Specialist, Outreach and Equity Programs

The Specialist for Outreach supports the management of Outreach and Equity programs in the Science Education Programs department and reports to the Director of Outreach and Equity Programs. This includes programs as assigned, currently including co-leading the STEM Research and Action Grants, and supporting the Research Teacher Conferences. The Specialist for Outreach also makes connections with other local and national mission-aligned organizations to further advance the Society’s Outreach and Equity Programs. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leads the online application process for the STEM Action and Research grant programs and manages the evaluation and selection process annually.
  • Recruits grantees of diverse backgrounds, and seeks programs and teachers not currently served by the Society’s programs and shares the Society’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Builds teacher and grantee community initiatives, creates and shares professional development opportunities and evaluation of the programs for continual improvement.
  • Manages grantee reporting, grant payments, program evaluation, statistics, and sponsor reports.
  • Coordinates efforts with the advancement and development teams around potential financial support.
  • Provides customer service to grantees and applicants via phone and email.
  • Gathers educator and student impact stories and photos for blogs, website, and sponsors.
  • Supports outreach-related events several times a year by assisting with planning, with a special focus on Research Teacher Conferences. This includes but is not limited to recruiting attendees, promoting event online and via email, collecting attendee information via electronic systems, arranging for space and supply needs, and overseeing volunteers.
  • Aids in the processing of online applications and evaluation processes for all Society programs, including the competitions, throughout the year.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.
  • Attends all education programs, which requires at least 2 weeks of travel annually.


  • 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

Education and Experience

  • Required:
    • Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 2 years of work experience.
    • Computer proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Desired:
    • A degree in education or a STEM field
    • Master’s Degree or additional years of work experience
    • Teaching experience at the middle school or high school level
    • Experience working with underserved populations in STEM fields
    • An interest in or experience with non-profit management
    • Program or project management experience
    • Database knowledge (Access, The Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, or other database software) and experience with online application and evaluation systems

How to Apply

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

Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting. Our office is located near the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. This position usually works in an office setting but will temporarily work from home until at least January 4, 2021 with possible extensions.

About the Society

Society for Science & the Public (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.

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.

Society statement:  We must work together to build a future without racism that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.