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
The Manager of Family Learning and Community Partnerships executes the development, implementation and growth of NYSCI’s community engagement programs and partnerships in collaboration with multiple NYSCI departments and community stakeholders to create an interconnected suite of STEM learning opportunities and positions NYSCI as a welcoming and trusted educational partner with our community.

The Manager of Family Learning and Community Partnerships will be responsible for cultivating relationships with community partners, including but not limited to schools, leading collaborative group meetings with other NYSCI departments, and overseeing a robust portfolio of family learning experiences that are responsive to community needs and align with NYSCI core assets. The Manager will also represent NYSCI’s community engagement initiatives and model through presentations, conferences, publications, media, and other networks and assist the Director of Family Learning and Community Partnerships in the long-term, strategic growth, integration and alignment of all of NYSCI’s community engagement efforts.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the implementation of collaborative groups with community partners, including schools, and internal NYSCI departments to co-design community engagement experiences and establish consistent practices for assessing and responding to community needs in alignment with NYSCI core assets.
  • Cultivate and develop partnerships with community stakeholders to establish consistent procedures and practices for engaging our local community to co-design experiences, collect needs assessment data, and share program impact and highlights.
  • Guide the design, development and implementation of family engagement experiences and resources that foster multi-generational learning for our community including but not limited to STEM Family days, community festivals and outreaches, and our Family Ambassador program that integrates successful professional learning strategies for parents to support their child’s learning.
  • Collaborate with Education Services staff and other NYSCI departments to implement community engagement programs/events, and develop shared responsibility and routines for making NYSCI a welcoming space for engaging our community across departments.
  • Create project report narratives and develop new concepts for family learning or community engagement grant funded opportunities that are aligned with NYSCI initiatives and best practices.
  • Act as a representative of NYSCI’s community engagement initiatives and family engagement model through conferences, network meetings, publications, social media, etc.
  • Maintain all budgets relating to grant projects. Ensure documentation and appropriate data are collected that will inform program implementation and reporting.
  • Supervise and train 2 FT Coordinators dedicated to implementing a robust set of family engagement STEM learning experiences and events by delegating roles/responsibilities, conduct project team meetings to support professional growth/accountability and ensure meeting all grant deliverables.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and assist in other Education Services duties as needed.
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    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
    2 Full-time Coordinators

    QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.A. or equivalent degree in science, education, museum studies or relevant field.
  • 3 years of experience designing and implementing family learning programs for diverse audiences with an emphasis on Latino families
  • 2 years of experience developing and implementing professional learning workshops for educators or adults
  • 4-5 years of experience demonstrating leadership in overseeing community engagement programs or initiatives
  • 4-5 year of experience demonstrating successfully establishing and growing collaborative partnerships with community leaders and community based organizations.
  • Fluency in Spanish (Oral and Written)
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    RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Familiar with progressive pedagogy and culturally relevant teaching strategies for formal and informal settings that supports creative engaged learning for parents, caregivers and their children.
  • Extensive knowledge on best practices in designing, implementing, and evaluating family learning and community engagement programs to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Ability to cultivate teacher knowledge and increase confidence
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written; with excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • 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. Develop policies, procedures, methods & standards within the department and in collaboration with staff.
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    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
    M.A. degree in the appropriate field

    COMPENSATION
    $65,000 annual salary; includes 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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