Manager, Science Career Continuum

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Glencoe, IL
United States

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The Science Career Continuum manager oversees College First and Science First, two well-established summer science-enrichment programs for Chicago Public Schools students in grades 8-12, and assists with placement of program alumni into college internships at the Garden. The manager schedules and hosts regular monthly meetings with students during the school year, arranges and leads trips to colleges and annual field trip research trips, hires teaching staff, and tracks student performance during the program and after they graduate to encourage successful transition to college and pursuit of STEM careers.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

Recruit and select students, hire and manage summer teaching staff, supervise curriculum development, establish program policies, identify science mentorships for College First students, and complete all tasks required to prepare for a successful summer program.
Oversee daily operations of eight-week summer program, College First and Science First, to ensure the program runs smoothly; work with science department to support success of College First alumni placed into Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).
Plan and deliver monthly meetings for College First (and Science First students, as appropriate) during the school year on topics that will help student pursue a successful path to college and career (e.g., financial aid, college selection, and resume writing.)
Organize and lead students on an annual, multiple-day environmental field research field trip and an overnight trip to a college outside of the Chicago area.
Maintain contact with former students to encourage and support their career pathways; send annual questionnaire to past program participants to track progress; collect data and update information into the participant database on an ongoing basis.
Work with the development department to support fundraising efforts.
Participate in the planning and implementation of Garden-wide educational events for the public; represent the Garden and the education department at events, conferences, and professional meetings.
Complete all required education department administrative tasks: budget oversight, departmental reporting, strategic planning, and other tasks as assigned.


Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Strong interest in steering students of color into STEM careers, especially in the environmental and botanical sciences.
Master's degree in science, science education, museum education, or related field preferred.
Minimum three years of experience teaching middle- or high school-level science topics in a school or other educational setting such as a public garden, nature center, or museum; familiarity with best practices in science education.
Experience supervising instructors, interns, and other program staff.
Experience leading overnight trips with high school students is a plus.
A valid driver's license.
Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Physical Demands: 
Indoor and outdoor teaching. Ability to supervise activities for extended periods of time, which may require standing, walking, or moving on different kinds of terrain (gravel path, lawn, brick pavers, asphalt, concrete). Ability to lift 30 pounds. Use of a two-way radio and standard office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines. Regular working hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with adjustments when programs demand an earlier start, staying later, or weekends. Occasional weekend work is required. Ability to lead one or two multiple-day, overnight trips with teenagers to do field research and/or college visits.

Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.