Job Description

The Science on Wheels outreach program involves small group workshops, large group assemblies, and family programming that bring the resources of Arizona Science Center into the community across the state of Arizona. The Science on Wheels manager ensures the implementation of these services within the Learning Division at Arizona Science Center to inspire, educate, and engage curious minds through science. They will also advance educational leadership, quality teaching, parent and community support, and student engagement for success in learning. 

 

The Science on Wheels Manager will work onsite at Arizona Science Center to maintain, support, and oversee all outreach programming. The Science on Wheels Manager will also work off site, as needed, to deliver additional outreach programs to Arizona Schools and community. The manager works in a fast-paced atmosphere leading a team of talented individuals to ensure that the mission of ASC is effectively delivered. 

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Arizona Science Center maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity for all Employees and applicants.  We recruit, hire, train, promote, compensate and dismiss Employees on the basis of such factors as experience, character, ability and skill, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or heritage, age, marital or veteran status, disability, citizenship, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

 

  • Manages all department activities and assists in the development of department strategies and goals with Director of Youth Programs.
  • Work with supervisor and leads outreach team in the development, coordination, and implementation of all programming, including grant-funded programs.
  • Schedules outreach staff to ensure all programming requests are met.
  • Communication liaison for administrators and educators from school sites and districts on the selection of program content, and type, location or delivery, and schedule for services.
  • Oversee the management of inventory, purchasing, and organization of supplies for all programs.
  • Drives to outreach program locations. This may include programming outside of the greater Phoenix area, which may require an occasional overnight stay.
  • Maintains a safe, positive, and fun learning environment.
  • Distributes, collects, databases, and provides summary analysis of evaluations and assesses effectiveness of programming in collaboration with supervisors.
  • Maintains Outreach Department budget, including recording expenses for supplies and vehicle maintenance.
  • Represents Arizona Science Center within the community including schools, libraries, and other organizations on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Trains new Learning and Engagement Specialists on programming curriculum and models best practices.
  • Works closely with other ASC departments on projects as required.
  • Performs additional duties and tasks as required or assigned.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Science on Wheels Manager supervises the entire Outreach Department including all full-time, part-time, and contracted employees.  The Science on Wheels Manager is responsible for training and mentoring staff including conducting annual employee reviews.  The Science on Wheels Manager carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, delegating and directing work; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Knowledge of Pre K-12 educational systems.
  • Knowledge of Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards Framework.
  • Knowledge of technology applications and integration in K-12.
  • Knowledge of youth development concepts and strategies.
  • Knowledge of student-centered, inquiry-based, experiential learning approaches.
  • Knowledge of community organizations.
  • Skill in planning and coordinating activities.
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication and reporting.
  • Skill in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Skill in adapting program content and complexity to ages and interest of students and program participants.
  • Ability to be relied upon to be on time and prepared for programs.
  • Ability to work individually and in a team.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to present effectively with diverse audiences. Ability to manage and engage small and large groups in learning activities. Ability to speak clearly and project voice across a classroom. Ability to engage the audience in higher level thinking through the use of inquiry-based questioning and discussion.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Budget tracking and bookkeeping experience
  • Enthusiastic and energetic.

 

Additional Qualifications

  • Must have a valid Arizona driver’s license.
  • Must obtain a fingerprint clearance card.
  • Must be available to work some evenings and weekends.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent; or at least four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with standard computer applications; proficient in MS Office skills including Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working in an educational setting with a variety of audiences. Classroom or informal teacher experience, and a background in science, is preferred.
  • Experience engaging people in interactive, hands-on, engaging learning experiences
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to read, write and converse in Spanish preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS 

Ability to work with basic mathematical concept such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY 

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Occasionally employee must lift up to 65 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

This job also requires the use of a computer which will be placed somewhere in the employee's workspace.  The employee must have the necessary keyboard and computer mouse skills as well as the ability to read a color monitor.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.