Job Opening – STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator
Job Title: STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator
Department: Youth Programs Outreach
Location: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO 81620
Reports To: Senior Programs Director
Date Posted: 4/25/2022
Application Deadline: Application and interviews will be held until the position is filled.
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 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?
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 a 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-school year events
- Design week long 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 the 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
For more information and details on the application and interview process, please contact Lara Carlson, Senior Programs Director, (970) 827-9725×129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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