Virtual Learning Specialist

Division / Title
Education / Virtual Learning Specialist

Reporting relationship
Senior Education Manager

Job Summary
Oversees Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC)’s virtual learning portfolio. Primary responsibilities include the design, development, implementation and content quality of both free and fee-based distance learning programs and digital educational resources associated with LMC. Responsible for growing visibility, reach, engagement and evaluation of all programs in the virtual learning portfolio, including online digital resources. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Core Responsibilities
Oversees and is responsible for the development, implementation and continued maintenance of free and fee-based online programs and courses.
Develops comprehensive distance learning programs that support the understanding of marine science and human-ocean connection including, but not limited to LMC’s Virtual Coastal Classroom series, virtual field trips, virtual speaker series, virtual summer camp and micro-credentialing courses.
Creates highly creative and engaging virtual curricula and digital resources.
Maintains the scientific integrity of virtual programs, ensuring accuracy and close mission-alignment throughout curriculum development and delivery.
Collaborates with LMC’s Oceans of Opportunity initiative partners to engage underserved and/or under-represented groups in virtual learning programs.
Coordinates with partners to modify and improve current curriculum-based Virtual Field Trip programming to fit evolving classroom needs.
Keeps current on distance learning and online educational tools and strategies.
Provides support to Education team to track inventory and expenses for virtual programming.
Provides effective evaluations for online programming to enhance program effectiveness and measure impact.
Trains appropriate Education Division staff members and volunteers to assist as needed with facilitation of virtual learning programs.
Facilitates live and pre-recorded virtual programming with enthusiasm, using best practices in virtual learning theory and engagement.
Keeps current on the local and global virtual education landscape, adapting to external challenges and seeking opportunities to connect with virtual learners.
Coordinates other educational programs as needed.
Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
Self-motivated; passionate about ocean health and the importance of scientific communication.
Demonstrated excellence in communication (written, oral, and public) and understanding of marine science and conservation principles.
Possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or hold a minimum of three (3) years of relevant professional experience leading environmental education programs, preferably using various virtual learning platforms.
Technical knowledge of post-processing and video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
Thrive in a highly-visible, learner-facing environment, including virtual, indoor and outdoor spaces; Comfortable and experienced with speaking on camera and to a live virtual audience of all ages.
Excellence in virtual learning platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, YouTube, StreamYard) and learning management software, as well as Google Suite and Microsoft programs, such as Publisher, EXCEL, and Word.
Experience with program evaluation tools in addition to knowledge of Florida’s coastal ecosystems and current ocean conservation topics is essential.

About Us
Founded in 1983, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida and today remains free to the public. The Center has grown to become a global leader in the rehabilitation, research, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation and train future generations to do the same. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational STEM education programs and partner with nearly 200 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In late 2021, we will open our new 27,500 square-foot campus expanding our exhibition, education, convening space, and medical facilities and increasing our regional economic impact.

Physical Demands 
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Successful applicants must be comfortable in a highly dynamic environment in an active and busy office or outdoor setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position may involve working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions, and at events that extend into evening and weekend hours. Must be willing and able to travel for offsite programming and possess a valid driver’s license.

This is a salaried and exempt position. The successful incumbent may be required to perform tasks beyond the scope of this job description as requested by the supervisor. This recruitment may be used to select candidates for additional open positions. It is our policy that all team members, including newly hired, transferred, and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory 3 month period on the job. After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis.

To Apply
Interested applicants may submit their resume, cover letter and the names of three references here.