BioNetwork’s Capstone Center on NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC.
Closes: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Target Start Date
Expected Work Hours
Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, Microbiology, or other Life Science field required; graduate degree preferred. A minimum of three years of teaching and/or curriculum development experience required; training experience related to a life science industry environment preferred. Community college teaching experience is also preferred. Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in secondary education will be considered if they can demonstrate significant experience with biology, biotechnology, and laboratory work. Candidates with adequate combinations of related experience and education that do not meet the exact qualifications may be considered.
Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of office and other equipment including computer, calculator, etc. Work requires medium strength (occasionally lift or move 20-50 lbs and frequently lift or move 10-25 lbs). Position involves significant travel in a car. Position often requires standing for long periods of time such as when leading a community college level lab or multiple consecutive K-12 classes. Some programs require the ability to efficiently move around a community college campus during large-scale events that last several hours.
The Central Region Engagement Coordinator will report to the Senior Director of Education and Industry Engagement and will work collaboratively with the Director of Programming as well as the Engagement Coordinators from the Eastern and Western regions to provide leadership and expertise in the creation, organization, and delivery of life science and STEM outreach activities to students, faculty, and community members in NC K-12 schools and community colleges. This position is part of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) BioNetwork initiative and has local, regional, and statewide responsibilities. While an employee of Pitt Community College, this position will be based at BioNetwork’s Capstone Center on NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC.
BioNetwork provides high-quality economic and workforce development for the biotechnology and life science industries across North Carolina through education, training, and laboratory resources. We’re organized into 3 branches: Industry Training, STEM Outreach, and Media Development. This position is part of the STEM Outreach branch which operates out of Pitt Community College; programs include, both in-person and virtual, classroom visits, faculty training workshops, and career fairs that help connect bioscience industry skills with K-12 and community college STEM education.
- Work collaboratively with BioNetwork staff, industry groups, and other life science entities to design, develop, and implement local, regional, and statewide conferences and appropriate events that promote and support the connections between educational pathways and life science workforce needs.
- Create, deliver, and constantly improve hands-on and inquiry-based STEM learning experiences (in various settings including but not limited to classrooms, walk-up table events, and virtual) that connect to life science industry skills, careers, and NC Science Essential Standards for K-12 students and teachers, with emphasis on grades 6-12.
- Create, deliver, and constantly improve hands-on and inquiry-based learning experiences for community college instructors and students that connect life science industry skills and careers with educational programs.
- Cultivate and foster productive working relationships with local and regional educational partner sites, including K-12 schools and community colleges, museums, other outreach organizations, life science industry groups, and economic & workforce development groups.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of K-12 and community college STEM curriculum standards, pedagogy and andragogy best practices, and best use of technology in the classroom.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding NC’s growing life science industry and careers; looking for connections to existing K-12 and community college activities, and seeking inspiration for new, relevant activity ideas.
- Represent BioNetwork at meetings, conferences, and presentations and promote BioNetwork resources, capabilities, and programs to internal and external stakeholders.
- Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents.
- Use multiple methods of electronic communication and social media (i.e., websites, publications, video conferencing, and other virtual methods) to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate and to enhance the broader public knowledge of BioNetwork.
- Monitor effectiveness of activities routinely, and work collaboratively with coworkers to update, modify, and retire activities as needed.
- Participate in professional development opportunities that are appropriate. Some may require out-of-state travel.
- Provide Train-the-Trainer programs to the staff and faculty of K-12 districts and community colleges.
- Work will involve some weekend and evening commitments.
- Significant in-state travel is required with concentration in the central third of the state with occasional exceptions further East and West.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director.
- A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong analytical skills and working knowledge or aptitude to learn and apply new or existing technology tools
- Experience and/or understanding of the organization and functioning of K-12 and community college educational institutions
- Ability to create learning activities and presentations that integrate industry skills with relevant educational programming
- Understanding of adaptive and interactive learning concepts using technology to facilitate education
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diverse community stakeholders including K-12 and community college students, faculty, and staff, and life science industry representatives.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, and implement programs/projects.
- Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings.
- Demonstrated proficiency in managing event volunteers.
- Demonstrated proficiency with common cloud-based and computer programs (especially Microsoft Office products).
- Demonstrated proficiency with web and social media platforms.
- Demonstrated proficiency with using technology to facilitate education.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to different classroom environments.
- Demonstrated flexibility with unexpected or last minute changes in plan. (i.e. shortened bell schedules; missing or broken tech, equipment, or materials, etc)