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, 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 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.
About the Position
NYSCI Neighbors is a museum-wide initiative and has the long-term commitment of NYSCI’s CEO and board of trustees. In 2011, NYSCI staff began developing community partnerships under the umbrella of NYSCI Neighbors with the goal of countering summer learning loss. The first year the program quickly enrolled 120 families and gave them access to over three hundred museums, low-cost entry to NYSCI, and bilingual science demonstrations. In the following years, the program grew to 700 families, expanded the number of community partners, and developed year-round activities including work with ten K-8 schools and their Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Coordinators. The program is now focused on four areas: creative STEM learning, family engagement and family empowerment, academic and career awareness, and a national network for collective impact.
The NYSCI Neighbors community work sits within the Research, Exhibits and Program department of NYSCI which includes 50 researchers, informal STEM educators, exhibit designers, and program curriculum developers. We embrace and benefit from the professional and personal diversity of our team’s expertise, perspectives, and experiences. The group works in a variety of configurations to develop and implement creative, participatory learning experiences that awaken curiosity of children, families, and teachers. The department team aspires to be a learning community, and to contribute to NYSCI as a learning community, through openness, curiosity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create an informed environment through internal communication and participation in external networks of partners and collaborators.
The Coordinator of NYSCI Neighbors Engagement & Outreach will have two goals: 1) the primary goal of the coordinator will be to work externally to build connections and continue NYSCI’s relationships with our network of twenty schools; 2) a secondary goal of the coordinator will be work with the research team in REP as well as Educational services team to coordinate all of the work NYSCI is doing with our partner schools. This will include camps, academies (Google Academy, Maker Academy etc.).
To achieve the primary goal the Coordinator of NYSCI Neighbors will work closely with school principals and parent coordinators to ensure there is constant communications with school partners. To achieve the second goal, the coordinator will work with colleagues across the institution to ensure NYSCI’s presence in schools is coordinated.
This position is currently funded through December 2021.
- Create positive and working relationships with partner school administrators, science teachers and parent coordinators in our school network.
- Engage with students and families at events including: Family STEM Nights, Parent Teacher Conferences, and PTA meetings.
- Collaborate with Education Services Coordinator and Manager of Community Programs to recruit students and families for NYSCI Neighbors programs.
- Establish trusting and positive relationship with students and families.
Program Design & Implementation
- Work with NYSCI Neighbors team to develop STEM activities to facilitate at community events at our partner sites.
- Assist with planning and implementing events at NYSCI.
- Oversee and execute event logistics to ensure events run smoothly.
- Monitor and maintain program supplies.
- Transcribe and maintain data from Parent Ambassador program.
- Collaborate with Research Associate and Manager of Community Programs to utilize data to make strategic improvements to grow the audience and impact of program.
- Complete other tasks as assigned.
- Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
- Must be available to work evenings and weekends on occasion.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in appropriate field.
- Two years of experience working in museums and museum education, community engagement initiatives, youth development and general technical assistance.Knowledge of STEM learning and the unique opportunities that can be leveraged through science centers and other kinds of informal learning organizations.
- Fluency in Spanish.
- Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the New York Hall of Science.
- Demonstrable experience in working with teams, with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
- Interpersonal skills to organize and work cooperatively and effectively with individuals and groups.
- Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
- Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math.
- Passion and knowledge for community engagement and youth development.
- Able to work evenings/weekends.
- Ability to communicate with people inside and outside the organization, representing the organization to the public and other external sources in person in writing or by telephone.
Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
How To Apply
Qualified candidates should send their resume with cover letter firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls, please.
June 7, 2019
Targeted Start Date
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.