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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: August 18, 2017
The University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science is the country's only science center that is part of a top-tier, public research university. This distinctive affiliation allows the Hall to partner with world-class scientists, engineers, educational leaders, and teachers, with the goal of developing and disseminating the most innovative and effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs available today. Our mission is to inspire and foster science learning for all—especially for those with limited access to science.
The School Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science provides in-house and outreach programs for schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Programs model best practices in science teaching based on current research in teaching and learning and the vision laid out in the Next Generation Science Standards. We offer 60- and 75-minute workshops on a range of science topics across the science disciplines, as well as large group programs in the form of themed hands-on science festivals and assemblies. The School Program serves public and private schools TK-12, homeschool groups, and preschool-aged learners. We are the largest provider of in-house and outreach programming in the Bay Area, serving over 190,000 children annually.
OVERVIEW: This position involves planning, implementing, and presenting educational programs that enhance the public's and diverse school and homeschool group's understanding of STEM disciplines, as well as support teachers' understanding of effective science pedagogy. The Museum Educator 2 (ME2) also develops and presents educational programs for use inside and outside of the museum, especially Science Shows and Festivals for large groups of up to 400 people. ME2s may coordinate volunteers and/or docents.
Deliver in-house and outreach museum education programming (includes classroom setup, cleanup and travel), adapting program and materials to meet the needs of specific groups. Engage in professional learning activities to support professional growth. May assist with development of new educational programs and training/mentoring of other educational staff. Under general supervision, arranges learning materials and spaces including organizing and requesting supplies. Provide work direction to volunteers and undergraduate student assistants. Document program evaluations and makes recommendations for improvements.
Working knowledge of educational program content, developmentally appropriate practices, and effective pedagogy. Working educational programs delivery and management skills, including training adult volunteers to help facilitate program activities with students and families. Possess effective reading, verbal, and written communication skills. Possess effective verbal presentation and public speaking skills, especially to large groups of up to 400 people, both children and adults (e.g., children's or adult theatre, trade shows, conventions, conferences, outdoor events, etc.) Ability to vocally project for up to 400 people without amplification, including in acoustically challenging spaces such as gyms and cafeterias; as well as sustain voice, energy, and enthusiasm for up to three 50-minute programs Possess the ability to establish rapport with diverse students and create an inclusive and engaging learning environment for all. Possess a positive public service attitude. Possess a commitment to teamwork—contributes to achieving group goals; supports team's efforts to succeed; balances team and individual responsibilities; willing to adjust schedules for the team; completes tasks on time; takes responsibility for own actions; reliable. Possess strong interpersonal skills—considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations. Possess broad knowledge of basic science and math. Possess knowledge at a college level of some branch of math or science (chemistry, physics, Earth and/or space science preferred) and/or knowledge of educational techniques and child development. Computer Skills with business software systems in the completion of work assignments (for example, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Physical ability to pick up and carry crates (up to 50 pounds), and load/unload and move heavy carts. Comfortable with driving large cargo vans for distances of up to 4 hours. Ability to work evenings and weekends when needed. Ability to travel (including overnight stays in long-distance outreach destinations) when needed.
Familiar with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Has experience facilitating NGSS-aligned STEM learning with children and adolescents. Bilingual or multilingual a plus; Spanish preferred Bachelors degree in Math or Science Subject Area or Education Experience in teaching science to elementary, middle or high school students in a formal or informal setting Experience working with children and youth and/or families in communities of color, under-served communities, and/or urban settings
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $19.73-$23.95/hour ($41,200-$50,000/annually) For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
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This is a 1 year Contract Position.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.