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Job Posting: Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair Student Engagement Manager

31 Aug 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair Student Engagement Manager

The Opportunity

Expand STEM opportunities for youth across the Commonwealth with the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF)!

We are seeking an enthusiastic Student Engagement Manager to improve educational access and opportunity by guiding and supporting our year-round programming, connecting students to STEM professionals and opportunities across the state. Through this newly created role we aim to meet an articulated need, from both students and educators, for strategic engagement with research through the science fair process, providing pathways to STEM careers.

The Student Engagement Manager (SEM) will be responsible for fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for students through programming, training and communications. This person will promote the science fair model, supporting teachers and schools with engaged and trained volunteers, and supporting volunteers to engage with middle and high school students. The SEM will work closely with the Program Director to create training systems and develop school support systems to increase connections with industry professionals through mentoring, student internships and student-focused learning collaboratives. Program initiatives will also include assessing where race, culture and access influences science learning and advancement, and shaping supports accordingly.

The Organization

MSEF supports middle and high school students engaged in independent science and engineering research. These STEM learning projects help students think independently and critically as well as innovate around local and global challenges. Students experience the excitement of pursuing their interests & passions and the pride of showcasing their work.

Through the science fair program, students experience the professional practices of working scientists and engineers. MSEF is transforming materials, training and outreach to address issues of access, opportunity and bias. The Student Engagement Manager role will play an important role in delivering on this strategy, connecting students to opportunities via volunteer engagement, mentorship, internships, training, and events. The position will drive the accompanying volunteer support and strategic communications.

Here’s What You Will Be Doing

Student engagement:

  • BIPOC mentoring program management
  • Internship program(s) oversight
  • Structure and oversight of content-focused learning groups
  • Continual identification of opportunities for students (mentorship, program access, awards, etc.)

Communications

  • Facilitate authentic student-generated storytelling
  • Utilize social media platforms to tell stories and recognize partnerships
  • Provide regular updates to partners, volunteers, and educators regarding ongoing opportunities and upcoming activities
  • Tracking engagement via database

Volunteer recruitment to identify:

  • Opportunities to bridge access gap to resources
  • Partners (university, corporate, etc.) for BIPOC coaching program
  • Judges from corporate and academic partners for State Fair
  • Alumni engagement

Volunteer support:

  • Training, placements, and facilitation of (after)school mentor connections
  • Judge recruitment and training for the State Fairs
  • BIPOC mentor training and program management

What’s Needed to Succeed

· Passion for STEM education and enthusiasm for the value that volunteers can add to students’ experiences

· Understanding and experience with issues related to how language, race and culture influence STEM education and career pathways

· Experience working with students historically underrepresented in STEM

· Experience supporting volunteers, managing student groups, or school-related programming

· Excellent listening skills and strong writing skills

· Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

· Driver’s license and clean driving record

· Willingness to travel in-State when circumstances permit

· Ability to work remotely as part of a team

· Enthusiasm for systems and structure alongside an embrace of organizational change

· Willingness to assist with assorted tasks that inevitably arise with a small organization

· Facility with Microsoft Office software, Google, Slack, and other digital tools

MSEF is a small non-profit with a rich history and strong links to education, industry and academia. This position will be one of three other full-time staff on a team of 6. MSEF does not have an office and operates as a remote organization. All candidates must be amenable to working remotely.

MSEF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We encourage BIPOC applicants to apply.

Salary starts at $50,000 year and includes partial health insurance reimbursement, and the opportunity to contribute to a retirement plan. MSEF will provide and/or reimburse for technology needed to support remote work environment.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@scifair.com. Writing sample should answer one of the following questions and can be in a format that is up to you (no longer than 500 words):

  • Please describe an experience with a mentoring relationship.
  • Please describe a memorable middle school or high school experience with science.

Applications considered on a rolling basis and encouraged for submission before September 17th. Anticipated start date October 4.

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