The Vice President of STEM Teaching, Learning & Innovation drives the vision, strategic direction, and oversight of the Science Center’s education programs. This includes a robust portfolio of on-site and off-site education, teacher development, and science camp programs. As the lead education innovation officer, the VP ensures STEM programming is progressive, engaging, impactful, and pedagogically sound.
Ultimately, the VP contributes to the Science Center’s mission by creating an ecosystem for effective STEM teaching and learning via new programs, partnerships, and engagement strategies to address unmet needs across the NJ/NY metro area.
The VP of STEM Teaching, Learning, & Innovation is a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the COO.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
First and foremost, you have a deeply held belief that ALL students can learn and should have access to STEM learning that is engaging and fun. You have knowledge of urban school districts and schools and an understanding of the educational landscape in New Jersey.
Invention is your middle name. You thrive on driving innovation and disruption. You have an excellent track record in STEM education research, policy, practice, and team leadership. Moreover, you have a specialization in one or more of the following STEM domains: education policy and reform (NGSS); multilateral partnership building; curriculum development; and/or digital learning platforms. Most importantly, you know what it takes to nurture and scale high quality, high engagement STEM learning opportunities for young people and professional development opportunities for educators to prepare them to meet the needs of the future workplace.
An inspiring communicator, as a writer and as a speaker, you easily wow audiences with your compelling presentations at conferences, local community board meetings, staff meetings, etc. Lastly, with your pulse on local education needs, you also stay current on STEM education research, best practices, and new ideas from across the nation.
The VP of STEM Education will:
•Develop, communicate, and continuously strengthen clear and compelling strategies for STEM-related school support and student/educator-driven programming
•Create and implement a framework and methodology for STEM -related school support that is responsive to individual school needs and community contexts, yet conducive to scale, mission fidelity, and the Science Center’s financial health.
•Lead, inspire, and develop a 50+ member strong team with a style and purpose that results in an exceptional quality of program delivery, cross-institution collaboration, and efficient use of resources.
•Develop high-level, sustainable partnerships with government agencies, school districts, charter schools, and related educational organizations to advance the Science Center’s overall STEM learning profile, impact, and reach.
•Serve as the key interface with the NJ Department of Education to ensure aligned vision, program delivery, and collaboration on future educational initiatives.
•Collaborate with the External Affairs team on STEM-related grant applications and fundraising initiatives
The ideal candidate will have:
• A minimum of 7+ years of experience in a formal and/or informal K-12 educational environment in a STEM-related field;
• An advanced degree in a STEM-related discipline;
• 5+ years of experience leading a large team and budget, with a track record in innovative and results-oriented leadership and program development;
• Exceptional written, oral, and communications skills and be a skillful presenter and storyteller;
• Significant engagement in the STEM field with knowledge of education best practices from across various disciplines; understanding of diverse pedagogical approaches to education, familiarity with learning styles and developmental stages; an ability to incorporate a broad range of educational tools and methods; facility with creating innovative, high-touch educational experiences for diverse audiences;
• A deep network in the STEM education and/or industry sector; and
• Specialization in one or more STEM domains: education policy and reform (NGSS); multilateral partnership building; curriculum development; or digital learning platforms.
The successful candidate is:
• Passionate–Mission-driven with a passion for STEM education and an appreciation for the impact and value of informal science learning;
• An Effective Team Builder and Champion–Highly collaborative work style and effective systems-builder, program developer, and team leader; strong sense of accountability and responsibility for results; understands the subtleties of motivating, directing, and enriching a diverse group of personalities with different work styles;
• A Strategist–Critical thinker adept at synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data and assessing and applying promising practices at scale to drive results; adept at seeing the big-picture; strong planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through; always aware of the competitive landscape and ensures team is leading rather than lagging;
• Emotionally Intelligent–Emotionally mature with a sense of humor and an ability to maintain balance and perspective even during periods of high intensity; an active listener who shares information easily, invites a wide array of voices to contribute, respects the abilities of others and operates and guides with humbleness and integrity; emotionally mature; and
• A Graceful Communicator who Exudes Gravitas–Earns and sustains credibility with a diverse range of external stakeholders; engenders trust and engages the active support of staff at all levels.
How to Apply:
To be considered for this position, please apply via Liberty Science Center’s website and follow these instructions:
• Upload your cover letter and resume in a single PDF document
• Title your file using this paradigm: First Name, LAST NAME_vpSTEM
Liberty Science Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, relationship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, military service, blood traits, genetic info, family status, or status within any other protected group.
About Liberty Science Center
With 750,000 annual visitors, Liberty Science Center (lsc.org) is the most-visited cultural institution in New Jersey and the largest interactive science museum in the NJ-NYC metropolitan region. The Science Center’s mission is to excite learners of all ages, particularly K-12 students, about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology and inspire them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.