Job Opportunity @ the Seattle Aquarium: School Outreach Programs Coordinator

Posted           :  All Internal and External candidates are eligible to apply.

Reports to    :  School and Family Programs Manager

Status            :  Exempt, salaried


Hours of Work:   Standard Monday – Friday work week but must be flexible and available to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Dated Needed         :  December 1, 2013

Posting Expires      :  November 1, 2013


About the Seattle Aquarium:  The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 50,000 school children and their teachers annually. Guided by the mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized Board of Directors and professional management.  The current annual budget is $12 million.


Position Overview:   

  • The School Programs Outreach Coordinator (SPOC) will lead the daily operations and development of off-site school programs for the K-12 audience within School and Family Programs. The SPOC will work with the School and Family Programs Manager to oversee taff while instructing outreach programming, ensure the ongoing excellence of outreach programs, and develop new outreach programming as needed. This position requires regular outreach travel and field based instruction within the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula region with intent to expand statewide.  



The successful candidate will bring the following to our team of professional educators; enthusiasm for marine science and education, an ability to work collaboratively in a team setting, strong networking and communication abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills for working with teachers, students and the general public.





Primary job functions:


  • Oversee the daily operations of off-site school programs for a K-12 audience including classroom, digital media, and field based programs in the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula region with intent to expand statewide.  


  • Oversee the daily operations of the seasonal Citizen Science program. Maintain data records and work with outside partners to find new opportunities to share and highlight data.


  • Working cooperatively with the S/F Manager, lead the development of new offsite school programs aligned with the Seattle Aquarium’s mission and outcomes including but not limited to; utilizing effective practices, ensuring age appropriateness and addressing appropriate standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards and Washington State standards


  • Supervise S/F program staff while working on outreach programs. Work with the S/F manager to appropriately train and evaluate staff and volunteers.


  • Work collaboratively with the Education Operations Coordinator and others to maintain appropriate staffing levels and scheduling for outreach programs.  


  • Teach outreach programming or teacher workshops as necessary.


  • Contribute through professional conduct to a working environment that is energetic, innovative, and collaborative.


Special Knowledge, Skills, Training:

  • Interest and expertise in marine science and conservation
  • Experience in curriculum writing
  • Excellent teaching and interpretive skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in office software applications
  • Comfort with instructional technologies
  • Experience working with formal teachers
  • Familiarity with State and National educational standards, Ocean Literacy Principles
  • Washington driver’s license (or eligibility to obtain one upon arrival) and a good driving record.
  • U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work.
  • First aid and CPR certifications.
  • Must pass a criminal background check  



  • BA/BS Degree in education, science, or related field (minimum)
  • MA Degree or teaching certificate preferred



  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience in an informal education facility.
  • Minimum 2-3 years program development experience in informal education facility.
  • Experience working with formal teachers preferred


Working Conditions:

            Require the ability to:

  • Stand, walk, talk for long periods of time and lift 30 lbs. or more.
  • Carry out Job duties in offices, exhibits, classrooms, outdoor field excursions including overnight off-site training and travel.
  • Working outdoors in all weather conditions and terrain.< li>
  • Work a flexible schedule with willingness and ability to work evenings, holidays and weekends.
  • Regularly travel in the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula region during the spring (anticipate 4-5 overnight trips).
  • Safely drive an Aquarium vehicle which will be made available, but on occasion, a dependable personal vehicle may be required for travel.


Salary and Benefits:   This is a regular full time benefited position.   Salary DOE.  Benefits include medical, dental (with family coverage available) paid time off, 403b retirement/matching funds.   Fully loaded ORCA pass!    


How to Apply:  To apply please send a one page letter of interest, with salary requirements and resume  Application review will begin immediately.








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