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Adventure Science Center

Formal Programs Manager

Adventure Science Center


Job Summary

Position Title: Formal Programs Manager
Department: Formal Programs
Reports To: Vice President of Exhibits & Experiences 
FLSA Classification: Exempt, F/T position working 40 hours per week
Typical schedule: Sunday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Date Written/Revised: March 8, 2024  

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center. Adventure Science Center provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. The science center supports STEM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.


The Formal Programs Manager leads a team of classroom educators who create and deliver dynamic programs within Adventure Science Center’s classrooms and science lab. You’ll create dynamic experiences across the fields of science for audiences including K-12 field trips, youth camps, and general visitors. 

You’ll be responsible for creating and updating programs, training other educators, and delivering the programs on a weekly basis. If you love teaching and science and want to reach thousands of learners of all ages each year, this opportunity is for you! 

Job Responsibilities


  • Research, develop, and present classroom programs, such as labs, dissections, and camp classes. 
  • Train staff and volunteers on program content, interpretative strategies, and best practices. 
  • Conduct regular quality control checks to ensure program presenters maintain a high standard of excellence. 
  • Maintain the necessary supplies and equipment to operate the classrooms and science lab. 
  • Supervise the full- and part-time Learning Specialists, including professional development and staff support. 
  • Serve as the hiring manager for the position of Learning Specialist. 
  • Track and report program attendance. 
  • Assist with other guest programs as assigned. 
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by program need and/or management. 



  • Strong understanding of, and experience with, learning environments such as classrooms and laboratories. 
  • Familiarity with the principles of inquiry-based learning. 
  • Strong presentation skills including demonstrated effectiveness in working with classroom audiences.  
  • Detail-oriented; excellent & proactive planning, problem-solving solving, and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to effectively engage visitors with different learning styles. 
  • Ability to multi-task and stay calm under pressure, adapt to changing environments. 
  • A strong commitment to customer service is essential. 
  • Understanding of the importance and value of working as part of a larger cross-functional and intra-departmental team in a professional, courteous, and collaborative manner. 
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Prior teaching experience in a classroom-based setting (school or museum) is required. 
  • Prior program or curriculum development experience is required. 
  • Minimum 1 year of supervisory experience required. 
  • Evidence of creative and innovative thinking. 
  • Professional appearance and demeanor. 

Customer Service 

  • Proactively engage guests in personal, inspiring interactions while showing genuine enthusiasm about ASC. 
  • Anticipate guest needs and solve issues or concerns with a positive, courteous, respectful, professional attitude. 
  • Interact on all phone calls with the same positive, helpful, courteous, respectful, and professional attitude. 

Operational Support 

  • Learn and perform core operational functions of guest safety and wayfinding. 
  • Learn and carry out emergency procedures and protocols for incidents when necessary. 


  • The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations. 
  • Typically, walking, standing, bending, and carrying light items (up to 40 pounds unassisted) are required.  At times, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. Also, the employee must have manual dexterity, and visual and auditory acuity sufficient to accomplish assigned tasks. 
  • Some repetitive motion is involved. 
  • Work schedule and work hours are variable based on operation requirements, but will typically be Sunday – Thursday. 

Additional Information



  • We are playful and passionate experimenters
  • We think big, embrace risk, and evolve our ideas in order to lead.
  • We are collaborative with each other and our whole community.
  • We foster diversity, curiosity, and creativity to make our experience unique.


  • Free onsite parking
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Vacation Time, Sick Time, and Personal Days, plus 11 paid holidays a year
  • 401(k) with Employer Match
  • Complimentary membership to Adventure Science Center
  • Free or discounted admission to local venues including The Nashville Zoo, The First Art Museum, Nashville Shores, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, and more!
  • Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Legal Services)
  • Eligibility for Public Student Loan Forgiveness

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org, including “Formal Programs Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 04/15/2024
  • Salary Range: $60,000.00
  • Working Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM