Since its founding at the 1964 – 65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people — children, teachers and families — by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development programs, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.
NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs and products,
all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight —
are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.
NYSCI has approximately 80 full time and over 60 part time staff.
The Education Services team supports NYSCI’s mission by developing and implementing a vast array of innovative educational programs for Pre-K-12th grade students, educators and families. Our programs invite learners to actively engage in the exploration of STEM concepts and practices. The department cultivates many local and national partnerships, including colleges and universities; collaborates on research projects; develops STEM learning resources; and leads educational initiatives with our community to increase science awareness, excitement and interest in learners of all ages.
As part of NYSCI’s community engagement initiative, the Community Partnership Coordinator acts as NYSCI’s community liaison to District 24, builds relationships with other local institutions and organizations, and is responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to plan for and support the co-design and implementation of a series of community engagement events including STEM Family days, outreaches, and large-scale community festivals, that foster multi-generational learning and enrich Pre-K – 12th grade STEM learning across formal and informal settings. The Coordinator will be responsible for managing relationships and communications with a range of external organizations and stakeholders, and will both represent external interests and priorities in a range of internal contexts, and convey the evolving strategic goals and priorities of the institution to those external partners.
The Community Partnership Coordinator will also be responsible for collaborating with the Family Learning Coordinator to support all aspects of NYSCI community engagement initiatives, including assisting with family learning programs, participating in collaborative group meetings with other NYSCI departments, and representing NYSCI’s community engagement initiatives through presentations, conferences, and other networks or partner meetings.
- Act as NYSCI’s community liaison by cultivating relationships with and between District 24 schools/families, community-based organizations, and NYSCI departments to connect, strengthen and expand STEM engagement partnerships within the community.
- Collaborate with Education Services staff and other NYSCI departments to implement community engagement programs/events, create community connections across our work and develop a shared responsibility in creating a welcoming space for engaging our community across departments.
- Actively participate in a collaboration process with a parent advisory group and other collaborative groups to plan and collect feedback that will inform the design and implementation of all community engagement programs to ensure a high quality experience for participants that meets desired program outcomes.
- Plan and implement a series of STEM Family days in partnership with District 24 schools and NYSCI departments to support school educational needs and create a welcoming space for families to explore STEM activities and exhibits.
- Develop and produce a series of consistent large signature events both onsite and offsite to reach a broad range of community members, build familiarity with NYSCI’s offerings and establish NYSCI as a trusted educational space.
- Develop and implement a communication plan including collaborating with the Marketing department, designing and disseminating bilingual promotional materials, planning check-in procedures, and utilizing online and social media platforms to communicate event opportunities.
- Establish and conduct a consistent process for community engagement assessments including project team reflection, observation tools, surveys, participant interviews and other forms of formative and summative assessments that will inform program modifications and program impact on participants.
- Create and maintain a participant database that captures program participant retention rate, demographics, and other statistics that will inform program reporting and recruitment.
- Assist in producing project report narratives and developing new concepts for family learning or community engagement grant funded opportunities aligned with NYSCI initiatives and best practices.
- Assist in the dissemination of NYSCI’s community engagement initiatives and family engagement model through conferences, network meetings, publications, social media, etc.
- Maintain and track budget expenses and storage materials associated with assigned projects.
- Participate in departmental meetings and assist in other Education Services duties as needed.
- B.A. or equivalent degree in science, education, museum studies or relevant field.
- 2-3 years of experience designing and implementing community engagement programs for diverse audiences with an emphasis on Latino families
- 2 years of experience cultivating and growing relationships with community based organizations, schools or parents/caregivers .
- Fluency in Spanish (Oral and written)
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Extensive knowledge of culturally responsive community engagement strategies and best practices for museums, science centers or other informal organizations.
- Experience developing and maintaining tracking systems for contacts and communications.
- Familiar with designing and utilizing a wide variety of program/event assessments and the collection of statistics/databases to inform program modifications.
- Knowledgeable about NYS science curriculum, standards and assessment as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Flexible scheduling to participate in events outside the workday schedule and must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Ability to effectively communicate and actively listen with internal and external stakeholders including partners, program participants, supervisors and other team members.
- Ability to establish long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them.
M.A. degree in the appropriate field
$55,000 annual salary; includes an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
HOW TO APPLY
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