Title: Discovery Center STEM Instructor
Status: Part-time, Fee Per Program
Weekend and evening availability needed and hours flexible based on programming.
Supervised by: Education Director
The STEM Instructor will assist the Education Director with the research, development, teaching, and evaluation of the museum’s STEM education programs that inspire lifelong learning both on and off-site. Examples of programs include:
Outreach Teaching – Providing in-school instruction on topics such as electricity and magnetism, zoology, weather, simple machines, energy, electricity, nanoscience, and astronomy. Travel to various school sites, libraries or other community events is generally within a travel distance of 2 hours of driving time. Most one hour lessons come equipped with lesson plans and supply tub containing all necessary materials, with the freedom to consistently design new or improve existing curriculum as we grow our programs. The STEM Instructor will be responsible for replenishing tubs after each teaching session to make sure all necessary materials and resources are ready for the next program.
Distance Learning – Conduct educational courses via video conferencing through an effective, highly engaging, enthusiastic instructional presence. Classes come on a “virtual field trip” to DCS and learn chemistry, physics, biology, earth/environmental science, geography, and culture.
In-House Education Programs – Teach in-house programs that are generally 30 – 45 minutes long to grades pre-k-12. A variety of topics are offered. In addition, summer workshops are offered at DCS from June-August. Develop curriculum and teach summer classes.
Instruction using innovative and interactive methods is intended to complement and enrich classroom teaching, assisting both the students and teachers involved. STEM Instructors will be contacted when DCS receives a booking request. It will be at the discretion of the STEM Instructor to accept or decline each assignment on a prompt first-come, first-served basis.
- Develop and implement outstanding educational programs and interactive hands-on activities that align with national standards.
- Display an effective instructional leadership presence for programs, establish rapport with students and teachers, and create an inclusive learning environment enthusiastically and professionally.
- Become exceptionally familiar with programs and able to present for such groups as field trips, scout groups, home-school, summer workshops, assemblies, and professional development opportunities.
- Timely review and response to all communication, including electronic communication.
- Ability to use technology for curriculum research, program development and group instruction (i.e. E-mail, Microsoft Office, Internet).
- Collaborate with DCS staff, interns, volunteers, student docents, Board members, and community partners as a member of a team to expand the educational opportunities offered through DCS.
- Assure that program components are complete, including acquiring supplies and restocking program kits after teaching.
- Maintain neat and orderly classrooms, museum exhibit space, program kits, and shared office space.
- Play a significant role in developing and implementing participant recruitment strategies.
- Maintain a shared digital calendar with the Education Director and Education & Marketing Coordinator for scheduling programs.
- Submit plans, documentation, and evaluations to Education Director in a timely manner.
- Maintain a valid driver’s license that has not been restricted, revoked, or suspended
- Maintain reliable transportation to enable travel to offsite visits within 2 hour driving range, or ability to rent a vehicle, with proof of vehicle insurance maintained on a current basis.
- Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. on a periodic basis.
- Able to stand for long periods of time in making presentations.
- Must be able to drive for up to 2 hour periods of time.
- Other duties as assigned.
Discovery Center Expectations: Each employee will achieve competency in:
- Comprehending and displaying the mission, objectives, philosophy, policies, programs, operational standards and procedures of the Discovery Center.
- Possessing an out-going attitude with a willingness to work in a non-traditional setting with children and adults.
- Visualizing and assessing abstract ideas and using this in demonstrating exhibits and activities with visitors.
- Meeting goals and objectives on a timely basis under pressure of many priorities and deadlines.
- Communicating the written and spoken word with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary.
- Balancing working independently and being a team player.
- Expanding use of existing resources to counter limited funds.
- Having ability to multitask and be flexible.
- Demonstrating an ability to problem solve, answer questions, and evaluate results of performance.
- Abiding by DCS’s Personnel Policy Guidelines, emergency procedures, and safety protocols.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field from an accredited college or university is required.
- Minimum of 1 year experience working with children, preferably in education setting with knowledge of educational techniques, classroom management, and child development.
- Strong background of broad knowledge in basic science, engineering and math, or research is helpful.