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STEM Curiosity Lab Program Coordinator
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, May 23, 2022, 5:00pm
Organizational Overview: Founded in 1998, Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As an employee of our organization, you are a member of an inclusive and dynamic team that values community, professionalism, collaboration, diversity, equity, a positive work environment and a passion for the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community. For more information, please visit: Why Walking Mountains?
Position Overview: The STEM Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating, and teaching the STEM Curiosity Lab afterschool program for 6th-8th grade students at their middle schools. Primary responsibilities include program instruction, curriculum development and revision, and materials management. The STEM Coordinator also collaborates with contract co-instructors, graduate fellows, and other Walking Mountains staff who help teach the program. This position works closely with the Girls in Science and Family Engagement Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
● Coordinate program logistics at each school while fostering working relationships with school administration, office staff, teachers, and parents.
● Actively market and promote the STEM Curiosity Lab program to enroll diverse groups of students throughout the school year
● Collaborate with the GIS and Family Engagement Manager to help retain and advance 5th grade GIS students into STEM Curiosity Lab.
● Build program awareness through social media, web, and print materials in partnership with Walking Mountains’ marketing staff.
● Recruit, hire, and collaborate with part-time STEM Curiosity Lab co-instructors.
- Assist with mentoring and supervising Foley Graduate Fellows who are also STEM Curiosity Lab co-instructors.
- Assist with mentoring and supervising seasonal winter naturalists who are helping with STEM Curiosity Lab as part of their Community Programs Internship.
● Create, purchase, develop, and maintain detailed inventory and organizational system for all materials, equipment supplies, and lesson plans.
● Maintain and continue to develop a comprehensive curriculum in STEM education for 6th-8th grade students.
- Ensure curriculum content is engaging, student-centered, inquiry-based, scientifically accurate, age-appropriate.
- Create a balance of all categories of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in the curriculum.
- Add opportunities for students to apply STEM topics to environmental stewardship efforts.
- Work with staff at UCAR’s STEM Career Connections program to include program resources into the STEM Curiosity Lab curriculum sequence.
- Collaborate with Girls in Science and Family Engagement Manager to develop a diversity and flow of lessons between elementary and middle school level programs and envision an expansion program opportunity into high school programs.
● Plan and coordinate field trips to meet with adult professional STEM mentors.
● Assist the Girls in Science and Family Engagement Manager in implementing family engagement efforts to actively engage STEM Curiosity Lab families in evening, weekend, and end-of-schoolyear events
● Design weeklong STEM-related summer science camps in collaboration with the Youth Programs Coordinator – Summer Camp.
● Document student attendance, pre- and post- unit assessment and interest surveys, and parent and teacher survey data while maintaining effective systems for tracking and evaluating data. Use data to influence future program decisions.
● Write a detailed and comprehensive annual report of the STEM Curiosity Lab program.
● Co-teach weekly STEM Curiosity Lab afterschool programs at three public middle schools.
● Establish a safe, healthy, supportive, and collaborative learning environment for students and co-instructors.
● Collaborate with middle school teachers to align STEM Curiosity Lab curriculum with their classroom instruction.
● Align activities with student interests and allow for flexibility in content week to week.
● Co-teach three summer science camps, focusing on STEM-based camps.
● Maintain a personal knowledge of the evolving field of science and STEM education theory and trends, hands-on and inquiry-based education, and other pertinent educational philosophy and use this to continue to grow and develop the STEM Curiosity Lab program.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
● Actively participate in Walking Mountains Science Center staff meetings, committees, and staff retreats
● Attend and assist in Youth Programs seasonal training and professional development
● Assist and/or substitute teach within other Youth Programs, as needed
● Other duties, as assigned
● CPR/First Aid Certification
● Bachelor’s Degree in Education or STEM-Related Field
● At least one year K-8 formal or informal teaching experience
● Knowledge of inquiry-based learning
● Detail-oriented, organized, and able to provide exceptional customer service
● Self-motivated, team oriented, and creative
● Positive, flexible, and friendly
● Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
● Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
● Teaching experience in science, math, technology or elementary education or related fields
● Ability to communicate in Spanish
● Curriculum design and development experience
● 55% desk-based office work, 30% classroom-based program instruction, 15% other (travel, materials procurement, etc.).
● Open office work environment.
- Ability and flexibility to work remotely when not teaching or needing to be on campus (set up through the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy).
● Frequent collaboration with Girls in Science and Family Engagement Manager
● Personal vehicle preferred to travel to/from schools where programs are offered. Organization vehicles are available at times.
Compensation and Benefits:
- $43,000-$45,000 starting annual salary
- Employer-supplemented health, dental, and vision insurance on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment
- 401(k) plan with employer match
- 15 days of PTO (starting), 12 paid holidays, and 12 days sick leave
- Flexible Spending Account and Healthcare Savings Account options
- Life insurance and short-term disability insurance
- Discounted ski pass (Vail and Beaver Creek resorts)
- Professional Development opportunities
Contact: For more information and details on the application and interview process, please contact Lara Carlson, Senior Programs Director, (970) 827-9725x129 or email@example.com
How to Apply:
● Complete the online application and upload resume and cover letter on our employment page: https://www.walkingmountains.org/job-opening-stem-curiosity-lab-coordinator/
● Applicants are encouraged to include and describe any pertinent personal and professional experience in a cover letter when applying.