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The SSEC is an organization of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to transforming K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. To achieve its mission, SSEC has four goals: (1) promote authentic, inquiry-based, integrated K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning; (2) ensure diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in K-12 STEM education; (3) advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD); and (4) translate the research and collections of the Smithsonian into meaningful tools and convenings for K-12 teachers and students. SSEC achieves its goals by: (a) building awareness for science education among school leaders; (b) promoting Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER); (c) supporting the professional growth of K-12 teachers and school leaders; (d) developing exemplary K-12 curriculum materials and digital resources (including the comprehensive research-based science curriculum programs: Smithsonian Science for the Classroom; Science and Technology Concepts for Middle School (STCMS); and Smithsonian Science for Global Goals); and (d) engaging in research. At the heart of SSEC’s work is the idea that all youth—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, geography, race, native language, ability, or socio-economic status—should be given the opportunities to learn about the socio-scientific issues that challenge us. The Smithsonian, through the Smithsonian Science Education Center, plays an active role in sparking students' and teachers' interest in STEM to ensure scientific literacy and a sustainable planet.

For additional information about the SSEC visit www.ssec.si.edu.

Science Curriculum Developer-SSftC

We are currently seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. This person will report to the Division Director of Curriculum, Digital Media and Communications and will be primarily responsible for the planning, design, production, and editing of SSEC’s Smithsonian Science for the Classroom curriculum and other print and digital material.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  Ability to work remotely (outside of the Washington, DC area) will be considered for the selected candidate.

This announcement will be used to create a registry of applications that will be used to fill vacancies at a later date.  It is advised that you submit your resumes with updated contact information while the register is open to ensure that, if you are deemed qualified, you can be contacted.  

Duties:

  • Responsible for writing and editing K-8 science education curriculum and other digital or print information.
  • In collaboration with a small team, assist in the development of new print and digital educational products
  • The incumbent identifies and integrates scientific expertise from across the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies to integrate into SSEC’s educational offerings
  • The incumbent will stay current with the latest scientific research taking place among the Smithsonian community and advise SSEC staff of potential collaborations
  • The incumbent will ensure accuracy of all scientific content published by SSEC via print and digital channels
  • The incumbent interviews subject-matter specialists and program officials when the information needed is not available or not verifiable through other research methods.
  • The incumbent contributes to SSEC’s blog (STEMVisions) content according to SI guidelines

Required knowledge and skills:

  • A demonstrated passion for science and education
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, education, computer science, or engineering.
  • Portfolio of science writing or curriculum development
  • Ability to establish and uphold deadlines
  • An understanding of the needs of K-8 teachers and students
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as part of a team
  • Ability and confidence to delegate work effectively among team-members
  • Comfortable with receiving and providing constructive critique and feedback
  • Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Understanding of the research into how students learn science
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage
  • Ability to communicate effectively to translate scientific information into written materials
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation

Preferred knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced degree in education, natural science, or related field.
  • Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and its implementation through phenomenon- and problem-driven learning.
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience developing and/or reviewing curriculum materials using the EdReports Review Criteria for Science and/or the EQuIP Rubric for Science.

How to Apply: 

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: Science Curriculum Developer-Classroom.

Resume Format: Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO

 

Digital Developer

We are currently seeking a Digital Developer.  The position is responsible for the development, coding and production of all SSEC K-12 digital learning assets, including simulations, games, VR/AR experiences, videos, animations, and assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.

Duties:

Digital Learning Object Development

  • Plans, evaluates, advises on and creates, through custom coding, new digital (web-based, tablet-based or mobile) multimedia learning objects and learning products of SSEC, such as interactives, demonstrations, simulations and games, in collaboration with other Curriculum and Digital Media Division staff and contractors. Contributes to sound instructional and learning designs for all digital assets, develops and user-tests prototypes, scales and implements prototypes to full product solutions.
  • Develops new and maintains existing digital projects and custom applications using established tools and languages such as C#, C++, HTMLS, CSS, MS SQL and ColdFusion, XHTML, XML and XSLT, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, Unity and GitHub. Develops or uses available APls and web services to search, consume and interact with third-party data that follow Smithsonian and W3C standards. Provides implementation support for web applications and services such as site search engines, security testing, usability testing, search engine optimization and integration of emerging web applications and technologies.
  • Maintains cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility to ensure content is accessible from a variety of different environments, adhering to Smithsonian IT and other W3C standards.
  • Contributes to the creation of project schedules for digital learning projects such as simulations, e-books, games, formative online assessments and personalized adaptive learning software from beginning to end; establishes benchmarks/deadlines; creates and user-tests prototypes.
  • Identifies and coordinates problems and resolves escalations.
  • Manages new digital/technological requests/projects to ensure proper compliance, leverage demand and options.
  • Provides input into the development of SI-wide programs that enable students to use technology as learning tools and participates in OUSE and SI-wide committees and working groups as requested.
  • Keeps abreast of new and emerging technologies and proposes potential applications of these technical developments.
  • Investigates and disseminates information on best practices for technology integration,
  • Sources of information on trends, research and applications.

Web Initiatives Support

  • Performs a variety of research, infrastructure design, production and administrative tasks associated with web projects, including working closely with content providers, writers, editors and contractors to ensure that schedules are kept and that all content goes through the proper editing, review and approval processes.
  • Maintains responsibility for the acquisition, tracking and conversion of text, image, audio and visual assets for electronic media projects.

Administrative Support

  • Assists with a variety of administrative and office duties, which may include: tracking Smithsonian Education content usage statistics; creating reporting documents; organizing, maintaining and archiving project files and assets; and fielding inquiries.
  • Keeps abreast of professional and technological developments affecting SSEC digital initiatives.
  • Prepares technical specifications, statements of work, task orders, requirement initiatives and other acquisition-related documentation necessary to effectively obtain and manage contractor-supported activities.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in interactive design, game design or programming is highly desired.
  • Ability to use industry-standard web and mobile development tools and programming languages including, but not limited to: C#, C++, Adobe ColdFusion (CFML), XHTML, CSS and JavaScript, and Unity. Familiarity with protocols, formats and languages like Perl, AJAX and JSON. Skill using such tools to develop rich multimedia learning experiences.
  • Knowledge of educational technology, educational technology research, digital tools and applications, and emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite Software
  • Ability to support the use of “Web 2.0” applications such as blog, podcasting or videocasting applications and ability to develop or use APls and other web services to search, consume and interact with third-party image and video-sharing sites.
  • Strong problem solving and communications skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management
  • Advanced skills in productivity and content management tools such as GitHub, Basecamp, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of how to develop innovative and age-appropriate digital experiences in the areas of online interactives, games, simulations and demonstrations.
  • Knowledge of youth-focused technology development practices and the creation of high-profile digital media projects that engage learners in problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative learning and other 21st century skills.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard user-experience-testing strategies for digital projects.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again).

Ability to work remotely (outside of the Washington, DC area) will be considered for the selected candidate.

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume in chronological format only, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu.  Reference in the subject line of your email: Digital Developer.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

Special Projects Coordinator

We are currently seeking a Special Projects Coordinator.  This person will report to the Division Director of Professional Services.  The purpose of this position is to assist the Division Director and other staff in the Professional Services Division with planning for specific special projects, such as SSEC’s Girls and Women in STEM program, our after-school program “Always Thinking Like A Scientist,” STEM Literacy program for early elementary students, summer school program (S4), and other similar outreach programs. This includes general administrative duties, organization and scheduling of conference calls with internal and external stakeholders such as schools and employee volunteers, preparation of agendas for meetings, dissemination of events, assisting with on-site events, impact data collection, development of reports to disseminate information to external collaborators and stakeholders, training for collaborators focused on the us of our curricular resources and materials development for events.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.

Duties:

  • Communicate with external partners to schedule conference calls, plan agendas for calls, identify key stakeholders to participate in calls and facilitate conversations on conference calls.
  • Communicate knowledgeably, both in writing and verbally, about the products and services produced by the Smithsonian Science Education to external partners.
  • Aware of branding guidelines and adhere to those guidelines with all internal and external communication in verbal, written and materials produced for events.
  • Under the direction of the supervisor, support the development of event agendas with external stakeholders so that events have clear goals to achieve the intended impact.
  • Identify the necessary materials, both physical and written, that are necessary to successfully implement the event and develop or secure those materials.
  • Determine if training for stakeholders will be necessary and identify appropriate individuals to provide the training and schedule a time for the training to occur.
  • Maintain a record of events that are scheduled, collect information on attendance at the events and track the impact of each event.
  • Supports the logistics and implementation of face to face and virtual programming.
  • Create a quarterly report of impact to disseminate to internal and external partners.
  • Follow up with partners post-event to develop on-going relationships.
  • Provide a variety of administrative support services, such as maintaining and updating budget expenses on spreadsheets, administrative records management, reports and forms for programs.
  • Prepares purchase orders and Statements of Work for review and higher approval.
  • Prepares routine correspondence and emails ensuring the correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, proper format, and accuracy of information.
  • Schedules conference calls with appropriate internal and external stakeholders that include a clear agenda.
  • Facilitates conference calls to accomplish goals set forth on the agenda, takes notes during the calls, and disseminates next steps agreed upon during conference calls.
  • When necessary, modify existing content for delivery at stakeholder events by external stakeholders.
  • Distributes materials (itineraries, program agendas, etc.) and makes routine phone calls to external partners.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to travel (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again) to venues nationwide and provide on-site assistance at SSEC events with audiences that include leaders in education, district science specialists and classroom teachers.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  A degree in a natural science or science education is a plus.
  • A demonstrated passion for science and education.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and work with a team, often under the challenges of multiple projects and short deadlines.
  • Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and effectively translate scientific information into written materials.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation
  • Fluency in a second language is a plus.

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume in chronological format only, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu.  Reference in the subject line of your email: Special Projects Coordinator.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

Communications and Marketing Manager

We are currently seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager.  The position manages a team and is responsible for digital marketing, branding, community building, content marketing, and social media for all SSEC projects and initiatives. This person will report to the Division Director of Curriculum, Digital Media & Communications.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.

Duties:

Digital Marketing

  • Develops and implements strategic marketing plans for all SSEC products and services, collaborating with internal divisions and external partners, promoting SSEC educational resources and services to new audiences.
  • Manages ideation and production of audience engaging content and supervises external contractors and vendors.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working and consulting relationships with major
  • marketing and communications staff internally at Smithsonian. Provides counsel on best/appropriate digital marketing venues and social media targets for projects and unit advertising dollars.
  • Manages web site development, accessibility, and updates, and supervises external web development contractors and vendors.
  • Researches, writes and edits digital content to promote Smithsonian research, events, products and programs to the public through Smithsonian digital properties, digital partners and social media.
  • Writes and produces digital video stories for SSEC public Web sites.
  • Conducts research and interviews to develop materials for projects.
  • Measures and tracks outcomes/ROI and reports on initiatives.  

Communications

  • Oversees communications for internal and external audiences: staff, volunteers, donors, partners, advisory boards, Regents, and the public. Provides guidance on the use of the Smithsonian brand for SSEC.
  • Manages overall public profile of SSEC and its leadership and for marketing and publicity to build awareness of and participation by diverse audiences in its programs, products, and initiatives.
  • Executes SSEC's public relations program, including social media and digital
  • platforms, that reaches audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external organizations domestically and internationally.
  • Manages the SSEC's Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest pages through daily monitoring and online activity.

Management and Supervision

  • Manages a staff of Marketing Specialists and Graphic Designers in digital marketing, communication, branding, community building, content marketing, and social media.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and management of annual department budgets, works with Division Director for Curriculum, Digital Media & Communications to allocate funds and to execute contracts.
  • Deploys resources to develop, plan, execute, and report on a comprehensive marketing and communications and program for the SSEC. Manages and develops staff to achieve individual, division, and unit short and long-term goals.
  • Selects, coaches, trains, and evaluates staff; contributes to a safe and positive workplace and ensures equal employment opportunities.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and minimum three to five years’ experience in Digital Marketing and/or Communications is required.  Experience in education, publishing, or a related field is highly desired.
  • Experience with branding, community building, content marketing, and social media.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite Software.
  • Knowledge of the K-12 education landscape, educational technology, digital tools and applications, and emerging technologies.
  • Strong problem solving and communications skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again).

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume in chronological format only, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu.  Reference in the subject line of your email: Communications and Marketing Manager.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

Science Curriculum Developer

We are currently seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. This person will report to the Division Director of Curriculum, Digital Media and Communications and will be primarily responsible for the planning, design, production, and editing of SSEC’s Smithsonian Science for Global Goals curriculum and other print and digital material.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  Ability to work remotely (outside of the Washington, DC area) will be considered for the selected candidate.

This announcement will be used to create a registry of applications that will be used to fill vacancies at a later date.  It is advised that you submit your resumes with updated contact information while the register is open to ensure that, if you are deemed qualified, you can be contacted.  

Duties:

  • Responsible for writing and editing G6-12 international science and social science education curriculum and other digital or print information on subjects related to science, STEM education for sustainable development and global citizenship
  • In collaboration with a small team, assist in the development of new print and digital educational products
  • The incumbent identifies and integrates scientific expertise from across the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies to integrate into SSEC’s educational offerings
  • The incumbent will stay current with the latest scientific and socio-scientific research taking place among the Smithsonian community and advise SSEC staff of potential collaborations
  • The incumbent will ensure accuracy of all scientific content published by SSEC via print and digital channels
  • The incumbent interviews subject-matter specialists and program officials when the information needed is not available or not verifiable through other research methods.
  • The incumbent contributes to SSEC’s blog (STEMVisions) content according to SI guidelines

Required knowledge and skills:

  • A demonstrated passion for science, sustainability, and education
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or education.
  • Portfolio of science writing or curriculum development
  • Ability to establish and uphold deadlines
  • An understanding of the needs of G612 teachers and students
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as part of a team
  • Ability and confidence to delegate work effectively among team-members
  • Comfortable with receiving and providing constructive critique and feedback
  • Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage
  • Ability to communicate effectively to translate scientific information into written materials
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation

Preferred knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced degree in education, natural science, or related field.
  • Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to curriculum materials
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Understanding of the research into how students learn science

 

How to Apply: 

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: Science Curriculum Developer.

Resume Format: Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO