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20 Aug 2021
Teacher Space Education Specialist
POSITION TITLE: Space Education Specialist
REPORTS TO: VP – Education
COMPENSATION: $48,000- $53,000
The Space Education Specialist develops and facilitates curriculum and programs that support space-inspired Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. This position involves curriculum writing and lesson plan development, facilitating all program curriculum, integration of technology, teaching strategies, implementation of 21st Century Essential Skills, and other cross-curricular collaboration efforts as directed by the VP – Education. This position supports the educational efforts of Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation & Education’s partners across the country and around the world. This position also supports all educational initiatives that arise out of the continued development and implementation of Space Foundation’s educational mission. We are transforming STEM education into space-inspired curriculum and are looking for those who want to contribute to ushering Space Foundation into the future with the most exemplary and innovative programs available. The education department of Space Foundation is the example of the most engaging educational practices and we are looking for those who are going to stay current with those practices.
The following briefly describes representative responsibilities of this job, but it is not intended to be a complete or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position:
- In coordination with educational leadership and the team of Space Education Specialists, create and teach curriculum (both in-person and virtually) for the following Space Foundation programs:
- Space Foundation Academy
- Junior Space Entrepreneur Program
- Explore Mars Experience
- Space in the Community
- Space Foundation University
- Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses
- Teacher Liaison Program
- Leadership Exchange and mentoring programming
- Space Symposium, or other trade shows or conferences;
- Virtual programs to serve individuals, including formal and informal educators; and
- Other education programs or projects for our education partners across the United States or around the world.
- Space Foundation Academy
- Assume responsibility of coordinating educational partnerships or programs as directed by the VP – Education, which may include:
- Developing highly engaging curriculum;
- Partnering with Space Foundation teams in developing and managing logistics for educational programs;
- Develop, assist, and communicate with the management of project budgets and all aspects of purchasing and tracking finances to assist VP – Education
- Maintaining and manage relationships with educational partners through virtual and in-person meetings, which will include domestic and international travel.
- Requires the ability to travel domestically and internationally without restrictions. Local, National and Global travel may occur up to 30% of allotted work time.
- Project manage various aspects of educational programming as a point of contact for all stakeholders.
- Attend conferences and other events to promote Space Foundation educational programs and conduct workshops to promote space-inspired STEM education.
- Assist the VP – Education and the Space Education Specialist team in the development and operation of labs, including:
- Space Foundation Studio;
- Northrop Grumman Science On a Sphere®;
- Lockheed Martin Educational Activity Center;
- Mars Robotics Laboratory;
- Battelle Underwater Drone Laboratory;
- AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory; and
- Any future labs that may be added.
- Sit on various committees as directed.
- May perform other duties as required or assigned.
The following briefly describes the knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics associated with this position, including any required experience, education, licensure, certification, or combination thereof:
- A four-year degree in education or a related field; must be able to explain how you can implement educational programing with your related degree; or have minimum of 3 years of experience implementing educational programming.
- This environment is dynamic and can shift quickly based on agreements made by leadership and our sales force. The candidate must be solutions-focused and solve problems to meet the demands of space-inspired curriculum.
- Proven experience in STEM-related curriculum development and a willingness to adapt STEM to space-inspired curriculum.
- Efficient at using Microsoft Office Suite programs and other educational technology for the purposes of lesson plan development and implementation.
- Working understanding of technology for the purposes of videoconferencing with teachers and students around the world, as well as video recording for various virtual programs.
- Strong time management skills. Organized and effective in managing multiple competing priorities.
- Forward-thinking, collaborative across departments, and innovative.
- Strong oral and written communication skills to compose written items for publication while conforming to the prescribed style and format used at Space Foundation.
- Comfortable and effective in presenting information to top management, media, corporate partners, and public groups.
- Comfortable engaging individuals in a professional manner and in a business professional setting. Effective at relationship building and good interpersonal skills.
- Possesses a thorough understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and 21st Century Essential Skills, and able to implement into curriculum development.
- Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and implement them as directed.
- Self-disciplined, a self-starter, and flexible in adapting to changing schedules and deadlines.
- Attend to all the details of a project, and results-driven.
- Master’s degree in secondary education, curriculum and instruction, or a related field.
- High school classroom experience.
- Experience leading teacher PDs.
- Experience with project-based learning and high levels of inquiry.
- Proven experience in STEM-related curriculum development with emphasis on upper-level Engineering, Coding, and Robotics concepts.
- 3D modeling/CAD software experience (Solidworks, TinkerCad, Unity, Blender, etc.)
- Project management experience.
- Spanish-speaker or other foreign language
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Individuals in this position will generally work indoors and will have a workspace designated solely for him/her. Necessary office furnishings, equipment and supplies will be provided by the Foundation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may periodically be required to work outdoors and would be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee may periodically be required to work in an offsite environment or at special events, and from time-to-time may be asked to travel on Foundation business, at the Foundation’s expense. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- FLSA Classification: This position is exempt according to the guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act and, as such, an individual in this position is not eligible to receive overtime pay.
- Full- or Part-Time: This position is full-time in nature. An individual in this position will regularly work a schedule consisting of 40 hours per week.
- Work Location: This position’s primary work site is the office located in Colorado Springs, CO. The nature and responsibilities of this position are such that it is not eligible for alternative worksite arrangements, such as working from home or telecommuting, on a consistent or recurring basis.* *
- Work Schedule: Usual business days are Monday through Friday, holidays excepted, and usual business hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the time zone in which the position is located. However, due to the nature of Foundation programming, this position will require a flexible work schedule to include some Saturday programming and facilitation. The nature and responsibilities of this position are such that it is not eligible for flexible work scheduling, such as 4-day work week or alternate start/end times, on a consistent or recurring basis. At times, weekend and evening events may occur and need your support.