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Community Outreach Manager

Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair

We are seeking an enthusiastic Community Outreach Manager to guide and support our programming across Massachusetts through engaging volunteers, connecting STEM professionals to students, and storytelling about these activities across MSEF’s target audiences of students, schools and industry. Through this newly created role, we aim to improve access and opportunity across school districts. Strategic engagement with volunteers and community members can help students see how the science fair process can provide a pathway for a STEM career.

This person will promote the science fair model, supporting volunteers engaging with middle and high schools students, and supporting teachers and schools with identifying meaningful ways to engage and train volunteers. The Community Outreach Manager will work closely with the Program Director to create the structures for training and school support to increase connections with industry professionals through coaching and mentoring programs. Program initiatives will also include assessing where race, culture and access influences science learning and advancement, and shaping training and program supports accordingly.

Volunteer recruitment. Identifying:

  • University partners for BIPOC coaching program
  • Judges from corporate and academic partners for State Fair
  • Alumni to engage
  • Industry engagement opportunities to bridge access gap to resources

Outreach management:

  • Training, placements, and support for school and afterschool partners
  • Judge recruitment, training, and facilitation for the State Fair
  • Support of BIPOC coaching program in communication, training and logistics
  • Tracking engagement via database and capturing stories
  • Identification of new opportunities to engage volunteers

Communications

  • Identification of student, teacher, and volunteer stories to share
  • Utilization of social media platforms to tell these stories and to recognize volunteer partnerships
  • Regular written updates to partners, volunteers, and educators regarding ongoing opportunities and upcoming activities

What's needed to succeed

  • Facility with Microsoft Office software, Google, Slack, and other digital tools
  • Willingness to assist with assorted tasks that inevitably arise within a small organization
  • Ability to work remotely as part of a team
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills and strong writing skills
  • Experience supporting volunteers, managing student groups, or school-related programming
  • Experience working with BIPOC and/or economically disadvantaged students and communities
  • Understanding and experience with issues related to how language, race, and culture influence STEM education and career pathways
  • Passion for STEM education and enthusiasm for the value that volunteers can add to students’ experiences


MSEF does not have an office and operates as a remote organization. All candidates must be amenable to working remotely. Some MA travel will be necessary once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Salary starts at $45,000 year, includes partial health insurance reimbursement, and provides the opportunity to contribute to a retirement plan. MSEF will provide and/or reimburse for technology needed to support remote work environment. MSEF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We encourage BIPOC applicants to apply.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@scifair.com.

Writing sample should answer one of the following questions and can be in a format that is up to you (no longer than 500 words):

  • Please describe an experience with a mentoring relationship.
  • Please describe a memorable middle school or high school experience with science.

See idealist posting for further instructions and requirement