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2 Aug 2021

Part-Time Educator 2

The Tech Interactive – Posted by The Tech Interactive San Jose, California, United States

Job Description

Facilitated Experiences Educator 2

Part-Time, Non-Exempt

 

About The Tech

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including but not limited to those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or nonconforming, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Role

The Facilitated Experiences Educator 2 position is a non-exempt, (hourly) position reporting to the Senior Manager, Facilitated Experiences. The Educator 2 works as part of a team of staff who facilitate 90-minute, hands-on design challenges for visiting field trip classes in Grades 2–12. Additional duties include facilitating Virtual Labs,  Innovation Labs, other programs on the gallery floor and Girl Scout badge programs. All of these programs are designed as interactive programs that focus on engaging youth in exploring science, design and engineering. At The Tech we encourage students to use their own innovative ideas and skills.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach labs as scheduled in The Tech’s Science Labs (9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).
  • Facilitate Innovation Labs and other highly facilitated experiences on the gallery floor as scheduled.
  • Facilitate virtual lab programs.
  • Participate in training sessions and lab set-up in early September.
  • Attend class session debriefs and occasional staff meetings as required.
  • Take part in ongoing professional development training and staff meetings, generally taking place outside normal lab shift hours.
  • Must be available one weekend day per week.
  • Understand and implement The Tech’s learning principles and philosophy.
  • Maintain and manage lab materials including but not limited to: clean up, reset, and set up materials after each lab; establish and maintain overall organization and cleanliness of labs; restock supplies as needed; and maintain materials inventory.
  • Provide feedback on continuous improvement of the labs.
  • Provide support in The Tech’s evaluation efforts as needed.
  • Understand customer service expectations, training material and general organization policies.
  • Follow The Tech’s safety guidelines and attendance policies.
  • Follow The Tech’s attire and grooming guidelines.
  • Communicate all issues to The Tech staff as they arise.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a public setting interacting with visitors and follow required safety protocols.
  • Pursuing or completed BA/BS in education, science, engineering or equivalent experience desired.
  • Serious and passionate about science and technology, while also flexible, patient, and able to have fun with our students.
  • Teaching experience or experience working with children in a traditional or non-traditional educational setting. Experience with hands-on, cooperative learning instruction, highly desired.
  • Experience in engaging in and communicating technical/scientific topics to diverse groups with varying levels of exposure to and knowledge of the subject. Ability to appropriately adapt content as well as the ability to pace facilitation and make on-the-spot decisions as changes arise.
  • Excellent facilitation skills that include the ability to communicate information to all guests in a way that inspires curiosity, creativity and problem solving that continues beyond their visit.
  • Excellent organizational skills including time management.
  • Can offer and take constructive criticism; is happy to seek advice of mentors.
  • Willingness to work weekend days regularly, evenings, and holidays.
  • Ability to adhere to The Tech’s grooming guidelines.
  • Fluency in one or more languages common to the San Francisco Bay Area is a plus.
  • Has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and is able to demonstrate The Tech’s values.

 

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for significant periods of time.
  • Constantly positioning self based on the demonstration needs of each exhibit and program.
  • Frequently moves objects up to 25 pounds.

 

 

The Tech will provide an equal opportunity in recruitment and employment to all individuals and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, military or veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information,  or any other basis protected by applicable law.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit: https://thetech.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/e26e3066-2a22-3145-d03a-0d227c5d7049/apply?source=1694242-CS-42266

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time.

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