Manager of Youth Programs

The iconic front steps of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that’s as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you’ll find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to use your skills and talents best. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Franklin Institute’s Youth Programs offerings aim to inspire middle and high school students to explore their curiosity for science and develop a STEM identity and equip students with the tools and knowledge necessary to pursue opportunities in these areas.

The Manager of Youth Programs will: develop and lead STEM-related workshops; support program logistics that include engagement with student participants, families, community-based organizations, and workshop educators; provide general program support; and support any other programmatic offerings and events.  This position will also be responsible for: 

  • Oversee PACTS workshop staff (Science in the City, Robotics, R&D)
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of weekly STEM-related workshops for middle and high school students.
  • Create hands-on lesson plans that may include lab-based experiences; facilitate bi-weekly PACTS middle school workshops.
  • Oversee Lab curriculum and management.
  • Support weekly meetings for the freshman and sophomore year components of STEM Scholars Program in collaboration with university and industry partners.
  • Plan and manage the yearly budget.
  • Support director in defining yearly program scope, goals, and deliverables for Youth Programs offerings.
  • Oversee alumni outreach and support, as well as coordinate alumni engagement events.
  • Support additional Youth Programs events as needed.
  • Additional duties may include assisting with entrance essay writing, college applications, and career advising.
  • Support museum floor operations on an occasional basis

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science-related field, or youth development required.
  • Three - five years of experience with program implementation, project management, and community outreach is essential. Familiarity with and passion for science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics is a plus. Strong collaborative, communication and writing skills are essential.

Status: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week.

  • Typical work hours are Tues-Sat, with some evening hours, during the Academic Year (September- May/June) and Mon-Friday during Summer (July, August). Position may include occasional weekend community engagement events.

Benefits Information 

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role. 

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

As a condition of employment at The Franklin Institute, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire, subject to requests for accommodation. 

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As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy.

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