Informal Education Specialist II- #026458

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019
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Space Telescope Science Institute
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3700 San Martin Dr
United States of America
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The Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, seeks a Senior Informal Education Specialist for our Office of Public Outreach. Are you passionate about making astronomy exciting, engaging, understandable, and relevant to diverse audiences? This position will primarily support the NASA’s Universe of Learning science education program, as well as public engagement activities for the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope.

You will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement creative and innovative NASA astrophysics-themed products, programs, and professional learning experiences for a range of learning environments, audiences, and partners. Do you possess creativity and leadership skills in the field of informal education?

Your major responsibilities will include:

Developing and implementing free-choice learning approaches across various platforms, with an emphasis on emerging trends and technologies;

Ensuring materials and programming support NASA education goals and audience needs;

Developing and maintaining relationships with informal learning sites across the nation;

Working with external evaluators to support program evaluation, including formative and summative efforts;

Developing of materials for audiences at museums, science centers, planetariums, libraries, out-of-school-time programs, youth-serving organizations, and community-based organizations.

Do you have direct experience in the following?

Developing of partnerships, materials, and learning experiences that serve and engage audiences traditionally underserved / underrepresented in STEM fields;

Using of emerging technology, informal education research findings, evidence-based practices, and assessment techniques to achieve informal education goals;

Advocating for accessibility and accountability. 

Required Qualifications: 

Advanced degree in Museum Studies, Education, or a related field;

5-10 years of experience in program development and the application of free-choice learning in informal education environments;

Ability to communicate and effectively work with members of both the science and education/outreach communities;

Experience with engaging underserved / underrepresented audiences, including, but not limited to: African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native American, and Persons with disabilities;

Experience with program development in several of the following areas: 

Digital learning, multimedia, and immersive experiences
Exhibits and exhibit programming
Maker programs
Involving scientists in programming
Hands-on activities and demonstrations illustrating STEM concepts
Youth and family programs
After-school / out-of-school-time programs
Professional learning experiences for educators
Partnership-building with a variety of informal learning organizations.

STScI offers an excellent compensation package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. If you are interested in this position you should submit an on-line application, including resume and cover letter, at Resumes received by March 9, 2019, will receive full consideration.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to build a premier scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap.

Individuals with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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