Program Specialist, Future Science Leaders

Science World - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Regular Full-Time

Position: Program Specialist, Future Science Leaders

Reports To: Program Manager, Future Science Leaders

Science World is a BC-based charitable organization that engages the people of British Columbia in STEM literacy. Our mission is to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature. Our values are Curious, Playful, Inclusive, Relevant and Collaborative.

Position Description:
Working as part of the Community Engagement team, the Program Specialist will support the development, implementation, documentation and evaluation of Science World’s Future Science Leaders (FSL) program.

Future Science Leaders is Science World’s flagship youth leadership program. In this program, students are part of a powerful peer network made up of some of BC’s most talented students. Students meet and learn from BC’s top science, technology and business leaders and are supported by a talented team of staff and university fellows. Each week, students participate in innovative learning and skill building activities after learning of cutting-edge research, academic theory and industry opportunities.

This position works closely with the Program Manager, Future Science Leaders to carry out a successful program. From planning sessions, preparing resources for sessions, to managing online learning platforms, facilitating weekly sessions and communicating with students and parents, the Program Specialist ensures the program is a success. The Program Specialist attends and instructs the Vancouver sessions, supervising activities and providing feedback to presenters.

This position requires an enthusiastic, efficient, independent and creative individual with a passion for organization and mentoring enthusiastic high school students. The Program Specialist has to be comfortable instructing high school students in STEM at a university level. Flexibility and confidence are required to work with a highly collaborative and dynamic development and facilitation team.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Program Delivery

Deliver Scientific Reasoning modules and General Skills activities, as agreed upon, for both first- and second-year students
2. Program Coordination Administration, Documentation and Promotion

Oversee registration for all FSL programs (Vancouver and Surrey)
Be the main FSL contact in Vancouver for students and parents and organize contact information, forms, and registration
Coordinate necessary logistics (equipment, consumables, space, setup) to ensure each session of FSL in Vancouver runs smoothly
Coordinate expert speakers and Fellows as needed
Support FSL students to be successful in their work through weekly assignments and feedback
Assist in creating a network of speakers or mentors for the FSL program and student projects
Oversee documentation of lessons, attendance, homework, and students’ online writing
Organize photos and information for parents, funders and possible media stories
Manage ongoing budget tracking related to portfolio of responsibilities
Contribute to report and proposal writing related to portfolio of responsibilities
Organize and support students’ leadership work at community science events like SWEET or meet-a-scientist weekends

Year 1:
Support fellows with logistics (materials, space, setup) and offer feedback on lesson plans
Organize marketing collateral and resource material related to portfolio of responsibilities, including the year 1 logbook
Participate in each session, helping fellows with their activities

Year 2:
Work closely with the Program Manager and the Year 2 Facilitators on planning, supervision and mentoring of the second year students to learn skills and then finish independent experiments
Work closely with the Program Manager in an assistant editor role for the Year 2 journal, including reviewing student papers
Participate in each session, helping facilitators with their activities
Coordinate supplies and equipment needed for year 2 sessions

Help organize an annual FSL alumni event
Perform any other duties as required

You have a positive outlook and an infectious passion for sharing the wonders of mentoring STEM/STEAM content with high school and graduate students. You use your extensive research and education network to support the Program Manager to find, mentor and empower similarly passionate fellows to bring their subject matter expertise to FSL.

Experience with teaching and/or developing youth programming
Experience and passion developing STEM/STEAM communications
Must be comfortable presenting to a variety of audiences, specifically teens, funders and peers
Must be willing to work regularly on weekday evenings and occasionally on weekends
Must be willing and able to travel on occasion as mutually agreed upon
Ability to work with attention to detail, with firm deadlines and to manage multiple projects
A post-secondary degree in Science, Mathematics, or Engineering with research and leadership experience in one of these fields. Masters degree or graduate level credentials preferred
Passion for connecting STEM/STEAM professionals with youth
Possess a valid regular class 5 driver’s license with a clean driving record
Must be physically able to safely lift at least 12kgs

Please apply by Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Please upload a cover letter and a copy of your resume as a part of your application

  • All offers are subject to satisfactory completion of reference and police criminal record checks.
We would like to thank all candidates. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted *