Hiring Virtual Field Trips Educator ($25.83 an hour)

The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century.
Today, the museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. With the Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way.
We are adhering to the CDC, State, and local orders with regard to Covid-19. This position will start as a remote position, but may transition to onsite when the museum can safely open.

The Position
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Virtual Field Trips Educator to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus. The Virtual Field Trips Educator carries out the day to day facilitation of Adler’s virtual field trips program and collaborates on the continued development of new virtual field trips experiences (working closely with educators, visualization engineer/artist, astronomers, etc.). This position also contributes more broadly to the development of Adler’s on-site school and family programming. This individual will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating Adler’s virtual field trip experiences for a middle school audience
  • Developing new virtual field trip experiences with our interdisciplinary team
  • Supporting the coordination of Adler’s virtual field trip experiences
  • Collaborating with cross-department teams on the development of Adler’s on-site school and family programming

This is a one year position with the possibility of renewal.
Salary: $25.83/hr
Please include a cover letter with your application. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The Person
The Virtual Field Trips Educator has strong science communication skills, demonstrated ability in inquiry education and program facilitation for a variety of school aged audiences, and is comfortable using technology in educational settings. They are levelheaded and flexible — ready to meet the needs of each individual group, comfortable adjusting in the moment when things don’t go to plan, and excited to make their mark on a new program that is still changing and growing.
Required Qualifications:

  • One or more years experience developing and facilitating educational programs
  • Demonstrated ability in science communication (including around the process of science), inquiry education, and program facilitation for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to manage day-to-day aspects of projects and work with small and large teams of people
  • Comfortable using and troubleshooting technology. Interested in new educational adaptations of technology, and eager to learn
  • Bachelor’s Degree or five or more years professional work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years experience developing programs for middle school aged students
  • One or more years experience developing informal education experiences
  • Demonstrated ability in program facilitation for under-represented groups in STEM
  • Demonstrated ability in the areas of astronomy and/or space science communication
  • Bachelor’s degree in formal or informal education and/or STEM (e.g., physics, astronomy, biology, engineering, math, etc.)

The Adler is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, or any other characteristic or status protected by law.Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact Jenean Featherson at recruiting@adlerplanetarium.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

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