The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (TMA) invites candidates to apply for a full time Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction.
The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For more than 33 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium hosts nearly 500,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and 300 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education.
The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk seeks a candidate with extraordinary graphic design talent who relishes the challenge of creating engaging and inspiring designs that often convey complex scientific concepts. The Graphic Artist works closely with other members of the Exhibits team to produce timely designs that illustrate and illuminate materials for display on the Aquarium floor and for distribution to both general and targeted audiences. The candidate will develop thought-provoking designs that convey the Aquarium’s world-class animal care and conservation efforts using modern tools and techniques.
· The Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction plays a key role in leading the development, delivery and evaluation of group programs: onsite, offsite and virtual. The Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction ensures the Maritime Aquarium’s education programs are of the highest quality, best in class, and represent latest approaches and trends in our industry, as well as reflecting the priorities of teachers and supporting educational standards. The Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction leads the Education Department Curriculum Team during the school year and Serves as Camp Director during and leading up to the summer.
· B.A. or B.S. degree in science and/or education, especially with a focus in science education, marine biology, or a related field.
· Demonstrated program development, teaching and presentation skills.
· Strong English language written and verbal skills. Strong computer competencies with the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, PowerPoint and Excel), and learn the Aquarium’s program booking/reporting software.
· Excellent time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
· Ability to work at least two weekend days every month.
· Ability to maneuver 60 pounds and work in a variety of natural environments in a range of weather conditions.
· Current driver’s license with a clean driving record.
· M.A. or M.S. degree in science and/or education, especially with a focus in science education, marine biology, or a related field.
· Five year experience teaching in formal and/or informal science education settings, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Experience supervising and training educators.
· Deep understanding of latest trends in science and informal education.
· Experience working with diverse audiences, especially those who have special needs
· Knowledge of Maritime Aquarium programs.
· Experience as an educator in an AZA institution.
· Spanish-language fluency.
o Lead Education Department Curriculum Team:
§ Lead regular team meetings
§ Prioritize and create schedule for curriculum development projects
§ Work with staff to evaluate existing lesson plans
§ Supervise writing of new lesson plans and updating of existing plans
§ Generate ideas for new programs
§ Work with Accessibility Coordinator to ensure programs support the needs of diverse learners
- Ensure consistency with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science and engineering practices, and Aquarium mission
§ Stay abreast of programs and best practices at other AZA institutions
§ Serve as lead trainer for instructional practices, educational technologies and program implementation
§ Hold “master classes” to demonstrate programs and new techniques
§ Train Education staff on school standards and latest industry trends related to curriculum and instruction
§ Observe programs
§ Provide feedback to educators and senior staff
§ Initiate program improvements in response to evaluation
§ Review evaluation data to drive modifications to programs
§ Generate new ideas for evaluation and collaborate with external evaluators
· Technology & Educational Materials
§ Stay abreast of latest educational technologies, including distance learning technologies.
§ Generate ideas for innovative use of technologies in support of our programs.
§ Ensure classrooms and kits are well stocked.
· Summer Camp
§ Serve as Camp Director
§ Ensure compliance with all youth camp statutes and regulations set forth by the Office of Early Childhood
§ Oversee registration and communicate with parents
§ Onboard seasonal camp counselors and administrative staff including oversight of job descriptions and working with human resources for postings and screening applicants.
§ Oversight of daily camp operations including annual training, check-in, check-out, field trips, movie experiences, classroom-based activities.
§ Virtual Programs for Audiences with Special Needs
§ Oversee lesson plans and instructional practices for developing and delivering virtual programs to audiences with special needs
§ Serve as coordinator and supervisor for new grant, Improve for All
§ Supervise educators implementing virtual programs for special needs audiences
§ Participate in related data collection and reporting
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.