the arts into an integrated approach to learning. In all our endeavors, we seek to be strong partners with our families, schools, and community members as we prepare future generations for lifelong learning and success.
The Director of Learning at Kaleideum will oversee remote-learning education program delivery at Kaleideum, create a strategy for continued support of formal education through remote and other learning methods, and build and leverage relationships to create strong ties and connections with school systems and formal educators in our area. This position is critical to Kaleideum as we strive to determine how the museum will support teachers, classrooms, schools, and student learning needs moving forward in a post-Covid-19 environment.
The successful applicant is charismatic, detail-oriented, adaptable, and enthusiastic about being an important part of the Kaleideum team and the community education ecosystem. Applicant should be resilient, insightful, innovative, accountable, and relationship-driven with a desire to learn new things and remain current on successful strategies in pedagogy. The successful candidate will collaborate with peers and their team to support student learning in concert with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; they will develop and deliver innovative programs that are dynamic, exciting, credible, and interactive and meet student and community needs during these unprecedented times.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Team and Education Leadership 55%
- Collaborate with the division’s leadership in strategic development for short- and long-term remote-learning experiences for students’ grades K-8, and in creating new current and future earned revenue initiatives
- Direct management and coaching of full and part-time staff, and provide coaching and training for other full and part-time educators and staff
- Effectively manage department finances, including expense management, to meet overall return on investment expectations
- Establish a visible presence in local and regional education communities and cultivate beneficial partnerships
- Provide work environment that encourages positive energy, creativity, and collaboration among all team members
- Collaborate with other team leaders on operations matters
Learning Programs 45%
- Oversee the integration and implementation of remote-learning opportunities including scheduling, technology, promotion, development, and delivery
- Establish an environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of our students
- Collaborate with other internal departments to coordinate infrastructure of programming such as classroom/lab space reservations, registration and general booking policies, fundraising for programming and student aid, marketing and promotion
Other Duties as Assigned 5%
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Knowledge of PowerSchool, Canvas, Microsoft TEAMS, and other software and platforms utilized by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- Commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and values of Kaleideum
- A personal commitment to fostering a multicultural, diverse organization
- Communication with the public including Museum visitors, teachers, parents/caregivers, program donors, and community members in a courteous and professional manner
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; verbally and in writing
- Creative team player with the ability to collaborate in a dynamic, ever-changing environment
- Strong project management and time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, delivering on budget and within deadline
- Candidates must be highly creative and possess an engaging, enthusiastic, and welcoming presence
- Strong organizational skills will be needed because the schedule will vary from day to day
- Knowledge of facilitated dialogue and childhood development
- Flexibility and ability to change, try new strategies and adapt is essential
- Master’s degree in education
- 15+ years’ experience in formal education and experience in design and management of quality educational programs for diverse audiences
- Working relationship and experience with school system administrators a plus
- Expertise in current educational theories, methodologies, and curriculum standards
- Demonstrated ability in team building, collaboration, and motivating others
- Exceptional communication, writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
Kaleideum is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.
All applicants must submit to a drug test and criminal background check as part of the pre-employment process for Kaleideum.
To apply, please submit a resume to [email protected].