AIBS Education and Outreach Manager

 

11/01/06

 

Closing Date: When Filled

 

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) seeks a full-time experienced Education and Outreach Manager to join its senior staff and direct all aspects of the AIBS Education Office program from its Washington DC headquarters office, as described at www.aibs.org/education. AIBS, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society, is an umbrella organization with a membership of more than 90 scientific research societies and science education organizations, 100 natural science collection institutions, and 5,000 individuals.

 

The goals of the AIBS Education Office are: (1) Facilitate communication and interaction between AIBS and the biology education community, (2) increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences; (3) provide information about career options in the biological sciences; and (4) support biology education professionals by providing resources to increase the understanding of biological sciences and encourage the practice of teaching the way science is practiced.

 

Reporting to the AIBS Executive Director, the Education and Outreach Manager has duties that include:

 

- Plan, implement, and manage all AIBS education projects and outreach activities

- Develop short- and long-range planning goals for the Education Office that are consistent with and support AIBS's overall goals

- Coordinate activities of support staff, consultants, and/or volunteers engaged in implementation and administration of program objectives

- Work with the AIBS Education Committee and AIBS Human Resources Committee to support these volunteers as they set their agendas and carry out initiatives

- Seek outside funding sources, prepare grant proposals to secure support, and manage contracts, grants, and budgets for various projects

- Serve as principal point of representation and liaison with individuals, businesses, organizations, and agencies on education and community outreach matters

- Supervise the Education and Outreach Program Associate

- Oversee and initiate the development and production of education content and outreach materials (brochures, pamphlets, booth materials, slide presentations, -etc.) for distribution on the website, in workshops, and at events

- Represent AIBS at various community and/or business meetings; promote new and existing programs

- Write regularly on education matters for AIBS publications, including the AIBS journal BioScience, and AIBS websites

- Write and present progress reports to the AIBS Board of Directors

- Travel as required

 

The successful candidate will have advanced training and professional experience in formal and informal science education and/or science communication. An advanced degree and at least five years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described herein are required; PhD preferred.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

 

- Knowledge and understanding of the current state of biology education, both at the higher education and K-12 levels, including teaching strategies, learning principles, and a broad range of training methods, techniques, and formats.

- Ability to manage and facilitate education and outreach activities

- Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals and establish work priorities

- Knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques

- Advanced leadership skills including the ability to supervise and train employees including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments; evaluating performance; and mentoring and coaching employees to achieve maximum productivity.

- Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources including skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.

- Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.

- Ability to gather data, analyze information, and prepare reports.

- Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.

- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

 

AIBS employment benefits include healthcare and retirement plan. Send cover letter, resume, writing samples, and salary requirements to: AIBS Executive Director, Education and Outreach Search, AIBS, 1444 Eye St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005, FAX; 202-628-1509, rogrady@aibs.org. Qualified women, minority, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.