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 Programs Assistant is responsible for the development and implementation of onsite and offsite educational programs for students, families and teachers including group workshops, outreaches, after school programs and other education programs as assigned. This individual will collaborate regularly with a team of Science Instructors and Science Program Assistant(s) to create and deliver innovative programs and maintain the standards and quality of lessons delivered to our various audiences.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach and facilitate onsite and offsite programs for families, teachers and students on a STEM variety of topics.
  • Design and develop age-appropriate lessons or activities that aligns with institutional philosophy, STEM standards, or grant project goals.
  • Lead and carry out all operational and logistical duties associated with program delivery including planning meetings, communication notices, materials set-up/take-down, program debriefing, etc.
  • Collaborate with other NYSCI staff to meet all outcomes and deliverables associated with programs or projects.
  • Assist in the coordination and participation of large scale and small-scale events including student showcases, project culminating events, Family Days and Big Science Days.
  • Perform administrative duties related to assigned programs including recruitment, registration, statistics, phone calls, etc.
  • Assist in maintenance of labs, storage areas, materials acquisition, and inventory.
  • Perform additional duties to assist other Education Services programs as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science or a related field or a High School diploma (or equivalent) with 3 years of undergraduate student experience in education, science or related field.
  • Ability to physically lift or move materials or equipment during storage maintenance or supply deliveries.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • 2-3 years of demonstrated experience with teaching hands-on STEM with diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency in communicating and teaching STEM focused lessons.
  • Demonstrated record of reliability in attendance, program delivery and scheduling.
  • Must be available to work evenings or weekends as needed and willing to travel offsite for programs.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 years of experience as a program Associate in Education Services at NYSCI
  • Driver’s License and ability to drive within the 5 boroughs

COMPENSATION
$40,000 annual salary and an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nysci.org. Please include the job title in the 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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