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, 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

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
The Coordinator of Strategic Education Initiatives is expected to have experience designing a variety of instructional materials and resources, implementing professional development for educators, and working with youth ages K-12. The Coordinator of Strategic Education Initiatives will work closely with Education Services team members to develop and deliver rigorous educational experiences for students, teachers, and families. The particular subject matter will vary, but all will inform how best to organize informal and formal STEM learning experiences to ensure they are equitable, feasible and able to provoke sustained, creative engagement for all learners. The ideal Coordinator of Strategic Education Initiatives should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in one or more disciplines in science along with experience in and commitment to teacher and youth education.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Design and implement professional development programs for teachers and teacher leaders, both in person and online.
  • Maintain online platforms and curate digital content to cultivate and support online communities of practice.
  • Develop and implement instructional materials and curriculum resources suitable for national audiences.
  • Collaborate with NYSCI staff and external partners to meet deliverables associated with grant funded projects.
  • Act as a NYSCI representative by attending meetings and conferences to increase public awareness of NYSCI programs and cultivate partnerships and networks.
  • Assist with Education Services programs for students, teachers and families both onsite and offsite.
  • Assist in other duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • M.S. or equivalent degree in appropriate field.
  • Three to five year’s experience with professional development, informal education, and/or curriculum resource development.
  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the New York Hall of Science.
  • Familiar with progressive pedagogy and teaching strategies for formal and informal settings that support creative engaged learning for all students and teachers.
  • Up-to-date knowledge about designing and implementing professional development programs for teachers and teacher leaders, both in person and online.
  • Knowledgeable about NYS science curriculum, standards and assessment as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.

Evenings/Weekends: Required to participate in events outside the traditional work week schedule as needed.

Compensation: Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

Time Commitment: Full-Time

How To Apply: Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements to jobs@nysci.org. Please include job title in subject line. No phone calls, please.

Application deadline: June 7, 2019

Targeted start date: July 1, 2019