Student Programs Specialist (STEM)

New Orleans, Louisiana Full-time

The National WWII Museum is currently seeking a Student Programs Specialist (STEM).  Working within The National WWII Museum’s Education and Access team and reporting to the Assistant Director of K-12 Programs, this position is responsible for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field trips and student programs throughout the Museum.  This position also leads STEM outreach events on- and offsite for the Museum that target student audiences in the Greater New Orleans area.  The Student Programs Specialist (STEM) oversees the Museum’s late elementary to middle-school Robotics Challenge program.  This position works closely and collaboratively with all members of the K-12 Programs team and the wider Education and Access team to create programs, activities, and experiences that connect the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math breakthroughs of WWII to the innovations and advancements of today.

Responsibilities:

  • Creates and delivers STEM-based field trips for K-12 students onsite at The National WWII Museum in coordination with the Group Sales Department with an emphasis on Middle School age students.
  • Oversees and coordinates the Museum’s annual Robotics Challenge program for 4th – 8th grade students using LEGO robots.  The Student Programs Specialist (STEM) develops the robotics challenge competition as well as recruits and retains participating robotics teams, coaches, and volunteers and schedules regional qualifying competitions.  This position plans and manages the championship event onsite at the Museum as well as a virtual competition for non-local teams.  This position works and coordinates with the leadership of FIRST LEGO League in Louisiana and surrounding states for opportunities and pathways to grow the Robotics Challenge program.
  • Creates and revises interpretive materials and gallery guides for STEM-related programs and temporary exhibits.
  • Creates and delivers hands-on programming for both on- and offsite STEM outreach for students.
  • Works collaboratively with the public engagement department on family and youth programs including, but not limited to, family workshops and summer camps.
  • Works with the Museum’s Victory Corps teen volunteers to deliver hands-on STEM activities to Museum guests.
  • Participates in assigned task forces, staff committees, projects, assignments, tasks, etc. as directed by the Assistant Director of K-12 Programs.
  • Works collaboratively with the Museum’s Institutional Advancement department to steward relationships with donors who support STEM student programs.
  • Raises awareness of The National WWII Museum as a trusted source for STEM, science, and cross-curricular educational resources.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in science, science education, museum education, or related field.
  • Established experience in the development, delivery, and evaluation of STEM-based demonstrations, lessons, and activities that align with classroom curriculum standards and/or Museum programming needs.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working with K-12 students in a school, museum, or other educational setting.
  • Comfort and confidence in presenting to both adult and student audiences, both in-person and by way of remote technology.
  • Exceptional creativity and the ability to bridge the gap between WWII-era science and technology, the present and the future.
  • Experience with FIRST LEGO League or FIRST Robotics preferred.
  • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • A self-starter with strong time management skills to balance workloads, meet deadlines, and coordinate efforts across a large organization and the ability to work independently with minimal direction on some projects, while working as part of a team on others.
  • Willingness to work evenings and some weekends in relation to special events or programs.
  • Willingness to travel regionally in support of the Museum’s Robotics Challenge and outreach efforts.

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