Tinker Lab STEAM Educator, Part-Time Permanent Position

Lewis Latimer House Museum

Organization Description: 
A New York City landmark, the historic house of African American inventor, humanist, and son of fugitive slaves Lewis Latimer, the Lewis Latimer House Museum calls attention to Latimer’s and other People of Color’s contributions to science, technology, arts, poetry, and American life, through multilingual tours, exhibits, public and S.T.E.A.M. educational programs in the above areas. Visit lewislatimerhouse.org

Position Description:
This part-time position may be combined with other responsibilities in marketing or development into a full-time position, depending on the candidate’s qualifications.

Position Background: The Tinker Lab was established as the key educational program at LLHM to serve high quality, innovative hands-on activities in STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math), inspired by Lewis Latimer’s multi-disciplinary talents. Recent stand-alone workshops include paper engineering, forensic exploration, and electronic music-making. Long-term programs include coding and game design.

Program categories:
– After-school residencies at NYC schools and community centers ranging from 15-20 weeks.
– Biweekly family STEAM workshops at the Museum or online.
– K-12 field trips incorporating STEAM and history conducted in-museum, in-school, or virtually.
– Other outreach workshops and tabling activities at various community events.

Who We Look For: The ideal candidate for the Tinker Lab STEAM Educator position is passionate about STEAM education, museum interpretation, African American history and culture, serving immigrant and BIPOC children, cultivating relationships with K-12 teachers and families. The candidate should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be at ease with communicating with teachers, parents, and other stakeholders in schools. We are looking for someone who is acquainted with the public and private educational systems. LLHM is an organization by and for Communities of Color, and it strives for a culture that supports the professional growth of its staff. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– With guidance from the Education Manager, design curriculum for and teach 3-5 after school
residencies throughout the city.
– Assist the Education Manager and co-teach the biweekly hybrid family STEAM workshops.
– Teach K-12 field trip programs as needed.
– Help with community outreach workshops, tabling events with hands-on STEAM activities and
promote LLHM’s educational offerings.
– Offer guided tours to visitors at the museum as needed.
– Help the Education Manager train, support, and supervise educational interns and volunteers.
– Assist with other public programs and development efforts related to educational initiatives, advocate
on behalf of the museum as assigned by the Executive Director and Education Manager.

Candidate Qualifications:
– Degree in an education-related field and at least two years of professional experience in a similar role, or minimum of four years’ experience working in a similar role.
– Must have experience teaching STEAM/STEM, including hands-on projects incorporating STEAM disciplines as well as digital literacy, coding and robotics programs such as Scratch and Arduino.
– Must have high familiarity with the NYC school system and working with school teachers, knowledge of New York State Learning Standards, and experience in curriculum development for informal education.
– Exceptional written and oral communication skills, comfortable interacting with teachers, school administrators, and teaching artists.
– Technology savvy, strong fluency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office Suite applications.
– Able to work on occasional weekends for special events and workshops if needed.
– Organizational skills and punctuality are essential to this position, so are the willingness to learn and a strong initiative to lead.
– Strong attention to detail is a must. Independent problem-solving skills are highly desired.
– Passionate about STEAM education, Black history and culture, and bringing educational resources to BIPOC communities.
– Comfort with developing positive, effective relationships with colleagues, educators, interns, and the constituents is critical.

Position Type:
Part-Time, Contractual

Union Status:

FLSA Status:

Salary or Compensation:
This role is a part-time permanent position, $25/hr, 24 hours per week, with the potential to be combined with other responsibilities in marketing or development into a full-time position, depending on the candidate’s qualifications. Hybrid position with both virtual and in-person work. Must be available for weekly virtual staff meetings and attending in-person educational programs during the week and occasionally on weekends (approximately 1-2 per month) or weekday evenings. Staff parking is available on site.

Organization or Project Website:

Application Info:
Please email 1) a cover letter outlining how your background and experiences fit the position and 2) a resume to info@lewislatimerhouse.org with the subject “LLHM STEAM Educator – [Full Name]”. No phone calls please. Position open until filled. Applications before September 19th will be prioritized in reviewing.