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STEM Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Program Manager

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March 6, 2020

STEM Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Program Manager

The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) mission is to improve the learning and teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school districts in the United States and throughout the world. The SSEC collects and disseminates information about exemplary teaching resources, develops and disseminates STEM curriculum materials, and sponsors outreach activities, specifically in the areas of leadership, professional development and technical assistance, to help school districts develop and sustain hands-on STEM programs.

For more information about the SSEC, please visit our website at www.ssec.si.edu.

We are currently seeking a STEM DEAI Program Manager.  This person will report to the Division Director of Professional Services. The purpose of this position is to assist the Division Director with planning programming related to our DEAI initiatives, working with advisory committees comprised of experts in educational efforts focused on DEAI and developing a plan to scale DEAI initiatives. In addition, the Program Manager will identify inclusive/universal design strategies for STEM teachers to use in classroom settings, plan outreach events to build awareness of the importance of DEAI in STEM education for stakeholders and provide general administrative support.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required. 


The best candidate will possess the following:

Have an interest in working with experts who understand the underlying challenges in focusing on DEAI in STEM education to inform the work of the Center.

Understand the intersection between STEM, special education in grades K-8, inclusive/universal design, and accessibility. Along with the challenges in working with schools and districts to enact change.

The ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines that involve the participation and collaboration of stakeholders within and external to the Smithsonian.


Duties:

·        Serves as point-of-contact between the advisory committees and the Center.

·        Facilitates virtual and face to face meetings with advisory committee individuals focused on Diversity and Accessibility.

·        Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of ongoing evaluation focused on the effectiveness of programming to support inclusivity, accessibility and diversity in STEM classrooms.

·        Serves as a point-of-contact between participating DC schools and Professional Services staff to recruit schools to participate in the project as well as schedule focus groups, collect survey data and reports.

·        Creates reports based on evaluation data and provides suggestions to adjust programming based on evaluation results.

·        Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of professional development that leverages Smithsonian resources and museum examples to provide tangible examples could be transferred to supporting universal design/inclusivity and accessibility in STEM classrooms.

·        Works with advisory committee members to leverage their specific areas of expertise for the writing of a workbook. Writes the workbook of strategies in consultation with the advisory committee to ensure the guidebook has a cohesive voice and storyline.

·        Assists with developing and sustaining partnerships between the Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian organizations focused on accessibility and diversity in STEM.

·        Manages the development and implementation of a leadership summit that will bring together schools from Washington DC to create an action plan focused on creating a culture of STEM accessibility through universal design in their school. 

·        Manages the implementation of a national leadership summit to diversify the STEM teaching workforce based on the successes and challenges of past summits held by the center.

·        Supports the facilitation of the leadership summits.

·        Develops reports for funders to demonstrate progress and impact of the work.

·        Works with Professional Services staff to secure venues, catering, A/V, and other logistical needs to support programs including teacher professional development, and teacher leadership summits.

·        Tracks spending on program budgets to ensure funds are spent according to grant guidelines.


Requirements:

·        Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, ideally in education or a STEM discipline.

·        Understanding of the disability community and accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities.

·        Understanding of the challenges and barriers of working with schools and districts on implementing new initiatives.

·        Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and methods relating to accessibility of STEM education for students with disabilities in classrooms.

·        Ability to plan and organize work and work with a team, often under the challenges of multiple projects and short deadlines.

·        K-12 teaching experience is preferred.

·        Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.

·        Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.

·        Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly verbally and to effectively translate scientific information into written materials.

·        A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation.


STEM Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Program Manager

The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) mission is to improve the learning and teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: STEM DEAI Program Manager.

Resumes must be submitted in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: STEM DEAI Program Manager.

Resumes must be…

Location

901 D Street SW, Suite 704B, Washington, DC 20024

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