Job Description

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Department: Education
Job Location: Burke Museum
Posting Date: 4/15/2024
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: $20.00- $21.99 hourly
Union Position: Yes
Payroll Title: Preservation & Museum Specialist 1
Job Title: STEM Program Lead
Employee Type: Temporary Fixed Term, 1 year
Time Type: Part Time, ~20hrs/week average, varies with program schedule (50% FTE)
Benefits: As a UW employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For more information on benefits for this position, click here.

Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Manager of Youth & Family Engagement, the STEM Program Lead is responsible for the successful implementation of a wide variety of STEM offerings including: Girls in Science experiences, STEAM Spotlight programming, Monday Museum Takeover Camps, Fossil Finders early learner programming, Backpack rentals, and Family Days. They will serve as a mentor for students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields and will help connect students to Burke and University experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Burke Museum Education Department is committed to making the natural history and globally-influenced cultural heritage of Washington state accessible to all learners. We aim to foster and support empathy, curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. We welcome applicants from LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color.
Basic Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a mentor for students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in STEM;
  • Serve as the primary contact and facilitator during STEM programs, providing a creating a safe, welcoming, encouraging, and age-appropriate environment for participants;
  • Steward relationships with new and existing STEM program partners;
  • Provide exemplary customer service to all Burke Education clients;
  • Maintain physical and digital program materials;
  • Assist with curriculum development, program promotion, planning, preparation, and follow-up;
  • Uphold the institution’s commitment to equitable and inclusive practice;

Additional Responsibilities:
  • Help train and support program interns and volunteers;
  • Ensure successful program documentation;
  • Support the expansion of teen program offerings such as the development of a teen interpreter program and advisory board;
  • Other duties as assigned (field trip program support, cultural program support, etc.).
  • Experience in a STEM field;
  • Understanding of diversity, equity, access, and decolonization in museums, and experience fostering inclusive practice;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to take detailed notes, send professional emails, and write reports;
  • Track record of excellent attendance, time management skills, and dependability;
  • High degree of flexibility, initiative and strong organization skills;
  • Ability to identify partner and student needs, give direction and troubleshoot problems that arise without direct supervision;
  • High degree of comfort videoconferencing, using Microsoft Suite, and troubleshooting basic technical problems on both Mac and PC;
  • Flexible schedule. Ability to work key program dates with frequent evening and weekend hours;
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 30 pounds alone and up to 60 pounds with assistance;
  • Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions;
  • Willingness to wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by position;
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check;
  • Four years of relevant experience either via college coursework, work experience or a combination of both.
Desired background:
  • Bilingual/multilingual;
  • First Aid/CPR Certification;
  • Valid driver’s license and U-Car Certification;
  • Familiarity with UW scientists, campus and labs;
  • Experience using Form Assembly and Patron Manager;
  • Familiarity with UW Administrative Policy Statement 10.13 and youth safety/privacy best practice;
  • Evidence of competency in youth facilitation;
  • Prior registration as Youth Authorized Personnel for a UW youth program;
  • Experience successfully preparing for, delivering, and evaluating youth programs;
  • Skill in use of design programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, Canva, and Photoshop to create presentations and reports;
  • Experience working with the public in customer service capacity;