STEM Education Specialist – Climate Science

The Maine Math & Science Alliance (MMSA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics today, so that our youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. MMSA supports educators by:

  • Developing professional development experiences for and with K-12 educators
  • Conducting research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences
  • Building relationships and networks to sustain systemic statewide improvement

MMSA offers a work culture that is very team oriented, welcomes a mix of working-from-home and from-the-office work schedules, and is rooted in the belief that high quality professional development and programming for educators can influence the future of our state. MMSA staff includes some of the best talent in STEM education, including researchers and curriculum specialists.

MMSA provides an excellent benefits package including paid holidays and vacation time, a flexible work arrangement policy, health, dental, and life insurance, short and long term disability, extended family medical leave, and up to a 10% retirement fund match.  

Position Title: STEM Education Specialist – Climate Science

FTE: 75 – 100%

Salary Range: $45,000 – $65,000 dependent on experience

Starting August 1, 2021

Funding available for one full year with potential for additional years

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree is required in any climate science or education-related field
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating educator learning communities and networks
  • Demonstrated experience designing and leading K-12 climate science curriculum development, professional learning, and coaching 
  • Deep knowledge of existing climate science resources 
  • Deep knowledge and experience in designing interdisciplinary learning experiences at the K-12 level

Purpose of the Position 

Our team at MMSA is growing to meet the needs of educators in the field. The STEM Education Specialist in Climate Science will be an integral team member and serve as the organizational representative in many cross organizational partnerships and networks.  This position will add capacity to MMSA’s growing team, specifically in identifying opportunities to support educators in learning how to advance climate science in K-12 formal and informal learning spaces. 

The right candidate will have the opportunity to deepen and share their skills in interdisciplinary curriculum design, climate science education reform, standards-based program development and research, and best practices in empowering professional learning. This position will work directly with the Maine Department of Education’s MOOSE learning platform and facilitate educators as they work to design interdisciplinary climate science focused learning experiences. 

Essential Functions:

  • Build relationships with partners at the Maine Department of Education to advance climate science education K-12 across the state. 
  • Facilitate the MOOSE climate science module development with participating educators across the state.
  • Support a variety of MMSA projects related to climate science.
  • Build the capacity of the professional learning programs at MMSA to meet the needs of educators and districts across Maine committed to integrating climate science into learning experiences for youth. 
  • Coordinate communication to participants through emails, newsletters, zoom conferences etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection criteria

  • Prior experience teaching in the classroom, preference given to interdisciplinary and experiential education experience
  • Prior experience developing and leading climate science professional learning for K-12 educators
  • Prior experience creating and evaluating climate science curricula
  • Prior experience creating standards-based learning activities that align with the NGSS
  • Prior experience as an instructional coach or facilitator of a professional learning community (PLC)
  • A clear understanding of the diverse teaching and learning contexts present in Maine and New England
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences through in-person relationship building, emails, and newsletters
  • Detail-oriented
  • Working knowledge of a range of software packages including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Airtable, and familiarity with Apple products (laptops, iPhones, iPads etc.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of personalities and interests with dispersed project staff and teams
  • Excellent communication skills and team member

MMSA offers a flexible work schedule that includes working off-site with the approval of their supervisor.  Staff are expected to be in the office for bi-monthly Tuesday staff meetings and at other times as needed. This position will need to travel regularly across the state, including overnights, to locations elsewhere in Maine.

Please send a letter of interest that outlines your experience against each of the selection criteria above and resume by email to hr@mmsa.org or by regular mail to Human Resource Director, PO Box 2246, Augusta, ME 04338. Materials should be submitted by July 20, 2021 to ensure full consideration.

During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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