Department: SIS - Science in Society Salary/Grade: EXS/10
The Science in Society (SiS) Associate Director of Operations and Education provides key STEM education leadership for a community-focused science education center at Northwestern.
With a strategic focus on supporting underserved youth and local schools/community partners, the position will provide senior leadership in the areas of program operations and development for the Center’s portfolio of in-school and out-of-school STEM initiatives. This includes strategic and operational program management, cultivating and maintaining authentic partnerships with community groups and education partners, initiating proposals for extramural funding to federal, state, foundation, and philanthropic agencies, authoring manuscripts and reports, and working with the center director to lead the office’s strategic planning efforts.
This position is for an initial 3-year term. Opportunity for renewal will be based on performance and available funding
Please note: Projects may require work on evenings and weekends, as dictated by center priorities, staffing, donor prospect availability, and event schedules.
Science in Society (SiS) Center Educational Program Leadership
Provides senior leadership for and strategically manages the center’s portfolio of core initiatives occurring in formal and informal education settings (in-school and out-of-school). These initiatives involve a variety of stakeholders, including federal and extramural agencies, corporations, school districts and teachers, local/regional higher education partners, NU departments and centers, and community groups.
Directs all aspects of programmatic development/design & implementation, including development of inquiry-based curricula and activities, volunteer recruitment/training/support, technical infrastructure (computer/iPad hardware, websites, etc.). This scope includes research-related components such as evaluation methodologies, data collection/analysis, and IRB/human subjects protocol development and consent-related issues at the university and school/partner levels, and program evaluation.
In collaboration with the center director, lead the center’s mission to train and support Northwestern students, faculty, and staff in best practices for science communication and community engagement.
SiS Center Partnerships
Develops and maintains internal and external partnerships to advance the center’s strategic mission. Acts as a primary point of contact for stakeholders wishing to collaborate or partner with the Center, including NU groups (student organizations, staff and administrative units), school districts (Chicago Public Schools, Evanston/Skokie K-8 and 9-12 districts), and community organizations (Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Family Focus, etc.).
Also serves as primary contact for Northwestern faculty interested in developing new or leveraging existing STEM education programs as a component of faculty-led basic research proposals (e.g. NIH/NSF/Dept of Energy research center proposals, Broader Impacts component of NSF proposals, etc.)
Staff Supervision and Office Management
Directly supervises staff members, providing quarterly Performance Excellence reviews, mentoring, and professional guidance. Serves as primary hiring manager for staff reporting up to Assoc Director.
Manages day-to-day operation and administration of the SiS Center office, in collaboration with SiS Business Coordinator.
Reports and Grant Writing
Prepares and authors progress reports and “white paper” summaries of SiS initiatives for internal and external stakeholders including NU units, funders (federal, foundation, philanthropic), and community/K-12/civic partners.
In collaboration with the Director, conceptualizes, initiates and authors grant or philanthropic funding proposals for extramural funding. Manages pre-award administration, including proposal authoring and/or coordination; proposal budget and justification preparation; sponsor and university proposal form completion; may coordinate IRB protocols; sub-recipient coordination; coordination of facilities and administrative costs, space, and co-investigator agreements.
Budgetary and Fiscal Management
Proactively oversees budgetary and fiscal management of center projects directly under his/her control. Includes monthly budget review, forecasts, provides information on the financial status of projects, including complex multi-PI, interdisciplinary proposals such as NIH, NSF, or other federal awards in the range of $100-$250K+/yr. direct costs over multiple yrs.
Ensures that all policies, regulations, rules, and requirements are met per federal, foundation, or other sponsor guidelines.
Authors manuscripts, position papers, and reports for publication in journals or for other sources. Generates appropriate data, writes and edits content, and finalizes documents for distribution.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A master’s degree in the basic sciences (chemistry, biology, or related), in STEM education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
Five or more years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in STEM education program development and management, including evaluation.
Five years’ experience with K-12 STEM education curriculum development and/or teacher professional development, both in school and out of school (afterschool or summer programs)
Five years’ experience as a supervisor for multiple direct reports.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Outstanding program/project management skills for multiple education projects across a range of settings, both in and out of school. This includes, including resource allocation for STEM program implementation in K-12 schools and community settings (staffing, budget, supplies)
Demonstrated knowledge of STEM education project issues and research, including an understanding of the related research literature and evidence-based best practices
Demonstrated experience forming, cultivating, and growing STEM education partnerships involving universities, K-12 schools, and community partners.
Ability to use independent judgment to make decisions and guide projects, balancing the center’s mission and long-term program/project goals while also attending closely to immediate needs
Flexibility and adaptability when presented with unexpected changes of course; willingness to fill a need or solve a problem through creative initiative that strategically advances the Center’s partnerships, programs, and priorities
Strategic initiative-taking skills, especially in problem-solving, and anticipating/mitigating risks
Flexibility in schedule, including work at off-site locations (schools and community sites), as well as some evening/weekend work
Demonstrated experience organizing, implementing, and rigorously evaluating science education initiatives and events
Demonstrated experience with projects requiring Institutional Review Board approval for human subjects research
Doctoral degree in a STEM- or STEM education-related discipline
Experience as principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator with extramural grant-funded programs (federal, foundation, or corporate)
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Software/web-based technology development
Experience administering deployment and support for laptop/iPad carts (e.g. Apple Configurator or Mobile Device Management software)
Knowledge of Adobe Design Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38176
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.