Job Title: Program Specialist, Part-Time/Seasonal
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
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 the 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.
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.
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 Pre K – 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.
This position has no managerial supervisory responsibilities.
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 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 interests 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.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
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
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.
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 regularly required to stand, walk, run and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle, feel, to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 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.
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 1003