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$90k - $100k/ Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#123479 Director of Education

Extended Deadline: Fri 9/29/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/5/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/15/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job will remain posted until position is filled.


At the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet. As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, we share the spirit of curiosity that drives Scripps’ global research to understand our planet. We engage people in science and invite them to ask questions, explore, and observe to better understand how our world works - Earth, ocean, atmosphere, and life - and our unique role in our global ecosystem. We use science to guide conservation action to support a healthy, thriving planet where we feel hope for the future and are empowered to make positive change. We connect people with each other, with nature, with science, and with a shared sense of purpose to care for our amazing one-and-only planet Earth.

Our values can be found here:

  • Job Location: Birch Aquarium is located at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Director of Education will:

Lead and inspire the Education and Volunteer team to advance the mission of Birch Aquarium at Scripps with a spirit of collaboration and community service. With strong leadership, administrative, and entrepreneurial skills, supervise and mentor staff, expressing UC San Diego’s commitment to excellence, innovation, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Support all staff to pursue excellence, in community engagement, STEM/STEAM learning, and conservation-focused work. Curate and expand the education portfolio of programs for optimal mission impact, financial sustainability, and balanced workloads.

Bring vision and experience to contribute to Birch Aquarium initiatives, including the establishment of an offsite learning center. Collaborate and innovate at the intersection of science, technology, and art. Oversee program management, evaluation, and continuous improvement. Develop new projects, applying relevant theory and experience, aiming to connect people with nature and deepen understanding of our ocean planet through the breadth of science and technology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Direct operations and resources for Education and Volunteers, with experience overseeing, managing, and creating budgets of $1M or more. Work with aquarium colleagues to procure grants and gifts and create impact reports. Analyze relevant data to inform strategic and operational decisions.

Collaborate to develop and implement institutional and departmental strategic plans. Promote effective collaboration and communication up, down, and across the organization, expressing UC San Diego’s Principles of Community. Work effectively with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders within Birch Aquarium, Scripps Oceanography, UC San Diego, and with professional communities and communities at large to achieve strategic goals.

Must be able to flex schedule to work occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.


  • BS/BA in Science, Education, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum five (5) years experience leading, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in any STEM field.

  • Minimum five (5) years experience managing staff and operations to provide educational programs in any STEM field.

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting complex science and/or technology to engage and inspire public audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience applying project management skills and establish systems, development processes, and standards for programs and curricula.

  • Demonstrated cultural competency and actionable knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated professional history reflects a commitment to professional development and continuous learning.

  • Strong knowledge of training development and / or learning strategies, and program and educator assessment.

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication and strong leadership skills. Active listening skills.

  • Strong budget and project management skills.

  • Broad knowledge of museum education field, industry standards, technologies and current trends, and ability to apply knowledge to planning and operational practices.

  • Strong supervisory and demonstrated leadership skills and abilities. Proven track record in complex social environments.

  • Strong program coordination skills, including short and long range planning skills.

  • Strong knowledge of fundraising, donor cultivation and / or grant writing.

  • Proven ability to drive innovation resulting in an organization that is a leader in its field.


  • Must commit to background, fingerprint and DMV check.

  • Must have or be able to obtain valid California Driver’s license.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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