[CLOSED] Royal Observatory Greenwich, Astronomy Education Mgr, ??30-37k, closed 19 Aug 2012 #scicomm jobs

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Royal Observatory Greenwich
Astronomy Education Manager

Astronomy Education Manager

Job description:??Astronomy Education Manager

Reports to:??Head of Science Education


To work for the Royal Museums Greenwich in the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) Learning department, managing our world-class astronomy offer for formal learners.

The Astronomy Education Manager has overall responsibility for the strategic development of astronomy related formal learning within RMG, encompassing all ages and abilities. They are specifically responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and resources for all formal learning audiences, including teachers and pupils.

Immediate priorities with the department include the continued delivery of the Excellence in Science Initiative, sponsored by the Lloyd???s Register Educational Trust (LRET); the development of digital on-line resources to increase our capacity, reach and impact; the development of a high profile astronomy exhibition at the National Maritime Museum; the development of a proposal for the redevelopment of the LRET Learning Centre.

The post holder will develop new approaches to learning provision and engage all levels of ability, both on-site and off-site, from foundation to tertiary level, through innovative programmes and resources, based on our themes, expertise, facilities, buildings and collections. They will work in partnership with key strategic stakeholders and policy makers as well as in partnership with vocational and formal learning providers such as colleges and universities.

They will lead a team of people in the development and delivery of programmes and resources for formal learners, ensuring a high standard of creative provision at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – and other RMG sites where relevant.

Key duties

  • To be responsible for the strategic development, management and organisation of formal learning at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the wider Museum where relevant
  • To maintain the overview of the scheduling, quality and content of astronomy related formal learning experiences, resources and creative direction.
  • To lead the implementation of learning opportunities based on on-line resources, mobile technologies and video conferencing.
  • To develop new approaches to the delivery of effective CPD and ITT, both on-site and off-site, in collaboration with Local Educational Authorities and other institutions in London and the UK.
  • To deliver and develop current approaches to consultation and stakeholder management to inform our provision.
  • To deliver and develop our evaluation strategy and manage its implementation, working with qualitative and quantitative data.
  • To maintain and develop practical links between museums, schools, local education authorities and other partners to develop our offer for schools in London, the UK and abroad.
  • To promote the understanding and effective use of the Museum???s themes, expertise, facilities, buildings and collections.??
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of the ROG master plan, developing new approaches to interpretation for formal learners.
  • To develop new and engaging projects to maximise the opportunities to develop provision associated with the temporary exhibition programme.
  • To participate in the development of fundraising proposals, as a component of the overall departmental approach, to increase the resources available to support formal learning.
  • To plan, organise and communicate the annual schools programme, working with the wider team, liaising with bookings, design and visitor experience.
  • To develop the formal learning team to ensure they maintain and develop the skills and expertise required to take our world-class programme.
  • Supporting the management of relationships with funders and stakeholders, producing performance reports; with a particular emphasis on LRET and the Citizen Science Alliance.
  • To maintain and develop efficient systems for the collection, organisation and analysis of data associated with the development and impact of the schools programme.
  • To take an active role in the development of the ROG Learning strategies with respect to formal learning.
  • To contribute to the overall development of Learning at the ROG and across the wider Museum where relevant.
  • To work with those managing the public programme to create effective opportunities for out-of-school-hours learning.

Skills and experience


  • A relevant PhD or MSc in astrophysics or science communication is required, with a track record of science related outreach.
  • Experience of working with primary and secondary pupils and teachers in schools, universities, museums or science centres.
  • A good understanding of current government policies and priorities for learning in schools.
  • A good understanding of ongoing developments in the UK science curricula and their potential impact on teachers and students, from primary to tertiary level.
  • A proven track record in developing innovative formal learning programmes and printed and/or online resources for school-aged learners.
  • Well developed computer literacy, with a good understanding of software, hardware and web-based applications.
  • Experience of using new technologies in the delivery of teaching and learning in schools, universities, museums or science centres.
  • Excellent written communication skills with experience of writing reports, writing funding proposals, and producing resources for a range of formal learning audiences in print and online.
  • Excellent grasp of statistics, supporting accurate reporting of performance and evaluation for various stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing education services, including programmes and resources, for formal learners.
  • Experience of leading and motivating a group or team.
  • A strong team player with excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to work with people from differing backgrounds and expertise within the museum.??
  • A confident public speaker, able to talk to a wide range of audiences in a wide range of settings, from public and specialist audiences to the press and media.??
  • Well organised, able to work to deadlines, with experience of managing budgets.


  • Experience of formal teaching in a school/college environment.

Terms and conditions

This is initially a 5 month fixed-term funded post with the aim of becoming permanent (funding application pending with the decision to be made in September 2012).

The post holder will work a 41 hour week, core hours Monday to Friday 09.00???17.00 with an additional hour to be worked in agreement with line management.

Salary:????30,000?????37,000 negotiable depending on experience

Closing date:??19 August 2012

To apply please email a CV and covering letter to??recruitment@rmg.co.uk??or post to Human Resources, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Please also take the time to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form.

We regret we are unable to reply to every applicant. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

The Museum holds the 'two ticks' disability symbol and will guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.?? Pelase indicate clearly in your covering letter if you wish to be considered under this scheme.??

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