Lead Instructor

Website citizenscilab The Citizen Science Lab

Organizational Overview

The Citizen Science Lab is a non-profit hands-on laboratory where inquisitive minds and science enthusiasts can explore the life sciences. We are open to everyone to observe and analyze through discovery-based STEM enrichment. TCSL serves the Pittsburgh region with extracurricular enrichment support via homeschool and weekend workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, lab memberships, birthday parties, and other events.

Type: Full Time
Pay (salaried position):  $41k
FLSA:   Exempt

Essential Functions: 

Facilitation of  grant-funded initiatives

  • Recruit students for the initiatives
  • Foster relationships with neighborhood schools and parents
  • Create the annual schedules for initiatives
  • Teach students the curriculum and relevant skills needed to complete the program
  • Assist in troubleshooting when teaching the curriculum
  • Maintain communication with parents to inform them of any schedule changes, and upcoming events
  • Assess student learning and evaluate the program success to monitor program effectiveness
  • Maintain student notebooks

Instruction of Weekly Science Workshops

  • Facilitate science-themed programming in school and out-of-school-time settings;
  • Instruct weekly homeschool and weekend workshops
  • Assist Site Manager with the creation of an annual schedule for Homeschool and weekend workshops
  • Find and test experiments that will be taught during workshops
  • Create lessons for workshops, including but not limited to:
  • Instruct the students in an enthusiastic, welcoming, hands-on learning environment
  • Foster curiosity during instruction by encouraging questions and seeking those answers
  • Maintain student notebooks
  • Manage program evaluations, including the development, implementation, and analysis of pre- and post-surveys;
  • Keep inventory of program supplies and price/submit order requests as needed;
  • Attend all required CSL trainings and lab meetings;
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Program management

  • Oversee part-time employees during initiative instruction
  • Assign Lab Technician duties as needed
  • Schedule student bus pick up and drop off
  • Create itinerary for annual initiative travel
  • Register students for competitions
  • Monitor attendance of students during initiatives
  • Research Mentorship
  • Teach students specific techniques  in order to complete research projects
  • Assist in troubleshooting during research projects
  • Facilitate in research writing

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to foster positive youth-adult relationships
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Reliable when working independently and collaboratively
  • Experience serving diverse groups of students, teachers, and community stakeholders
  • Ability to obtain current PA Act 33/34 Clearances and FBI Fingerprint Background Check
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Valid PA driver’s license and reliable access to a car is strongly preferred
  • Cultural competency
  • Efficient customer service skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Work independently and in groups
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Takes initiative
  • Flexibility and Creativity

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology (any STEM related field) or Education is preferred
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience in mentoring or  youth enrichment and/or STEM education including informal settings such as after school programs or summer camps
  • 1-2+ years of relevant biological research experience
  • 1-2+ years of non-profit experience

Certification / Licenses:

Secondary teaching license in science, math, or technology preferred

Physical / Mental Characteristics:

  • Ability to lift 5-40 lbs, stand, carry, climb, sit for long periods using accepted ergonomic principles, work in confined space etc.
  • Ability to perform fine motor skills
  • Ability to use a computer for entering or retrieving data
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination

NOTE: The above description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

The Citizen Science Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The CSL expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

To apply for this job email your details to cslhq@thecitizensciencelab.org