Youth Development Coordinator

REPORTS TO (title): Youth Development Manager
DEPARTMENT: Education
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time / Hourly

Under the supervision of the Youth Development Manager, the Youth Development Coordinator supports the operations and coordination of Chabot’s teen development programs and outreach initiatives including the Champions of Science, the Galaxy Explorers, and the Learning Everywhere initiative.

The Champions of Science is an afterschool enrichment program for Oakland Unified School District middle school students who come from historically underserved and underrepresented in science backgrounds. CoS has two primary goals: (1) to interest and retain students’ knowledge and excitement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects and potential careers at a critical time in adolescent development; and (2) to create a pipeline to Chabot’s high school community service and internship program, the Galaxy Explorers.

The Galaxy Explorers represent Chabot Space & Science Center on-site and throughout the greater Bay Area. Galaxy Explorers perform live public science demonstrations, explain interactive exhibits, support overall center operations, and perform outreach to the community. The GE Program provides leadership experiences in STEM for 9th -12th grade teens through volunteer work. At all levels, students develop work-based skills and experience while providing meaningful community service to others.

The Youth Development Coordinator ensures that goals with both programs and being met and works to develop and implement teen enrichment as well as the scheduling, teaching, training and supervision of teen volunteers.

 

Functions

• In collaboration with the Youth Development Manager and Community Programs Manager, this position will be responsible for developing program curriculum and for teaching workshops in our after- school program (Champions of Science), Learning Everywhere Initiative and our high school volunteer program (Galaxy Explorers).
• Support the Youth Development Manager with recruitment, intake, and training of program participants.
• Prepare and maintain documents for Youth Development education plans, current and future floor demos. Implement and maintain all administrative processes as demo guides, facilitation safety and behavior manuals.
• Plan education events, participate in seminars and workshops and coordinate with various departments for training and support.
• Serve as a staff point for GE special interest teams in the creation, development, education including curricula, videos, public education campaigns, toolkits handouts and web-based resources.
• Maintain close communication with program participants and their parents through e-mails and phone calls as needed.
• Create and distribute a weekly newsletter to participants and parents.
• Regularly update Galaxy Explorer website and social media sites and troubleshoot as needed.
• Maintain and update records in volunteer database.
• Track incidences of positive performance as well as disciplinary actions, complaints and operating problems. Report progress regarding student performance and behavior to the Youth Development Manager on a weekly basis.
• Oversee program scheduling including creating shifts and monitoring sign-ups via Volgistics scheduling software.
• Provide volunteer reports, recommendation letters, and other support for students in pursuing educational and professional opportunities
Public Facing Program/Museum Service
• Serve as a mentor and role model for Galaxy Explorers by modeling mature, responsible behavior and positive visitor interaction. Build relationships to support development of pre-professional skills.
• Develop and maintain volunteer activities, including floor demos, for volunteer use around the Center. Monitor equipment and stock supplies.
• Daily implementation of the public facing side of the Galaxy Explorer Program, including training and supervising program participants and activities throughout the Center. Monitor program safety, cleanliness, customer service, and overall quality of the visitor experience.
• Assist the Youth Development Manager in supervising program interns.
Partnerships and Funding
• The coordinator will develop and implement robust evaluation protocols and assist in building and maintaining working relationships with key partners, including local schools, districts, colleges/universities and other formal/informal education organizations.
• Manage expense budgets for program and data tracking system to measure and report on program outcomes and efficacy to funders, community supporters and collaborative partners.
• Plan education events and participate in seminars and workshops and coordinate with various departments for training and support.

 

Requirements

● Passionate interest in science education
● Desire to cultivate curiosity and experimentation in children and adult learners
● Skilled at teaching children and youth with diverse backgrounds
● Knowledge of pedagogical strategies and best practices in science education and student learning
● Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
● Some knowledge of scientific concepts of life sciences, earth sciences, and physical sciences
● At least two years’ experience teaching K-12 students in any context
● Bachelor’s degree required; degree in science is preferred
● Strong team player; able to work both independently and collaboratively
● Ability to speak effectively in front of groups
● Adaptable and able to multitask
● Excellent writing and communication skills
● Strong organizational skills
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Ability to work weekends and some evenings required
● Some fluency in Spanish preferred
● First-Aid certification preferred
● Valid Driver’s License

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

● While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. Employee must be able to lift, carry and pull up to 30 pounds.
● Travel to offsite locations for program presentations and events at schools or other community locations
● Follow all Chabot safety regulations

 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and three references from recent supervisors to dstanton@chabotspace.org. Include “Youth Development Coordinator” as the subject line.
* * We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

 

Salary

The schedule for this full time position is Wed-Sun with occasional evenings required. Salary range is $20–23/hr. Benefits included

Chabot Space & Science Center is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship and volunteer positions at the Center, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community