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Education Specialist

Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Gardens The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo. This position is located in the Collections, Education, Access (CEA) of Smithsonian Gardens (SG) within the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Smithsonian Gardens is a Smithsonian recognized collections unit which manages collections of garden artifacts, living plants and the Archives of American Gardens.The Education Specialist will work collaboratively with schools, learning institutions, Smithsonian Gardens staff, and other Smithsonian Institution personnel to assist in developing and implementing museum-based education programs for staff, visitors (in-person and virtual), and professionals in the scholarly community. The Education Specialist will work under the supervision of the Manager of Collections, Education and Access. Duties & Responsibilities - The Education Specialist will:
Assist in planning and executing professional development opportunities for teachers, Smithsonian Gardens staff, and local
public gardens.
Ensure the programs are directly connected to SG's exhibitions and collections and contain a wide range of content to actively
engage new and diverse audiences.
Work with horticulture and collections staff to ensure the accuracy of educational programs.
Provide the broadest range of programs to enhance the meaning of the permanent collection and special exhibits.
Prepare reports on program participation, support ongoing program evaluation and apply findings to program improvement.
Assist in training docents who give educational presentations, tours, and exceptional event support.You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:Ability to plan, organize and implement museum and/or public garden programs and events for adults and children.Knowledge of the functions, structures and principles of a museum or public garden related to the administration of public
programs.Ability to assess/evaluated proposed programs/projects through to completion.Ability to present, teach and train a wide variety of audiences.Knowledge of computer software applications including word processing and graphic applications such as WordPress, Illustrator,
Canva and others.Knowledge of plants, horticulture, garden history and collections. Education and Experience - Basic Education Requirements: (You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts)1. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.or2. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.In addition to the Basic Education Requirement above:Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as developing, evaluating, and implementing gardening education programs and events for virtual and in-person audiences of all ages.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.Or Education: Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to this position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards.Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. Application Instructions - The is a fulltime Federal position; the salary range is $64,957 - $84,441.This Position has the promotion potential to GS-11Please follow application instructions outlined on the official announcement. The announcement is open for a limited time only.The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema ).

Keywords: AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSN, Los Angeles , Education Specialist, Education / Teaching , Los Angeles, California

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