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STEM Accessibility Program Manager

The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) mission is to improve the learning and teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school districts in the United States and throughout the world. The SSEC collects and disseminates information about exemplary teaching resources, develops and disseminates STEM curriculum materials, and sponsors outreach activities, specifically in the areas of leadership, professional development and technical assistance, to help school districts develop and sustain hands-on STEM programs.

For more information about the SSEC, please visit our website at www.ssec.si.edu.

We are currently seeking a STEM Accessibility Program Manager.   This person will report to the Division Director of Professional Services.  The purpose of this position is to assist the Division Director with identifying inclusive/universal design strategies for STEM teachers to use in classroom settings, identifying and leading committees of subject matter experts who understand how to incorporate inclusive/universal design strategies into STEM classrooms, planning outreach events and meetings and general administrative support.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This is a term position and will expire by June 2021.

 

The best candidate will possess the following:

  • Understanding of the intersection between STEM, special education in grades K-8, inclusive/universal design, and accessibility.
  • Have an interest in identifying and working with experts who understand the intersection between STEM education and inclusive/universal design.
  • Understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the importance of using UDL Strategies in K-8 classrooms when engineering solutions to problems.

 

Duties:

  • Researches individuals and organizations who have demonstrated expertise in inclusive/universal design and accessibility in STEM education, including how to adapt existing STEM curriculum to include universal design practices in engineering lessons. Communicates with these organizations to elicit interest and ability to serve on an advisory committee.
  • Serves as point-of-contact between the advisory committee and the Center.
  • Facilitates virtual and face to face meetings with advisory committee individuals.
  • Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of ongoing evaluation focused on the effectiveness of programming to support inclusivity and accessibility in STEM classrooms.
  • Implements an evaluation plan to assess the impact of STEM universal design and accessibility efforts. 
  • Serves as a point-of-contact between participating DC schools and Professional Services staff to schedule focus groups, collect survey data and reports.
  • Creates reports based on evaluation data and provides suggestions to adjust programming based on evaluation results.
  • Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of professional development that leverages Smithsonian resources and museum examples to provide tangible examples could be transferred to supporting universal design/inclusivity and accessibility in STEM classrooms.
  • Creates a project plan and scaffolding for the creation of a guidebook of strategies for teachers to create a culture of accessibility through universal design in their K-8 classrooms.
  • Works with advisory committee members to leverage their specific areas of expertise for the writing of a guidebook.  Writes the guidebook of strategies in consultation with the advisory committee to ensure the guidebook has a cohesive voice and storyline.
  • Assists with developing and sustaining partnerships between the Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian organizations focused on universal design/inclusivity and accessibility in STEM.
  • Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of a leadership summit for DC schools focused on inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Manages the development and implementation of a leadership summit that will bring together schools from Washington DC to create an action plan focused on creating a culture of STEM accessibility through universal design in their school. 
  • Develops some programming to provide to participants for the two-day summit.
  • Creates an application process for school teams and mentors for school teams.
  • Recruits leadership teams representing DC schools.
  • Supports the facilitation of the leadership summit.
  • Develops reports for funders to demonstrate progress and impact of the work.
  • Works with Professional Services staff to secure venues, catering, A/V, and other logistical needs to support accessibility programs including teacher professional development, and teacher leadership summit.
  • Tracks spending on program budget to ensure funds are spent according to grant guidelines.

 

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, ideally in special education or a STEM discipline.
  • Understanding of the disability community and accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and methods relating to accessibility of STEM education for students with disabilities in classrooms.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and work with a team, often under the challenges of multiple projects and short deadlines.
  • K-12 teaching experience is preferred.
  • Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly verbally and to effectively translate scientific information into written materials.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation.

 

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu.  Reference in the subject line of your email: STEM Accessibility Program Manager.

 

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

We offer Smithsonian Institution benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, telework options, transit subsidy (we are conveniently located near L'Enfant Plaza Metro station on the blue/orange/silver and green/yellow lines) and health and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA).

Find out more here!