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Summer STEM Programs Director

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Division of Continuing Education welcomes applications for a Summer STEM Programs Director. CU Science Discovery is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education outreach organization in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Science Discovery collaborates with CU faculty, research groups, institutes, and graduate and undergraduate students to develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based programs for K-12 students and teachers that integrate current CU STEM research and model best practices in teaching and learning. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Science Discovery, the Program Director for Summer STEM Programs oversees Science Discovery’s summer STEM education programs for K-12 students, including K-8 summer camps and summer STEM classes for high school students. The Program Director collaborates with the Science Discovery Director, Assistant Director, Summer Camp Manager, Community Programs Manager, CU faculty, and numerous STEM graduate and undergraduate students to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative STEM education outreach programs that showcase current CU science and reflect best practices in STEM education. This position oversees summer camp logistics, including camp and class design, scheduling and implementation, and recruiting, training and supporting university students working in the summer program. The position also serves as the primary liaison between CU Science Discovery and summer camp families during the summer months.

Who We Are

The mission of the Division of Continuing Education is to provide quality, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to a diverse student population by extending the educational resources of the University of Colorado Boulder.

CU Science Discovery’s mission is to heighten interest and increase literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by providing hands-on experiences that connect students and teachers to current CU science. Science Discovery capitalizes on CU Boulder’s scientific resources, facilities and expertise to excite students about STEM, expose them to a variety of STEM careers and professionals and inspire a future generation of scientists and engineers.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of Science Discovery's summer STEM camps and classes for K-12 students
  • Oversee curriculum design for summer camps and classes.
  • Oversee logistics for the summer camp program, including staff recruitment and training, class scheduling, materials coordination and camp implementation.
  • Recruit, train and support graduate student instructors and undergraduate Teaching Assistants working in the summer camp program.
  • Communicate with summer camp parents as needed and serve as the primary liaison between Science Discovery and summer camp families.
Oversee the budget for the summer STEM program and acquire grant and gift funding in order to expand programs for underrepresented students
  • Manage summer STEM program budget in a fiscally responsible manner and ensure that programs are developed and delivered on time and within budget.
  • Monitor financial statements on a monthly basis to ensure accuracy.
  • Pursue grant funding from state and federal agencies as well as private foundations and other sources.
Build relationships and develop strategic partnerships with CU Boulder faculty and staff, informal STEM education networks and community partners
  • Collaborate with CU faculty and graduate students in adapting STEM research for integration in Science Discovery’s summer program.
  • Develop connections and build relationships with formal and informal STEM educators and other community partners in order to strengthen CU Science Discovery's STEM programming and advance its mission.
Assist with community outreach events and programs throughout the year, including Family Engineering Day, Computer Science Education Week, and STEAM Saturday events at area libraries

What You Should Know

This is a full-time position, typically working standard business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm). This position is rigorous during the summer months (late May to early August) and the ability to take vacation during these months may be limited. This position involves occasional work during evenings and/or on weekends to support community outreach and engagement events.

Note: occasional evening/weekend work is required for this position.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated salary range starts at $56,000, commensurate with experience and education.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, education or a related field.
  • At least three years of experience working in informal STEM education programs, K-12 classrooms, science centers or summer camp settings.
  • Experience developing and delivering engaging, inquiry-based STEM curricula for K-12 students, as an informal STEM educator, classroom teacher, outreach practitioner, summer camp manager or similar position.
  • Experience effectively managing projects that involve multiple personnel and impact diverse stakeholders.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and communicate information in a clear and concise manner. Successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including STEM faculty, university colleagues, parents and children.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Successful candidate should be able to initiate, track and complete projects independently.
  • Ability to manage large projects involving numerous moving parts and multiple personnel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Successful candidate must be able to work successfully as a member of a team and have the ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with K-12, campus and community partners.
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of research-based best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Ability to manage a large budget, including ongoing review of financial statements and ability to make sound financial decisions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master's degree in science, engineering, education, or a related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in K-12 education, including informal STEM education, summer or out-of-school time programs, or formal classroom settings.
  • Previous experience working in or managing a summer camp program.
  • Strong background in one or more STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) fields, as evidenced by a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a STEM field, extensive coursework in a STEM field, and/or previous STEM research experience.
  • Experience delivering informal STEM education outreach programs in a university setting, including experience interacting with university STEM faculty and/or in communicating complex scientific topics for K-12 student and teacher audiences.
  • Experience developing and delivering high quality STEM professional development for a variety of stakeholders, including K-12 teachers, informal science practitioners and/or university students.
  • Experience designing new materials and incorporating current technologies in order to provide students and teachers with hands-on experiences that effectively demonstrate complex scientific topics.
  • Experience evaluating effectiveness of informal or formal science education programs.
  • Previous experience developing programmatic budgets and managing budgets in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Three or more years of experience supervising staff and motivating team members to excel.
  • Knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and knowledge of factors contributing to achievement gaps and effective strategies for closing achievement gaps.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1.A current resume. 
2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 01/27/19 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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