Full Time

AKA (All Kids Are Scientists) Science Program Coordinator at Impact NW

Fields: science, education, children, social services, outreach

Location: Portland, Oregon

About the Organization: Impact NW started 50 years ago when a group of neighbors came together to address the growing poverty in their Southeast Portland neighborhood. Ever since, Impact NW has created life-changing partnerships with our clients to help them find their way and achieve their life goals. Key to our success is the cultural, educational, ethnic and social diversity of our employees. We tap our deep, diverse knowledge and experiences to build relationships with clients from many backgrounds and provide the extra guidance our clients desire. If you believe in what we do, join our team. Together, we can find a way.

AKA Science (All Kids Are Scientists) is a fun, hands-on science program for elementary and early middle school students. For each class, AKA Science provides a package to schools and community groups that includes the following: field-tested curriculum, training of each site’s designated instructor, and a kit of supplies to bring the curriculum to life. The AKA Science curriculum rotates on a 3-year cycle, with topics that include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and forensic science. AKA Science supports Impact NW’s efforts to make high-quality enrichment opportunities accessible to all students.

About the Position: The AKA Science Program Coordinator works with the Program Supervisor to prepare hands-on after school science classes that engage diverse elementary school students. The Coordinator position is primarily a back-end organizational role, so it requires a detail-oriented self-starter who’s comfortable juggling a variety of tasks independently; however, it also involves periodic, highly interactive phases of coordinating volunteers, training instructors, and teaching classes to kids, so it also requires someone who can connect successfully with many different groups of people. Although the position mostly takes place during the standard work week, a somewhat flexible schedule is required, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in science, education, or a related field
  • Experience working with youth in educational programs
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information and engage in creative problem-solving; Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to reach out to and collaborate with a broad spectrum of community members; Sensitivity to and ability to relate to people from diverse lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels
  • Ability to work effectively within a strengths-based service delivery model
  • Availability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel efficiently in the Portland area by driving your own vehicle with mileage reimbursement (this requires a valid driver’s license, adequate insurance coverage on your vehicle, and a history of safe driving)

Preferred but not required qualifications:

  • Familiarity with science concepts and the ability to translate them into activities and explanations for elementary-aged youth
  • Experience coordinating and supporting volunteers
  • Bilingual and bicultural skills
  • Experience working with SUN Community Schools or similar programs (SUN is a key partner)

Estimated Salary: $15.03 – $16.00 Hourly

Deadline: September 20, 2018

Apply Here:
Impact NW


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