Our mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.
Los Angeles Engineering Studio Programs Manager
Iridescent is a science education nonprofit with a mission to inspire and equip underserved children to imagine and invent. We work closely with scientists and engineers to bring cutting edge science and engineering to underserved groups. We are deeply committed to these communities and work hard to build long lasting support infrastructures. We invite parents to come and learn alongside their children in our Family Science Courses.
The Los Angeles Engineering Studio Program Manager will play a very strategic role that combines laying deep roots in a high need community while looking to make global impact through our technology tools (STEM apps and Curiosity Machine). Iridescent has been in operation for 7 years, reaching more than 22,000 participants globally. We have a very clear sense of what works and doesn’t and where we are headed. We are at a crucial point in our growth and are looking for a courageous and visionary team member. The graph below shows our history and projected growth (in terms of numbers).
The Los Angeles Engineering Studio Programs Manager will be responsible for executing on the following:
Fall: Working with the Iridescent team members to create curriculum (anchored around the above videos) for a 50-hour middle school program (Be an Inventor), a 50-hr high school program (Explainers) and 70-hr mixed age group (middle and high) summer camp programming
Fall: Establishing partnerships with local schools and community organizations
Spring: Recruiting students through partnerships and teaching the programs
Summer: Running a summer camp
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Science Communication to the Public: Ability to identify key points in a vast amount of information (for instance, identifying core ideas or the “why” in scientific papers) and to communicate them in engaging and creative ways with diverse audiences.
Curriculum Development: Develop creative, innovative curriculum that goes beyond the most obvious, “hands-on” projects that challenge children to develop a deep understanding of how the world works.
Program planning: Manage resources, part time and full time staff and volunteers and plan program implementation from start to finish (including documentation and evaluation).
Building lasting partnerships: Demonstrated record of building effective collaborations between and among organizations. Proven ability to build and leverage relationships toward successful outcomes and build consensus even in the face of competing priorities, particularly in diverse settings
Ability to explain complex ideas very simply (without making the ideas trivial)
High level of comfort with tinkering, building, hacking.
High level of comfort with technology
Demonstrated effectiveness in building successful partnerships, particularly with technical subject matter experts
Experience/comfort in working in a virtual team
Leading volunteers to achieve organizational goals
Demonstrated experience with evaluating program results and effectiveness
Effective written and verbal communication capabilities
B.S. or greater in science or other technical-related discipline and minimum 4 years experience.