Education Coordinator

We are seeking a passionate and dynamic facilitator to work in this dual role at Challenger Center, which includes working 50% on traditional Challenger Center education programs and 50% on Challenger Center’s i3 grant program (Enriching Education Through Dynamic Simulation and Technology). You will coordinate logistics and educational activities that will support these educational efforts.

When working on Challenger’s traditional mission programs, we will rely on you to assist the education team by coordinating program logistics and meetings, identifying vendors, purchasing supplies, shipping materials, compiling program data, and helping to review, edit and test educational materials. You will have a key role in organizing the internal coordination of rolling-out Challenger’s new software Sim3 and mission; working closely with Challenger Learning Centers, network support, the Operations Manager and the Education Manager. You will also work closely with the Communications department to ensure educational materials and programming is effectively communicated and branded. In addition the Coordinator will assist with mission authoring and testing as needed, and the development and review of supplemental education materials

The i3 grant project is a pilot program that is developing and testing an innovative concept to expand Challenger’s reach directly into schools. This portion of the position is funded through a 4-year grant that includes a plan to apply for the next phase of funding when the concept proves successful. When working on Challenger Center’s i3 project, many of your core responsibilities (meeting coordination/logistics, material acquisition, shipping, content review and editing, etc.) will be very similar, but the project focus and the team will be significantly different. In addition to Challenger national staff, and two Challenger Learning Centers, this team will also involve external evaluators, school districts, university partners, education consultants and a distinguished advisory panel.

As a member of the education and i3 teams, you will assist in supporting the development of simulation software programs that will best achieve national education goals and will incorporate the needs of multiple stakeholders. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate department/project meetings, professional development seminars and product tests; draft agendas; take minutes; schedule travel arrangements; and manage reimbursements.
  • Coordinate evaluation efforts by supporting external evaluators as necessary, assist the education team with developing internal survey questions, enter data into an online survey program, collect and create reports.
  • Purchase supplies and materials for mission development, and assist in identifying resources for labs and equipment.
  • Work closely with Operations Manager to coordinate the roll-out (product acquisition, shipping, training, and customer service) of new software and mission materials.
  • Update and edit education materials to ensure information is communicated properly.
  • Provide the communications department with new and updated education material/copy for the website and weekly Challenger Connection and newsletter.
  • Coordinate the national offices’ online education lessons and materials.
  • Assist the education and i3 teams with authoring, mission testing, proofing and editing of education materials.
  • Work with a large network of program implementers and participants from the entire Challenger team (national office and Challenger Learning Centers), Education Consultants, School Districts, Universities, Teachers, and Evaluators.
  • Help represent the organization at conferences, meetings and special events.
  • Assist in grant reporting as well as reviewing and editing grant proposals.


  • Ability to understand the overall vision of Challenger Center.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2-3 years of experience working in an office environment.
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), and in using web-based survey and communication systems; experience with SharePoint a plus.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively manage one’s time and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work on a small collaborative team, while also being able to work independently.
  • Experience working with external groups and coordinating meetings.
  • Problem solver and self-initiated.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Lots of energy and a good sense of humor.
  • Interest in education technology.

How to apply

To respond to this opportunity, please go to:

Washington, District of Columbia
Challenger Center for Space Science Education

422 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, US