Job Opportunity at Argonne National Laboratory -- Education Outreach Lead

The Education Department at Argonne is seeking a highly qualified individual for our Outreach Lead position. This position oversees all of our community and external learning activities. The individual in this position will be responsible for leading our joint University of Chicago and Argonne Education Volunteer Program, manage the external events calendar, maintain relationships with other STEM Ed organizations and community groups, and develop new learning experiences for youth and family audiences both for events and online.

We are looking for someone with a strong background in informal learning within a science setting,  amazing communication skills and strong web and technology integration knowledge. Someone with a degree in learning sciences, informal learning or science teaching is preferred. Please help spread by sharing with your networks.

For those of you teaching Master’s students, this would be a great position for someone interested in moving to Chicago after they complete their degree. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay for relocation. 

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Educational outreach activities are facilitated by the Educational Programs Department within Argonne. The department's vision is to enrich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through programs that advance Argonne’s strategic energy, environment, and security initiatives and to develop new educational programs based on transforming discoveries that further Department of Energy’s workforce development and science literacy mission.

The lab develops educational and outreach programs based on the needs of the regional community, including STEM programs that impact minority and female students. Argonne Educational Programs helps cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers. We host students year-round at the laboratory site and scientists visit schools to give STEM-based presentations. Argonne’s annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Science Careers in Search of Women events host more than 400 students from across the Chicagoland region. Argonne also partners with organizations to provide internships and on-site programs that inspire students and broaden their interest in science and engineering.

We invite you to apply for the Education Outreach Lead. In role, you will develop programming that engages regional youth and family communities around science and engineering principles that highlight current and ongoing research programs at Argonne, connects Argonne resources with external organizations and events, manages all of Argonne sponsored outreach events, celebrations and competitions and over the educational volunteer program.

You will also:

  • Develop outreach programming that highlights current and ongoing scientific research programs at Argonne. Manage all aspects of Argonne sponsored events including but not limited to outreach events, STEM celebrations and competitions. (30%)
  • Lead and maintain the Education volunteer program which includes developing cultivated a community of volunteers, matching external events to volunteers providing volunteers with education and communication training resources. (10%)
  • Set the event calendar for the year, engaging with community partners to coordinate logistics and assign staff and run the outreach website. (15%)
  • Develop web-based resources and materials that help develop an Argonne Educational Programs brand. (20%)
  • Attend meetings with current and potential partners and provide links between Argonne resources  and outside organizations. (20%)
  • Maintain Access databases of all Educational Programs and runs various reports throughout the year. (5%)

We expect you to have:

  • Strong public speaking skills, especially with large crowds.
  • Experience in large event planning, mass marketing and branding
  • Experience in high level administrative functions including project management, coordination of projects and people, and maintaining appropriate records.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of digital communication (web site development, social media)
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment and manage multiple deadlines
  • Work effectively with internal and/or external contacts regarding specific issues
  • Comfortable with technology (Microsoft Office, Database software, web design software (Druple preferred), social media)
  • Bachelors Degree within scientific field, education or museum sciences and 5 years experience in an informal learning setting.

Additional Requirements:

  • Activities, duties and responsibilities required for job incumbent. Consequently, you may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
  • This position may be asked to participate in evening and weekend programming.
  • This position requires personal transportation.