Director of Education 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 is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Director of Education Programs will play a vital role in setting the future direction of education programs at The Franklin Institute. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading all aspects of the design, development, and implementation of programs for informal and formal settings, as well as digital education experiences for local, regional, and national contexts. The Director of Education Programs will also be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic direction and framing the educational approach for current and future programs
  • Oversee TFI community programs (e.g., GlaxoSmithKline “GSK” Science in the Summer, LEAP into Science, NASA and Professional Development)
  • Redefining the Institute’s community engagement strategy
  • Executing strong project management of multiple programs
  • Business planning and fundraising (e.g. grant writing and donor solicitations)
  • Managing large grant-funded projects
  • Building capacity for sustainable revenue models 
  • Co-designing and managing program evaluations 
  • Strategically building and sustaining local, regional, and national partnerships 
  • Representing the Institute through participation on external committees and working groups
  • Flexibility to assume duties as assigned related to education programming

Position Requirements

  • Master’s degree in science or education, Ph.D. preferred
  • At least 8-10 years of experience creating and leading sustainable education programs, developing and disseminating content, and building and managing partnerships
  • Proven skills managing creative teams and large projects
  • Experience developing and implementing grant-seeded programs
  • Strong program management skills are essential
  • Proven ability to effectively and diplomatically work with individuals, such as staff, community leaders, and groups such as city organizations, sponsors, and community partners. 

Status: Full-time

Benefits Information:

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

Please visit our Careers page or contact (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!

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.