Manager of Education
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Position Description

Position Title:             Manager of Education

Department:                Education       

Classification:             Exempt          

Direct Report:             Director of Guest Experience

Position Summary

The Manager of Education is a supervisory position that is instrumental in creating and implementing a comprehensive Education department that aligns with the Aquarium's goals, meets the needs of the community and supports the state of Mississippi. The Manager of Education works closely with other members of the Guest Experience team that includes Volunteers, Community Outreach, Visitor Services and Content and Development.

Position Attributes

  • Consistently looking forward, focused, ready to listen
  • A heart for service, always willing to provide support to fellow team members
  • Make important and tough decisions with resilience and grace
  • Communicate a strategy well, oversee execution, and celebrate results
  • Highly organized self-starter maintaining high standards
  • Have an awareness and interest in the conservation of aquatic environments and their inhabitants
  • Innovative, creative thinker; not afraid to propose something new and inspire others to do the same
  • Proactive in finding solutions, productive, and efficient


  • Minimum 3-5 years supervising a team in an informal education role
  • Minimum 4-year bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Strong background in developing and teaching STEAM-based curriculum
  • Certification with the National Association for Interpretation is preferred
  • Must have strong verbal and writing skills  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products

Essential functions of this job described may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 


Oversee the success of Mississippi Aquarium’s Education Department; areas include education programs, interpretation, and professional development

  • Establish a standard of excellence in all aspects of day to day educational operations
  • Write and prepare STEAM- based curriculum for grades K-12; align all lesson plans with state and national standards
  • Implement high quality professional development that is aligned with certification credits
  • Coordinate and host annual teacher open houses
  • Develop innovative field trip programs for all ages, include assessment strategies to evaluate student success and best practices  
  • Create and implement innovative hands-on camp programs
  • Launch career-driven and project-based learning opportunities for teens
  • Design, support, and enact daily onsite interpretation
  • Assist Mississippi Aquarium’s Docent program with ongoing training initiatives
  • Actively participate in environmental education member-organizations on a local, state, and national level
  • Manage, coordinate, and assist a team to meet MSAQ’s standard of excellence in all areas; support MSAQ’s conservation and research projects, and empower a love for learning for all team members and guests
  • Fill in and support daily operational needs when necessary
  • Work weekends, evenings, and overnights when necessary
  • Work in a collaborative team environment, cross-train and support all other Guest Experience areas with projects, planning, and training

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.

Team Requirements

  • Safety and Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.
  • Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality.
  • Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.  To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
  • Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the
duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.