Part Time Maker Space Instructor

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title:      Part Time Maker Space Instructor

Department:         Education Services

Reports to:           Director of Maker Programming

Background: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, with a mission to nurture generations of passionate learners, critical thinkers and active citizens. 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.

Departmental Role: The Education Services department develops and implements innovative programs that provide students and teachers with experiences focused on STEM learning. One of our goals is to reach underserved audiences to increases science awareness and inspire excitement in learners of all ages. Education Services is a highly collaborative group of educators working with a variety of NYSCI staff and community leaders to support initiatives and create sustainable programming that integrates best practices from the informal education field. We leverage these partnerships to create opportunities to seek further funding.

Function: The Maker Space is an area of the museum providing hands on STEM activities engaging visitors with tinkering and making experiences. The role of Maker Space Instructor will be to develop, implement and facilitate activities for a variety of programmatic needs.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate all aspects of after school programming for visitors in Maker Space including planning of activities, training casual staff and project reflection and dissemination on Maker Space blog.
  2. Collaborate with NYSCI staff to create and implement maker related programming appropriate with various age groups and audiences.
  3. Assist in collecting general statistics that correspond to Maker Space and reporting on program implementation.
  4. Work with Maker Space staff maintaining all Maker Space materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
  5. Complete other tasks as assigned by the Director of Maker Programming.

Supervisory Responsibilities: High school or college students

Qualifications

Education:           Undergraduate student or above.

Experience:         At least one year experience working in an informal educational setting with youth or families.

Knowledge:           

  • Experience developing innovative programming for informal settings.
  • Experience facilitating and managing an informal learning space.
  • An effective collaborator with a strong base in making and problem solving.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly in written and spoken form, with an interest in Social Media.
  • Comfortable with hands-on approach to learning, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies.
  • A maker space, arts, science center or children’s museum background is preferred.

Hours Required:

  • Must be able to work Monday – Friday from 2pm-7pm during the school year
  • Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the work schedule a plus.
  • Ability to work flexible hours during the summer.

 

Compensation: $20 an hour, Part Time position (25 hours per week) with excellent benefits

 

HOW TO APPLY:

 

Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter. No calls please.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2016

Targeted Start Date: Immediate Hire

Email to: David Wells at dwells@nysci.org

Please include job title in subject line.

 

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