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 Science Coach Instructor supports our Science Coaching Division which provides extensive and long term STEM support through customized one-on-one coaching, high quality professional development workshops, reflective lesson modeling, hands-on preK-12 student programming, and exciting family engagement experiences. NYSCI’s Science Coach model aims to transform and revitalize STEM teaching and learning in a variety of formal and informal education settings. The Science Coach Instructor will be responsible for developing and implementing onsite and offsite STEM programs that align with our science coaching model.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate, develop, and implement science coaching programs including the development of engaging hands-on lessons, activities, and experiences that align with the NYSCI’s institutional philosophy as well as NYC science standards.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to meet the deliverables of projects as well as maintain positive working relationships and strong partnerships for future funding opportunities.
  • Conduct off-site visits to sites in order to implement NYSCI’s science coaching model with schools and community based organizations including conducting needs assessment, partner planning, lesson modeling, co-teaching, observations and, program reflection.
  • Assist in the development, maintenance, organization, setup, and cleanup of science materials, supplies, and equipment at NYSCI and at partner sites (science labs, classroom maker-spaces, CBOs, etc.).
  • Assist in other areas of program support as needed in the Education Services Department including special events, workshops, outreaches, teacher trainings, camps, trips, Big Science Days, conferences, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
No direct supervisory responsibility for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.A. or equivalent degree in appropriate field (science, education, museum studies, etc)
  • At least 1-2 years of experience developing lesson plans and teaching STEM for students, educators, or families in a formal or informal setting in alignment with NYC science standards.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population.
  • Ability to organize and self -manage several projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficient in use of digital platforms and databases including Google Suite/Workspace, Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Flexible scheduling to participate in events outside the workday schedule and must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
  • Capacity to be professional and punctual at work.
  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative without direction.
  • Ability to reflect on practice.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual: Proficiency in English as well as Spanish, Korean, Cantonese, or Mandarin
  • A science center, nature center (zoo, aquarium, botanical), or museum background
  • Formal (DOE public school) and informal education (afterschool, YMCA, museum, nature center, camp, etc.) experience

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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