The Sustainable Seas Trust is promoting science and maths education, as well as environmental education and sustainability. The Ocean Discovery Centre (ODC) being developed in East London in the Eastern Cape will be a science centre which revolves around interactive and other educational displays. Importantly, disadvantaged schools will be given access to classrooms, laboratories and an auditorium where both formal instruction and fun activities will take place. The display areas will be open to the public as in science centres elsewhere.
The educational programmes must be interactive, challenging, dynamic and constantly upgraded and improved so that all visitors, in formal school groups or as casual holiday makers, will be excited by what they see, stimulated by their interactive experiences and by what they learn and become inspired to take a greater interest and even action to improve our planet and seek better understanding. Applicants must be able to provide such exciting dynamism.
The vacant position is: A Programme Manager for the Education and Display projects and Education Programme Manager at the Ocean Discovery Centre.
A number of educators will be required in due course, but in the development stage, and in the future, leadership is required from an innovative manager who will design and develop the educational components, linking the displays with the educational programme. As the ODC will be supporting the Department of Education’s endeavours to promote education in South Africa, the programmes need to be aligned to the new CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements) of South Africa. Staff in the education department of the ODC will answer to the programme manager.
The Education Programme Manager will fulfil a leadership role in guiding the development of the educational displays and planning the overall educational programmes for the Ocean Discovery Centre. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Working with the design teams and educators to develop the content and flow of the display areas. The display and interactive areas need to accommodate the interests of the full spectrum of visitors to the ODC.
- Develop an effective, successful Education Department for the Ocean Discovery Centre
- Work with educators to develop the content of the educational programmes for the laboratories, classrooms, excursions to the sea shore and educational products
- Guide animators and film developers on content and presentation of educational computer games and films
- Ensure that the projects are CAPS compliant ensuring that real benefits accrue to learners and teachers
- Plan the annual teaching activities, aligning programmes where possible to the schedules of schools activities and CAPS
- Plan holiday programmes for schools so that children and teachers can benefit from the ODC
- Work with events organizers to plan a series of educational and promotional events during each year
- Make materials available to other educational outlets and partners of Sustainable Seas Trust
- Work with and establish a good relationships with the National and Provincial Departments of Education, Department of Science and Technology, donors and sponsors.
- Develop a good working relationship with schools, school teachers and other educational governmental and non-governmental networks in South Africa
- Develop teacher training programmes.
- Provide proper supervision and management of those employed or who volunteer to assist in the ODC education department ensuring that the team is strong, productive and well co-ordinated
- Assist with effective fund raising to ensure that the ODC educational facilities are financially robust
- Submit progress reports, including performance and financial reports for the ODC education department to the Management Committee.
- Promote staff development including recruitment and orientation of new staff.
- Ensure that staff, including the volunteers, are equipped to undertake their tasks and become effective and innovative.
- Monitor and evaluate the success of the educational programmes and recommend changes where necessary. From time to time hold evaluation workshops calling in educators from elsewhere.
Qualifications and experience
The programme manager of the ODC education department needs to have strengths in science and maths, the environment and conservation, understand issues related to climate change. Teaching experience in science is essential. Management skills, leadership and excellent interpersonal skills, having an engaging personality, are also prerequisites. An exceedingly important criterion for suitably qualified candidates would be a proven record of enthusiasm and innovation. Given the breadth of these requirements persons with the following qualifications may apply:
- Masters degree, or the equivalent, in science, ideally with mathematics as a major, and/or education in which science courses featured within the degree, and/or environmental education in which science courses featured within the degree. Commerce degrees with exceptional educational experience are also accepted.
- A solid, proven record of teaching, ideally for five years or more.
- Excellent leadership and management skills for both management of staff and projects
- Experience in the design and implementation of education programmes.
- Interpersonal skills, enjoy public speaking and marketing of education and conservation.
- Experience and success in fund raising, from proposal development to securing the funds.
- A track record of developing educational materials and displays.
- Advantages would be experience in working on physical or biological aspects of ocean science, fluency in isiXhosa, excellent writing ability, enthusiasm for education and issues of sustainability, strong understanding of research methods and excellent computer literacy so that guidance for computer generated games and images may be provided.
To apply kindly submit to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a brief motivation letter, ideally within one page
- a curriculum vitae
- a list of referees
- a brief salary history