STEM Education Outreach AmeriCorps Member

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Summary

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a world-renowned science center, with an education department that translates faculty research for public engagement. In DRI’s Office of Education, Nevada Robotics and Stories in the Snow programs are recruiting a STEM Education Outreach AmeriCorps Member for the Reno, Nevada campus. This member will be an essential leader of the team to help meet the needs of students and educators in Nevada. This person will help to expand the reach and access of a non-profit program for rural and Title I schools in Nevada and the Tahoe Region of California. The member will work with a team to implement projects that increase STEM awareness within the surrounding community by sharing STEM content, expanding communications, and providing virtual and/or in-classroom support for educators. Frequent travel, community engagement, and virtual teaching for both students and adults will be required for projects including: citizen science, family STEM nights, STEM teaching, and educator training. The member’s creativity and knowledge of STEM topics will be needed to encompass applied science, 21st century technology, and environmental science into STEM topic areas. Teaching is a key aspect of this position, but no formal experience is required.

Position Description

Member Position Summary:

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a world-renowned science center, with an education department that translates faculty research for public engagement. In DRI’s Office of Education, Nevada Robotics and Stories in the Snow programs are recruiting a STEM Education Outreach AmeriCorps Member for the Reno, Nevada campus. This member will be an essential leader of the team to help meet the needs of students and educators in Nevada. This person will help to expand the reach and access of a non-profit program for rural and Title I schools in Nevada and the Tahoe Region of California. The member will work with a team to implement projects that increase STEM awareness within the surrounding community by sharing STEM content, expanding communications, and providing virtual and/or in-classroom support for educators. Frequent travel, community engagement, and virtual teaching for both students and adults will be required for projects including: citizen science, family STEM nights, STEM teaching, and educator training. The member’s creativity and knowledge of STEM topics will be needed to encompass applied science, 21st century technology, and environmental science into STEM topic areas. Teaching is a key aspect of this position, but no formal experience is required.


Host Site Agency Mission:

DRI’s Office of Education serves schools in every county across the state of Nevada by providing teachers with free professional development and access to STEM curriculum . Since inception, we have worked with over 500 schools, and 100,000 students. Currently, 75% of the schools we serve are Title One schools, which are schools that receive federal assistance to close the achievement gap between low-income students and other students. Over 50% of the students we reach are on a federal assisted free and reduced lunch program because of their low-income status, and almost 20% are second language English learners.


Program Mission:

The mission of DRI’s Office of Education is to foster scientific and engineering talent and literacy through education and workforce development. We meet needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities inside and outside of Nevada.


Additional Guidelines or Expectations:

AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, every day during their term of service. AmeriCorps members must participate in a minimum of three National Days of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects.


Evaluation and Reporting:

Members will receive a mid-year and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.


Member Supervisors:

Leah Madison

STEM Program Lead

greenbox@dri.edu

Phone 775-673-7413


Devin Genovese, AmeriCorps Program Director

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

devin@tmparksfoundation.org

775-273-8218

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct STEM outreach activities, including classroom engagement, community events, workshops, appearances and other communication opportunities

  • Engage new and existing classrooms in Stories in the Snow, which may involve long days of virtual teaching with classrooms

  • Provide logistics support and outreach for Nevada Robotics, and STEM family night programming

  • Assist with educator teacher training events for robotics and engineering

  • Develop public education and information materials, presentations and displays – including contributing to monthly newsletters, graphics, social media outreach and website content

  • Expand reach and enrollment in programming

  • Attend and table at community and school events (as is safely allowable with respect to COVID-19)

  • Act as public speaker at public events (as is safely allowable with respect to COVID-19)


Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Promote and maintain positive professional relationships with partners

  • Perform administrative duties, including inventory maintenance and program reporting

  • Create social media materials such as graphics, templates, or videos

  • Track and report on metrics

Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A passion for working with children and teaching

  • Experience or interest in STEM education

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • A keen eye for detail

  • Ability to manage and maintain multiple tasks

  • Skilled in time management

  • Motivation, a strong work ethic, and team--oriented

  • Dedication to seeing tasks to completion, and efficiency in completing tasks

  • Creativity and a love for learning

  • A professional attitude


Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in education, communication, environmental science, computer science, or related degree

  • Experience communicating to audiences of all ages

  • Experience managing logistics of outreach and community engagement

  • Ability to serve as in-classroom or virtual presenter

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Suite and basic office software

  • Familiarity with social media platforms

Compensation and Benefits

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $15,100, a $6,345 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Leah Madison, STEM Program Lead, at greenbox@dri.edu.