Job Opportunities at NCSE

NCSE seeks a Director of Community Science Education

The Director of Community Science Education will be responsible for the direction and strategic expansion of the NCSE Science Booster Club program that facilitates the creation and support of local community-based groups to provide hands-on, accessible evolution and climate change activities at community events. The program, initiated in 2015, has one full-time and two part-time staff members and three paid graduate student interns, each of whom support and coordinate the work of many volunteers. There are currently 14 clubs in 13 states, reaching approximately 200,000 participants each year. The Director of Community Science Education is responsible for the training of volunteers and oversight of the collection of data on club activities. The Director of Community Science Education also conducts and publishes research on the Science Booster Club Program, identifies and maintains organizational and academic collaborations, and leads efforts to acquire local and national funding for the program. The Director of Community Science Education is a member of the NCSE program leadership team, working with the executive director and the other program directors to establish and achieve NCSE’s strategic vision.

Goals:  Create and implement a long-term strategy for the establishment of a sustainable national network of Science Booster Clubs (SBC).

  • Support existing clubs and maintain effective collaborations with current partners.
  • Develop and test approaches to expand the program into new communities, including those in which the NCSE Teacher Ambassador program is active.
  • Conduct and publish research to demonstrate the clubs’ effectiveness and impact.
  • In partnership with the Development Director, secure external funding for the SBC program.
  • In partnership with the Communications Director, promote and market the SBC program.

Specific Responsibilities:

Support Existing Clubs:

  • Supervise Manager of National Booster Club Operations and Regional Community Organizers.
  • Supervise University of Iowa graduate student interns, maintain relationships with University of Iowa collaborators, and oversee grant applications and reports.
  • Provide ongoing training in no-conflict approach and activity implementation as needed.
  • Ensure timely data collection and documentation of club events through photos, videos, and written stories.
  • With Operations Director, monitor local clubs’ income and expenses.

Establish New Clubs:

  • Collaborate with existing University of Iowa team to oversee graduate interns starting new clubs.
  • Seek university partners to replicate University of Iowa collaboration at other research universities
  • Develop and pilot additional models for expansion.

Research:

  • Oversee collection of data; analyze, and submit for publication as appropriate.
  • Seek out additional research collaborations.

Content Development and Training:

  • Lead the development of high-quality, cost-effective, SBC activities that focus on climate change or evolution and can be used in a wide variety of locations with limited contact time.
  • Provide content and pedagogical training for volunteers to understand the underlying science and learning objectives of activities so that they can present them effectively. Develop metrics for training efficacy and document training efforts.
  • Provide ongoing training in the no-conflict approach. Develop metrics for training efficacy and document training efforts.
  • Explore options for streamlining training efforts, including creating videos, webinars, or ‘evergreen’ web content to allow training to reach more volunteers.

Communications

  • Work with the Communications Director to promote and market the SBC program using traditional, new and social media, digital communications, and multi-media content.
  • Contribute to NCSE blog and the NCSE member newsletter.

Other Responsibilities: 

  • Work closely with other program directors to ensure coordination with and maximize synergy among NCSE’s programs.
  • Work with Development Director to identify and apply for external funding for the SBC Program.
  • Work with the Operations Director on budget planning and financial oversight of the SBC Program

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in science education, evolutionary biology, or climate-related science.
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills.
  • Track record of effective science outreach, informal science education, or relevant community organizing.
  • Experience in developing and assessing the effectiveness of informal science activities for low contact time venues.
  • Experience working in culturally and politically diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in forming research collaborations and securing funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage dispersed teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely and constructively with others.
  • Ability to manage time effectively, handle multiple tasks, and set and meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and résumé to: community-search@ncse.com. More information about NCSE can be found on its website at ncse.com.

This is a full-time exempt position based in Oakland, CA. Salary commensurate with experience. Compensation includes health and dental insurance and standard vacation time. NCSE also administers a 403(b) retirement plan. After one year of employment, NCSE matches up to five percent of the employee’s salary to the retirement plan.

No telephone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NCSE is an equal opportunity employer. NCSE supports and values diversity. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.