KAYSC Design Team Instructor
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The Science Museum of Minnesota knows that the diversity in our communities generates better ideas, inspires creativity and is essential to building a positive workplace. As an employer of choice we hire and retain the best employees by valuing differences, creating a collaborative work environment, and providing promotional and career development opportunities.
Join our Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) team as a Design Team Instructor and help us to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Social Justice learning as an after-school program through hands-on activities. The Design Team program is the first step of the KAYSC’s 3-step pathway program.
We focus on 4 content areas: Designing & Engineering, Digital Media & Technology, Biology & Public Health, and Environmental Justice & Sustainability. We partner with elementary and/or middle schools and serve kindergarten - 8th grade students our STEM Justice content.
Work Environment & Schedule: Up to two instructors teach at each school and together they are responsible for teaching at multiple schools per week for approximately 2 hours per day. Instructors also attend all-staff meetings during the week and lead students from all sites in voluntary programming at the museum every other weekend. Instructors also participate in quarterly professional development opportunities.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
- Co-facilitate STEM service-learning projects that are relevant to the lives and communities in which KAYSC youth live.
- Co-facilitate group discussions related to cultural identity and STEM Justice.
- Supervise youth on field trips and other events that excite and enhance youth learning.
- Support youth with outreach opportunities, which allow them to strengthen their learning by teaching others.
- Learn and demonstrate an understanding of the KAYSC mission, target population, and youth development best practices.
- Support planning and preparation of KAYSC and Design Team programming projects, curriculum, and activities.
- Create and design, independently or with partners, lesson plans focused on STEM justice.
- Sign up and attend STEM education, youth development, and service-learning trainings that support the work of the middle school program.
- Recruit and retain middle school youth for STEM service-learning opportunities by presenting at homerooms, tabling during lunch or events, etc. with a focus on girls, youth of color, and youth from low-income families.
- Build relationships with appropriate school staff as the first point of contact for KAYSC programming.
- Develop authentic relationships with both youth and their parent/guardian that include clear and consistent communication regarding both the youth and parent/guardian’s experience and expectations.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Documented experience working directly with youth from communities underrepresented in STEM.
- Experience as a mentor, staff or family member supporting youth with positive self-development.
- Experience utilizing and teaching STEM content for academic or leisure purposes.
- Experience framing STEM content with a social justice lens.
- Some college coursework experience.
- Educational certification is valued, but not required.
- Applicants with a passion for/interest in Science and/or Education.
- Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
- Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
- Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
Hiring Pay Range: $12.00 - 13.00+ hourly / Depending on Qualifications.
The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.
We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.