Job Title: Manager of School and Family Programs
Position posted: 8/1/22
Reports to: Senior Director, Education
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $52,000-$55,000/yr, DOE
Who we are: Located just minutes from downtown, Zoo
Atlanta is the oldest and one of the most respected cultural
destinations in the Southeast’s largest and most vibrant city.
Culture, dining, nightlife, and famously eclectic neighborhoods, not
to mention a temperate climate year-round, attract a growing number of
newcomers to the one-and-only Atlanta.
As an organization, Zoo Atlanta’s points of pride include being one
of only three zoos in the U.S. to house giant pandas; home of one of
North America’s largest populations of great apes; and a longtime
reputation for excellence in the care and study of reptiles and
amphibians. Our mission sets us apart, and every day at Zoo Atlanta is
an opportunity for discovery, a chance to contribute to conservation,
and a way to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community.
What we offer: As a workplace, Zoo Atlanta is very
proud of a commitment to diversity and inclusion and a competitive
compensation and benefits package. Benefits include but are not
limited to outstanding medical coverage and 403b retirement program
match; vacation time buy and sell; professional development training;
paid time off for community volunteering; and more.
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance
- Retirement Savings Plan (403b) with employer match after 12 months
- Paid time off includes vacation, sick and personal days plus holidays
- Tuition assistance program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Employee short term and long-term disability insurance paid for by
- Opportunities for professional development paid for by Zoo Atlanta
- Local discounts and free admission to partnering attractions
- Complimentary family Zoo membership
- Discounted pricing on individual and family education programs,
such as Safari Camp, Twilight Trek, NightCrawler, Survival Safari,
and much more!
- Join the standby list for free behind-the-scenes encounters with
elephants, lemurs, giant pandas, aldabra tortoises!
Who you are: The School and Family Program team
creates meaningful learning experiences for all ages that generate a
deeper connection to nature, our animal ambassadors, our mission and
our work to conserve species. Each of these experiences strives to
empower participants to develop a lifelong connection to the Zoo and
advance its mission through their own appreciation and conservation of
wildlife and wild places. The Manager of School and Family Programs is
primarily responsible for the planning, development, implementation
and evaluation of all programs as part of the School and Family
Programs suite, specifically: School Programs, Youth and Family
Learning, Community and Camp Programs and Educator Professional
Learning. This position oversees a team that includes: Supervisors of
the above areas as well as full and part time instructors, and any
seasonal support needed. In addition, the Manager of School and Family
Programs works within the Education team as well as with all Zoo
departments to provide support where needed to assist with on-ground
and off-ground programming. This position is a member of the Zoo
Education Leadership team, which provides strategic direction and
support for the entire team.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Oversee all aspects of School and Family Programs including
program development, training, implementation, evaluation and data
management and evaluation.
- Represent the Education Department in regards to collaborative
planning for Zoo events and programs.
- Ensure quality of all educational programming, through staff
development, guest feedback and formal/informal evaluation
- Coordinate, create, implement and conduct continuing education and
professional development for all team members
- Maintain Impact and other data as needed for reporting and evaluation
- Collaborate to develop and manage School and Family Program budget
- Ensure all programming reflects the best practices in teaching and
learning as well as harnesses the unique value added that Zoo
Atlanta brings to the market.
- Create and implement program impact studies: support any other
studies implemented by other teams internal/external as needed.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships across school districts and
with other professionals in cultural institutions.
- Maintain a working knowledge of current research, models, and
philosophy of education/interpretation in schools/museums/zoos/etc
- Collaboration with marketing and PR to market programs as well as
increase uptake of programs
- In collaboration with the Senior Director of Education, coordinate
any Education Department grants
- Support the Education Department’s programs, and other education needs
- Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s Vision, Mission and