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Program Specialist, Super Science Club

(Regular Full Time)

Position:                     Program Specialist, Super Science Club

Reports to:                 Director of Community Outreach            

Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

Position Description:

Working as part of the Community Engagement team, you will play both lead and supporting roles in coordination, implementation, documentation and evaluation of programs and resources. The portfolio of the Program Specialist will include Leadership of the Super Science Club (SSC) and curation of the Puzzles and Illusions permanent exhibit gallery.

Super Science Club (SSC) leadership work includes staff recruitment, supervision, mentoring, equipment and consumables management, monthly reporting and collaboration with the development team around donor communications and reporting. 

Program and community leadership responsibilities will include supporting SSC affiliate programs (currently in the Fraser Valley and in partnership with the UBC Trek volunteer program) and sharing of after-school program tools and content as a part of the developing Science World initiative, Symbiosis: A learning ecosystem for British Columbia. Additional program responsibilities include coordination of homeschooler offerings and periodic pilot programming and events for other underserved audiences.

As curator of the Puzzles and Illusions permanent exhibit gallery, you will work with the Community Engagement staff, Visitor Experience Facilitators and the Exhibits team to maintain a high quality visitor experience at our facility. This work will include collaboration with the Human Resources team in the recruitment, training and support for a team of gallery-specific core volunteers.

This position requires an enthusiastic, organized, independent and creative individual with a passion for science and learning.  Flexibility, confidence and experience in working with a high-energy presentation team that delivers programs to culturally and socio-economically diverse audience is necessary. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, set personal deadlines and work both quickly and efficiently on program activities is essential. At busy times of the school year, managing priorities, delegating duties to SSC staff will be very important competencies.

This is a full-time position requiring flexibility in workload distribution across each school term with occasional weekend and evening work typically connected to periodic training and events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide program participants with a creative, awesome, wow, memorable hands-on science experience
  • Work with support from the Director of Community Outreach to recruit and hire the SSC facilitation team
  • Train, supervise and coach the SSC facilitation team with support from the SSC lead facilitator
  • Populate and administer the internal SharePoint, OneDrive and WhenIWork websites for SSC staff and affiliates
  • Design and coordinate SSC activities beyond the after-school core programming including Teacher Chat n’ Chews, community centre activities and Family Science Nights
  • Act as primary liaison with SSC inner-city schools and other community representatives connected with program audiences
  • Explore models for expanding and/or sharing program resources throughout the province
  • Contribute to budget development and manage ongoing budget tracking related to portfolio of responsibilities
  • Lead the curatorial work for the Puzzles and Illusions gallery
  • Support regional delivery partners in providing their affiliate program participants with a creative, awesome, wow, memorable science experience
  • Complete monthly stats reporting and contribute to report and proposal writing related to portfolio of responsibilities
  • Lead testing and revision of upcoming curriculum resources for each SSC program season and support (as requested/needed) the development and translation into online resources
  • Contribute to marketing and collateral resource material related to portfolio of responsibilities
  • Promote Science World programs through promotional materials and written and oral presentations

Qualifications:

  • A degree in Education with a minimum of 2 years’ experience
  • Background or equivalent experience in science
  • Experience recruiting, training, supervising and scheduling a team
  • Must be self-motivated, flexible, enthusiastic
  • Proven experience working with Science World’s target audience in an informal educational environment
  • Excellent communication skills, able to perform before audiences of varying size and composition
  • Strong ability to identify and take action to help where required, and to organize and prioritize tasks in a way that is most helpful to the larger goals and schedule of the program
  • Demonstrated dependability, reliability, flexibility, and willingness to contribute to a dynamic team
  • Able to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and evenings as necessary
  • Willingness to travel (via plane, ferry and van) for multiple days at a time
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Must possess a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license. Candidates must be comfortable and confident in driving a mini-van throughout Vancouver with co-workers and program supplies inside
  • Successful candidates will be asked to provide a current clear driver’s abstract
  • Must be able to lift 10 kg (moving of workshop materials)

 

- All offers are subject to satisfactory completion of reference and police criminal record checks -

Please apply by Wednesday, August 23, 2017

* We would like to thank all candidates. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. *

 

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