Senior Education Manager

Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger 51-L mission. Working with our global network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers, we offer innovative, technology-based educational programs that inspire and engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. They receive the unique opportunity to become Astronauts, Scientists and Engineers and solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery on simulated missions through space.

Senior Education Manager

We are seeking a passionate and dynamic leader to manage key education elements of Challenger Center’s i3 grant program (Enriching Education Through Dynamic Simulation and Technology) that will impact Challenger Center’s expanding role in education technology. You will coordinate the educational activities around transforming Challenger Center’s current site-based technology to one that will also function in a unique way in a traditional classroom environment. This is a 4-year grant funded pilot program that will develop and test an innovative concept, and includes a plan to apply for the next phase of funding when the concept is proves successful. Your responsibilities will include developing mission materials, authoring mission software, working with various education and evaluation consultants and partners, managing meetings, and testing the program. All efforts are focused on creating a cohesive technology-based educational program that meets national education standards and the needs of the education community.

As a member of the i3 team, you will be developing a new simulation software program that will best achieve classroom education goals, while incorporating the needs of multiple stakeholders, and staying within budget and on schedule. Additional responsibilities:

  • Manage the development and implementation of a new classroom-based mission concept.
  • Refine the current Challenger mission content to function in a classroom environment and to be more user-friendly.
  • Edit, author and test mission content and functionality. Proofread and edit material for accuracy, consistency and alignment with education best practices and national standards.
  • Develop and facilitate teacher professional development programs that support STEM content and pedagogy, as well as technology training.
  • Work with the Communications department to brand the new mission materials, and to promote and disseminate program achievements.
  • Work with a large network of program implementers and participants from the entire Challenger team (national office and Challenger Learning Centers), Education Consultants, School Districts, Universities, Teachers, and Evaluators.
  • Identify sources for hands-on lab, manipulates and interactives that work within a classroom environment. Develop lab and activity concepts, and create and test prototypes.
  • Assist project evaluators as needed to ensure program participants are prepared and can complete all evaluation components.
  • Represent the organization at conferences, meetings and special events.
  • Assist in grant reporting, and writing future grant proposals.
  • Work with the education coordinator to ensure all project related meetings and program tests are scheduled.
  • Oversee external education consultants/partners to ensure milestones and deliverables are reached per contracted agreements.


  • Ability to understand the overall vision of Challenger Center.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Science or similar discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in education (formal or informal) with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills, and drive to meet organizational and departmental objectives. Ability to manage projects on interrelated time lines.
  • Reliable transportation that will allow for regular trips to test and partner sites to conduct development meetings, professional development trainings, and testing.
  • Experience developing and implementing professional development programs and writing multi-disciplinary hands-on curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff in other departments, as well as with a remote team.
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), and SharePoint, and in using web-based survey and communication systems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with great attention to detail
  • Experience working on a team to develop and design new services and product concepts – assisting in the development of resources, lab equipment and technology-supported programs.
  • Experience with grant management and reporting preferred.
  • Experience with evaluation/assessment tools and or a research project preferred.
  • Experience developing, posting, distributing educational materials to a broad audience.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with contractors, vendors and consultants.
  • Knowledge of classroom technology including SmartBoards, clickers, document cameras, sound systems, projectors, cameras, etc. a plus.
  • Lots of energy and a good sense of humor.
  • Interest in being part of a team for the duration of the project (4 years).

How to apply

To respond to this opportunity, please go to:

Washington, District of Columbia
Challenger Center for Space Science Education

422 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, US