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Education Specialist   

JOB TITLE:

Education Specialist

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Cambridge Massachusetts United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

The primary responsibility of the education specialist will include supporting SEDs research and development of programs for youth, educators, and public audiences that engage learners in using SAOs MicroObservatory online telescopes.
Additional responsibilities include contributing to research and evaluation data collection and analysis activities for SED education projects.

Duties:

  • Provide educational and content support to the SAOs informal and formal education projects, including web, library, and image research on topics related to observational astronomy and astrophysics, and the preparation of interpretive and informational materials to be used in both digital and print media for diverse public and K-12 audiences, and communication, outreach, and dissemination of the projects.
    Inform and implement social media efforts on our web-based projects, including regular updates on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    , with the potential to guide these efforts.
  • Create and coordinate written and digital media astronomy and science education materials, including web content and features, flyers, educational briefs, video tutorials, and newsletters.
    Contributes to the writing, editing, and design processes of educational media, publications, and other interpretive materials.
    Research, develop, and produce media, content briefs and draft interpretive text to give instructions, provide context, and explain the scientific subject matter to diverse public and classroom audiences.
    Conduct simple audio and video planning and production, editing, post-production, and media management tasks.
  • Guide logistics and assist with the development and implementation of educational programs and products for both adult and youth audiences (in both online and face-to-face settings).
    Apply knowledge of the science education needs of diverse audiences to make appropriate content and programming decisions.
    Coordinate the review of draft and final products with the subject matter and education specialists and clients.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of educational activities, such as hands-on and online telescope investigations and interactive or online computer activities, through research, logistical support, evaluation data collection, and other assistance.
    Proofread and edit curriculum and online content with an eye for detail.
  • Assist with evaluation and documentation of SED projects, including assistance with the analysis of participant data and coordination of text and media-based materials for written, online, and video-based case studies of the projects.
  • Conduct image and copyright research and materials/artifact acquisition for SED projects.
    Monitor and document appropriate copyright status and credit assignments for all materials and maintain databases of images and artifacts.
    Use image processing software to prepare images for the best scientific and educational effectiveness.
  • Contact and communicate with scientists to coordinate their participation in education and outreach programs and identify resources for educational projects.
    Establish and maintain active communication with educators, scientists, contractors, and media personnel within and outside of SAO to share information about the status of the SED projects.
  • Some travel for conferences, meetings with project partners, and potential museum venues may be required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Travel may be required.
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Pre- and post-appointment background investigation.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and its impact on your application, click on Smithsonian Institutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Qualifications

All applicants must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
A.
Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in science education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.

OR
Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the grade level specified.

Experience:
One year of full-time experience at the GS-07 level that is close or similar to the work of this job.
The experience includes activities such as implementing science learning programs for classroom or out of school audiences.

Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree in education or a field related to the position may be substituted for the required experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience.
Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Additional information

For information on qualification requirements, see the Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions, which is viewable at http://www.
opm.
gov/qualifications.

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Specialist listed.
Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds supports and enhances our daily work life and contributes to the richness of our exhibitions and programs.
For more information on the Smithsonian EEO program, please visit www.
si.
edu/oeema.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.
The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

Knowledge of astronomy and a solid understanding of the basic science concepts emphasized by the projects, as evidenced by a degree in math or the physical sciences and coursework or equivalent experience in science education.
Informal education or classroom teaching experience is desired but optional.

Knowledge of educational and public outreach opportunities related to scientific research, the educational needs of students and public audiences, and the ability to interpret scientific concepts for diverse audiences.

Skill in producing innovative written materials and presenting these educational materials to audiences with varying levels of understanding demonstrated through excellent oral and written communications skills.

Knowledge and skills in educational technology and in the development of rich media and the use of audio and video authoring tools

Skill in making oral presentations to audiences at workshops, meetings, conferences, and other educational events and the ability to develop educational materials that are accessible to diverse audiences

Skill in the use of word processing, image processing, and graphics software and in developing content material for the internet.


Important Note:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency.

Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.



You may preview questions for this vacancy.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    Your application package should include the
    following documents

    • Detailed resume
    • Cover Letter

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.
    S.
    Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
    Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
    S.
    Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    Click on the \"Apply Online\" button on the upper right side of the page.

    Please Note:


    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
    • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine.
      Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date.
      Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • Clicking the \"DONE\" tab does not submit your application.
      The \"DONE\" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time.
      To submit your application, click the \"FINISH\" tab.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

    Agency contact information

    Joy Mathew

    Phone

    617-495-7374

    Fax

    617-495-7263

    Email

    jmathew@cfa.
    harvard.
    edu

    Address

    SMITHSONIAN
    Human Resources
    60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
    Mail Stop 17
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
    United States

    Next steps

    You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received.
    Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your \"junk\" or \"bulk\" mail folder depending on your filters.


    The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory receives many applications for each job.
    Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks.
    We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go
    through phases of the application review process.
    You may also check your application status by logging into www.
    usajobs.
    gov and
    selecting the tab \"My USAJOBS;\" e-mailing vacancy.
    info@si.
    edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.


    Additional Information:


    • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
    • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.
      si.
      edu/oeema).
  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

Your application package should include the
following documents

  • Detailed resume
  • Cover Letter

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to all qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States currently residing in the local commuting area of Cambridge, MA.

Position Details

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EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

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SNAPRECRUIT ID:

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LOCATION:

Massachusetts United States

CITY:

Cambridge

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Duties

The primary responsibility of the education specialist will include supporting SEDs research and development of programs for youth, educators, and public audiences that engage learners in using SAOs MicroObservatory online telescopes. Additional responsibilities include contributing to research and evaluation data collection and analysis activities for SED education projects.

Duties:

  • Provide educational and content support to the SAOs informal and formal education projects, including web, library, and image research on topics related to observational astronomy and astrophysics, and the preparation of interpretive and informational materials to be used in both digital and print media for diverse public and K-12 audiences, and communication, outreach, and dissemination of the projects. Inform and implement social media efforts on our web-based projects, including regular updates on Facebook, Twitter, etc., with the potential to guide these efforts.
  • Create and coordinate written and digital media astronomy and science education materials, including web content and features, flyers, educational briefs, video tutorials, and newsletters. Contributes to the writing, editing, and design processes of educational media, publications, and other interpretive materials. Research, develop, and produce media, content briefs and draft interpretive text to give instructions, provide context, and explain the scientific subject matter to diverse public and classroom audiences. Conduct simple audio and video planning and production, editing, post-production, and media management tasks.
  • Guide logistics and assist with the development and implementation of educational programs and products for both adult and youth audiences (in both online and face-to-face settings). Apply knowledge of the science education needs of diverse audiences to make appropriate content and programming decisions. Coordinate the review of draft and final products with the subject matter and education specialists and clients.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of educational activities, such as hands-on and online telescope investigations and interactive or online computer activities, through research, logistical support, evaluation data collection, and other assistance. Proofread and edit curriculum and online content with an eye for detail.
  • Assist with evaluation and documentation of SED projects, including assistance with the analysis of participant data and coordination of text and media-based materials for written, online, and video-based case studies of the projects.
  • Conduct image and copyright research and materials/artifact acquisition for SED projects. Monitor and document appropriate copyright status and credit assignments for all materials and maintain databases of images and artifacts. Use image processing software to prepare images for the best scientific and educational effectiveness.
  • Contact and communicate with scientists to coordinate their participation in education and outreach programs and identify resources for educational projects. Establish and maintain active communication with educators, scientists, contractors, and media personnel within and outside of SAO to share information about the status of the SED projects.
  • Some travel for conferences, meetings with project partners, and potential museum venues may be required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Travel may be required.
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Pre- and post-appointment background investigation.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and its impact on your application, click on Smithsonian Institutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Qualifications

All applicants must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in science education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.
OR
Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the grade level specified.
Experience:
One year of full-time experience at the GS-07 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as implementing science learning programs for classroom or out of school audiences.
Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree in education or a field related to the position may be substituted for the required experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Additional information

For information on qualification requirements, see the Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions, which is viewable at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Specialist listed. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds supports and enhances our daily work life and contributes to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. For more information on the Smithsonian EEO program, please visit www.si.edu/oeema.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

Knowledge of astronomy and a solid understanding of the basic science concepts emphasized by the projects, as evidenced by a degree in math or the physical sciences and coursework or equivalent experience in science education. Informal education or classroom teaching experience is desired but optional.

Knowledge of educational and public outreach opportunities related to scientific research, the educational needs of students and public audiences, and the ability to interpret scientific concepts for diverse audiences.

Skill in producing innovative written materials and presenting these educational materials to audiences with varying levels of understanding demonstrated through excellent oral and written communications skills.

Knowledge and skills in educational technology and in the development of rich media and the use of audio and video authoring tools

Skill in making oral presentations to audiences at workshops, meetings, conferences, and other educational events and the ability to develop educational materials that are accessible to diverse audiences

Skill in the use of word processing, image processing, and graphics software and in developing content material for the internet.


Important Note:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency.
Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.



You may preview questions for this vacancy.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    Your application package should include the
    following documents

    • Detailed resume
    • Cover Letter

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    Click on the \"Apply Online\" button on the upper right side of the page.
    Please Note:


    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
    • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • Clicking the \"DONE\" tab does not submit your application. The \"DONE\" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the \"FINISH\" tab.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

    Agency contact information

    Joy Mathew

    Phone

    617-495-7374

    Fax

    617-495-7263

    Email

    jmathew@cfa.harvard.edu

    Address

    SMITHSONIAN
    Human Resources
    60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
    Mail Stop 17
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
    United States

    Next steps

    You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received. Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your \"junk\" or \"bulk\" mail folder depending on your filters.

    The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go
    through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and
    selecting the tab \"My USAJOBS;\" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

    Additional Information:


    • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
    • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).
  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

Your application package should include the
following documents

  • Detailed resume
  • Cover Letter

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to all qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States currently residing in the local commuting area of Cambridge, MA.


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