Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning

100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

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Date Posted:
February 25, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Part-Time

Program Facilitator

Description:
The Program Facilitator will help facilitate many of the McAuliffe Center's virtual STEM education programs, including: simulation of space missions and astronomy programs (see https://cm-center.org/cmconline), family engagement days, and mentorship program. All virtual programs contain accurate and relevant STEM principles and concepts in a way that both educates and inspires further interest in STEM and learning. Virtual programs cover a wide range of science content complemented by opportunities to practice teamwork, problem-solving, and strategic thinking challenges. The Program Facilitator is a person who is comfortable with science content and is eager to learn more. The Program Facilitator is confident in using education technology for the facilitation of remote learning experiences. The Program Facilitator is interested in researching effective ways to creatively engage students through the use of Zoom and a wide range of web-based collaboration tools. Examples of specific duties and responsibilities include:
  • Facilitate virtual simulation of space missions and astronomy programs for elementary, middle and high school students
  • Monitor program materials and make updates when appropriate
  • Contribute, via reviews and feedback, to the creation of new virtual education programs
  • Assist with the facilitation of mentorship program for high-school students as needed

This is a part-time non-benefited, contract position, not to exceed 18 hours per week, offering an hourly rate of  $18/hour. This position will require working remotely, for the foreseeable future. A computer with a camera and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection are required. The employer will provide basic hardware if needed but will not cover internet expenses. 
Qualifications:
  • Associates or Bachelors Degree
  • Relevant coursework in science at the college level or equivalent experience in a science learning context
  • Demonstrated experience in working in a combination of informal science education, outreach, youth development and formal education.
  • Confident working with virtual platforms for educational programs, for example: Zoom, Google Meets, and web-based collaboration tools (Jamboard, Google Form, Qualtrics)
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new software and digital technologies and troubleshoot
  • Demonstrated commitment to a high standard of inclusive educational practice
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse range of audiences representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in the work environment, work successfully both as a part of a team and independently
How To Apply:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by March 10, 2021. However, the search committee may elect to continue accepting applications up until the position is filled. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Apply by:
March 10, 2021
Salary:
$17,000 - $17,000
About this Organization:
The McAuliffe Center is a science center located within Framingham State University (FSU) and includes a Challenger Learning Center, FSU’s digital planetarium and an exhibit hall. The Center is the hub for FSU’s informal STEM education, and its service area includes the MetroWest region in Massachusetts that surrounds FSU but has historically reached the whole state of Massachusetts. The McAuliffe Center vision is to foster a community of lifelong learners by providing innovative, integrated STEM pedagogies, practices, and programs that are accessible to all audiences. The mission is to be a leader across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in K-16 integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and the advancement of educational practices. The Center was established in 1986 to honor the legacy of FSU Alumna Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. In 1994 the Center installed the Challenger Learning Center, one of 42 sister installations world-wide, part of the Challenger Center network. The MetroWest STEM Education Network, one of nine regional state networks created to foster the goals the Massachusetts STEM Council, started in 2007 with the McAuliffe Center as its lead for the region. The new FSU new digital planetarium opened in 2012. The Center started the annual community STEM festival, “Science on State Street” started in 2015. The McAuliffe Center team is devoted to promoting and increasing diversity and equity in STEM education by sharing its resources and building collaborations with organizations that serve audiences historically underrepresented in STEM.