Specialist for Judging

The Specialist for Judging supports the recruitment, communication and coordination with scientific evaluators and judges and the management of the judging processes for the competitions and programs of the Science Education Program department of the Society for Science & the Public (Society), including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school competition. The Specialist for Judging will be responsible for maintaining the highest standards to ensure fair, unbiased and equitable judging processes. The Specialist for Judging will report to the Chief Program Officer and will require close coordination with the Directors and Managers.

Essential Functions

  • Works to maintain, update and recruit new members to an active list of hundreds of qualified individuals to serve as evaluators and judges while working within our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Works with Directors and Managers to establish best practices for equitable recruitment and unbiased processes.
  • Develops and executes trainings and guides for new judges, evaluators and volunteers that teach best judging and evaluation practices.
  • Manages external communications and builds relationships with evaluators and judges through email, online systems and surveys to schedule, organize and execute the judging processes.
  • Collaborates with Directors and Managers to prepare all evaluation and judging documentation and online application processes for the successful execution of multiphase judging processes meeting the highest standards possible.
  • Provides support with compiling and analyzing data to inform and analyze the judging process at multiple phases.
  • Establishes a thorough understanding of the rules of eligibility and competition for each program being served, but most especially the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs.
  • Supports annual revisions to the official rules for each competition.
  • Leads the rules review phases of the evaluation process for all Society competitions to identify scientific rules violations, academic misconduct and safety violations per individual competition rules.
  • Aids in the processing of online applications for the programs throughout the year.
  • Attends all education programs, which requires at least 3 weeks of travel annually, and willingness to work over the weekend during evaluation phases.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Strong communications skills (written and oral)
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • 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 the Society for Science & the Public.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including international audiences.

Required Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 4 years of related work experience.
  • High computer proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Experience working with complex data sets or databases

Desirable

  • A degree in education or a STEM field.
  • Experience with lab safety and protocols for understanding scientific research rules
  • Experience with online application systems and MS Access.
  • Prior experience in evaluation, admissions, ethics and/or competition management.

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to career@societyforscience.org. Emails should include “Specialist for Judging” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

EEO Statement

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity.  In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

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