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MakerSpace Coordinator

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DEPARTMENT ROLE

The Education Services team supports NYSCI’s mission by developing and implementing a vast array of innovative educational programs for Pre-K-12th grade students, educators and families that invite learners to actively engage in the exploration of STEM concepts and practices. The department cultivates many local and national partnerships, including colleges and universities; collaborates on research projects; develops STEM learning resources; and leads educational initiatives with our community to increase science awareness, excitement and interest in learners of all ages.

FUNCTION

Oversee the implementation and growth of an activity area on the exhibition floor – Maker Space – dedicated to participatory processes of visitors’ making, tinkering and exploring STEM content through hands-on approaches. 

The Maker Space Coordinator will be responsible for developing and implementing innovative maker programming (onsite, offsite and online), coordination of maker related projects and partnerships, training and supervising Maker Space staff and maintaining the Maker Space activity area.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

1.     Coordinate all aspects of Maker Space programming for students, teachers and families including basic day-to-day operations of the space, curriculum development and program implementation on site, off site and online.

2.     Develop and maintain instructional materials and digital content developed for Maker Space-related projects or programs.

3.     Collaborate with NYSCI staff and external partners to meet deliverables associated with grant funded maker projects including leading project team meetings, project documentation (photos, videos, flyers, etc.) and submitting internal work requests to other departments (Marketing, Facilities, Visitor Experience, etc.)

4.     Supervise, train and schedule assigned Maker Space staffing to assist in the facilitation of programs including Explainers, Maker Space Associates and other Education Services support staff.

5.     Act as a NYSCI representative by attending and presenting at meetings and conferences to share best practices/strategies, increase visibility and recognition of Maker Space program/models and cultivate partnerships and networks to leverage future funding opportunities.

6.     Assist in the coordination and participation of large scale and small-scale Education Services or museum wide events or other earned revenue-based programs.

7.     Maintain budgets, reports and statistics that correspond to Maker Space programs and events.

8.     Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all Maker Space materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.

9.     Assist in other Education Services duties as needed.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Maker Space Associate and assigned Explainers.

QUALIFICATIONS

B.A. or equivalent degree in appropriate field.

Two years' experience developing and conducting creative hands-on activities using hand tools, electronics, computer software/hardware and other various technologies for students, educators or families.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

·      Familiar with teaching strategies and pedagogy for informal and formal settings that support creative, engaged learning experiences for all students, teachers and families.

·      An experienced practitioner, familiar with Maker processes and aligning activities to STEM content or standards.

·      Demonstrable experience in working with teams with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.

·      Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications and capacity to use social media.

·      Interest/abilities in multiple domains, which could include physical computing, open-source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication as well as wood working, prototyping with and exploring the potential of everyday materials.

·      Ability to participate in events outside the workday schedule and must be available to work evenings and weekends.

·      A science center or children’s museum background is preferred.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

1-2 years’ experience delivering maker related programs in a science center or children’s museum.

1-2 years’ experience supervising staff including high school and college students.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with education, skills and experience; includes an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

Organizational Background: Since its founding at the 1964 – 65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people — children, teachers and families — by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development programs, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs and products,

all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight —

are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 80 full time and over 60 part time staff. 

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@nysci.org. Please include job title in subject line.

No phone calls.

The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.

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DEPARTMENT ROLE

The Education Services team supports NYSCI’s mission by developing and implementing a vast array of innovative educational programs for Pre-K-12th grade students, educators and families that invite learners to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 5, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

Generous NYSCI benefit package

Generous NYSCI benefit package

Location

On-site
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368, United States

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