Job Description

SUMMARY

The Program Specialist ensures implementation of services at Arizona Science Center to inspire, educate, and engage curious minds through science, and to advance educational leadership, quality teaching, parent and community support, and student engagement for success in learning. The Program Specialist will prepare, present, lead, monitor, and facilitate fun, engaging STEM activities, camps, and demonstrations for all informal learning and engagement programs either in person or virtually. The Program Specialist sets up the classroom for activities, cleans up, supervises activities, and communicates with co-workers, parents, and Science Center employees. The Program Specialist will participate in other activities to further the educational goals of Arizona Science Center. Successful Program Specialists will be receptive, outgoing, friendly, and engaging in addition to ensuring social distancing protocol is adhered to at all times.  

Arizona Science Center is currently looking for Program Specialists available to lead and facilitate virtual after school club programming from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm on weekdays with a possibility of increased hours. 

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:

  • Prepare, present, lead, monitor, and facilitate fun, engaging STEM activities, camps, and demonstrations for all informal learning and engagement programs in person or virtually.
  • Create a fun, enjoyable, and safe experience for children grades PreK – 12 by leading them through demonstrations, activities, experiments, and investigations.
  • Supervise activities to ensure safety and appropriateness.
  • Prepare and lead daily activities using instructional materials, creative ideas, and assigned supplies.
  • Set up the classroom for activities and clean up after activities by cleaning tables, floors, counters, and chairs.
  • Supervise activities and monitor children’s behavior to ensure safety and appropriateness.
  • Communicate with co-workers, parents, and Science Center employees.
  • Provide excellent customer service at all times.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level
  • Pack, unpack and sort supplies for programs.
  • Research and write inquiry-based activities for camps and clubs on occasion as needed.

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 requirement 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 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
  • Skill in planning and coordinating activities
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication and reporting
  • Skill in Problem-solving and decision making
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Skill in adapting program content and complexity to ages and interest of program participants.
  • Ability to present effectively with diverse audiences. Ability to manage and engage groups in learning activities. Ability to speak clearly and project voice. Ability to engage the group in higher level thinking using inquiry-based questioning and discussion.
  • Experience with virtual learning
  • Experience working in an educational setting with a variety of audiences.
  • Experience engaging people in interactive, hands-on, engaging learning experiences.
  • A science, education, and/or museum background is highly preferred.

 The acquisition of an IVP fingerprint clearance card is required and paid for by the Science Center.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • A., B.A., B.S. or higher in science, education, recreational programming, or STEM field preferred or a combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of two years teaching STEM subjects in a formal or informal environment preferred but not required
  • Camp counselor experience preferred but not required
  • Experience with family programming
  • Experience with student-directed, inquiry-based, experiential learning approaches