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Posted June 13, 2018
Project Manager
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is hiring a Project Manager, based in Washington, D.C., to provide meeting planning and administrative support to various projects. The position description is below. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to caise@informalscience.org. CAISE will review applications on a rolling basis and begin first interviews the week of June 18, 2018. If you know of someone who might be interested, please forward to your networks!

About CAISE
The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is dedicated to advancing the fields of informal science education (ISE) and science communication by supporting and building on the rich diversity of projects supported by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under a cooperative agreement with NSF, the Center provides resources to the practitioners, researchers, evaluators and other professionals across sectors that include science and visitor centers and museums, trans-media platforms, youth, citizen science and community programs, events, festivals and cafes cyberlearning and gaming, and a growing variety of other settings and environments.

The project’s leadership team consists of a principal investigator/project director who with staff is based at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) headquarters in Washington, DC, co-principal investigators from three academic institutions and one evaluation firm and an external review board coordinated by Inverness Research.

CAISE activities include convening task forces, workshops and meetings, both face-to-face and online; collecting, curating and creating user-friendly online resources, including a centralized repository of projects and products funded by NSF and other agencies and foundations; tracking, participating in and documenting field-wide initiatives; and participating in a variety of communication, outreach and field-building efforts.

Position Summary
CAISE’s Project Manager will coordinate and provide leadership for a variety of activities, including the planning, implementation and documentation of the February 2019 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program Principal Investigator (PI) meeting. Other major projects include supporting and coordinating CAISE task force activities including phone/Zoom meetings, in-person convenings and related administration. Additional duties include managing all aspects of the NSF award including budgets, reports, reverse site visits and subcontracts, honoraria, invoices and travel for CAISE’s co-principal investigators and External Review Board. The position involves approximately 30% administration, 30% event coordination, and 30% communication, with opportunities for professional development. The Project Manager reports directly to the Project Director and Principal Investigator.

Responsibilities

Meeting and event planning:

  • Schedule, facilitate and document all (weekly) meetings of CAISE co-principal investigators, (3) Task Forces, staff, ASTC leadership/staff and NSF/AISL program directors (as needed).
  • Create and execute a timeline with milestones for planning, implementing and documenting the 2019 NSF AISL PI meeting, coordinating all aspects of logistics on-site in collaboration with ASTC leadership and contracted help.
  • Work with CAISE staff, co-PIs and contracted evaluator to develop an evaluation and documentation plan for Principal Investigator and other meetings.

Administration:

  • Prepare agendas, coordinate preparatory materials, facilitate, and record outcomes and action items from CAISE staff, Co-PI and Task Force meetings on behalf of the Project Director
  • Manage and track budget for overall project, PI meeting and convenings, subcontracts, contracts and honoraria, approving and submitting invoices to accounting as needed in a timely fashion
  • Assist in the production of CAISE Task Force deliverables/products
  • Review and revise CAISE’s knowledge management and filing system as necessary in coordination with the Project Director and Communications/Community Manager
  • Assist in facilitating awareness and coordination of CAISE activities with those of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) writ large

Communication:

  • Work with the Communications and Community Manager to plan and implement regular, appropriate contact and correspondence with NSF AISL-funded PIs
  • Assist with the updating of social media channels and analysis of tracked data.
  • Assist in production of content for InformalScience.org website, calendar and CAISE newsletter.
  • Represent CAISE and ASTC at meetings, conferences, and events as required
  • Assist with dissemination of AISL-funded work via webinars and online forums
  • Other duties and as assigned, including additional projects, time permitting and as mutually agreed

Travel: Periodic travel (2-3 times per year) may be required.

Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience managing or coordinating multiple projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience planning, convening, and documenting workshops, meetings or conferences
  • Experience managing, reviewing and revising budgets
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of experience in a STEM education or science communication- related field preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in informal STEM education, and/or science communication
  • Familiarity with Google Drive applications, including Drive, Docs and Sheets
  • Experience working in or with nonprofit organizations
  • Experience using a web content management system such as Drupal
  • Experience planning, conducting and archiving webinars

This is an exempt, full-time position that is open until filled and currently funded through August 2021. The salary range is $58,000- $62,000 per year, contingent on experience and qualifications. ASTC offers employees a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance and an employer-funded retirement plan. ASTC is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted June 7, 2018
Volunteer & Membership Coordinator
Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center
Tucson, Arizona

We have an immediate need for a strong candidate to fill this critical and challenging position on our team. This position involves two closely related areas of responsibility: leading the Kitt Peak Visitor Center’s volunteer/docent program and its membership program. Requires an outgoing, energetic, friendly, energetic person with an approachable management style and experience directly relevant to the position. You must be results driven, well-organized, and diplomatic. Education or experience in astronomy is a plus.

Observe docent tours, provide feedback, supervise their activities, and respond quickly to conduct or performance issues. Recruit, train, and certify new docents. Your goal is to more than double the size of the volunteer program, launch a youth volunteer program, and significantly expand the diversity of the group. The membership program requires the next level of planning and effort to expand it. Create new opportunities for the promotion of Kitt Peak Membership and enhance its revenue. Provide timely response to applications and donations, renew expiring memberships, produce newsletter, plan special events, and keep organized, up-to-date records. Commence an annual appeal program. Increase Visitor Center visibility within the business community and solicit in-kind donations. Internal and external relationship building are important functions.

The Kitt Peak Visitor Center is a growing, dynamic astronomy outreach facility located atop scenic mountain Kitt Peak, located 56 miles west of Tucson, Arizona. Detailed description and requirements are at “careers” at www.noao.edu. Learn about the Visitor Center at www.noao.edu/kpvc. EEO/AA

Posted June 7, 2018
Assistant Principal
Central Florida Aerospace Academy/Kathleen High School
Lakeland, Florida

Overview:
Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) is one of the most unique learning platforms in the United States. This public high school located in Lakeland, Florida is a standalone academy of Kathleen High School. CFAA works in partnership with the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) to promote year round educational opportunities for their students.

CFAA is a National Career Certified Academy and boasts a 100% graduation rate. Students are offered one of four (4) tracks with industry certifications.

Additional opportunities are offered with a drone club, flying club, Air Force JROTC, and annual awards of over $400,000 in aerospace scholarship opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Certification in Educational Leadership, Administration, or Administration/Supervision.
  • Minimum five (5) years of effective teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • FAA Certification(s): AMT and/or Pilot
  • Proven ability to work with city, county and state governments and elected officials

For more information please visit www.polk-fl.net and reference administrative position number 50044826 –Kathleen High School Assistant Principal

Posted May 16, 2018
MakerLab Director
Powerhouse Science Center
Durango, Colorado

The MakerLab at the Powerhouse Science Center (PSC) is a community workspace providing access to tools, technologies and training to facilitate craft, creativity and entrepreneurship in the 4 Corners region and beyond.

The MakerLab director will be the organization’s key management leader through the development phase of the MakerLab. This position is responsible for overseeing the budget, classes, community outreach, and strategic planning in coordination with the MakerLab Council, a member-selected group that guides everyday use of the MakerLab. Other key duties include marketing, upkeep of equipment and tools, developing exhibits, facilitating training, and successfully communicating with education professionals, members, visitors and more. Proven time-management skills are required. The director will report directly to the PSC Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, art, the trades or a closely related field or equivalent practical experience is required for this
  • 2-4 years of previous experience with large-scale project development and coordination.
  • 3-5 years’ proven experience with making, preferably as a member of an identifiable Makerspace.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

General Management:

  • Manages projects and timelines for the MakerLab members including the preparation of an event calendar, programming activities and monthly MakerLab events.
  • Works closely with the PSC Director of Education to ensure MakerLab classes meet or exceed the education and technological quality standards of the PSC.
  • Ensures resource availability and allocation.
  • Mentors and provides oversight on instructors and members.
  • Manages MakerLab materials inventory.
  • Manages troubleshooting and required maintenance of equipment, trainings and software.
  • Recruits, trains, and assists MakerLab members and participants.
  • Assists with the writing and ongoing evaluation of policies and procedures.

Marketing and Community Outreach:

  • Gathers and analyzes statistics, writes expense and progress reports on department activities, and develops goals in support of the MakerLab and Powerhouse strategic plan.
  • Assists in the promotion of the MakerLab, utilizing focused written, oral, video, web and social media communication. Manages social media marketing on multiple platforms
  • Develops and maintains existing relationships with organizations, individuals, and others to participate and partner with the MakerLab.
  • Assists with funding applications for MakerLab initiatives, in partnership with the Executive Director and MakerLab Council.

Educational management tasks include instructing members and the general public on programming, tools, technology, and activities such as 3D modeling, microcontroller programming, general electronics, laser cutting, wood working and CNC milling.

Required skills and knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of microcontrollers and relevant software, such as: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Python, JavaScript, etc.
  • Proofreading and document-editing proficiency
  • Deep knowledge of the culture, theory and practice of the Maker Movement.
  • Ability to research, plan and implement education classes for youth and adults.
  • Understanding of the general procedures required to hire, manage, and train STEAM educators for the MakerLab.
  • Experience tracking materials, tools, and equipment needed for all MakerLab programs.
  • Ability to switch between a variety of projects on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on occasion.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Suggested knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of 3D modeling software (Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360/Inventor) a plus
  • Knowledge of SEO and/or strategic online marketing
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress, PHP or similar languages
  • Able to manage a domain’s DNS settings

Salary: $30,000- $40,000
Hours: 30-40 hours per week
Travel: less than 5%
Time Off: this position will be compensated for 10 flexible holidays determined by the organization on an annual basis. This position also qualifies for paid time off on an accrual basis.
Insurance: The Powerhouse Science Center does not currently provide health benefits to employees.

Please submit a digital resume and cover letter to Wayne LaBar, Powerhouse Executive Director at wayne@powsci.org by June 14, 2018.