Space Education Specialist
The Space Education Specialist develops and implements curriculum and education programs that support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, involving curriculum design, unit and daily lesson plans, teaching curriculum, technology integration, teaching strategies, teacher and student presentations, and other cross-curriculum collaboration efforts as directed by the Director - Education. This position supports the efforts of our education partners across the country and around the world through classroom support of materials and curriculum ideas and conducting education programs or teacher and student workshops. This position also supports all educational endeavors that arise out of the continued development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s educational mission.
Please submit your qualifications on or before June 14, 2013.
The following briefly describes knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics associated with this position, including any required experience, education, licensure, certification, or combination thereof.
A four-year degree in education or related field must have been attained along with a Master’s degree in education or related field must be attained or in the process of being attained. A minimum of three years of classroom experience or related experience is required.
This position requires proficiency and accuracy in word processing and practiced in the use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for the purposes of lesson plan creation and implementation. He/she must be able to set priorities and meet goals in several areas, simultaneously, be able to track an event from start to finish and provide after-action follow-up. This position requires a person who is forward thinking and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. He/she must diplomatically respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. He/she must have the ability to compose written items for publication that conform to the prescribed style and format used at the Space Foundation. He/she must also be able to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.
The elements of this position require an individual who is charismatic and outgoing when meeting people. He/she must be adept at effective relationship building and have good interpersonal skills. He/she must be organized and effective in managing multiple competing priorities and must have a thorough understanding of the National Education Standards. He/she must be able to quickly grasp new concepts and implement as directed. Must be self-disciplined, a self-starter, and must be flexible in adapting to changing schedules and deadlines. He/she must be able to attend to all details of a project, regardless of scope, and must be proactive in dealing with projects and be results-oriented.
Requires the ability to travel domestically and internationally without restrictions.
The following briefly describes representative responsibilities of this job, but it is not intended to be a complete or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position:
In coordination with the Director - Education, create and teach curriculum for the following Space Foundation programs:
- Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses;
- Space Symposium or other trade shows or conferences;
- STARS (Science Technology and Academic Readiness for Space) student program;
- NEW HORIZONS: Space Education Program; and
- Other education programs or projects for our education partners across the United States or around the world.
Assume responsibility of education partnerships as directed by the Director - Education, which may include:
- Development of curriculum;
- Partnering with the Education Programs Administrator in developing logistics for education programs; and
- Maintaining relationships with education partners through meetings which may include travel.
Attend conferences to promote Space Foundation education programs and conduct workshops to promote STEM education.
Assist the Director - Education in the development and operation of labs, including:
- Science On a Sphere;
- Mars Yard and Robotics Lab;
- AGI Space Missions Simulator; and
- Any future labs that may be added.
Sit on various committees as directed.
May perform other duties as required or assigned.