The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC) is searching for a Director of Science Education and Outreach. The DDPSC Director of Science Education and Outreach leads the Center’s programs in public science education, providing programming based both at the Center and through partner institutions. The Director will work collaboratively with Danforth Center scientists to develop and deliver innovative science education and outreach programs related to ongoing DDPSC research and will oversee flagship educational programming, including Green Means Grow and Mutant Millets, among others. In addition, the Director will work to enhance science education and mentoring in St. Louis schools, and will offer professional development and training for science educators. Participation in projects supported by extramural funding as PI or Co-PI on DDPSC grants, as well as multi-institutional grants, is expected.
The Danforth Center has a strong commitment to inspiring the next generation of scientists and elevating public interest in plant science and agriculture. This position demands enthusiasm, creativity, and a demonstrated capacity to develop and manage large projects related to the educational mission of the Danforth Center. The successful candidate will work closely with Center scientists to design impactful education and outreach programs, and to assess program efficacy using standard metrics.
Ph.D. in a relevant field; non-Ph.D. degree holders with exceptional experience leading education and outreach programs will be considered
Documented experience in science education and outreach
Broad understanding of biology, agriculture, plant science, the environment, and societal issues related to these topics
Capacity to develop rigorous assessment of science education and outreach programs, and to implement data-driven programmatic adjustments
Commitment to maintaining and supporting a diverse, inclusive and safe work environment
Willingness to seek funding to expand and diversify SEO (e.g. grant proposal writing)
Excellent scientific writing and communication skills; familiarity with web design and multimedia
Strong people skills, and enthusiasm for working in collaborative, diverse, creative teams
Good organizational skills and ability to manage time and budgets efficiently and effectively
To apply please submit a cover letter, a 2-3 page statement describing your vision for the position and relevant experience, CV, and contact information for at least three references. For full consideration please submit application materials by January 31, 2019. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:
Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a not-for-profit research institute. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center currently employs nearly 200 individuals. Of these, two-thirds are scientists / scientific staff and approximately 90 hold PhDs. The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.