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POSTED 10/9/2014
J4219. Astronomer – Public Outreach & Education
miSci, Schenectady, NY


The Dudley Observatory at miSci is looking for an astronomer to deliver informal education and outreach activities. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in creating and delivering informative, educational, and entertaining programs and work with miSci staff to design and operate a new Observatory on the miSci campus.

Advanced degree in astronomy or related field required. For the complete job description, visit www.schenectadymuseum.org/info/employment.php.

POSTED 10/8/2014
J4218. Executive Director
Discovery Science Place, Tyler, TX


The Discovery Science Place (DSP), a non-profit education organization in partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler Ingenuity Center (UTTIC) announces an opening for the position of Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

  • Implement the DSP Strategic plan with the Board of Directors, UTTIC and staff.
  • Lead the development of a long-range master plans for DSP.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and UTTIC to refine policies and practices in fundraising, marketing, public relations, and operations.
  • Ensure that activities align to the strategic plan and that there are adequate resources for initiatives.
  • Play a lead role in fundraising, community engagement and other high profile events such as Mini-Maker Faire.
  • Play a lead role in developing a volunteer force, media relations, and related activities.
  • Represent DSP best practices at ASTC.
  • Work with Operations, Education, Exhibits, Maintenance, and UTTIC to attract more patrons and assure maximum success of DSP.
  • Work with UTTIC to support research and educational initiatives.
  • Work with UTTIC to develop internships.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years’ experience in a similar setting
  • Senior level leadership role within a similar setting
  • Fundraising Experience
  • Broad Technology Competence and/or Science Advocate
  • Experience in Leadership, Planning, Development, and Community Involvement.
  • Experience serving a Board of Directors
  • Related Industry Experience
  • Financial Literacy and Business Management Skills

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in a related discipline
  • STEM Children’s Center experience
  • Informal STEM Education Experience
  • Experience in developing and retaining employees and volunteers
  • Media Skills

Salary Range

  • $65,000-$80,000
  • Commensurate with experience
  • Competitive Benefits Package

Please see www.discoveryscienceplace.org for more information about the DSP.
Please see http://www.ingenuitycenter.org/ for complete application instructions.

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4191. Lead Flight Director
Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), Schenectady, NY


miSci will begin construction on a Challenger Learning Center in October 2014 with an anticipated open of March 2015. The Lead Flight Director will be hired in October to oversee the opening of the center, lead missions, prepare teachers to bring their classes, and ensure smooth operations of the center.

For full job description and application information, see http://misci.org/info/employment.php.

POSTED 7/25/2014
Online Producer
Association of Science Technology Centers, Washington, DC


The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education is dedicated to strengthening the field of informal STEM education (ISE) by supporting and building on the rich diversity of projects supported by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under a cooperative agreement with NSF, the Center provides resources and connectivity to practitioners, researchers and evaluators across the ISE sectors, i.e. science centers and museums, transmedia, afterschool and community programs, cyber learning and gaming. The Center has funding from NSF through May 2015 with the possibility of extension pending additional funding.

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the Center based at the Association of Science-Technology Centers in Washington DC works with co-Principal Investigators at Oregon State University, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE), The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio and KQED Public Media in San Francisco, CA. Inverness Research is the project's evaluator. The Center staff work from ASTC, reporting to the PI.

CAISE's activities include convening meetings, workshops and conferences, both face-to-face and online; contributing to a user-friendly repository of online resources, including a centralized database of NSF-funded projects, supporting and tracking the Center's initiatives and participating in a variety of communication and outreach efforts.

Position Summary:
The CAISE Online Producer's primary responsibility is to oversee and manage the website informalscience.org. The producer will work with the CAISE staff and co-Principal investigators to schedule resources to create new and updated content, ensure that it has passed quality assurance, and publish it with the assistance of contractors. The Producer will develop and deploy strategies to define and maintain the character of a website and will daily be looking for ways to boost the popularity of the website and increase user activity. She/he will bridge previously unconnected people, projects, and site content; identify gaps and prioritize related activities; and reach and engage CAISE target audiences. In the spirit of the site being a “one-stop shop” for informal STEM learning, the Producer will be sufficiently current about issues, trends, and connections within the informal STEM learning field.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage an overall strategy and vision for informalscience.org in the areas of 1) content development and curation and 2) site functionality and user interface (25% of time)
  • Assist CAISE staff and contractors to create original content for informalscience.org and social media sites (such as blogs, web pages, and audience engagement content such as polls) (25% of time)
  • Develop and implement marketing and communications campaigns to reach target audiences (25% of time)
  • Manage contracts relating to web development projects (10% of time)
  • Day-to-day management of the website, including troubleshooting (10% of time)
  • Attend relevant conferences, meetings, and workshops (both in-person and virtual) relevant to informal STEM learning with the aim of producing follow-up content (5% of time)
  • Contribute to and support other components of the CAISE project as needed, e.g. writing for funding proposal

Qualifications summary: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • B.S. or higher degree in computer science, design, communication, science and/or science education
  • At least 5 years experience working with an educational, social science or non-profit organization
  • Awareness of/familiarity with the STEM education landscape, especially informal and/or out of school time settings and experiences

Position Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with online content management systems, particularly Expression Engine
  • Excellent writer able to craft a variety of products—web pages, social media posts, blog posts—attuned to appropriate audiences
  • Experience in marketing, particularly through social media and other online strategies.
  • Proven web content producing skills, including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, RSS, as well as image manipulation and graphic creation
  • Ability to set and meet goals around site use and engagement for target audiences
  • Demonstrated experience managing contracts or projects relating to web development and/or online content production
  • Experience in or with the informal STEM learning field preferred
  • Familiarity with National Cataloging System (NCS) software a plus
  • Familiarity with U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) policies, procedures and grant reporting requirements would be helpful

Travel: Periodic travel is required.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Individual group health and dental insurance (85% employer paid); family coverage available at additional cost.
  • Life, accidental death, and short term disability insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Up to 10% match in 403 (b) after one year of service.
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 13 days annual leave
  • 13 days health leave

To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and salary requirement to jobs@astc.org. EOE.

Development Listings

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4216. Vice President of Advancement
Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT


The Connecticut Science Center is seeking a full-time Vice President of Advancement. The Vice President of Advancement (VPA) serves as a leading external voice and internal leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the future of the Connecticut Science Center. The VPA helps sustain existing relationships and forge new ones to build the Science Center’s visibility, brand, attendance, sales, impact, and financial resources through marketing and development. The VPA also designs and implements a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The candidate must be a professional and have a minimum of 10 years combined leadership experience including five to eight years in a senior management capacity with a complex not-for-profit organization involving a significant number of people and organizations with diverse and varied interests and backgrounds. Must have at least five years of direct fundraising experience and extensive experience working with volunteers and experience running or overseeing marketing and sales programs. Raiser’s Edge or other donor-oriented CRM database experience highly useful.

To view the full job description, please visit http://www.ctsciencecenter.org/about/employment/.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to HR@CTScienceCenter.org please reference “Vice President of Advancement” by October 27, 2014. The Connecticut Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSTED 10/1/2014
J4207. Director of Legacy Giving
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Tampa, FL


This full-time position with benefits is responsible for the planned giving program working to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward planned gifts, as well as providing leadership in marketing, educating and creating greater awareness of planned giving vehicles.

Detailed description available on website at http://www.mosi.org/mission-mosi/employment-opportunities.aspx.

Submit Application (available on website) & Resume to MOSI Human Resources to HR@mosi.org.
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Education Listings

POSTED 10/22/2014
J4222. Science Action Club Education Specialist
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA


The SAC Education Specialist helps develop and expand the SAC program by designing innovative science curricula, maintaining effective communication with partners, and providing logistical support for the successful implementation of SAC events and initiatives. This position provides the opportunity to bring meaningful and relevant science into the afterschool arena, help provide professional development opportunities for afterschool staff, and engage youth with science.

Please apply at http://calacademy.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=qKls8.

POSTED 10/10/2014
J4221. Vice President of Education Programming and Partnerships
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA


The Tech Museum of Innovation (located in the heart of Silicon Valley) is seeking a vice president to lead its education efforts. The ideal vice president will have a deep understanding of how to make learning effective in a museum setting, school settings and community settings. In particular, the ideal vice president will have extensive experience with “Design Challenge Learning” – a method of learning for which The Tech is known. It is a combination of project-based learning, design thinking and the engineering design process that develops the innovator’s mindset. It is a method The Tech incorporates into its exhibits, floor programs, external programs and professional development. It informs everything we do.

The vice president will be responsible for improving and expanding The Tech’s existing programs. The Tech currently serves over 400,000 visitors a year on site. Over 140,000 attend in school groups. Thousands attend The Tech’s lab programs and summer camps. The Tech also serves students in 125 after-school programs. It also conducts The Tech Challenge, an engineering design program for over 2000 students that culminates in a 2 day competition. The Tech is also working deeply with 13 pilot school and afterschool sites that will eventually become a growing network of model STEM education sites. These programs are in different stages of maturity. Each will need the skills of an excellent strategist, manager, collaborator and communicator.

The vice president will also be responsible for leading the newly created Design Challenge Learning Institute. The purpose of The Institute will be to deepen and expand the use of Design Challenge Learning in order to equip young people to succeed in the 21st Century economy. The Institute will focus on providing high quality professional development regarding Design Challenge Learning. It will explore the effective use of ed-tech in Design Challenge Learning, the capacity of Design Challenge Learning to get more girls involved with technology, and the use of Design Challenge Learning to dramatically improve the field trip experience.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be devoted to making a difference in lives and the community. This person will thrive on challenges with the ability to be creative and flexible in order to create solutions. The ideal candidate will be able to make the tough decisions but be humble enough to embrace input from others and learn from experience. The vice president will also need to be an effective spokesperson for The Tech, capable painting a clear vision of what difference The Tech will make through its education efforts, and capable of inspiring others to support these efforts. The ideal candidate will be a great manager and aspirational leader.

Desired Qualifications

  • Deep experience leading a department or a team in a science center or other informal learning setting
  • Deep understanding of Design Challenge Learning
  • Teaching experience at the K-12 level
  • Experience with using technology to improve learning
  • Deep understanding of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience
  • Performance management experience with the ability to mentor, inspire and guide staff
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree, EdD or PhD in related subject preferred)
  • Prior experience in working with diverse communities
  • Strong proven public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment with strong attention to detail
  • Open-mindedness and a willingness to give way to a better argument
  • Great listening skills
  • Thorough-going integrity

Application Procedure: Send a cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@thetech.org or fax to (408) 279-7149. Describe in your cover letter why this job is the right match for you.

POSTED 10/9/2014
J4219. Astronomer – Public Outreach & Education
miSci, Schenectady, NY


The Dudley Observatory at miSci is looking for an astronomer to deliver informal education and outreach activities. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in creating and delivering informative, educational, and entertaining programs and work with miSci staff to design and operate a new Observatory on the miSci campus.

Advanced degree in astronomy or related field required. For the complete job description, visit www.schenectadymuseum.org/info/employment.php.

POSTED 10/1/2014
J4211. Vice President for Science & Technology
Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY


The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) provides immersive, engaging experiences that spark a passion and curiosity for science and discovery in our lives. RMSC offers science exploration and inquiry based learning for audiences of all ages, through permanent and temporary exhibitions and the Strasenburgh Planetarium. The institution houses a collection of more than 1.2 million objects that tell the story of the region’s history and illustrate the innovations that have contributed to Rochester’s rich business history. RMSC operates the Cumming Nature Center, a 37 year old Preschool program and a K-6 Expeditionary Learning Charter School.

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President for Science & Technology is responsible for the design, development and implementation of all science communications initiatives including public and fee-based programs, and exhibitions. The RMSC Board and staff have ambitious plans for taking this institution to the next level and this position has a leadership role in this process. S/he will lead the continued development and then the implementation of this institution’s Strategic Master Plan. S/he will devise and lead these projects and assume responsibility for on-time, on-budget, high quality production that satisfies audience needs and the organization’s goals. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who can envision and implement programs not only in the museum but via extensive community outreach and in the digital and on-line spectrums.

The Vice President for Science & Technology is responsible for the quality and impact of the organization’s programs and visitor experiences. We seek a proven leader who has a passion for science and can demonstrate experience and impact in interactive, informal learning environments, which may include children’s museums, science centers, and/or other innovative, free-choice learning centers. Minimum of five (5) years of leadership and management experience in an organization in the education and/or not-for-profit sector. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required, and preference will be given to those candidates with undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and/or technology.

To learn more about the RMSC, please visit their website at www.rmsc.org. Additional information regarding this position is available at www.kittleman.net. Nominations and applications for this position will be accepted prior to October 24, 2014.

Raylene Decatur, Principal, Kittleman & Associates, LLC
299 Milwaukee Street, Suite 327, Denver, CO 80206
resumes@kittleman.net

POSTED 9/22/2014
J4198. VP, Education and Learning Initiatives
San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio, TX


The San Antonio Children’s Museum seeks a seasoned, mission-focused, and collaborative individual to lead the Museum’s Educational programs and staff. The Museum is in a rapid expansion phase, with plans to open a state-of-the-art new facility in Summer 2015. Reporting to the CEO, The VP of Education will be tasked with crafting and implementing highly effective educational programs with a focus on STEM and STEAM content - and overseeing education staff; creating a high-performance culture; developing, motivating and evaluating diverse, talented team members across assigned functions; and developing programs that produce measurable results and visibility for the museum. The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills, significant experience and demonstrated results in educational and informal learning settings and will be capable of helping lead the museum into the next era of its educational programming. For complete details visit http://www.sakids.org/info/employment.aspx.
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Exhibit/Curatorial Listings

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4213. Content Developer – Physical Science
The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA


The Content Developer will take an active role in the development of content and planning for the new permanent exhibition galleries of Speed, Mechatronics, and Helios, among others. This position will provide curatorial support for the physical science exhibits and programs within the museum. This position will take an active role in content development of media productions and social media communication, and provide support to our education staff when needed. This position will also develop and maintain partnerships with other institutions in the science education community.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in the Physical Sciences or equivalent work experience; experience in informal science programming and/or K-12 education and experience in curriculum/program development as well as delivery. A Master’s degree; experience in grant writing, administration and reporting/evaluation, and experience with Word Processing and Spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.

For further information and to apply, please visit http://jobs.virginia.gov.

POSTED 10/1/2014
J4208. Director of Exhibits
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Tampa, FL


This full-time position with benefits is responsible for leading and participating in all aspects of the exhibit program including budgeting, planning, design, fabrication, and installation of new, permanent and traveling exhibitions. This position is responsible for delivering and maintaining exhibit projects that are consistent with the Museum's mission and its educational, financial, sustainability and accessibility goals.

Detailed description available on website at http://www.mosi.org/mission-mosi/employment-opportunities.aspx.

Submit Application (available on website) & Resume to MOSI Human Resources to HR@mosi.org.
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Management Listings

POSTED 10/8/2014
J4218. Executive Director
Discovery Science Place, Tyler, TX


The Discovery Science Place (DSP), a non-profit education organization in partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler Ingenuity Center (UTTIC) announces an opening for the position of Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

  • Implement the DSP Strategic plan with the Board of Directors, UTTIC and staff.
  • Lead the development of a long-range master plans for DSP.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and UTTIC to refine policies and practices in fundraising, marketing, public relations, and operations.
  • Ensure that activities align to the strategic plan and that there are adequate resources for initiatives.
  • Play a lead role in fundraising, community engagement and other high profile events such as Mini-Maker Faire.
  • Play a lead role in developing a volunteer force, media relations, and related activities.
  • Represent DSP best practices at ASTC.
  • Work with Operations, Education, Exhibits, Maintenance, and UTTIC to attract more patrons and assure maximum success of DSP.
  • Work with UTTIC to support research and educational initiatives.
  • Work with UTTIC to develop internships.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years’ experience in a similar setting
  • Senior level leadership role within a similar setting
  • Fundraising Experience
  • Broad Technology Competence and/or Science Advocate
  • Experience in Leadership, Planning, Development, and Community Involvement.
  • Experience serving a Board of Directors
  • Related Industry Experience
  • Financial Literacy and Business Management Skills

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in a related discipline
  • STEM Children’s Center experience
  • Informal STEM Education Experience
  • Experience in developing and retaining employees and volunteers
  • Media Skills

Salary Range

  • $65,000-$80,000
  • Commensurate with experience
  • Competitive Benefits Package

Please see www.discoveryscienceplace.org for more information about the DSP.
Please see http://www.ingenuitycenter.org/ for complete application instructions.

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4215. Assistant Director
College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD


College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland seeks a full-time Assistant Director. This position supports the Director in overall museum operations, planning, budgeting and reporting. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the public operations to ensure a high quality museum visitor experience. The Assistant Director manages Volunteer and Visitor Services and oversees and provides leadership to the Education and Program department staff. To view the full job description and apply, go to www.mncppc.org/jobs and search for job number 13630.

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4191. Lead Flight Director
Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), Schenectady, NY


miSci will begin construction on a Challenger Learning Center in October 2014 with an anticipated open of March 2015. The Lead Flight Director will be hired in October to oversee the opening of the center, lead missions, prepare teachers to bring their classes, and ensure smooth operations of the center.

For full job description and application information, see http://misci.org/info/employment.php.
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Programs Listings

POSTED 10/22/2014
J4223. Learning Initiatives Program Manager
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA


The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is currently seeking a Full Time Learning Initiatives Program Manager (Job ACE.3.3) to support the Associate Director, Learning Initiatives in the organization's Audience and Civic Engagement Center.

OMCA is one of the Bay Area's leading cultural institutions and the only museum devoted to the art, history, and natural sciences of the state.

Position Summary

The Learning Initiatives Program Manager develops, implements, and evaluates Museum education programs primarily for students, teachers, youth, and families based on the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and California theme. The Program Manager produces and manages disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs that advance the Museum as a 21st century learning resource with dynamic educational opportunities across various platforms, including tours, workshops, outreach, curriculum materials, online resources, field-study programs, etc.

For more information, please go to http://museumca.org/employment-internships.

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4217. SOS Program Coordinator
I.M. Systems Group, Rockville, MD


With over 110 locations around the world, NOAA’s Science On a Sphere(R) (SOS) is one of the premiere exhibits for discussing global science topics. IMSG seeks a unique candidate to serve as SOS Program Coordinator for the SOS facility at NOAA Headquarters. This position really is unique – requiring knowledge of Earth sciences, managerial and presentation experience, some technical savvy, and familiarity with data visualization. The Program Coordinator will work with staff across NOAA to develop new content for the SOS Collaborative Network, along with assessing novel ways to improve the use of this technology. More information: http://www.imsg.com/job/noa1417-program-coordinator-scitech/ or visit the NOAA booth at ASTC 2014 in Raleigh.

POSTED 10/6/2014
J4212. Director of Museum Experience (DME)
Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, OR


Serves on the leadership team to help formulate and execute the organization’s strategic plan. The DME works with fellow department heads to ensure inter-departmental collaboration in order to deliver a pedagogically aligned and overall visitor exemplary experience. The DME supervises the department of Museum Experience, which focuses on providing programs to the general public, students, and underserved audiences through three program initiatives: Access, On-Site, and Off-Site. A full description at www.portlandcm.org. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to resumes@portlandcm.org with “Director of Museum Experience” in the subject line by October 15.

POSTED 9/25/2014
J4210. Walton Sustainability in Science Museums Program Manager
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability has an exciting opportunity to launch a new program that will work with Science and Technology Museums to integrate sustainability science, practice, and education into their activities. The program will begin with two beta sites in FY15, the California Academy of Sciences and the Arizona Science Center, and expand to other sites and develop a virtual education platform over time. Under general direction, develops, coordinates and manages the creation and implementation of the Sustainability in Science Museums program of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives (WSSI).

To review the posting and apply to this position, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant, click on Internal or External Applicants, and in the “Requisition ID” section, type 8089BR. The application deadline is October 17, 2014 at 3pm Arizona time.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law (see https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/)
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Miscellaneous Listings

POSTED 10/10/2014
J4220. Multiple Positions
OMSI, Portland, OR


OMSI is seeking Research & Evaluation and Exhibit Research & Development staff members to advance OMSI’s research priorities in a creative environment. Functions include primary and secondary research on informal science learning, experience development and evaluation, and evidence interpretation. Candidates will have demonstrated skills in research, writing, project management, learner advocacy and inclusion, and culturally-responsive practices. OMSI has many projects requiring advanced Spanish language skills. For position and application information, please visit http://omsi.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php.

POSTED 7/25/2014
Online Producer
Association of Science Technology Centers, Washington, DC


The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education is dedicated to strengthening the field of informal STEM education (ISE) by supporting and building on the rich diversity of projects supported by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under a cooperative agreement with NSF, the Center provides resources and connectivity to practitioners, researchers and evaluators across the ISE sectors, i.e. science centers and museums, transmedia, afterschool and community programs, cyber learning and gaming. The Center has funding from NSF through May 2015 with the possibility of extension pending additional funding.

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the Center based at the Association of Science-Technology Centers in Washington DC works with co-Principal Investigators at Oregon State University, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE), The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio and KQED Public Media in San Francisco, CA. Inverness Research is the project's evaluator. The Center staff work from ASTC, reporting to the PI.

CAISE's activities include convening meetings, workshops and conferences, both face-to-face and online; contributing to a user-friendly repository of online resources, including a centralized database of NSF-funded projects, supporting and tracking the Center's initiatives and participating in a variety of communication and outreach efforts.

Position Summary:
The CAISE Online Producer's primary responsibility is to oversee and manage the website informalscience.org. The producer will work with the CAISE staff and co-Principal investigators to schedule resources to create new and updated content, ensure that it has passed quality assurance, and publish it with the assistance of contractors. The Producer will develop and deploy strategies to define and maintain the character of a website and will daily be looking for ways to boost the popularity of the website and increase user activity. She/he will bridge previously unconnected people, projects, and site content; identify gaps and prioritize related activities; and reach and engage CAISE target audiences. In the spirit of the site being a “one-stop shop” for informal STEM learning, the Producer will be sufficiently current about issues, trends, and connections within the informal STEM learning field.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage an overall strategy and vision for informalscience.org in the areas of 1) content development and curation and 2) site functionality and user interface (25% of time)
  • Assist CAISE staff and contractors to create original content for informalscience.org and social media sites (such as blogs, web pages, and audience engagement content such as polls) (25% of time)
  • Develop and implement marketing and communications campaigns to reach target audiences (25% of time)
  • Manage contracts relating to web development projects (10% of time)
  • Day-to-day management of the website, including troubleshooting (10% of time)
  • Attend relevant conferences, meetings, and workshops (both in-person and virtual) relevant to informal STEM learning with the aim of producing follow-up content (5% of time)
  • Contribute to and support other components of the CAISE project as needed, e.g. writing for funding proposal

Qualifications summary: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • B.S. or higher degree in computer science, design, communication, science and/or science education
  • At least 5 years experience working with an educational, social science or non-profit organization
  • Awareness of/familiarity with the STEM education landscape, especially informal and/or out of school time settings and experiences

Position Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with online content management systems, particularly Expression Engine
  • Excellent writer able to craft a variety of products—web pages, social media posts, blog posts—attuned to appropriate audiences
  • Experience in marketing, particularly through social media and other online strategies.
  • Proven web content producing skills, including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, RSS, as well as image manipulation and graphic creation
  • Ability to set and meet goals around site use and engagement for target audiences
  • Demonstrated experience managing contracts or projects relating to web development and/or online content production
  • Experience in or with the informal STEM learning field preferred
  • Familiarity with National Cataloging System (NCS) software a plus
  • Familiarity with U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) policies, procedures and grant reporting requirements would be helpful

Travel: Periodic travel is required.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Individual group health and dental insurance (85% employer paid); family coverage available at additional cost.
  • Life, accidental death, and short term disability insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Up to 10% match in 403 (b) after one year of service.
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 13 days annual leave
  • 13 days health leave

To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and salary requirement to jobs@astc.org. EOE.
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