The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for a full-time Senior STEAM Education Specialist with our Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group. The Senior STEAM Education Specialist leads, develops, and actively participates in the education, public outreach, and visitor center programs based in New Mexico in support of the Observatory-wide EPO program goals. This work is performed in collaboration with the STEAM Education Program Development Officer and the STEAM Education Specialist.
The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (www.nmt.edu). Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque.
Job Duties Summary
Responsibilities are anticipated to evolve and expand and will initially include, but are not limited to:
- Actively participate as a member of the Education and Public Outreach Division, contributing to Observatory-wide short and long-term planning, program development, reporting, and performance assessment;
- Designs, develops, and implements formal education, informal education, and professional development programs related to astronomy, radio astronomy, and the NRAO for the general public and 6-12 teachers and students;
- Gives programs, presentations, and tours for the public, media, teachers, and students.
- Trains students, staff, and others in tour and program procedures;
- Designs, develops, and creates hardcopy and online educational materials for use by students and the general public;
- Design, develops, and implements the Sister Cities and Observatory Program linking high school students from Socorro County, NM and San Pedro de Atacama, Chile;
- Designs, develops, and implements the Radio Astronomy and Physics Program in NM (RAP-NM).
- Develops sustainable partnerships in local schools and community;
- Answers queries from educators, students and the general public about the NRAO and astronomy;
- VLA visitor center responsibilities:
- Manage 2 part-time tour guides;
- Coordinate all tours (i.e. Open Houses, 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and tours by reservation);
- Creation of a suite of grade appropriate tours;
- Training of tour guides.
- Other duties as assigned.
Work is typically performed in a research or development environment; the Specialist works both independently and as part of a diverse remote team. There may be occasion in which work is performed at high altitudes. Occasional travel will be required.
A Bachelor's degree in astronomy, physical science, education, or a related field is required.
Master’s Degree in astronomy, physical science, science education, or related field.
Five years of middle or high school teaching or museum instructional experience, or five years experience working in a comparable EPO program. Experience facilitating research experiences in the classroom (posing a research question, collection of data, data analysis and reporting on results) with astronomical data sets.
Experience managing a small staff; evaluation and matrix experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking;
- The ability to communicate comfortably and effectively with scientists, the public, educators, students, senior managers, and the media;
- Prefer bilingual (English and Spanish), written and verbal ability
- Enthusiasm for astronomy education is also required;
- Must excel at working in a collaborative team-based environment;
- Must understand astronomy, the research process, and the scientific community;
- Good working knowledge of personal computers, multimedia applications, office software such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for the documentation of all programs;
- Strong ability to work in a team and with remote teams.