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STEM Educator Job Description

About the Organization:
Founded in 2008, The Lancaster Science Factory’s non-profit mission is to create an
environment for learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build
confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering
and technology. Highly interactive exhibits, workstations, and mini-labs offer “open-ended”
learning experiences with opportunities for visitors to experiment and create. We actively seek
to make the Science Factory accessible to all the young people in the community.

Open Position Title: STEM Educator
The STEM Educator creates, oversees and delivers Science Factory on- and off-site educational
programming, hands-on activities, and STEM resources for grades Pre-K through 8. Current
program offerings include summer camps, winter camps, field trip workshops, Science Café
demonstrations, Cub/Girl Scout badge workshops, homeschool classes, weekend and holiday
workshops, off-site afterschool and outreach programs, and other programs of varying length
and frequency.

Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000

Title of Manager: Director of Operations

Responsibilities and Expectations:
♦  Develops and delivers program curriculum involving hands-on activities and projects using STEM concepts and PA Academic Standards.
♦  Prepares all materials related to the activities/projects.
♦  Documents and organizes curriculum materials.
♦  Works with students from diverse backgrounds with different needs (e.g., family
situations, ages, learning styles).

The STEM Educator contributes to the overall vision and planning of the educational
programming at the Lancaster Science Factory by drawing on their experience in developing
and implementing hands-on and creative activities for students Pre-K to 8th grade. This may
include the design and construction of STEM equipment for student projects, activities, and
demonstrations.

This position is well suited for candidates with an entrepreneurial spirit and creative approach
to experiential education. Strong classroom management, communication, teamwork, and
presentation skills are required. The Lancaster Science Factory is a fast-paced non-profit
environment. The STEM Educator will collaborate with other staff members, STEM
professionals in the community, hourly educators, and volunteers to deliver new programs as
well as maintain or modify existing ones all while working within a prescribed budget. The STEM
educator will build positive long-term relationships with external individuals, youth-serving
agencies and STEM-related organizations.

The STEM Educator will maintain high standards for quality and innovative programming to
attract new audiences and returning participants. They will work closely with other staff
members to market educational programming. He/she will preserve and promote the
reputation of the Science Factory by providing high-quality programming for as many children
as possible, with some concentration on providing access to underserved audiences such as low-income
families, young females, and differently-abled children (includes physical, mental, and
emotional disabilities). As such, the STEM Educator will ensure that programs are staffed and delivered with scientific accuracy and professionalism. They must be comfortable working with individuals ranging from Pre-K to adult with varying science backgrounds. The STEM Educator will ensure that
participants have successful experiences and work closely with parents to discuss child
behavior/learning outcomes before and/or after programming.

A high degree of organization is required. The STEM Educator will procure, construct, and
maintain supplies as needed for educational programming. This will include collaboration with
other staff members (e.g., Maker Space Educator) and external STEM professionals. General
classroom upkeep and storage area order is expected. They will be expected to keep good
records of expenditures, evaluations, and reporting data as required.

The STEM Educator will create assessment materials to measure the educational value and
overall impact of programs. They will develop activity guides, pre/post tests, and teacher
questionnaires to evaluate program effectiveness.

Outside of the classroom, the STEM Educator will collaborate with LSF staff to ensure exhibits
and exhibit signage is aligned with PA Department of Education standards. They will update
and/or develop documentation that demonstrates standards alignment for educators.

Supervision of Others:
Recruits, trains and manages contract/hourly staff, program volunteers, and interns as
appropriate. Evaluates performance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Requirements:
PA Teaching Certification in General Science required. An endorsement in Integrative STEM
Education is strongly desired. Additional certification in science disciplines, technology, and
engineering, and mathematics subjects preferred.

Three or more years of teaching experience with students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Experience in an informal science education environment desired, with responsibility for
coordinating all aspects of individual programs from conception to implementation and
assessment.

Experience setting program goals, objectives, and evaluation.

♦  Four-year college degree required.
♦  Must obtain the following clearances: PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Background, FBI
(Department of Public Welfare), & Act 24.
♦  Must have a reliable form of transportation.
♦  Must be able to lift and carry as much as 30 pounds.
♦  Strong computer knowledge required (word, excel, powerpoint).
♦  2 or more years working with children preferred.
♦  First aid/CPR preferred.

Working Conditions:
Non-profit, informal educational organization. Fast-paced environment with many varied,
simultaneous projects. Extensive carrying and lifting of educational materials, tables, and chairs.
Must be able to carry and lift up to 30 lbs.

Time Commitment:
Full-time salaried position. Periodic travel to schools and other organizations within 20-mile
radius. Must be flexible to work occasional evenings, weekends and extended hours when
needed.

Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to:
Emily Landis
Executive Director
454 New Holland Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602
elandis@tlsf.org
The Lancaster Science Factory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.