ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
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.

DEPARTMENT ROLE
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.

FUNCTION
Serve as the project lead in the implementation and coordination of the Autism Access Initiative consisting of a portfolio of informal STEAM education programs for young learners, caregivers, educators and visitors with a focus on neurodivergent learners. The Early Childhood Instructor will also collaborate on other educational projects targeting neurodiverse learners and providing expertise on best practices in program development and implementation.

The Early Childhood Instructor will also be responsible for training and supervising Early Childhood Associates or interns to ensure project deliverables are met and support administrative needs (material ordering, storage maintenance, statistics, etc.) for the Early Childhood Division. This position is a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and implement innovative and developmentally appropriate STEAM lessons and activities with a focus on neurodiverse learners that align with NYSCI’s institutional philosophy, science standards, and early childhood grant project goals.
  • Coordinate all aspects of our Autism Access Initiative including participant recruitment, program delivery, and program assessments.
  • Collaborate on other projects across divisions to provide expertise and assist with the development and implementation of education programs for neurodiverse learners of various ages.
  • Deliver onsite and offsite workshops, events or activities in support of early childhood initiatives for families, educators or students.
  • Maintain materials inventory, reports and statistics that correspond to Early Childhood programs and events.
  • Supervise and train Early Childhood Associates/ Interns through check in meetings and providing assignments relating to project or division needs.
  • Supervise and train Explainers assigned to the facilitation programs for neurodiverse learners.
  • Oversee the maintenance of early childhood division materials, supplies and storage areas.
  • Assist in other Education Services duties as needed.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Early Childhood Associate, interns and/or assigned Explainers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.A. or equivalent degree in appropriate field.
  • 1-2 years’ experience developing and delivering STEAM programs for neurodiverse learners and early childhood audiences.
  • 2-3 year’s experience working in informal learning field or similar organization.
  • Must be available to work weekends with some occasional evenings.
  • Ability to physically lift or move materials or equipment during storage maintenance or supply deliveries.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • An experienced practitioner in creating, modifying and delivering programs for neurodivergent learners.
  • Familiar with teaching strategies and pedagogy for informal settings that support creative, engaged learning experiences for young learners, caretakers, and educators.
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team with highly effective organizational skills.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Highly personable and energetic, able to generate enthusiasm and have fun in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Experience serving diverse audiences.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Museum education background

COMPENSATION
$45,000 annual salary and an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@nysci.org. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls.

The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.

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