Early Childhood Education Associate

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, 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 and participation in a variety of events, research and design 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 not only invites broad participation, but also makes learning and engagement irresistible. NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

Function: The responsibility of the Early Childhood Education Associate is the development and implementation of programs for young learners, their caregivers and educators.

Responsibilities: 

  1. Teach and facilitate onsite and offsite early childhood programs for families, teachers and students.
  2. Design and develop age appropriate lessons or activities that aligns with institutional philosophy, STEM standards, early childhood initiatives or grant project goals.
  3. Act as project leader or team member and collaborate with other NYSCI staff to meet all outcomes and deliverables associated with programs or projects.
  4. Oversee the operations and maintenance of early childhood program or activity spaces.
  5. Assist in the coordination and participation of large scale and small-scale events including Maker Faire, Science Fairs, Family Days and Big Science Days.
  6. Perform administrative duties including recruitment, registration, statistics, phone calls, etc.
  7. Assist in maintenance of labs, storage areas, materials acquisition, and inventory.
  8. Perform additional duties to assist other Education Services programs as assigned.

 Qualifications:

Undergraduate student or above with a background in early childhood education, science, technology, engineering or math or museum experience preferred.

Demonstrated experience with teaching hands-on STEM in with diverse audiences.

Availability: Must be available to work on weekend days.    

Compensation: Hourly position at $15 per hour, 20 hours per week

HOW TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should send resume with cover letter. No calls, please.

Email to: sperez@nysci.org

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The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.