School and Community Engagement Director

Houston, TX 77058, USA Req #105
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The mission of Space Center Houston is to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration.  Our vision is to be the world’s leading science and space exploration learning center. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, we are the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, hands-on interactive educational exhibits, and robust youth programs interpreting the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program.

We are currently seeking a full time School and Community Engagement Director (SCED) responsible for developing strategies for and leading all aspects of the engagement and services for schools, districts, and community groups.  The SCED will lead the team implementing strategies to deliver STEM learning outcomes and experiences for diverse audiences engaging learners of different ages and supporting visits for all groups and individual program attendees.  Direct responsibility for school visits, distance learning, education events, and community engagement programs. Responsibilities and qualifications are shown below:


  • Lead and manage dynamic teams to conceive, innovate, and implement space exploration experiences for diverse audiences focused on schools and community groups. Provide the highest quality programs positioning SCH as a leader in STEM education.
  • Ensure safety for crew members and guests attending programs.
  • Ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is woven deeply into all aspects of our programmatic work.
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage underserved underrepresented students in SCH programing. 
  • Work with the Communications teams to provide timely and complete information needed to market and promote education programs.
  • Work with the VP of Education to guide strategic planning, program evaluation, and staff development.
  • Align programs to best practices in the field of informal science education and Next Generation Science Standards, and ensure programs are achieving financial and mission-based outcomes.
  • Lead with high standards of scientific accuracy, educational appropriateness, and accessibility in support of STEM.
  • Develop and manage budgets to ensure a strategic and efficient use of resources. Develop models including attendance projections, engagement, and staffing. Manage contracts with program clients.
  • Support funding and grant proposal development.
  • Manage community and school engagement grants.
  • Develop strong relationships with the NASA community including civil servants, contractors, and alumni.
  • Develop strong relationships with the Greater Houston community including schools, community groups, and civic leaders.
  • Expand external resources by building and leveraging community partnerships in support of SCH’s strategic plan framework.
  • Represent SCH, as needed, in a variety of settings with donors, customers, partners, and community organizations.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to increase SCH presence and support for schools in the greater Houston region and beyond.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Education on development of strategic plans.
  • Lead, inspire, and set objectives for teams, including appropriate program managers, coordinators, consultant(s) and additional staff.
  • Formally and regularly communicate to all direct reports relevant and appropriate operational and organization information.
  • Ensure that staffing schedules optimize productivity and budget.
  • Ensure accurate completion of employee performance appraisals.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Education.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business or a related STEM field; Teaching Certificate and/or Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience in teaching and developing innovative education programs and/or curriculum or school administration including 5 years with direct management of large teams.
  • A proven track record of community engagement focused on providing learning opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • A passion for the diverse greater Houston community.
  • A passion for innovative STEM education programing. Experience teaching and developing innovative STEM education programs preferred.
  • A passion for space exploration.
  • Ability to manage fee-based programs and program budgets.
  • Work schedule includes some evenings and weekends and ability to travel as needed.
  • Proven ability to adapt to a changing environment and work effectively in pressure situations; demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of personalities in a team-oriented structure.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to be creative in reaching innovative solutions.
  • Excellent project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple teams, priorities, and deadlines with attention to detail in a demanding environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software and the ability to learn new/emerging software products.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred. 
Space Center Houston is committed to providing a safe environment for our crew members. Consistent with that commitment, we require that crew members be fully vaccinated. Exceptions may be available for those who need an accommodation due to a qualifying disability, medical reason, or sincerely held religious belief or practice.
Space Center Houston is an equal opportunity employer. It has a diverse and inclusive work culture with a creative, fun and collaborative environment.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Houston, TX 77058, USA