Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Director, Science Technology & Entry Program in Rochester, New York
Assistant Director, Science Technology & Entry Program
K-12 University Center
The RIT Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) is a state-funded, grant-based initiative that aims to encourage and support youth from historically underrepresented and underserved groups to pursue college and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as well as the New York state licensed professions. An initiative of the RIT K-12 University Center, RIT STEP serves 300 middle and high school youth from schools in the Rochester City, Rush Henrietta, and Greece Central school districts. Services include hands-on STEM workshops, mentoring, educational enrichment, college readiness, research experiences, leadership development, college visits, and parent support programs.
The Assistant Director provides support to the Director in manage the day-to-day operations of RIT STEP as it relates to student and parent programming in fulfillment of the RIT STEP grant objectives. The STEP Assistant Director will center their work on creating opportunities for hands-on STEM engagement and enrichment. Drawing on their own education and experience in STEM, they will design and implement curriculum that aims to develop STEM technical proficiencies and STEM identity among participants.
The Assistant Director is responsible for planning and administering program-wide initiatives for STEP participants in grades 7-8. This includes research activities (focusing on the scientific method and engineering design process), FIRST LEGO LEAGUE, Saturday STEAM Academy experiments and workshops, and the middle school parent initiative. The Assistant Director will provide leadership in mentoring STEP participants (grades 7-12) in the development of science fair projects. They will oversee the design and implementation of the STEP summer program and will be responsible for portions of instruction.
In addition to duties that serve the program at-large, the STEP Assistant Director will coordinate and lead the implementation of program services at one or more STEP partner middle schools. This will include facilitation of after-school tutoring and enrichment (where they will serve as the educator). The Assistant Director will be responsible for recruiting new program members and maintaining the engagement of enrolled participants. They will keep accurate and up-to-date records of student services.
The Assistant Director of STEP will report to the Director of RIT STEP. The position is based in the assigned schools during the academic year and at RIT during the summer. Regular travel between service sites may be required. The successful candidate will be able to work independently on-site in the schools while maintaining a connection and alignment with the central administration of RIT STEP. Some evening, Saturdays, and overnights are required. The successful candidate will have earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field and will have significant experience working in STEM education and outreach, project management, event planning, and database management. They will be a detailed-oriented team player with outstanding customer-service skills and an infectiously positive attitude towards STEM and student development. They will represent RIT and STEP professionally at all times.
Plan and implement program-wide initiatives for middle school students and parents centered on academic enrichment and hands-on STEM. Coordinate implementation across the STEP staff. Responsible for procuring supplies, youth protection, logistics, curriculum design, etc.
Coordinate and lead the implementation of onsite program services at one or more STEP partner middle schools – caseload of 100 students. This will include facilitation of after-school tutoring and enrichment (where they will serve as the educator). Provide counseling, mentorship, and advisement. Design and implement early college and career exposure experiences. Recruit new program members and maintain the engagement of enrolled participants. Keep accurate and up-to-date records of student services.
STEAM Saturday program (STEM Academy) – develop and implement programming for a 16-20 week Saturday academy focused on hands-on STEM research and experimentation. Advise and coach students (grades 9-12) in development of projects for science fair and other competitions.
Design and implement STEP summer program (grades 9-12) centered on hands-on STEM – curriculum and logistics.
Recruit new program members and maintain the engagement of enrolled participants. Keep accurate and up-to-date records of student services.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Application Documents:
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References
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How To Apply:
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff . Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
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Required Minimum Experience
3-5 year of experience in education of middle or high school students from at-risk and/or historically underserved and underrepresented groups.
3-5 years of experience in informal STEM education
3-5 years in program/event management
Required Specialized Skills
Knowledge of NYS high school graduation requirements and high school academic standards.
Knowledge of college readiness curriculums, including soft skill and middle skill development.
Experience in the design and delivery of K-12 programming.
Experience with supporting middle school youth and their parents as they transition to high school.
Demonstrated success with using grant objectives to inform program design as well as evidence- based program design.
Experience in the design and implementation of summer day camps.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; must be adept at communicating with audiences of all backgrounds and education levels
Values and supports individual differences. Able to work with diverse populations.
Values transparency, accountability, and communication. Embraces a team attitude.
Ability to listen, strategize and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
Ability to work independently, managing and prioritizing multiple demands. Knows when to elevate issues.
Experience working with the Rochester City, Rush Henrietta, or Greece Central school districts
Experience with K-12 outreach and/or grant programs
5 or more years of experience in education of middle or high school students from at-risk and/or historically underserved and underrepresented groups.
5 or more years of experience in informal STEM education
Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Youth Development, or a STEM field
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