Science Instructor

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Science Instructor

Department: Education Services

Reports to: Vice President for Education Services

Job Code: 25-3021

FLSA: Exempt (Administrative)

Background: The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations and design activities that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.

Our mission is to bring the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers, and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn.

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: Design and implement teacher professional development, student programs, STEM curriculum development, out of school time programming and other educational services to meet grant project deliverables and earned income goals.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Design and implement STEM curriculum that aligns with institutional philosophy for grant-related and earned-income related programs.
  2. Implement online, onsite and offsite courses for teacher professional development correlating to science standards.
  3. Deliver onsite and offsite student programs including workshops, after school programming and outreaches on a variety of science topics.
  4. Assist in the coordination and participation of large scale and small-scale education events including Maker Faire, Science Fairs, and Big Science Days.
  5. Act as project leader or team member and collaborate with other NYSCI staff to meet all outcomes and deliverables associated with grant projects.
  6. Attend various conference/workshops/promotional events to participate or lead sessions/presentations representing NYSCI throughout the year.
  7. Assist in the maintenance of labs, equipment and storage areas.
  8. Perform inventory of materials and equipment as needed for programs.
  9. Assist with other Education Services programs as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or museum studies required. Master’s degree in related area preferred

Experience: 5 years experience working in an informal learning field or similar organization. Demonstrated experience developing and delivering science programs for students, teachers and families.

Knowledge:       

  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY Hall of Science.
  • Experience developing innovative and novel content for informal settings.
  • Knowledge of youth growth and development; of programmatic responses to youth strengths and needs.
  • Ability to plan and organize the activities of others.
  • Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams of educators with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Able to identify the educational needs of others, developing educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Experience serving diverse audiences.
  • Evenings/Weekends
    1. Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
  • Customer Service
    1. Ability to communicate with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public and other external sources, in person, in writing or by telephone.
    2. Ability to actively listen to what others are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate and not interrupt at inappropriate times.
    3. Ability to provide information to supervisors, co-workers represent the organization to customers, the public and other external sources, in person, in writing or by telephone.
  • Management/Leadership
    1. Ability to establish long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them. Develop policies, procedures, methods & standards within the department.
    2. Work with staff to identify their developmental needs then coach, mentor or otherwise help them to improve their knowledge or skills.

A science center, natural history museum, 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:      September 30, 2014
Targeted Start Date:        October 1, 2014

Email to: jobs@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 / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.