The Professional Development Coordinator designs and implements professional development sessions for New York City teachers, and acts as the Staten Island Zoo partner in the Urban Advantage middle school science initiative. An ideal candidate should have experience in informal or formal education and be able to adapt to different teaching environments. The PD Coordinator must be an organized individual with excellent communication and time management skills. The Professional Development coordinator reports to the Director of Education.
Description of Duties:
- Coordinate the development of curriculum and materials for, and execution of, the Urban Advantage Program. Including, but not limited to, attendance at professional development sessions and meetings at other institutions throughout New York City.
- Attend all scheduled Urban Advantage partner institutes and 2 day partner retreat.
- Collaborate with additional Urban Advantage coordinator at the zoo when planning professional learning sessions, events, and school visits.
- Oversee, collaborate, and allocate duties to Lead Teachers in the Urban Advantage program
- Schedule, develop, and prepare materials for multi-day professional development courses for New York City science teachers, administrators, and parent coordinators.
- Schedule and conduct school visits both inside and outside of school hours, including family science events and individual teacher support. This includes evening and some weekend activities.
- Deliver education department program offerings to school groups and general public.
- Maintain communication with program participants and institutional partners.
- Organization and planning skills.
- Ability to multi-task and juggle multiple projects; time management skills and flexibility.
- Proficient in basic computer applications, word processing, excel, and internet research.
- Ability to disseminate information to large and small groups through public speaking skills.
- Able to adapt to new situations/experiences.
- Possesses a BA or BS. Additional graduate work in the field of education or biology preferred.
- Teaching experience (formal or informal), particularly with adult learners.
- Knowledge and practice with the NGSS and NYS science standards
- Job-related experience such as working in a nonprofit organization, zoo, aquarium, or other information education facility.
Other functions and responsibilities:
- Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
- Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the education department.
- Ability to work productively in a semi-structured environment with frequent interruptions.
- Successful completion of a background check.
- Ability to work outdoors under various weather conditions.
- Valid state driver’s license.
- Ability to occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 30 pounds.
- Covid-19 Vaccination.