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 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 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.

Essential Functions

  • The candidate will 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 Science Investigators workshops
  • Support weekly meetings for the freshman and sophomore year components of the STEM Scholars Program, in collaboration with university and industry partners
  • Help define yearly program scope, goals, and deliverables for Youth Programs offerings
  • Maintain a database of current high school and alumni students’ records and contacts, as well as program partners
  • 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

Additional eligibility requirements – Include work hours, schedule, and physical requirements

  • Typical work hours are Tues-Sat, with some evening hours, during the Academic Year (September- May/June) and Mon-Friday during Summer (July, August). The position may include occasional weekend community engagement events
  • The position is based on-site at The Franklin Institute, with the possibility of occasional remote work arrangements

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science-related field, or youth development required.
  • Three to 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.

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • The ability to maintain consistent, positive relationships with students and families is a must.
  • Knowledge of general STEM topics and related careers. 
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities, industry and community partners, and university faculty.  
  • Must have excellent collaborative and interpersonal communication skills, inside and outside of the museum environment
  • Classroom management and teaching skills, particularly with middle and/or high school students, either in a formal or informal setting.  
  • Strong written and oral science communication skills
  • Curriculum development and lesson planning skills are a plus.
  • Database management. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, organize and prioritize, and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with a variety of tasks on a daily basis.

Status: Full-time

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and portfolio to We look forward to hearing from you!

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 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.