Job Title: STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator
Department: Youth Programs
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO 81620
Reports To: Senior Programs Director
Date Posted: December 21, 2018
Application Deadline: January 28, 2018
To Apply: Please upload a current resume, cover letter, sample lesson plan, Walking Mountains Application (download here) and contact information for 3 professional references using the form at the bottom of this page.
FLSA Status: Exempt
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 part of a dynamic organization, you are part of a team of like-minded, spirited colleagues who are passionate about the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community. For more information, please visit our website at www.walkingmountains.org.
The STEM Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating, and teaching STEM after school programming for 6th-8th grade students at their middle schools. Primary responsibilities include program instruction, curriculum development and revision, program evaluation and reporting, and materials management. The STEM Coordinator also hires, supervises, and mentors contract instructors and high school interns who teach the program. This position reports to the Senior Programs Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Maintain and continue to develop comprehensive curriculum in STEM education for 6th-8th grade
- Ensure curriculum content is scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, and aligns with science standards
- Collaborate with Girls in Science Program Coordinator to develop a diversity and flow of lessons between elementary and middle school level programs
- Develop, create, purchase, and maintain program materials
- Design weeklong middle school STEM-related summer science camps
- Plan and implement end-of-year STEM fairs for student participants and their families
- Organize Family STEM Nights and other special events for STEM Curiosity Lab students and their families
- Foster working relationships and coordinate program logistics with school administration and classroom teachers
- Proactively recruit students to participate in the program and manage student application and enrollment process
- Maintain clear and effective communication with parents, teachers, school administrators, and STEM instructors
- Assess student learning and evaluate the program’s success to monitor program effectiveness
- Document student assessment, attendance, student, parent, and teacher survey data and maintain effective systems for tracking and evaluating data
- Recruit, hire, mentor, and supervise part-time STEM program instructors and high school interns
- Develop ongoing training and professional development opportunities for STEM program instructors and high school interns
- Coordinate program logistics, instructional topics, and required teaching materials with STEM program instructors and high school interns
- Build program awareness through social media, web, and print materials in partnership with Walking Mountains’ Marketing staff
- Write a detailed and comprehensive annual report of the STEM Curiosity Lab program
- Give presentations highlighting the implementation and impacts of the STEM Curiosity Lab program to audiences including prospective donors or grant providers, school district, or Walking Mountains’ Board of Directors
- Actively participate in Walking Mountains Science Center staff meetings, committees, and staff retreats
- Design and prepare inquiry-based and engaging STEM-related lessons and learning units
- Teach weekly STEM Curiosity Lab after school program at 3 public middle schools
- Maintain a safe, healthy, supportive, and collaborative learning environment for students
- Collaborate with middle school teachers to align STEM Curiosity Lab curriculum with their classroom instruction
- Plan, prepare, and teach inquiry based and engaging science lessons and programs
- Align activities with student interests and allow for flexibility in content week to week
- Co-teach summer science camps for part of the summer camp season, focusing on STEM based camps
- Maintain a current 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
- Attend and assist in Youth Programs seasonal training and professional development
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, or STEM related field.
- 3-5 years elementary to middle school level teaching experience
- Curriculum development experience
- Knowledge of inquiry-based learning
- Detail-oriented, organized, and able to provide exceptional customer service
- Creative in curriculum design and development
- Positive, flexible, and friendly
- Independently driven team player
- Current driver’s license and safe driving record for the past 5 years
- Secondary Teaching License in science, math or technology, preferred
- Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification, preferred
- Ability to communicate in Spanish, preferred
The STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator works primarily in an indoor open office environment during Monday through Fridays. The STEM Coordinator also teaches middle school students in three school in science classroom and occasionally in outdoor environments with up to 15 students.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary of $32,000-$37,000 DOE; health, dental, and vision insurance; 15 days paid vacation; 12 federal holidays; matching 401K program; discounted ski pass; and professional development opportunities.
Contact: Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; (970) 827 9725 x129.
Please upload a current resume, cover letter, sample lesson plan, Walking Mountains Application (download here) with contact information for 3 professional references using the forms below: