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STEM Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) Program Manager

We are currently seeking a STEM DEAI 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 planning programming related to our DEAI initiatives, working with advisory committees comprised of experts in educational efforts focused on DEAI and developing a plan to scale DEAI initiatives. In addition, the Program Manager will identify inclusive/universal design strategies for STEM teachers to use in classroom settings, plan outreach events to build awareness of the importance of DEAI in STEM education for stakeholders and provide general administrative support.

 PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required. 

 The best candidate will possess the following:

Have an interest in working with experts who understand the underlying challenges in focusing on DEAI in STEM education to inform the work of the Center.

Understand the intersection between STEM, special education in grades K-8, inclusive/universal design, and accessibility. Along with the challenges in working with schools and districts to enact change.

The ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines that involve the participation and collaboration of stakeholders within and external to the Smithsonian.

 

Duties:

  • Serves as point-of-contact between the advisory committees and the Center.
  • Facilitates virtual and face to face meetings with advisory committee individuals focused on Diversity and Accessibility.
  • Creates a project plan for the creation and implementation of ongoing evaluation focused on the effectiveness of programming to support inclusivity, accessibility and diversity in STEM classrooms.
  • Serves as a point-of-contact between participating DC schools and Professional Services staff to recruit schools to participate in the project as well as 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.
  • Works with advisory committee members to leverage their specific areas of expertise for the writing of a workbook. 
  • Writes the workbook 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 accessibility and diversity in STEM.
  • 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. 
  • Manages the implementation of a national leadership summit to diversify the STEM teaching workforce based on the successes and challenges of past summits held by the center.
  • Supports the facilitation of the leadership summits.
  • 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 programs including teacher professional development, and teacher leadership summits. 
  • Tracks spending on program budgets to ensure funds are spent according to grant guidelines.

  

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, ideally in education or a STEM discipline.
  • Understanding of the disability community and accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities.
  • Understanding of the challenges and barriers of working with schools and districts on implementing new initiatives.
  • 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 DEAI Program Manager.

Resumes must be submitted in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

 

 

Marketing & Communications Specialist:

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will serve as the primary delegate for all of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) marketing and communications needs with responsibility for helping to develop marketing strategies and implement marketing tactics necessary to accomplish the objectives of the SSEC’s marketing and communications strategy.  This position reports to the Manager of Digital Media.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This is a temporary appointment for one year.

 

Duties:

  • Develop content, materials, and strategies to promote the SSEC’s brand, products, and services
  • Write and design all marketing and communication – both print and digital - materials as needed which include brochures, social media, blog posts, web content, newsletters, reports, infographics, and advertisements.
  • Ensures that all SSEC branded materials are accurate before publishing or distribution for formatting, aesthetics and content.
  • Assist with the evaluation the SSEC’s marketing capabilities and strategies.
  • Coordinate with SSEC’s Digital Media Team and external consultants, contractors and service providers to develop strategies for digital marketing, print marketing, and in-person outreach initiatives.
  • Analyzes analytics from Google, social media, and other platforms to determine audience behavior and trends.
  • Generate ways to advance the SSEC’s brand in industry trade publications, the media, speaking opportunities, conference participation and other forms of public engagement.
  • Engages with the public to promote SSEC news and project development through formal press release distribution, article development/pitch, social media, etc. 
  • Serves as a liaison to reporters, producers and editors in print, digital, and broadcast media who might create stories with press releases. 
  • Organize promotional or community-centered programs and events, such as speaking engagements for SSEC staff, conventions, or public presentations.
  • Write speeches and/or create speaking points for SSEC staff.
  • Track all correspondence, reports, etc., and follows up to ensure timely action and replies.
  • In coordination with staff or supervisor, arranges for meetings, contacts participants, assembles correspondence, records, reports, and other materials. Prepares requisitions and purchase orders, compiles data for budget submissions, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  •  A Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or Public Relations preferred.
  • Proven track record in developing marketing strategies and communication plans to create brand awareness
  • Strong graphic design or digital production background with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with management to gain confidence and cooperation of management, stakeholders, and customers.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and digital publishing/photography, principles, practices, techniques and methods sufficient to plan, execute and monitor and social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of and skill in researching, gathering and analyzing statistics, analytics, and other data sufficient to evaluate/measure the effectiveness of marketing and communications strategies.
  • Strong problem solving skills and recommending solutions.
  • Skill in working with a variety of people in various settings.
  • Strong oral and written communication.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Skill in using computer software and technologies, including proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and DRUPAL, in order to post new content on websites and applicable social media sites/tools (such as Facebook and Twitter) sufficient to maintain the existing organizational content. 

 

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: Marketing & Comm.

 

Resume Format: 

Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO