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Museum Educator, Out of School Time Tinkering

SUMMARY

The Part-Timer, Temporary Out-of-School-Time (OST) Tinkering Educator supports the Exploratorium’s XTech and Tinkering Afterschool Programs to bring making and tinkering activities to community-based afterschool and summer programs in the Bay Area. These programs are committed to serving predominantly Latina/o, African American and Asian American youth from low-income communities. Making and tinkering is an approach to hands-on science and engineering that engages learners in direct interactions with STEM and artistic concepts, practices, and phenomena - in ways that engage their imagination and identities. The primary responsibilities of the OST Tinkering Educator include: extending and adapting these approaches for after-school programs designed to support children and youth from communities historically under-represented in the sciences, developing ongoing training and mentorship for both young adult and adult tinkering educators, and working with a team of educators, community partners and researchers at the Exploratorium as well as academic research partners to improve the quality of educational opportunities for youth.

The OST Tinkering Educator reports to the Program Director of XTech and Tinkering Afterschool and works primarily with those two programs (XTech is a youth program for middle and high-school students that takes place at the museum, the Tinkering Afterschool program takes place at Boys & Girls clubs for elementary age youth. Both programs employ, train and support teen facilitators.), and remains connected to the Tinkering Studio group (educators and designers of tinkering activities).  This position is supported by a staff of teen facilitators and involves co-teaching weekly programming in out-of-school education settings. The position will also contribute to qualitative research and collaborate with academic researchers to better understand and continually improve teaching and learning in our OST programs.

This position requires experience and knowledge of the field of youth development, and a passion for learning and teaching through creative, open-ended, arts and science based educational activities. We are seeking a reflective, and creative educator whose first priority is working with marginalized children and youth with an emphasis on attention to equity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Support the Exploratorium’s OST Tinkering programs, including designing, adapting, organizing and preparing, and teaching tinkering activities.
  • Mentor and support the work of a staff of paid high-school aged facilitators.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of research practices that are programmatically integrated and relevant to program values and priorities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the Exploratorium XTech program for middle school students and high school mentors.
  • Closely collaborate  with  staff educators as well as with academic advisors.
  • Share strategies and results of research with youth and families, community partners, Exploratorium staff and funders.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree and five years’ experience working directly with children and youth in educational or youth development settings, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Demonstrated passion for making, tinkering and hands on science and arts activities.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching or facilitating learning for school-aged children.
  • Demonstrated track record of being able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to, mentor, and successfully engage with high school aged students in a work or project-based context.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

DESIRED QUalities (but not required)

  • Proficiency in both English and a second language (Spanish or Cantonese preferred).
  • Master’s degree in education or in-progress graduate degree.
  • Experience and/or interest in qualitative educational research.
  • Experience and expertise in a variety of artistic and craft disciplines.
  • Experience with photography or video documentation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until filled

This is a temporary, part-time (20 hours per week), exempt, union position that includes benefits.  Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. 

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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