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: Queens 20/20 is a partnership between the museum and the community it serves most directly in Corona, Queens. Corona is in a high-needs and highly aspirational community with a population that includes over 100,000 first and second generation Americans. During the 2017-18 school year, NYSCI is starting up a new parent and family engagement initiative, Parent University, to engage parents, parent coordinators from local schools, and other partner organizations in ongoing STEM learning opportunities at NYSCI and in the community. By supporting parents as learners, NYSCI seeks to help parents become more involved in their children’s STEM education.
Queens 20/20 is seeking a program manager to coordinate the day-to-day planning and implementation of Parent University programming. The program manager will work across multiple departments, drawing on their expertise and aligning programmatic goals to ensure that the activities of Queens 20/20 and Parent University are aligned and strategically coordinated. Specifically, the Program Manager will work with NYSCI colleagues to help to coordinate and implement the following aspects of Parent University: (1) community partnerships that provide programming aimed at meeting parents’ needs (e.g., ELL courses); (2) parent ambassador activities and incentives; (3) community festival planning and programming; (4) middle and high school STEM fair (5) liaison work with parent coordinators and school district partners.
Queens 20/20 is part of NYSCI’s Research, Exhibits, and Programs (REP) department, which includes almost 50 researchers, STEM educators, exhibit designers, and program and curriculum developers. The group works in a variety of configurations to develop and implement creative, participatory learning experiences that support and develop the curiosity of children, families, and teachers. Internally the REP department is a learning community and contributes to NYSCI mission by engaging in work that has a direct impact on the quality of visitor experiences. Externally, REP staff present at conferences, serve on advisory boards, participate in national and international meetings, and produce papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Work in collaboration with education and community engagement staff to develop a scope and sequence of activities for a parent ambassador program.
- Work collaboratively with other departments in planning and implementing special events for the community.
- Coordinate with and support external partners who deliver Parent University programming at NYSCI.
- Monitor and ensure timely delivery of project deliverables associated with grant funding for Parent University.
- Contribute to and participate in external presentations about Parent University and Queens 20/20 at conferences and workshops.
- Meet with representatives from local schools, churches, and community-based organizations as needed to gather feedback, share information, or support program planning.
- Complete other tasks as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or museum or Latino studies required. Master’s degree in a related area preferred.
Experience: Five years experience working in informal learning field or similar organization. Demonstrated experience developing and delivering science programs for students, teachers, and families is required.
Knowledge and professional skills:
- Commitment to the philosophy and mission of New York Hall of Science.
- Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
- Experience in working with diverse audiences.
- Ability to work independently and plan and organize with others.
- Experience developing innovative and novel STEM content.
- Experience working with educators, young people and parents.
- Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
- Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math as well as family engagement research and literature a plus.
- Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Compensation: Commensurate with education, skills, and experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
Time Commitment: Full-time
HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements. No calls, please.
Application Deadline: August 4, 2017
Targeted Start Date: September 11, 2017
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.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.