Arizona Regional Lead, Chief Science Officer Program

$45,000 – $50,000 (depending upon experience, standard benefits apply)

SciTech Institute

March 24, 2019

The SciTech Institute is seeking a full-time position to oversee events and activities of Arizona’s Chief Science Officers (CSO). The Chief Science Officers program is the first of its kind where 6th to 12th grade students are ELECTED by their peers to be their school’s liaison for STEM and innovation. CSOs become part of a cadre of student leaders who experience special leadership training, impact STEM opportunities at their school and local community, and work as a collective cabinet to give input and ideas to adult STEM leaders in the state or region. Important to this position’s success is to foster relationships and understanding of the relevance of student voice in the community. Key responsibilities will be to develop and grow the Arizona CSO network. This position ensures ALL CSOs succeed in meeting their program requirements with proper support systems in their schools, homes and community. Given the fast paced, publicly visible, dynamic nature of the SciTech Institute, a successful candidate with have strong problem solving, communication, mentoring, networking and collaboration skills. Given the vast number of events, organizations and collaborators associated with the Institute and specially CSOs, the candidate must be able to balance multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to details. Specific roles include the following:

CSO student success (50%) - Weekly CSO interaction at schools, G suite interactions and/or in the community - Evaluate CSO performance and ensure successful support systems are in place; - Facilitate opportunities and measure performance on CSO Impact (on campus action plans, regional impact and participation in the community; - Develop relationships with school points of contact, district leaders and parents to develop STEM pipeline and foster CSO program longevity; - Develop protocols with school admin to nurture mentor engagement with CSOs and facilitate ample leadership opportunities in the community; - Forecast and report on Arizona CSOs performance, demographics, and impact. Events & Activities (30%) - Co-plan and implement the CSO Leadership Training Institutes; - Co-plan CSO state and regional cabinet meetings; - Support opportunities where CSOs engage in community settings such as conferences keynotes, workshops, company tours, advisory boards and more; - Enhance curriculum in alignment with the CSO curriculum framework; - Support SciTech Institute event development and engagement in the community. Other (20%) - Maintain online CSO portfolios (year on year); - Coordinate blog posts and social media by CSOs; - Write blog posts and post social media about CSO program activities; - Keep the AZ CSO website up-to-date for upcoming events and report on happenings related to CSO and SciTech Festival programs; - Recruit additional schools to engage in the CSO program; - As a team member, attend regular staff meetings, host key event meetings and other activities; - Assist in the strategic development of Foundation programs and activities such as the Arizona SciTech Festival, Science For All and the Arizona SciTech Ecosystems.

Special qualifications: (suggest listing required first, with the preferred after) - Strong interpersonal relationship capabilities to create a strong base of educator volunteers who support continuous improvements of CSO program initiatives (required); - Ability to manage staff and volunteers, 3-5 years of supervisory experience (required); - Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices pertaining to mentorship of students and/or community professionals (required); - Strong communication skills such as writing, networking and public speaking (required) - Ability to organize workflow, multitask, and forecast time to complete assigned tasks (required); - Demonstrated ability to problem solve and think on one’s feet (required); - Demonstrated knowledge of budget management methods and techniques (preferred); - Ability to plan small to large scale events (preferred); - Established network of Arizona schools, educators, community collaborators (preferred); - Can analyze program and event effectiveness through various means such as focus groups, financial analysis, performance and surveys (preferred); - Ability to build and maintain partnerships with diverse organizations in business, community, government and education (required); - Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices (required). - Demonstrated social media experience including blog posts, Instagram, Twitter, etc. (required).

Experience: - At least 4 years working in Arizona K12 schools with emphasis in 6th to 12th grade (required); - Mentorship with students and adults (required); - Track record of partnership development (required); - Raising investments for an event, program or other related opportunity (preferred); - Prior experience in planning events (preferred). Success Criteria for position - Improve systems that ensure 85% of CSOs meet or exceed baseline requirements o Attend training institute o Participate in G-Suite twice a month o Attend a Regional CSO cabinet meeting o Engage in at least one community opportunity as a CSO  The total number of CSOs elected continues to grow by at least 20% annually. Currently there are ~350 CSOs from ~150 schools; - Successfully implement at least 2 statewide cabinet and 8 regional cabinet meetings; - Successfully implement 4-5 CSO leadership institutes to ensure all CSOs have baseline training. - Successfully coordinate CSO participation in AZ SciTech Festival Signature Events - Collaborate with Directors of Mentorship, Global Partnerships, Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Ecosystem VISTAS. Education: Bachelor’s degree (required); masters of education (preferred). Core competencies: education and instruction, mentorship, team building skills, partnership development, communication Work conditions: Regular staff functions and office hours at office space in MAC6, Tempe. Expected travel around the state and flexible hours to meet the needs of the program.

- Looking to fill position by end of April - Email resume and cover letter to jbabendure@aztechcouncil.org detailing how one meets qualifications and experience and how these skills will enable them to meet success criteria.