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Leaving the Academy, Looking for New Professional Opportunities

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After more than six wonderful, exciting years at the California Academy of Sciences, I'm now looking for new professional opportunities, starting around June or July.

I’ve had an incredible experience at the Academy, grown a lot, met some wonderful colleagues, and worked on a number of fun and exciting projects. Now feels like the right time to move on and explore new things.

I’m considering a lot of possibilities, not just rehashing what I’ve already done. I love working in the museum, cultural institution space. But I’m also open to a position at the right tech company, educational institution or government agency.

I’m looking for at least a senior manager or equivalent level position, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. (I would consider telecommuting or part-time elsewhere for the right job.)

What I’m Good at

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Wherever I land, I would like to use some blend of my skills and expertise, including:

  • Digital Learning / e-learning: How technology can supercharge learning
  • Youth development: How to support kids personal growth in a complex and changing world
  • Professional development: How to foster adult professional learning
  • Community management: Helping communities thrive, online and off
  • Civic engagement: Bringing people together to act on critical social issues and problems
  • Social media and communications: Telling compelling and engaging stories, in big and small chunks
  • STEM education: Preparing young people to see and experience the world as scientists and engineers

There are other skills I’ve built up over the years, including project management, group facilitation, public speaking, and video production.

What I’ve Done

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There are several accomplishments that I’m proud of over these six years, including:

  • Built Digital Learning at the Academy from a loose concept to a key part of our youth programs portfolio and our educational approach across the institution.
  • Helped scale Science Action Club from a dozen clubs in San Francisco to 400+ clubs in 22 states.
  • Led development of three online trainings that have prepared 1,000+ educators to teach science with confidence and skill.
  • Created innovative programs for young people, including game design jams, summer camps, and leadership programs.
  • Collaborated with a variety of partners, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NOAA, NASA, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and Zynga.
  • Managed the development of Cornucopia, the first web-based game at the Academy, coordinating a team of game developers, scientists and educators.

Most importantly, I’m so proud of the many young people I’ve helped become better scientists, citizens and compassionate humans.

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I Need Your Help

Given the diversity of my work portfolio, there are a lot of possible roles I could fulfill – from community manager to e-learning specialist to director of education and innovation. If you know of specific jobs, projects, companies, teams, or people that might be a good fit for me, please send them my way. I plan on spending the next few weeks just engaging in a lot of really interesting conversations with smart people doing cool things.

Most of all, I’m grateful for the many people who have supported me getting this far. I’m nothing without my community, friends and family. Thanks so much for helping me find my next big thing!

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