Coordinator, Student Experiences
Department: Education & Guest Services
Status: Full Time
The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.
The Coordinator of Student Experiences is responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing facilitated, hands-on education programs for on and off-site groups, within the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE). This includes, but is not limited to, implementing the Museum’s NASA funded initiative, Mission to Mars – a program for middle school students (grades 6-8) and their teachers. In addition, the coordinator will collaborate with the Student Experiences team on the design and implementation of Learning Labs, MedLab, and Live…from the Heart.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Research, develop and implement science education programs for the student audience, including Learning Labs, Live…from the Heart, Mission to Mars, MedLab, exhibit guides and other on and off-site programs for school groups, in accordance with the Center for Advancement of Science Education (CASE) priorities and guidelines.
- Communicate with internal staff and external partners regarding program logistics. Act as liaison to create and maintain productive partnerships with formal education community and other internal and external partners.
- Work with External Affairs and Finance Department on record keeping and reporting for grants, including attendance tracking, hours, financial reports, etc. as dictated by grant guidelines.
- Review existing content material, strategies, and research/evaluation to make recommendations and implement approved modifications.
- Maintain working knowledge of local, state and national education standards. Collaborate across the Teaching and Learning Department to ensure all programs align with overall CASE objectives and address relevant standards.
- Continually monitor programs for quality assurance via evaluation; make recommendations and implement modifications based on evaluation findings.
- Apply best practices in science education for school aged children.
- Supervise and coordinate volunteers and interns.
- Order and maintain materials and supplies; track and report program attendance and maintain program documentation.
- Collaborate with Marketing Department to raise awareness of CASE programs and initiatives and recruit program participants.
- Participate in assigned working groups and on cross-department/division Museum teams.
- Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.).
- Assist with other CASE programs and collaborations as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related discipline required.
- 3-5 years of prior science teaching experience in a formal or informal setting.
- A strong understanding of and experience with informal learning strategies and a variety of learning environments, including schools, science centers, and/or museums.
- Science program development experience required.
- Experience with middle grades students and teachers preferred.
- Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas.
- Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills.
- Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills.
- Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher) required.
- Bilingual ability is a plus.
The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science centers in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist — a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you.
The Museum of Science and Industry is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.
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