Director of Conservation Education; National Aquarium

Job Title: 
Director of Conservation Education
Job Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland

Directs planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation of conservation education programs for schools, teachers, community, and youth. The Director will expand opportunities for all students, whether through onsite or virtual programming, teacher-training, or offsite enrichment opportunities for the community. This role represents the National Aquarium as a leader in youth education and ensures the alignment of programs, strategy, structure, content, materials, and messages are all in alignment with our strategic priorities and Conservation Action Plan goals. Represents the institution on local, regional, and national levels with relevant organizations and seeks out opportunities for funding through critical partnerships and grant-making organizations. Oversees content of support materials for all areas including education related publications, website, and other products and materials.



  • Direct development, implementation, support, and communication of Conservation Education programs ensuring the National Aquarium is seen as a leader in STEM/STEAM education including informal/formal conservation education in urban settings.
  • Lead Conservation Education elements of the National Aquarium’s strategic plan and Conservation Action Plan and develop departmental goals and strategies aligned with these efforts.
  • Manage the Conservation Education team including mentorship of emerging leaders, professional development, and performance management.
  • Develop and manage strategic partnerships across a broad constituency of institutions, organizations, and governmental agencies.
  • Leverage knowledge and expertise of internal and external partners to advance goals of Conservation Education.
  • Maintain knowledge of local, regional, and national education strategies and trends, provides thought leadership in areas of expertise.
  • Manage accounting and budget within department and for associated projects, including grants.
  • Oversee and direct preparation, management, implementation and reporting on federal and non-federal grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Conduct evaluation of program results and preparation of summary reports including financial reporting and summary assessment of results in light of strategic priorities, project objectives and grant requirements.
  • Cultivate ongoing and new relationships with potential funders and donors.
  • Coordinate and serve as representative for meetings with other Aquarium departments and external partner government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Develop marketing strategies for programs in collaboration with Marketing to achieve maximum reach and educational impact.
  • Prepare publications, reports, and briefings for internal and external use.
  • Perform public relations functions associated with Conservation Education Programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education or similar required; advanced degree preferred.
  • 5+years’ experience in an education or learning-based environment with experience with an informal science education setting required.
  • 3+ years’ experience with program development, grant writing, budget management and supervision of professional staff required.
  • Experience with strategic planning preferred.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work successfully with key stakeholders and funders to generate revenue and philanthropic support for programs or initiatives.
  • Ability to address multiple tasks in different project phases, including strong time management, effective communication both internally and externally, and strong planning skills.
  • Ability to speak about education programs to the general public, including presentations to colleagues and interactions with the media. Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of educational best practices, strategy, technology, social media, and digital learning formats.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and other appropriate programs.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 36-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

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