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: Oversee the implementation and growth of an activity area on the exhibition floor –Maker Space – dedicated to participatory processes of visitors’ making, tinkering and exploring STEM content through hands-on approaches.
The Maker Space Coordinator will be responsible for developing innovative maker programming, training and supervising Maker Space staff and maintaining the Maker Space activity area.

 

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate all aspects of Maker Space programming for students, teachers and families including curriculum development, program implementation and basic day-to-day operations of the space.
  2. Collaborate with NYSCI staff and outside partners to meet deliverables associated with grant funded maker projects and develop Maker Space as a resource for STEM learning.
  3. Supervise, train and schedule Maker Space staffing to assist in the facilitation of programs including Explainers and residents.
  4. 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.
  5. Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all Maker Space materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
  6. Assist in other Education Services duties as needed.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Residents and Explainers.

 

Qualifications

Education: B.A. or equivalent degree in appropriate field.

 

Experience: Two year’s experience conducting creative hands-on activities using hand tools, electronics, computer software/hardware and other various technologies.

 

Knowledge:

  • Familiar with teaching strategies in informal and formal settings that support creative engaged learning for all students, teachers and families.
  • An experienced practitioner in the maker processes and alignment to STEM content or standards.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams 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 and capacity to use social media.
  • Interest/abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication.
  • Evenings/Weekends
    • 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 Maker Space Coordinator as the subject line. No calls please.

Email to: 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