Youth Development Coordinator

  • Cleveland, OH
  • Full-time

Company Description

At Great Lakes Science Center, we make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive to feed the inner sense of curiosity for guests of all ages. We believe in the value of using real scientific challenges through opportunities to invent, design, tinker and create to encourage curiosity and experimentation. The Science Center remains committed to developing informal science education programs that inspire young minds, improve STEM literacy and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio.

Job Description

Works collaboratively with the Youth Development Manager and other staff to develop and deliver creative, interactive, hands-on experiences for youth in “Great Science Academy” (GSA – a Saturday-morning STEM education program for 6th to 12th grade youth) during the academic year. Will deliver same to Camps youth of various grades in summer. All GSA sessions will be conducted on Saturdays; Camps sessions will be held weekdays. The successful candidate will also assist with program operations such as daily supervision; supporting the Manager when needed; assisting with evaluations and participant feedback; and maintaining the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association. This full time position requires a Tuesday to Saturday work week during the academic year and Monday to Friday in the summer.

Qualifications

Education and Work Experience Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or enrollment in a science, education, youth development, or related field.
  •  Experience teaching and/or working with children, with demonstrated creative methods in an informal or formal learning environment.
  • Knowledgeable of tiered curriculum, project based learning and other student centered pedagogy.
  • Knowledge/interest in biomedical engineering, space/aeronautics, hydrology and design/innovation a plus 
  • Experience with/willingness to learn various Maker technologies (3-D printer, laser cutter, etc.).
Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
  • Is team oriented. Appreciates working alongside of a team of people focused on non-traditional education.
  • Enjoys working with both youth and parents.
  • Ability to serve in the role of the manager or event supervisor when needed. 
  • Natural curiosity for and self-motivation in learning, organizing, teaching and documenting science-based instruction.
  • Superior ability to break down complex ideas and materials into understandable units.
  • Creativity and imagination regarding youth development and learning.
  • Strong ability to think fast/resolve problems creatively.
  • Excellent instructional/public speaking skills.
  • Ability to teach learners of varying ability levels and varying interests. 
  • Ability to maintain a safe and productive learning environment at all times.
  • Ability to operate Maker equipment (i.e., 3D printer, laser cutter, etc.) and various scientific tools/machines
  • Ability to use vector graphics software (i.e., CorelDraw, Inkscape) highly desired.
  • Willingness to go “above and beyond” to serve, support, and motivate his/her assigned students.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite programs (Word/Excel/PowerPoint). 
  • Well organized, can work collaboratively or independently as required.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable car.

Additional Information

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:·

  • Researching, selecting and creating grade-appropriate STEM projects, activities, and lesson plans for scheduled sessions;
  • Conducting self learning as needed to enable accurate and appropriate content delivery; 
  • Creating fun, interactive, and effective STEM learning opportunities for all students. 
  • Prepping, documenting, and or/revising lesson plans (including research references, prototyping results, time requirements, etc.).
  • Gathering and/or ordering needed supplies; organizing and maintaining same.
  • Demonstrating genuine care and concern for each student and his/her wellbeing while establishing high expectations for performance and engagement. 
  • Conducting him/herself with high levels of professionalism and appropriateness at all times.
  • Maintaining classroom safety and disciplinary control. 
  • Interacting with parents as needed on issues of progress, comprehension, discipline, etc. as directed by the manager.
  • Observing established program standards, policies, procedures, including those of the American Camps Association. 
  • Setting up and cleaning up instructional areas.
  • Administering session evaluation instruments as directed.
  • Supporting program administrative functions and recordkeeping including attendance and behavioral reports; participates in issue resolution with YD Manager as needed. 
  • Collaborating with YD Manager and other program staff on curriculum development, program evaluation, project prototyping, and other activities as needed.