STEM Outreach Program Specialist
VA Tech - Virginia

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Up to two positions may be filled through this search. The primary objective of the STEM Outreach Program Specialist is to support the overall management and administration of the U.S. Army's Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) portfolio at Virginia Tech under the direction of the Program Director (PD) and in consult with the Army Cooperative Agreement Managers (CAMs). The Program Specialist will be assigned to a portfolio of YSCOA programs taken from the list below. The programs are implemented by YSCOA consortium members but receive marketing/communications, evaluation, and big-picture management from Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech YSCOA team operates to fulfill the interests, objectives, and requirements of the Army. YSCOA STEM Outreach Portfolio: summer enrichment programs, internships, competitions, and teacher programs. Army Awards Program (AAP) provides award packages and Army judges to state, regional, and national science fairs. Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS): STEM summer enrichment program for middle school and high school students in Army laboratories. Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP): national STEM summer internship program that places high school students with mentors in university labs. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP): STEM summer internship program for high school students in Army labs. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program College Qualified Leaders (SEAP-CQL): STEM internship program for college students and recent college graduates in Army labs. UNITE: pre-collegiate, pre-engineering, summer educational experience for high school students from historically underrepresented and underserved groups. eCYBERMISSION: a national web-based, STEM research program for middle school students. Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS): national high school research competition. Junior Solar Sprint (JSS): offers resources to empower teachers and mentors to engage 4th-8th grade youth in designing, building, and racing model solar cars. STEM Teacher Programs Initiative (STPI): professional development workshops for K-12 teachers that provide integrated content and best practices for teaching STEM in public schools. The YSCOA grant term will end 30 September 2016 and is dependent on continued funding from the U.S. Army. Appointments are made on a yearly basis and are dependent on satisfactory reviews and availability of funding. Travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in education, youth programming, higher education administration, STEM, or a related field with significant experience in administering a STEM outreach program. -Knowledge of current issues and trends in STEM outreach -Commitment to excellence in STEM outreach -Supervisory and leadership experience -Experience with developing, planning, implement, and financially managing programs, workshops, conferences or special events -Experience with report and grant writing -Experience with basic program evaluation -Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds -Must have computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, email and Internet navigation -Must be able to handle numerous projects and prioritize according to needs -Must be motivated to work independently -Must be a team player -Must have excellent communication, interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills -Must have the ability to manage and handle on-the-spot changes and emergencies in an effective manner -Must have computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, email and Internet navigation
Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in in education, youth programming, higher education administration, STEM, or a related field. -Experience administering STEM internship program for high school, college, or graduate students. -Experience administering STEM competition program for middle school or high school students. -Experience in administering a STEM outreach program for students from historically underserved populations and/or experience working with a minority-serving STEM network such as NSBE, SHPE, or AESIS. -Experience in STEM or STEM outreach with the Army or Department of Defense. -Experience in STEM outreach at the national level. -Extensive experience in administering STEM outreach programs including providing leadership through periods of growth and transition.
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