Teen Programs Manager

Santa Barbara
Full Time
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Title: Teen Programs Manager

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Department: Teen Programs/Education Division

Reports To: Director of Education

Wage Band: Managers

Compensation: $66,560, annually


Mission: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.


Position Summary: Develop, implement, evaluate, oversee, and promote the Museum’s three teen programs (Quasars to Sea Stars; VolunTEENs; Counselors-in-Training) and its participants. Work with appropriate staff to promote and engage the local teen community for additional programs (Sea Center Volunteers). Ensure best practices, risk management, and overall safety standards are adhered to with teen participants and associated staff and volunteers. Act as the Museum’s teen programs representative in the community-at-large.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director of Education to assess the strengths of the current programs and develop strategies for maintaining the Museum and Sea Center’s relevance to teens in the Santa Barbara community. Develop strategies to integrate teen programs with Museum programs, establishing a continuum of education opportunities for youth.
  • Work with Museum staff to ensure that teen programs support Museum goals, reinforce school science concepts, and promote scientific literacy, leadership, skills advancement, and visitor engagement.
  • Directly recruit, manage, train and facilitate participants in the Museum’s long-term high school internship program, Quasars to Sea Stars.
  • Identify short- and long-term work and volunteer shifts for teens in the Quasars to Sea Stars program to promote science and nature literacy goals, working with Museum and Sea Center staff to schedule and place teens. Evaluate shifts and mentor teens as needed.
  • Schedule all Quasars to Sea Stars shifts, meetings, classes, field trips, and events. Maintain ongoing communication between teens and guardians for schedule information and calendar items.
  • Create yearly science and nature Quasars to Sea Stars themes which align with current Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), summer Quasars classes, annual Hearst Intern, summer camping trips, guest speakers, and curators on staff. Examples of past themes include California Forests in the Future, Island Biogeography, Marine Debris Prevention, and California Geology.
  • Work with Director of Education and relevant curators to vet and assess all curriculum content prior to implementation or instruction.
  • Mentor Quasars to Sea Stars teens through the creation and implementation of yearly Quasars in the Classroom outreach programs, guiding teens to create an NGSS-aligned lesson for 8th grade students in public junior high schools.
  • Plan and lead on-theme educational overnight multi-day camping trips with Quasars to Sea Stars teens and staff chaperones. Identify and recruit relevant staff or volunteer guest speakers and researchers to join parts of each trip. Create and distribute field emergency response plans, permission slips, and maintain participant safety during all trips.
  • Teach yearly summer Museum 101 course to first year Quasars to Sea Stars teens. Work with Museum staff to arrange behind-the-scenes tours and guest speakers from each Museum department.
  • Mentor Quasars to Sea Stars teens as they develop projects for summer Final Presentations Day. Work with Events and Facilities staff to arrange auditorium access and ensure audio/visual needs are met.
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and oversee annual Teen Programs Hearst Intern to establish a summer curriculum for non-first year Quasars. Work with Intern, Director of Education, and relevant staff to vet all curriculum content.
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and oversee annual Teen Programs Coordinator to work with Quasar participants and plan the Counselors in Training program during spring months. Work with Teen Programs Coordinator, Director of Education, and Outdoor Educators to schedule, oversee, and mentor VolunTEENS participants in the Backyard exhibit.
  • Work with Nature Adventures Manager, Nature Adventures Coordinator, and Teen Programs Coordinator to recruit teens for the summer seasonal Counselors-in-Training program. Support Teen Programs Coordinator in working with Nature Adventures Staff to facilitate daily CIT debriefs.
  • Manage teen programs budget and payroll and maintain complete participant records. Generate reports and articles as requested.
  • With the Directors of Education & Philanthropy, establish and nurture relationships with funders and potential funders, as well as work with Philanthropy on grant proposals and reports.
  • Ensures workspace is clean and clear of clutter consistent with Museum and department operations and safety procedures.
  • Contributes to a positive guest experience by greeting and addressing any questions when encountering guests as they navigate through the Museum and Sea Center.
  • Supports the Museum’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for fellow staff, guests and the community.
  • Assist with other projects or events on and off campus as needed.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or natural history field and 2 years related experience working with youth or teens in an informal education setting, or related work.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining an educationally based program including curriculum development.
  • Strong leadership, organizational and communication skills needed.
  • Valid California driver’s license and excellent driving record. Must be at least 21 years old to meet Authorized Driver requirements.
  • CPR & First Aid certification (can be obtained).
  • Experience with Excel, Google Calendars, Outlook, PowerPoint/Prezi and Microsoft Word.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience developing and overseeing day to week-long field excursions.
  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Familiarity with middle and secondary school science curriculum and youth development.
  • Experience with administrative tasks such as scheduling, approving timecards, budget tracking and drafting contracts.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of science topics, including natural history-based disciplines.

Work Environment:

  • General office environment with occasional work in a classroom environment throughout the Museum’s facilities (exhibit halls, conference rooms, research laboratories and galleries), at the Sea Center facility located on an ocean wharf, and outdoors.
  • Share an office with all other teen program participants and staff.
  • Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing).
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, and climbing stairs with occasional lifting of moderate loads (up to 40 lbs.).
  • Must be available to work overnight trips, evenings, and weekends as needed.
  • Must be available to work one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) per week during the school year to work with teens outside of school hours. Schedule will be Monday through Friday during the summer, with occasional weekend hours as needed.

The incumbent must be able to perform each requirement of the position as outlined in the job description. Essential Requirements are representative and are essential for satisfactory job performance. The Work Environment characteristics are representative of those that may be encountered while on the job. The Museum will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

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