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The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a professional membership organization with a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people and a mission to champion and support science and technology centers and museums. 

ASTC is seeking a 2-year resident Fellow to support the interlinked philanthropically funded programs and partnerships that comprise ASTC’s Community Science Initiative. In Community Science, science-engagement practitioners and scientists collaborate with community members to do science that advances community priorities. 

In the context of their role supporting that initiative, the Fellow will participate in the Civic Science Fellows program, and will engage with the Fellowship’s learning agenda through in-person and online meetings and discussions. 

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Below is an overview of the position's scope and responsibilities. Please read the full job description.

Supporting Implementation of a Community Science Initiative (85%)

Over the course of two years, the Fellow will work closely with ASTC’s Director of Programs, Manager of Impact Initiatives, and other staff to execute ASTC’s Community Science Initiative, to connect and support ASTC members in building capacity for Community Science programs.

Specifically, as part of the Community Science Initiative team, the fellow will:

  1. Build ASTC-member capacity for centering community needs in local science priorities by developing and piloting a virtual training program that deepens practitioners’ understanding of the attributes and outcomes of community science practice while providing skill building in some of the key areas for growth identified in the initial Community Science landscape assessment.
  2. Develop approaches to expand the capacity of science engagement institutions for taking action to affect change, including influencing local policy based upon the community-centered science and science engagement issues of local concern. This will include building a toolkit of resources, sourced from outside of science and science engagement, as well as organizing workshops and trainings to build capacity around equitable policy-making.
  3. Design and execute a program to support a limited number of pilots to test identified approaches and scale promising practices in community science among ASTC members and in partnership with the broader science engagement field.
  4. In collaboration with the Manager of Impact Initiatives, support the implementation of ASTC’s new Dialogue and Deliberation Fellowship Program, which is a part of the Community Science Initiative that is set to launch in the summer of 2021. The Community Science Fellow will help support these program participants, including working with the Manager of Impact Initiatives to convene regular cohort meetings, as well as ensure that the learning agenda that has been developed for this program informs the overall skill-building and resources available through ASTC’s Community Science Initiative.
  5. Work with the Manager of Impact Initiatives to support ASTC’s collaboration with the Thriving Earth Exchange, ensuring that there are shared learnings across multiple approaches to community science.
  6. Disseminate the learnings and insights from ASTC-member community-science programs among other ASTC members and partners, including through ASTC’s annual conference and existing communication channels.
  7. Help ensure that the Community Science Initiative is infused with a strong practice of reflection, listening, data collection, analysis, and evaluation to inform each stage of development, scaling, and sharing evidence-based lessons learned.
  8. Anticipate and be willing to adapt approaches and program plans as new information and contexts emerge over the course of the Community Science Initiative.

Participation in the Civic Science Fellows Program (10%)

The Fellow will be a member of the second class of the Civic Science Fellows Program, which is designed to catalyze new partnerships, practices, and ways of thinking to advance meaningful, inclusive engagement on issues at the interfaces of science and society. The Program connects diverse partners, including science associations, media, academia, funding organizations, and civic associations, to create effective new forms of public science engagement, outreach, and communication. The diversity of partners, projects, and approaches forming the Program is designed to foster novel structures, experiments, and capacity to advance a culture of civic science. Together, the Civic Science Fellows and partners work to realize a culture of civic science, where scientists play active roles as citizens, people from many walks of life access science as part of their decision-making processes, and the environment in which people communicate about science is an inclusive space for public problem solving and discovery.

Responsibilities Shared by All ASTC Staff Members (5%)

As a member of the ASTC team, the Fellow will:

  • Share responsibility and accountability for ASTC member engagement, satisfaction, and retention
  • Attend, provide staff support for, and contribute to the success of ASTC’s Annual Conference
  • Attend professional meetings and conferences as assigned to promote ASTC collaborations, programs, and activities
  • Other duties as assigned

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a professional membership organization with a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people and a mission to champion and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 26, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$80,000 - $80,000

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is required.

Proficiency in English is required.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
818 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006, United States

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position to jobs@astc.org by June 30, 2021. If it is determined that you might be a good fit for the role, ASTC will contact you with next steps.

If you need assistance or accommodation in the application process due to a disability, you may call us at (202) 783-7200 ext. 127 or email us at info@astc.org.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position to jobs@astc.org by June 30, 2021. If it is determined that you…

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