Job Description

SUMMARY 

The Community Programs Specialist ensures implementation of services within the Community Programs Department of the Learning Division at Arizona Science Center to inspire, educate, and engage people of all ages about science and to advance educational leadership, quality teaching, parent and community support, and student engagement for success in learning. The Community Programs Specialist designs, prepares, and facilitates labs, demonstrations, and workshops related to student/youth programming such as Girl Scout and Boy Scout workshops, Preschool Saturday Science, Overnight Experiences, Offsite Camps, STEM Clubs, Girls in STEM, and tabling events. The Community Programs Specialist also assists with signature events and feedback/evaluation reporting.  The Community Programs Specialist supports designated projects to ensure that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished with the prescribed timeframe and funding parameters.

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:

  • Facilitate small group and large group programming in the community.
  • Design and develop student/youth programming within the Community Programs department.
  • Work with supervisor in the development, coordination, and implementation of all programming, including grant-funded programs.
  • Communication liaison for community sites on the selection of program content, and type, location or delivery, and schedule for services.
  • Oversee the management of inventory and organization of supplies for all programs.
  • Drives to community program locations. This may include programming outside of the greater Phoenix area, which may require an occasional overnight stay.
  • Maintains a safe, friendly, and fun learning environment.
  • Distributes, collects, databases, and provides summary analysis of evaluations and assesses effectiveness of programming in collaboration with supervisors.
  • Provides reporting in such areas as budgets, materials, and vehicle use and maintenance.
  • Represents Arizona Science Center within the community including schools, libraries, and other organizations on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Performs additional duties and tasks as required or assigned.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position has no managerial or supervisory responsibilities.

 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 PreK-12 education.

Knowledge of community organizations.

Knowledge of student-centered, inquiry-based, experiential learning approaches.

Knowledge of youth development concepts and strategies.

Skill in planning and coordinating schedules and activities

Skill in effective verbal and written communication and reporting.

Skill in problem solving and decision-making.

Ability to be relied upon to be on time and prepared for programs

Ability to manage multiple tasks.

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.

Enthusiasm and Energy

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 Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferred; or a minimum of 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 concepts, and apply concepts 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 occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 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.