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The U-M Museum of Natural History will close at the end of this year and re-open in 2019 with all new exhibits and a new set of programs in our new space in the Biological Science Building. We are seeking an energetic and organized individual to lead and coordinate program development for the new site. This two-year, full-time, term-limited position will work closely with Museum staff and student docents to research, conduct audience needs assessment, develop, prototype, and evaluate, curriculum for new programs in preparation for the opening of the new Museum of Natural History in the Biological Science Building. While other staff may take the lead on portions of the programs being developed, this position will coordinate the efforts to make sure programs are of high quality and finished on time.

New public programs will include a menu of independent inquiry stations in the collections- and field-work based Nature Investigate Lab, and similar stations for the Micro Worlds Investigate Lab.  These stations will be developed and tested with input from the Assistant Director for Education, the Media Developer, and the Science Outreach Grants Manager, and with help from student docents, and content review from faculty. Other program development possible as assigned.

Additionally, the Curriculum Developer will work closely with the Program Manager and student docents to develop a menu of workshops and other options for grades 3-12 to take place in these spaces, as well as pre-K to grade 12 group programs to take place in the Community Room and/or Presentation Space.

Required Qualifications*

This position requires at least 3-5 years of demonstrable success in informal and formal science curriculum development and instruction, program planning, and evaluation, preferably with increasing responsibility. Excellent writing and communication skills, excellent organizational or project management skills, successful teamwork experience, knowledge of evaluation techniques, and excellent teaching and interpretive skills are required. This position requires successful experience working with diverse audiences teaching natural science, preferably life sciences. Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Education, Museum Studies, Natural Sciences, or related field.

Desired Qualifications*

A Master’s degree is preferred. Experience with collections-based research and/or molecular or cellular biology would be particularly helpful, as would facility with technology such as podcasts, apps, and/or citizen science platforms.

Additional Information

Note: This position is term-limited for two years. 

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Background Screening

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.