STEM OUTREACH PROJECT DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE
Job Title: STEM Outreach Project Director
Organization: Technology Alliance
Classification: Regular, full-time, exempt
Salary: $65,000-$75,000 DOE
Closing: When position is filled
This position reports to the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance, a statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions united by our vision of a vibrant innovation economy that benefits all of our state’s citizens. This project is funded through a Washington State Department of Commerce contract that requires the position to work closely with Commerce and report on project progress on a consistent basis.
- Manage all aspects of the second year of a two-year education applications effort designed to support and engage more Washington State K-12 schools in high quality computer science curriculum. This project will include a K-12 computer applications contest, and will also include working collaboratively with school districts across the state. The position will work with a volunteer Steering Committee of education and technology thought leaders to design and implement a compelling and effective program.
- To be successful in this role you will need strong project management skills, outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to take initiative and work as a team. You will also need to be flexible and have the ability to take effective action in ambiguous situations. This position has frequent contact with all levels from superintendents, teachers, community partners, students, and public and private funders.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- This role will implement the remaining 15 months of a two year plan to build statewide interest and capacity for a K-12 Apps development contest. Travel will be required around the state of Washington, including some overnight travel.
Be responsible for managing all aspects of four key events that will use both virtual and in person venues to engage the entire state and our international partners:
- Fall “Apps for Good” course launch with 7 participating schools
- December 2013 Partnership Exhibition
- June 2014 “Apps For Good” Statewide Contest
- Summer 2014 Developers/Coders Academy for Teachers
- Coordinating all Steering Committee meetings and carry out recommendations of this oversight group
- Reporting monthly in writing to the Commerce Department on progress made on goals
- Coordinating and implementing a system for assessing, planning, measuring, reporting and managing contract activities
- Manage all sub-contractors to ensure fidelity to program goals
- Conducting a program evaluation and producing a project final report.
- Construct and implement a fund development and sustainability plan
- Develop and manage program budgets; track and reconcile program expenses against budget
- Secure a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds through a combination of in-kind donations and grant funding
- Provide support to all school sites and sub-contractors, as specified in our agreements
- Communicating with statewide education associations, ESDs and school districts about program
- Build community partnerships with industry, higher education, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to increase participation in the 2014 Apps contest and to recruit teachers for the Summer 2014 Developers/Coders Academy
- Recruiting apps providers to participate in the project as experts
- Monitoring progress and working with statewide partners to grow program participation
- Serve as a liaison between school, non-profit and corporate partners
Qualifications include a strong background in STEM education and/or informal learning (after school/summer programs) with a minimum of 5 years demonstrated successful program management experience required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. Valid Washington State driver’s license and reliable vehicle are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Experience supervising and working collaboratively with teams of people
- Background in K12 and informal learning environments (after school/summer programs)
- Know how to successfully build and maintain internal and external partnerships
- Exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the capability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups
- Show strong organizational, planning, time management and anticipatory skills
- Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication abilities
- Show a positive attitude and self-motivation, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability
How to apply
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Technology Alliance STEM Outreach Project Director
c/o People Programs
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2632
Email (as a .doc, pdf or text file): firstname.lastname@example.org with STEM Outreach Project Director as the subject line.
Fax: (888) 387-8833
We will review all applications; please use the cover letter to your benefit and elaborate on why you believe you would be a good fit for this position. We will reach out to applicants selected for further consideration; please do not call or email to inquire about the status of your application.
Benefits information:The Technology Alliance is affiliated with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; all staff are employees of the Chamber. The Chamber provides a comprehensive benefits package including but not restricted to: medical, dental and vision benefits; employer-matched 401(k) plan; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; bus pass supplement.
The Chamber is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Fax: (888) 387-8833
1301 5th Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States