OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 24-Jul-2018 to 19-Aug-2018 (PST)
  • Education
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $36,700-$47,750
  • Salary
  • Regular - Full-Time

Eligible for health benefits and paid time off

The STEM Coordinator focuses on STEM implementation in conjunction with KariosPDX School.  The Coordinator will work closely with KariosPDX and OMSI staff to create and implement STEM curriculum and family outreach that focuses on STEM African-American community.  The Coordinator will participate in KairosPDX-led professional development trainings, in order to align cultural competency best practices to OMSI educators.  This position is a 3-year, grant-funded positon that will provide significant opportunities for growth and leadership during the grant period.  

Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Train OMSI staff on trauma informed curriculum and STEM-curriculum focused on African-American community
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives 

Essential Functions and Job Responsibilities:

  • Engage students in delivering hands-on informal science education experiences that build a positive STEM identity in students K-4
  • Develop and design STEM programming that aligns with KairosPDX's cultural competency pedagogy
    • Lesson plans, Community Action Fridays, and daily activities
    • Additional programs and content related to establishing STEM identity, confidence and career connections
  • Work closely with OMSI Outreach and Museum Education programming to identify subject matter and programming that is aligned with KariosPDX pedagogy and cultural competencies
  • Solicit and facilitate involvement of community partners in development and delivery of programming, including educational partners.
  • Teach week-long OMSI developed informal science education (ISE) classes that will be offered during KariosPDX school breaks.
  • Coordinate and deliver after school events, in conjunction with OMSI programming, for KariosPDX students and families.
  • Engage in community and Kairos culture to gain an understanding of the population serving
  • Work closely with OMSI and KariosPDX staff to plan for growth for years 2 & 3 of this grant.
  • Maintain ongoing communications across departments to ensure quality visitor experience.
  • This position is exempt, salaried
  • This position is regular full-time  

Working Conditions:  

  • Ability to bend, stoop, crawl, and sit on the floor multiple times a day.
  • Physical Demands: 20% Sitting 70% Standing 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 20 Pounds
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Work environment includes wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Noise level is moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment).

Secondary Functions:

  • Keeps current in science and education related to OMSI.
  • Participates in museum-wide trainings and events.
  • Assumes tasks and responsibilities as assigned by Director of Classes and Statewide Outreach.



  • Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration
  • Ability to present science process and content in an engaging way with a diverse population of learners
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at once
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability in order to recognize and respond appropriately to safety and security issues
  • Ability to follow instructions and contribute to a positive team dynamic
  • Ability to maintain a growth mindset
  • Commitment to engaging students in experiences that result in a positive STEM identity in students
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


  • Fluency in a language in addition to English to support OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE) and Customer Service mission and objectives.

Education & Work Experience:


  • BA/BS in Science and/or Education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with community organizations
  • Minimum 1 year of coordination and project management skills
  • Minimum 3 years of working with children and/or families
  • CPR First Aid Certificate 


  • Training in early education and/or human development
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11.
  • 1 year of informal experience in teaching (museum, zoo, camp, nature preserve)

Additional Requirements/Preferences, including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Pre-employment checks, such as a criminal background check and reference checks.
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