Senior Educator, IQST
Department: Teaching & Learning
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 Senior Educator for IQST will coordinate, develop and implement science teacher education courses through the Museum’s Institute for Quality Science Teaching, a component of MSI’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE).
The position reports to the Manager, Institute for Quality Science Teaching and works collaboratively with other IQST educators to provide area teachers with ongoing training and support relating to science curriculum/content and inquiry-based teaching strategies, as well as graduate/certification credit, with the goal of expanding and enhancing the pool of qualified and passionate STEM educators.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and implement teacher education programs in accordance with the Institute for Quality Science Teaching, Center for Advancement of Science Education (CASE) priorities and guidelines.
- Participate in planning, teaching and evaluating each of the individual lessons/activities that comprise the IQST courses, while acting as the lead instructor for one of the periodic courses. Courses address environmental science, geology/water/earth systems, energy, anatomy/biology, and space/solar system science.
- Continually monitor programs for quality assurance via evaluation; make recommendations and implement modifications based on evaluation findings.
- Manage coursework and written submissions (portfolios) for teacher participants, particularly those who elect to receive graduate school credit.
- Assist in maintaining the IQST website, which contains teacher course curricular materials.
- Coordinate the selection, ordering and organization of program supplies and consumables.
- Remain current in and apply best practices in teacher education and science education for primary, middle and secondary students, including alignment of course content to applicable science standards (NGSS).
- Collaborate with other Teaching and Learning Department teams to ensure all programs align with overall CASE objectives and are relevant to local, state and national education standards.
- Hire, train, schedule and supervise materials assistant, volunteers and interns.
- Serve as a liaison to create and maintain productive partnerships with education communities and external organizations, such as professional groups, universities and school districts.
- 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.
- Compile financial reports and maintain program budgets.
- Track and report program attendance. Maintain program documentation.
- Collaborate with Marketing Department to raise awareness of CASE programs and initiatives and recruit program participants.
- Collaborate with External Affairs Department on grant proposals and reports.
- 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.
- Masters’ degree or equivalent experience in science, education or related discipline, or 5+ years of related experience and/or training is preferred.
- Experience with science education and other STEM content required.
- Experience in developing and delivering programs for teachers required.
- Experience with middle grades students and teachers preferred.
- Candidates must have a strong understanding of and experience with non-traditional learning environments and informal learning strategies.
- Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas.
- Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
- Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills.
- An ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills.
- Bilingual ability a plus.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher) required.
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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