Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Learning Division
REPORTS TO: Director of Youth Programs

SUMMARY 

The Learning and Engagement Specialist ensures implementation of services within the Learning Division at Arizona Science Center to inspire, educate, and entertain 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 Learning and Engagement Specialist designs, prepares, and facilitates labs, demonstrations, and workshops related to student/youth programming. The Learning and Engagement Specialist assists with signature events and feedback and evaluation reporting. The Learning and Engagement Specialist supports designated projects to ensure that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished with the prescribed time frame 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

  • Design and develop student/youth programming aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and Next Generation Science Standards Framework
  • Work with supervisors in the development, coordination, and implementation of all programming, including grant-funded programs
  • Work with administrators and educators from school districts on the selection of program content, and type, location or delivery, and schedule for services
  • Assists with the management of inventory, 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, friendly, and fun learning environment
  • Distributes, collects, databases, and provides a summary analysis of evaluations and assesses the 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 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 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 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.

Additional Qualifications

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

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

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

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS 
Ability to work with basic mathematical 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 25 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.