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Learning and Communications Specialist, Science Leadership

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, a comprehensive 401K match, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more!

Summary

The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

The Learning and Communications Specialist, Science Leadership Initiative (SLI), will facilitate implementation and development of SLI programming by providing knowledge management assistance; cultivating learning communities; and providing logistics, administrative, and communications support. The Specialist will work collaboratively with Senior Educators to implement the School Partners Program and STEM Network and support all program participants (including 45 Teacher Leaders, 45 administrators, and approximately 300 Cross-disciplinary Team members).

Housed within MSI’s Welcome to Science Initiative, the goal of SLI is to support the aspiration that every child should attend a school that demonstrates an exceptional learning environment for science and provide School Partners support as they work to prioritize science at the whole school level.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge Management

  • Support the ability of the Manager and Senior Educators to make data-driven program decisions by managing and organizing knowledge generated from program evaluations, experiences shared by program participants, and internal team meetings—including compiling documents and writing requested reports
  • Assist Senior Educators and the Museum’s Research and Evaluation team in program evaluation activities
  • Develop and implement observation protocols (including graphic recording) to capture and harvest knowledge shared by School Partners during work sessions and other events
  • Support Senior Educators in monitoring School Partners’ progress via the digital School Support Tool
  • Maintain and organize documents for potential research studies

Cultivate Learning Community

  • Assist Senior Educators in implementing strategies for building virtual and in-person communities of practice for program participants
  • Maintain STEM Network web site to ensure relevant, fresh resources to support the School Support Tool’s eight Essential Elements—including posting content on the WordPress site, troubleshooting basic problems associated with the site’s content and front end
  • Assist Senior Educators and the Museum’s digital media team in developing and evaluating additional digital tools to support learning communities.
  • Maintain database of School Partner science or STEM-related events and coordinate participation by Museum staff as appropriate (e.g. SLI team members, including the Specialist; Marketing for videography and photography; External Affairs for donor education)
  • Research current trends and best practices in science curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Logistics, Administrative, and Communication Support

  • Assist Senior Educators in implementing regular communication strategy (including email) to all program participants—including maintaining database of participants
  • Provide logistics and administrative support for all work sessions (5 all-day and 9 evening)
  • Provide logistics and administrative support for the annual Recognition Event (300 participants) and the annual School Partners Symposium (150 participants)—including coordination with Museum’s events management team and Sodexo
  • Administer the recruitment, application, and onboarding process of new School Partners—including soliciting stakeholder recommendations, sending email recruitment letters, and organizing the application and interview process with Senior Educators

Other Responsibilities

  • Support School Site visit logistical coordination and email communications
  • Collaborate with other Teaching and Learning Department Teams
  • Actively collaborate with multiple teams across the Museum
  • Assist with other Welcome to Science Initiative programs and collaborations as assigned
  • Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in science, education or related discipline
  • Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas
  • Detail oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required
  • Must demonstrate comfort in a team environment, with strong collaboration skills
  • An ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills
  • Experience with CMS’s in general and WordPress, specifically
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in working with stakeholders in K-8 schools such as students, teachers, administrators, and external resource providers
  • Strong understanding of best practices in STEM during in-school and out-of-school time.
  • Experience in leading collaborative initiatives
  • Experience in managing large content-based conferences, symposia, or events
  • Familiarity with programming in a variety of educational settings including schools, science centers, and/or other museums
  • Bilingual ability a plus

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

 

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