Associate Data Specialist, Science News in High Schools

Position Overview

The Associate Specialist position will support the day-to-day operations, continued growth and audience expansion of the Science News in High Schools program within the Science Education Programs (SEP) department of the Society for Science (Society). This role will focus on updating and maintaining core datasets throughout the program year, analyzing school and survey feedback data to assess areas of potential growth and providing customer service to the program’s audience of teachers and coordinators. This position will report to the Director of STEM Literacy and Curriculum, who oversees the Science News in High Schools program.

About the Science News in High Schools Program

Science News in High Schools is unique among STEM education programs in its ability to provide access to a trusted source of accurate, engaging science journalism. The program currently serves nearly 5,500 schools and 95 district or regional school cohorts lead by a STEM Coordinator. Through the rich content of Science News and Educator Guide lesson plans tied to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science News in High Schools makes it possible for teachers to engage their students in the type of inquiry-based learning necessary for postsecondary persistence and success. With Science News in High Schools, teachers can help students connect class content to the latest discoveries, making topics more current and relevant, and empower more young people to pursue STEM careers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages and maintains program data throughout the year within the Science News in High Schools relational database and among all external platforms collecting program data. Program data includes but is not limited to: school details, teacher contacts, school district information, program sponsors, feedback data.
  • Creates data management processes and guides for program activities, including renewal, open enrollment and audience surveys in support of school retention and a diverse program reach.
  • Supports improvements and enhancements to the database and any appropriate integration with other SEP programs.
  • Analyzes and summarizes program data, including feedback across multiple platforms and through charts, graphs and other data visualizations.
  • Provides administrative support to the functions of the program. This includes responding to phone and email inquiries and assisting in administrative and accounting paperwork.
  • Supports the community of educators through participation in all Science News in High Schools educator and coordinator programming, such as webinars, virtual professional development session, etc.
  • Supports website updates and marketing email sends for the program and across other Science Education Programs.  
  • Shares the Society’s commitment to equity and inclusion, helping make programmatic updates when needed to meet the Society’s goals.
  • Supports other departmental programs during the competition weeks and conferences, which will require at least two weeks of travel annually.
  • Completes other departmental projects and duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Strong communications skills (written and oral)
  • Data management experience
  • Analytical data skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to think creatively 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team, to multi-task, and to be a self-starter
  • Affinity for the educational, science and outreach goals of Society for Science

Prior Education and Experience

Required:

  • Bachelor’s undergraduate degree and a minimum of 2 years work experience
  • Strong computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience creating, analyzing and presenting data sets

Desirable:

  • A degree in education, data science or a STEM-related field
  • Experience with summarizing data through maps, charts, diagrams, graphs or other data visualizations
  • Relational database knowledge (SQL, Access, Airtable, The Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, or other database software) and experience with online data acquisition platforms (Form Assembly, Survey Monkey, etc.).
  • Website management, especially experience using a CMS to package and publish content to website. Basic coding knowledge is a plus.

Physical Requirements

This role’s work involves remaining in a stationary position most of the time in front of a computer, using a keyboard, mouse, and telephone. It also involves regularly operating a computer and other office equipment, occasionally moving about the work site to access file cabinets office equipment and communicating or exchanging information with co-workers and other individuals in person or electronically. Must be able to travel to programs, approximately 3 weeks of the year.

Additional Information 

Society staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic until February 28, 2022, when this status will be reexamined. This will be a DC-based position post-pandemic.

Society for Science has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for employees, as applicable. Exceptions to the vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons.  

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and professional resume to: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/societyforscience/jobs/2224746-560507

About Society for Science

Society for Science (Society) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement; to inform, educate, and inspire. We do this work through our award-winning Science News media group and world-class science competitions: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), and Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). Regeneron ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS begin at local, regional, state, and national fairs that affiliate with the Society to participate. This network includes more than 400 science fairs representing more than 70 countries, regions, and territories. 

Society statement: We must work together to build a future without racism that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.No matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome at the Society. We support an inclusive workplace where associates excel based on personal merit and job performance.

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