The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is one of the premier science, research and cultural institutions in the country. We are also a global museum in one of the most diverse cities in the world and are committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community recognizing that multiple voices and perspectives enrich our work. We are seeking a full-time Manager of Middle and High School programs to oversee several programs reaching over 1000 students annually. 

The Museum runs youth programs all year in a variety of formats including summer & holiday break camps, after school classes, day-time partnerships with NYC schools, and one-day special events & workshops. The Manager’s specific responsibilities fall under several categories: 

  1. creating course schedules with a multi-year view 
  2. developing, monitoring, and adapting admissions procedures
  3. meeting revenue and recruitment goals
  4. supervising front-line staff, specifically program coordinators and teaching assistants
  5. fostering an inclusive community for youth learning that addresses the needs of a diverse student body, and 
  6. developing exciting entry points and pathways for students new to STEM, while nurturing relationships with students and families who have been in AMNH programs since elementary school. 

The Manager will tackle these daily operations, while contributing to the collective work of preparing for the opening of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation in 2023, a Museum expansion which will double our classroom space. 

A successful candidate will be able to describe former work experiences in which they 

  1. exercised creativity in working with supervisors and colleagues in overcoming challenges, 
  2. led, directed, and motivated team members towards a shared goal, 
  3. engaged a diverse range of constituents applying empathy and tact as situations demands, and 
  4. employed the principles of positive youth development in supporting students. 

The Manager of Middle and High School Programs will have the support of several staff and will work most closely with our Manager of Curriculum Content (responsible for creating courses and supervising educators), our Manager of Internships and Community Outreach (responsible for developing partnerships with schools and community organizations), and the Manager of the Science Research Mentoring Program, an internship for upper-level high school students.

Minimum required qualifications and skills

  • Master’s degree
  • Demonstrated passion for cultural institutions, youth programs, and/or informal science learning
  • Experience with student application data
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Experience creating and managing budgets 
  • Excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills 
  • Responsible and professional conduct that serves as a role model to staff and youth
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines 
  • Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Must be able to work until 7 pm on occasion.

Preferred qualifications and skills:

  • Confident with mitigating conflict 
  • An understanding of New York City education setting
  • Experience working in museums or science centers
  • Proficient with the principles of youth development• Experience using databases and / or application software (e.g. MS Access, Tessitura, SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, Salesforce)
  • Experience generating reports with graphs and other visual representations

Salary: $58,500 to $63,000 commensurate with experience


Job Date: 2020-03-20

Other Details

Application Info: Closing Date: Open Until FilledRequired Applicant Documents: Resume & Cover Letter

Contact Name: Mark Weckel, PhD

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 212-313-7947

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