Position Title: Maker Space Coordinator
Department: Education Services
Reports to: Manager of Creative Making and Learning
FLSA Status: Exempt (Professional)
Background: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, with a mission to bring the excitement and understanding of science to children, families and teachers by galvanizing their curiosity and providing creative, participatory ways to learn. Located in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors annually. Since our founding at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has earned an international reputation as a provider of teacher professional development, classroom resources and curricula, out-of-school programming and other educational initiatives. Our exhibitions, programs, and products are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play (DMP). The defining characteristics of Design Make Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate STEM learners.
NYSCI has approximately 110 full-time and over 170 part-time staff-members.
Departmental Role: The Education Services department strategizes, develops and delivers innovative programs that provide students and teachers support in STEM, reaches out to underserved audiences, increases science awareness, excitement and interest in learners of all ages and advances NYSCI’s commitment to rigor, creativity and entrepreneurship. Education Services creates collaborative pathways between other NYSCI departments and initiatives to create a continuum of sustainable programs that integrate best practices, develops local and national partnerships and leverages opportunities to pursue funding.
Function: Oversee the implementation and growth of an activity area on the exhibition floor – the Maker Space – dedicated to participatory processes of visitors’ making, tinkering and exploring STEM content through hands-on approaches.
The Maker Space Weekday Coordinator will be responsible for developing and delivering innovative maker programming, training and supervising Maker Space staff and maintaining the Maker Space activity area.
- Coordinate all aspects of school group workshops in Maker Space including development, implementation and training staff and out of school time programs.
- Collaborate with NYSCI staff and outside partners to create maker related programming and develop Maker Space as a resource for STEM learning.
- Supervise, train and schedule Maker Space staffing to assist in the facilitation of programs including Explainers and Residents.
- Assist in maintaining budgets, reports, and statistics that correspond to Maker Space and attend meetings and conferences to increase public awareness of NYSCI maker programs.
- Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all Maker Space materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
- Complete other tasks as assigned by the Manager of Creative Making and Learning.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Residents and Explainers.
Education: BA or equivalent degree in appropriate field.
Experience: 2 year’s experience working in an informal educational setting with youth or families.
- Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the New York Hall of Science.
- Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning. Experience developing innovative and novel content for informal settings.
- An experienced practitioner and mentor in the making processes.
- Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
- Demonstrable experience in working with teams with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
- An effective collaborator, coordinator, team builder, and mentor and who is skilled at leveraging the talents of others and solving problems.
- Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications and capacity to use social media.
- Comfortable with a hands on approach, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
- Interest/abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication.
- Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
- Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
- A science center or children’s museum background is preferred.
Compensation: Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements. No calls please.
Application Deadline: February 6. 2015
Targeted Start Date: March 2, 2015
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.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