Departmental Role: NYSCI Neighbors is a museum-wide initiative and has the long-term commitment of NYSCI’s CEO and board of trustees. In 2011, NYSCI staff began developing community partnerships under the umbrella of NYSCI Neighbors with the goal of countering summer learning loss. The first year the program quickly enrolled 120 families and gave them access to over three hundred museums, low-cost entry to NYSCI, and bilingual science demonstrations. In the following years, the program grew to 700 families, expanded the number of community partners, and developed year-round activities including work with ten K-8 schools and their Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Coordinators. The program is now focused on four areas: creative STEM learning, family engagement and family empowerment, academic and career awareness, and a national network for collective impact.
The NYSCI Neighbors community work sits within the Research, Exhibits and Program department of NYSCI which includes 50 researchers, informal STEM educators, exhibit designers, and program curriculum developers. We embrace and benefit from the professional and personal diversity of our team’s expertise, perspectives, and experiences. The group works in a variety of configurations to develop and implement creative, participatory learning experiences that awaken curiosity of children, families, and teachers. The department team aspires to be a learning community, and to contribute to NYSCI as a learning community, through openness, curiosity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create an informed environment through internal communication and participation in external networks of partners and collaborators.
The NYSCI Neighbors Associate will have two goals: 1) the primary goal of the associate will be to work internally to provide support and oversee Youth Ambassadors and families during our Homework Zone, our space in which children develop healthy homework habits; 2) a secondary goal for the associate will be to work with the NYSCI Neighbors team supporting community engagement and outreach.
This position is funded through December 2021 and possibly longer.
Effectively manage and oversee approximately eight Youth Ambassadors, high school and college students who support Homework Zone, space in which children develop healthy homework habits.
Create welcoming and inviting environment at Homework Zone for families.
Monitor and maintain Homework Zone program supplies.
Establish trusting and positive relationship with students and families.
Facilitate activities at community events at our partner sites.
Complete other tasks as assigned.
Must have a flexible schedule: ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion.
Upper undergraduate student or recent graduate with a background in education or community development.
Experience working in museums and museum education, community engagement initiatives, or youth development. Experience in formal and informal STEM learning.
Fluency in Spanish
Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY Hall of Science.
Demonstrable experience in working with teams, with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
Interpersonal skills to organize and work cooperatively and effectively with individuals and groups.
Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math.
Passion and knowledge for community engagement and youth development.
Compensation: $18 /hr
Time Commitment: Casual time, 15-20 hours per week, flexible weekday afternoons
Application deadline: October 27,2019; Targeted start date: November 11, 2019.
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