Careers

 

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).

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Accessibility Program Manager

We are currently seeking an 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 developing strategies for teachers to use in classroom settings, identifying and leading committees of STEM accessibility subject matter experts, 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 for 18 months.Duties:

  • Researches individuals and organizations who have demonstrated expertise in accessibility in STEM education. 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 a leadership summit for DC schools focused on 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 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.
  • Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of ongoing evaluation focused on the effectiveness of programming accessibility in STEM classrooms.
  • Implements an evaluation plan to assess the impact of STEM 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 focused on accessibility in STEM classrooms.
  • Implements teacher professional development and field trips for teachers to learn inclusive strategies in their STEM classrooms. 
  • Recruits DC middle schools to participate in the professional development and field trips.
  • Creates a project plan and scaffolding for the creation of a guidebook of strategies for teachers to create a culture of accessibility in their classrooms.
  • Works with advisory committee members to leverage their specific areas of expertise for the writing of the guidebook.
  • Writes front matter and some content sections of the guidebook. Manages the development of the guidebook sections.
  • Assists with developing and sustaining partnerships between the Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian organizations focused on accessibility.
  • Develops reports for funders to demonstrate progress and impact of the work.
  • Secure venues, catering, A/V, and other logistical needs for meetings and field trips.
  • Tracks spending on program budget to ensure funds are spent according to grant guidelines.
  • Travel is possible up to 2-3 times per year.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • 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: Accessibility Program Manager.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

 

 

 

Science Curriculum Developer

We are currently seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. This person will report to the Manager of Curriculum Development and will be primarily responsible for assisting with the planning, design, production, and editing of SSEC science education curriculum and other print and digital material.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This position is located in Washington, DC. You must live in the local commuting area of Washington, DC. This is not a remote position.

Duties:

  • Responsible for writing and editing K-8 science education curriculum and other digital or print information on subjects related to science and science education
  • In collaboration with a team of other writers and editors, assist in the development of new print and digital curricular products
  • The incumbent identifies and integrates scientific expertise from across the Smithsonian Institution to integrate into SSEC’s curricular offerings
  • The incumbent will stay current with the latest scientific research taking place among the Smithsonian scientific community and advise SSEC staff of potential collaborations
  • The incumbent will ensure accuracy of all scientific content published by SSEC via print and digital channels
  • The incumbent interviews subject-matter specialists and program officials when the information needed is not available or not verifiable through other research methods.
  • The incumbent contributes to SSEC’s blog (STEMVisions) content according to SI guidelines.

Required knowledge and skills:

  • A demonstrated passion for science and education
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering.
  • Portfolio of science writing or curriculum development,
  • Ability to establish and uphold deadlines
  • An understanding of the needs of K-8 teachers and students
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as part of a team
  • Ability and confidence to delegate work effectively among team-members
  • Comfortable with receiving and providing constructive critique and feedback
  • Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to translate scientific information into written materials.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation

Preferred knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced degree in education, natural science, or related field.
  • Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and how they apply to curriculum materials
  • Understanding of the research into how students learn science

 

How to Apply:

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: Science Curriculum Developer

Please, no phone calls. EEO