Science Action Club Manager - California Academy of Sciences

Type: Full-Time

County: San Francisco

Agency: California Academy of Sciences

Agency Description:

Science Action Club is a middle school out-of-school time education program that leverages citizen science to address science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning goals, teach discrete STEM skills, and build STEM identities among the next generation of critical thinkers and environmental stewards. The program features environmental science units that empower afterschool and summer learning program staff to take youth outdoors to investigate nature, contribute to authentic science research, and design strategies to protect the planet. OST program staff receive training for how to use SAC kits and activities, as well as learn best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment. From Anchorage to Albany, over 62,000 youth and OST program staff in more than 26 states have participated in SAC since 2011.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.


Reporting to the Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement (EL&YE), the Science Action Club (SAC) Manager will oversee and implement a strategic plan to strengthen and scale SAC, and expand access to high quality science and environmental education resources for out-of-school time (OST) programs. Supervising at least two staff members, the SAC Manager is responsible for recruiting, enrolling, training, and supporting OST programs to implement SAC in hundreds of urban and rural communities nationwide. Come join a team of talented and creative professionals dedicated to transforming science education and environmental literacy at scale! 

Job Responsibilities

Supervise and support a team of at least two staff members to strengthen and scale SAC; achieve annual targets for program enrollments (e.g. in the 2019-2020 school year, engage at least 250 clubs outside California and 250 clubs in-state).

  • Manage an annual operating expense budget of at least $300,000 and secure at least 30% of program costs in earned revenue from program fees.

  • Coordinate the enrollment and onboarding of new and existing clubs and partners; monitor and enhance program implementation across the SAC network.

  • Provide quality assurance for existing and new curriculum resources, including activity plans, kit materials, instructor-led workshops, and online training courses.

  • Oversee implementation of annual program evaluation efforts.

  • Design, coordinate, facilitate, evaluate, and enhance instructor-led trainings and coaching sessions for educators, both locally and nationally.

  • Monitor the citizen science participation of SAC clubs; identify and implement ways to promote it.

  • Collaborate with the EL&YE Director to make strategic program decisions and support fundraising efforts; strengthen systems and structures to improve efficiencies.

  • Provide up-to-date program statistics and stories of impact for fundraising and marketing efforts; draft, inform, and/or review grant proposals as needed.

  • Represent EL&YE and the Academy internally and externally, locally and nationally.

  • Develop and maintain productive cross-sector partnerships with key stakeholders and industry experts.

  • Exhibit and present at industry events, conferences, and trade shows; travel 3-6 times per year on out-of-town trips 1-4 nights long.

  • Contribute content for digital communications, including journals, blogs, e-marketing campaigns, and social media.

  • Contribute broadly to the Academy's mission and assist with projects and initiatives that leverage strengths across the EL&YE portfolio.

  • Implement and follow all Academy safety regulations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Demonstrated completion of college-level coursework and/or professional training in education, learning theory, and youth development.

  • Demonstrated completion of college-level coursework and lab or field experience in biology, ecology, or related subject areas.

  • At least two years of substantial project management experience.

  • At least four years of experience working with groups of youth, preferably ages 10-13.

  • At least three years of experience teaching in an informal science setting; experience developing original lessons and educational material preferred; experience in afterschool or summer programs a plus.

  • At least two years of experience developing and leading trainings for K-12 or informal educators.

  • Experience creating and maintaining productive partnerships.

  • Experience supervising staff, interns, or volunteers. 


  • Deep commitment to youth development, informal science education, and environmental sustainability.

  • Current knowledge of the science education field required; understanding of the out-of-school time field strongly preferred; understanding of the impact of citizen science on science learning a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate educational programs for diverse groups of learners in an informal learning environment, especially trainings for educators.

  • Demonstrated ability to hire, train, support, and supervise staff to achieve goals.

  • Outstanding organizational skills; ability to identity and implement efficient work strategies.

  • Ability to build, track, and manage a budget.

  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, plan for the future, anticipate workflow, coordinate complex logistics, and juggle multiple tasks to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and grow strategic partnerships.

  • Demonstrated success working with multicultural and multigenerational constituents.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including excellent verbal communication and public speaking skills.

  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, with strong commitment to quality and attention to detail.

  • Self-disciplined, tenacious, practical, resourceful, organized, and results-orientated.

  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, professionalism, good judgment, critical thinking, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent customer service skills; ability to communicate regularly with staff, partners, and stakeholders, and respond to requests in a timely manner.

  • Proficiency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office required; proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud a plus.

  • Familiarity with learning management systems, or willingness and ability to learn.

  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings, and travel 3-6 times per year on out-of-town trips 1-4 nights long.

  • CA driver's license, or willingness and ability to obtain one, preferred.

  • Multilingual reading, writing, and speaking skills a plus.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. 

This is mandated reporter designated position. Academy employees whose duties include direct contact and supervision of children are deemed mandated reporters under California Law. Mandated reporters have certain specific reporting obligations in the event that they know of, observe, or reasonably suspect that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect. The Academy provides mandated reporters with training of their rights and obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 40 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time. 

How To Apply

Please submit a PDF of your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for this position. You may apply online at

Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please. 

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

Deadline: 6/1/19