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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 Lifelong Learning (LLL) team as a Level 2 Instructor and help to advance the mission of the Science Museum of Minnesota by delivering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs to museum and statewide audiences. This position provides expertise and creative support for the development of program materials, curricula, and instruction to enhance our brand of facilitated learning experiences. Support implementation of program logistics (material and classroom management, registration process, schedules, and client support). The Instructor II will work collaboratively with LLL staff on project teams to improve and implement STEM engagement best practices. This position will be assigned to work both onsite at the Science Museum in Saint Paul and offsite at locations throughout Minnesota.
This is a seasonal position that runs through spring and summer of 2019.
Work Environment & Schedule: Work both indoors in classroom settings and outdoors in all climate types, surrounded by more than 100+ children. Deliver programming both onsite and offsite, with occasional weekends and evenings and periodic travel for several days at a time, including overnight.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
- Deliver programs and instruct learners from multiple audiences including large groups and small groups, formal and informal settings, pre-school to adult ages, using best practices to guide and facilitate learning.
- Encourage participants' engagement and enthusiasm in program activities by modeling behavior expectations and help create a positive learning environment.
- Use appropriate strategies when working with learners with special needs and from diverse backgrounds.
- Write and update curricula for learning experiences based on best practices in STEM education in support of diverse audiences of learners. This includes updating and maintaining curricula, instructor resources, and materials documentation for the delivery of LLL programming.
- Contribute to development workgroups on new topics, balancing audience needs and program goals.
- Participate in an iterative development process to generate, evaluate, improve, and document new activities for use in LLL programming.
- Participate in professional development, mentor youth staff when appropriate, share ideas with broader LLL team, collaborate on common work efforts, and assist with professional development sessions for LLL.
- Contribute to a positive internal culture within LLL by collaborating with other Instructors on common work and maintaining an understanding of best practices for STEM education.
- Take care of shared resources such as educational materials, equipment, classrooms, and vans.
- Support program and project logistics and operations by communicating directly with external customers to define program schedules, arrival times, and audience needs.
- Communicate with stakeholders and program participants while serving as a representative of the museum while growing and developing positive customer service relationships with our audiences. This may include participating in research and evaluation efforts (observations, surveys, etc.).
- Assist with planning and identifying of new grants and funding opportunities, communicating directly with external stakeholders and constituents and assisting with grant writing for new projects.
- Cultivate new, unique, and interesting ideas in support of development, design, or creation of cutting edge educational experiences and inform project planning related to instructional pedagogy and STEM education best practices.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Documented experience facilitating informal/formal learning experiences for a wide range of audiences, participating or leading curriculum/program development.
- Documented ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
- Demonstrated knowledge of research and implementation of STEM equity and inclusion best practices.
- Demonstrated knowledge of STEM trends, practices and standards for local, state, and national initiatives.
- Demonstrated aptitude for creativity, curiosity, passion, enthusiasm, integrity, and a strong professional ethic.
- Applied knowledge of age appropriate content and pedagogy for preschool, school age and family audiences.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Ability to work effectively in a non-profit organization and culture and contribute in educational team settings
- Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
- Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
- Bilingual a plus (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
Starting rate: $16.87+ 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.
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