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 Research, Exhibits and Programs (REP) department includes almost 50 researchers, informal STEM educators, exhibit designers, and program and 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 the curiosity of children, families, and teachers. The REP 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 communications and participation in external networks of partners and collaborators.

NYSCI’s Research, Exhibits and Programs department is seeking a project associate to support a new project, titled Playground Physics: Scaling and Sustaining a Technology-Enhanced Middle-School Physics Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation Programs. The Playground Physics program which consists of a digital tool, curriculum, and professional development for teachers aims to expand across New York State and increase 10,000 middle school students’ knowledge of, engagement with, and interest in physics. The project associate is expected to have experience collaborating with designers or developers on the production of a variety of learning resources, implementing a Train-the-Trainers model for coaches, and supporting the development of communities of practice of coaches via face-to-face and online. The project coordinator will work closely with both research colleagues to assist in developing new lines of research and development. 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.

Function: The ideal project associate should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in one or more disciplines in science along with experience in and commitment to teacher education.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of professional development programs for teachers and teacher leaders, both in person and online.
  • Collaborate with NYSCI staff and outside partners to meet deliverables associated with grant funded projects.
  • Maintain online platforms and curate digital content to cultivate and support online communities of practice.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of research activities.
  • Act as a NYSCI representative by attending meetings and conferences to increase public awareness of NYSCI programs, cultivate partnerships and networks that extend NYSCI’s reach beyond the walls.
  • Assist in other duties as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

Experience: 3-5 years’ experience coaching, instructional supervision, training, professional development, mentoring experience, research experience.

Knowledge:

  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the New York Hall of Science.
  • Familiar with progressive pedagogy and teaching strategies for formal 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.
  • Be knowledgeable about NYS middle school science curriculum, standards and assessment.
  • Experience with physics education is preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.

Evenings and 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 resume and cover letter with Playground Physics Project Associate Position as the subject line to jobs@nysci.org. No calls please.

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.