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Center Manager

The REVISE Center, hosted by TERC, is seeking an innovative and intuitive Center Manager knowledgeable in the field of informal STEM education to provide administrative management. They will work at 100%-Full-Time Equivalent (FTE), collaborating with members of the executive leadership team (Director of Vision and Accountability, Director of Operations & Communication, Director of Affiliate Programs and Research-to-Practice, and Director of Digital Infrastructure and Virtual Community) and Center staff to help synthesize and curate resources for the ISE community and manage daily operations of the Center.

This position is remote with the expectation of traveling to and attending a convening once per year. The Center Manager will report to the Director of Vision & Accountability to review the Center/project budget and the Center Manager’s support and professional development.  Additionally, the individual will meet once per week with the Director of Operations & Communication and the Director of Digital Infrastructure & Virtual Community to discuss upcoming programming and events, updates to the Center’s website (Informalscience.org), branding, messaging, and any needs or concerns. The Center Manager will provide advice on developing, coordinating, and implementing programs and services. Finally, the Center Manager will also meet with the Content & Communications Coordinator and the TERC ISE Council at least once per month to discuss Center operations, communication plans, workshops, webinars, and special projects.

This position involves approx. 30% project management, 25% administration and financial management, 20% meeting and event coordination, 15% management of website redesign and development, 5% communication and outreach, and 5% other activities.

Annual salary range for the Center Manager position is $84,000 – $99,000 per year with benefits. The Center Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing center activities and initiatives, including having a keen sense of whom should be included in thinking through the process of activities; having a thorough knowledge of the different roles staff members, partners, and advisors play; ensuring staff and partners meet their deadlines; coordinating webinars and events; and conducting a needs assessment
  • Identifying problems, providing solutions, and bringing difficult problems to the attention of the Center leaders
  • Helping ISE community members access appropriate Center resources
  • Assisting the Director of Operations & Communication in developing and implementing a communications strategy designed to further the Center’s objectives
  • Providing overall project, financial, and file administration
  • Supporting meeting and event planning and coordination
  • Contributing to the collection and curation of the digital repository located on Informalscience.org  
  • Providing Communications support (e.g., help implement an inclusive communication outreach plan, content production, etc.)
  • Maintaining thorough project documentation and metrics for internal and external partners, and to support grant reporting
  • Surveying and keeping the PI-team updated with current trends, developments, and perceptions about the ISE field, and then contextualizing findings for both internal and external audiences

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience managing a center or equivalent project leadership experience (Master’s degree within STEM, STEM education or organizational management a plus)
  • An intimate knowledge of the ISE community
  • Basic understanding of social justice and equity
  • Skilled at creating, analyzing, and managing a budget
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong planning and organizational skills (e.g., project management experience)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access or other database programs, Microsoft Word; experience using a Mac and OS365 preferred

* (TERC provides all employees with Mac laptops, familiarity is a plus) *

When applying, you will be asked to upload your resume to:  HR Apply.  Interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. No phone calls please and no recruiter or agency inquiries.

About the Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center
Vision:  The Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center is a collaborative effort to advance equity across the informal STEM learning field through community building, supporting and extending infrastructures, technical assistance, and communications. This equity resource center is supported through a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (NSF-AISL) program (NSF Award #2229061), designed around four primary functions:
  1. Cultivate a multi-sector, diverse community dedicated to promoting equity in informal STEM learning experiences and environments.
  2. Raise the visibility and impact of equity-focused research and practice in the informal STEM learning field and its contributions to the overall STEM endeavor.
  3. Support AISL PIs, prospective PIs, and partners in enacting their commitments to equity with respect to research and practice.
  4. Promote equitable practices that support the AISL program.
The primary audiences for the REVISE Center are individuals and organizations that want to grow their ability to design and conduct equity-focused, evidence-based innovations in informal STEM research, programming, or both. The stakeholders served by the Center should include, but are not limited to,
  • Equity-focused, evidence-based research and practice innovators in informal STEM
  • AISL PIs and partners; and
  • Prospective AISL PIs and partners;
We envision that the REVISE Center will serve as a champion and critical voice for equity in the informal STEM education (ISE) field and cultivate lasting change among ISE, stakeholders, and the broader STEM education ecosystem. The Center leverages the strength of community-building through inclusive, collaborative design and the sharing of resources and ethical practices to establish long-lasting compassionate relationships (particularly building trusting relationships among historically disenfranchised communities). It values bolstering infrastructures to extend research capacity and expand access to funding, highlighting more scalable, equity-focused research findings useful in ISE programming that serve marginalized learners, supporting increased diversity in leadership, and advancing the adaption of ISE program components for tailored use to empower new learners and leaders with diverse perspectives to influence informal STEM. Thus, the Center aims to foster and fortify safe spaces of belonging in STEM thereby creating a more informed public that values STEM in everyday life, work, and global citizenship, and recognizes its role in advancing a more just and equitable society. These efforts will promote critical reflection and dialogue on historical and contextual factors that underlie systemic inequities, mistrust, and power hierarchies in STEM and advance inclusive communication and culturally responsive evaluation that broaden participation and promote organizational change and transformative social justice.

Content & Communications Coordinator

The REVISE Center, hosted by TERC, is seeking an experienced Content & Communications Coordinator at 60% Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) to help the Center (1) stay connected to the informal STEM education (ISE) community and (2) generate interesting, meaningful, and educational content about and for the ISE community. The Content & Communications Coordinator will report to the Director of Operations & Communication and the Director of Digital Infrastructure and Virtual Community. This position is remote with the expectation of traveling to and attending at least one convening per year.

Annual full-time salary range for the Content & Communications Coordinator is $70,000 – $80,000 per year. Note that this position is 60% FTE, meaning that the salary is 60% of what it would be if it were a full-time (100% FTE) position. This would be $42,000 – $48,000 per year working 24 hours per week.

The Content & Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the following:

  • Write and record a variety of different content to support communications and marketing efforts, including newsletters, website copy, videos, and brochures and press releases
  • Write, review, edit, and update content for the Center website (including tagging content for the repository), blogs, marketing materials, and similar platforms
  • Assist the Center Manager and Director of Operations & Communication in developing and implementing a communications strategy designed to further the Center’s objectives
  • Collaborate with the Center Manager and Director of Operations & Communication to establish campaign objectives, complete tasks, and identify and solve problems
  • Monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies
  • Assist Center Manager with conducting research and interviews related to current trends, developments, and perceptions about the ISE field
  • Perform outreach to press outlets, magazines, influencers and build strategic partnerships to grow brand notoriety in the ISE community
  • Use social media to engage different audiences, respond to questions or complaints, and to promote Center initiatives
  • Monitor social media and company website metrics
  • Utilize search engine optimization (SEO) methods to increase site traffic
  • Suggest new ways to promote the Center’s offerings and to reach members of the ISE community

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of social justice and equity
  • Willingness to think creatively independently and as part of a team about how to reach a variety of audiences, especially those from underserved, marginalized communities
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, marketing, science communication, or similar field; (Master’s degree and/or experience with/knowledge of the ISE community a plus)
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and WordPress or other content management systems and ability to create visually compelling products; experience using a Mac and OS365 preferred
  • Proficiency in use of social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as Constant Contact, MailChimp, Canva, or a similar program

* (TERC provides all employees with Mac laptops, familiarity is a plus) *

When applying, you will be asked to upload your resume to:  HR Apply.  Interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. No phone calls please and no recruiter or agency inquiries.


About the Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center

Vision:  The Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center is a collaborative effort to advance equity across the informal STEM learning field through community building, supporting and extending infrastructures, technical assistance, and communications. This equity resource center is supported through a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (NSF-AISL) program (NSF Award #2229061), designed around four primary functions:
a. Cultivate a multi-sector, diverse community dedicated to promoting equity in informal STEM learning experiences and environments.
b. Raise the visibility and impact of equity-focused research and practice in the informal STEM learning field and its contributions to the overall STEM endeavor.
c. Support AISL PIs, prospective PIs, and partners in enacting their commitments to equity with respect to research and practice.
d. Promote equitable practices that support the AISL program.
The primary audiences for the REVISE Center are individuals and organizations that want to grow their ability to design and conduct equity-focused, evidence-based innovations in informal STEM research, programming, or both. The stakeholders served by the Center should include, but are not limited to,
a. Equity-focused, evidence-based research and practice innovators in informal STEM
b. AISL PIs and partners; and
c. Prospective AISL PIs and partners;
We envision that the REVISE Center will serve as a champion and critical voice for equity in the informal STEM education (ISE) field and cultivate lasting change among ISE, stakeholders, and the broader STEM education ecosystem. The Center leverages the strength of community-building through inclusive, collaborative design and the sharing of resources and ethical practices to establish long-lasting compassionate relationships (particularly building trusting relationships among historically disenfranchised communities). It values bolstering infrastructures to extend research capacity and expand access to funding, highlighting more scalable, equity-focused research findings useful in ISE programming that serve marginalized learners, supporting increased diversity in leadership, and advancing the adaption of ISE program components for tailored use to empower new learners and leaders with diverse perspectives to influence informal STEM. Thus, the Center aims to foster and fortify safe spaces of belonging in STEM thereby creating a more informed public that values STEM in everyday life, work, and global citizenship, and recognizes its role in advancing a more just and equitable society. These efforts will promote critical reflection and dialogue on historical and contextual factors that underlie systemic inequities, mistrust, and power hierarchies in STEM and advance inclusive communication and culturally responsive evaluation that broaden participation and promote organizational change and transformative social justice.

Research Associate 2

About the Projects

The leaders of the projects described below seek a junior researcher to assist with project coordination, qualitative research (data collection and analysis, dissemination of findings), and professional development.

African American Young Women in Making to Engage in STEM and Entrepreneurship (AAMASE) is funded by the National Science Foundation. Together with Greensboro NC community partners, researchers from TERC and makers from the Forge, a Greensboro-based makerspace, will develop ways to make makerspaces more welcoming and useful to young women of color.

In Afterschool Making Projects with Design Thinking and Mathematics with Latinx Communities (AMPD4MATH), middle school youth engage in design-and-making projects that address community goals. Youth will have opportunities to do important mathematics while drawing on community and cultural strengths, particularly in community mathematical know-how. The projects are designed collaboratively with afterschool facilitators and youth participants to the description of AMPD4Math

Sound Travels is a four-year project funded by the National Science Foundation (Advancing Informal STEM Learning). This project is breaking new ground and will be run with a highly participatory, emergent process. Project partners will investigate how soundscapes impact people and their learning in informal STEM learning spaces like parks, zoos, and science centers.

Summary of Responsibilities

Research in Service to Practice

With direction from PI’s, the Research Associate will:

  • Coordinate logistics of data collection at designated sites.  
  • Assist with development and design of research processes and instruments, such as interview protocols, assessments, and surveys.
  • Assist with online and in-person data collection, such as assist with conducting in-person and online interviews; assist with the collection of surveys; conduct observations.
  • Assist with data management and organization.
  • Assist with the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Write and edit reports and other dissemination products that describe results, adjusting language and detail for different audiences (e.g., funder, peers, public audiences).
  • Participate in team meetings as needed.

Professional Development Design and Delivery

The Research Associate will play a vital role in professional development for environmental educators and exhibit designers.  Workshops online and in person will foster understanding of the influence of sound on learning in informal spaces. The Research Associate gives input into the design of professional development sessions (online and face to face) and has the ability to foster an online community, co-facilitate, and co-deliver online or face-to-face professional development sessions on sound, social learning, and related topics.

Qualifications

BA/BS, MA or MS desirable, or minimum 3 years of equivalent experience in related field.

The ideal candidate will have several of the following:

  • An interest in teaching and learning in out of school environments.
  • Experience with data collection in informal learning spaces on STEM-related topics or learning generally, such as interest in social interaction, attention and attraction among participants of all ages.
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methods (such as interviewing, observations, coding or other approaches to data analysis).
  • Experience working in parks, zoos, science centers, maker spaces, afterschools, nature centers, or botanical gardens.
  • A basic understanding of sound.
  • Background in acoustics, acoustic ecology, music production, sound engineering
  • An interest in making; an interest in creative pursuits and the creative process
  • Ability to speak Spanish.
  • Competence with website updates, graphic design/multimedia publishing, and/or social media.

Additional requirements:

  • Demonstrated excellent written, oral and public speaking communication skills.
  • Availability to travel for 3-5 days at a time.
  • Ability to rent and drive a rental car.
  • Proficiency with common office computer applications (e.g. email, spreadsheets, database, and word processing)
  • Ability to learn new software/technologies as they become relevant.

This is an exempt position that supports three projects. The anticipated commitment is 80% time (qualifies for full benefits) with a start date of March 13. The schedule will be aligned with project calendars (e.g., travel to partner sites and synchronous meetings that need to be attended) and may vary monthly.   

Competitive salary commensurate with experience ($58-64K).  Excellent benefits.  TERC staff work both on site and remotely.

How To Apply

When applying, you will be asked to upload your resume as well as a statement of interest/cover letter that describes your relevant skills and experience to:  HR Apply.  Also, please upload a writing sample of 1-2 pages showing your ability to write interesting prose on a topic related to STEM education.  The application process will remain open until the job is filled.  No phone calls please and no recruiter or agency inquiries.

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Benefits

When you begin your career with TERC, you’ll join a friendly collaborative environment dedicated to teaching and learning. You’ll have a variety of cutting-edge technologies right at your fingertips, along with responsive IT support. You’ll be guided by enthusiastic mentors and access exciting opportunities for professional development.

Our location in Cambridge, Massachusetts gives us direct access to some of the most prestigious and innovative research and academic facilities in the world. We occupy a historic restored factory building between Porter and Davis Squares, convenient to public transportation, with walking access to restaurants, shops, and parks. Employee parking and limited guest parking are also available. We offer a competitive benefits package, including health insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan, as well as flexible schedules and a healthy work-life balance.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

TERC deeply believes that a diversity of experiences, ideas, and characteristics (race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, disability, veteran status, and more) contributes to the creativity and impact of our research.  We promote inclusion of such richly diverse perspectives not only to achieve equity in the workplace, but also to cultivate equitable and accessible STEM learning opportunities for all. As such, TERC always seeks to diversify its staff and places a high priority on developing a staff that reflects the diverse communities we serve. Read our Diversity Statement and our full Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

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