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: 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 NYSCI Neighbors Associate will have two goals: 1) the primary goal of the associate will be to work internally to provide support and oversee Youth Ambassadors and families during our Homework Zone, our space in which children develop healthy homework habits; 2) a secondary goal for the associate will be to work with the NYSCI Neighbors team supporting community engagement and outreach.

This position is funded through December 2021 and possibly longer.

Principal Responsibilities:
● Effectively manage and oversee approximately eight Youth Ambassadors, high school and college students who support Homework Zone, space in which children develop healthy homework habits.
● Create welcoming and inviting environment at Homework Zone for families.
● Monitor and maintain Homework Zone program supplies.
● Establish trusting and positive relationship with students and families.
● Facilitate activities at community events at our partner sites.
● Complete other tasks as assigned.
● Must have a flexible schedule: ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion.

Qualifications:
● Upper undergraduate student or recent graduate with a background in education or community development.
● Experience working in museums and museum education, community engagement initiatives, or youth development. Experience in formal and informal STEM learning.

Knowledge:
● Fluency in Spanish
● Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY 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.

Compensation: $18 /hr

Time Commitment: Casual time, 15-20 hours per week, flexible weekday afternoons

Application deadline: October 27,2019; Targeted start date: November 11, 2019.

Email to: jobs@nysci.org , Please include job title in the 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.