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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.

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, XML, 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, CSS, 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