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Teaching and Project Assistant

Background and role overview

As science becomes more complex, multidisciplinary, and spread across multiple locations, the human infrastructure to facilitate connections among researchers and to coordinate the flow of information becomes essential. These roles, collectively termed scientific community engagement managers, make up an emerging and growing specialist field. Community managers are not only found in research institutions – they are also found in professional associations that bring together scientists around shared goals, and in infrastructure organizations where scientists work together to evolve the tools, standards, and practices that shape how modern research is done. This emerging field is being championed by the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE).

CSCCE is now looking to hire a Teaching and Project Assistant to support the delivery of our online courses and consultancy projects in 2024 under the supervision of our Director of Learning. You’ll work closely with both our Director of Learning and Center Director to prepare for and deliver a wide range of training and consultancy projects, predominantly online, to scientific community managers and scientific community organizations. These may include 8-week cohort-based courses, webinars, and workshops ranging from a half-day to multi-day experiences. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, growing organization and support many others in their vital community engagement work.

As Teaching and Project Assistant, you’ll want to drive forward the emerging field of scientific community engagement and network-centric leadership by supporting the provision of high-quality teaching and consultancy resources. You’re comfortable supporting all aspects of training preparation, delivery, and administration, including preparing course materials, leading interactive activities, co-facilitating discussion sessions, and supporting learner onboarding and offboarding. You’re enthusiastic about conducting analyses to support course improvements and client reports, you can succinctly summarize key ideas, and you enjoy organizing lesson plans and other project materials. You’re highly organized, detail-oriented, and happy to help with tasks both big and small. You have strong customer service skills and are enthusiastic about maintaining a supportive and intuitive learning environment for our learners. You’re willing to adopt and experiment with online tools to model best practices for others in online learning spaces.

CSCCE’s teaching philosophy combines practical resources and contextualized examples with space for reflection, experimentation, and collaboration. You’ll be an essential member of the training team, preparing the tools and activities that learners will interact with and then helping them do so.

Working at CSCCE

The way we work as a team and with our community members and clients is driven by our core values:

  • We continuously strive to be inclusive
  • We empower one another
  • We learn and share
  • We trust – and hold space for – one another
  • We express gratitude and recognition

We’re a highly collaborative, fully remote, US-based team that values and supports personal and professional development. We value honest and transparent communications in our work together, and actively cultivate a team culture of learning and iteration. You can expect to have input into projects from day one, bringing a flexible, adaptable attitude, and a willingness to take ownership of moving your projects forward throughout their lifecycle – from conception to delivery, evaluation, and iteration.

Key tasks

  • Support training delivery – assist the lead trainer during online training sessions in a range of formats; from hour-long webinars to multi-day workshops and multi-week courses. Tasks include monitoring attendance, preparing and leading interactive activities, and co-facilitating discussion sessions.
  • Course preparation administration – including onboarding new learners to our courses, managing access to course materials, and adding new content to Canvas, our online learning management system (LMS).
  • Curriculum development assistance – assist with the development of a modular scientific community engagement curriculum – including conducting background research, contributing to lesson and course development sessions, and maintaining lesson plans.
  • Communications – create clear, actionable communications for our learners and clients.
  • Event organization – assist the Director of Community with preparing for and facilitating community events.
  • Integrate existing resources with new ones – work with CSCCE’s Communications Director to incorporate existing materials such as reports, tip sheets, and research outputs into training and client materials.

Skills and experience

We have typically found that staff need three broad areas of expertise to succeed at CSCCE:

  • Role-specific skills – in this case, administrative and communications skills related to delivering complex projects (including using different technical tools) plus some experience with analysis;
  • The comfort and ability to work in an efficient, all-remote startup environment where transparent communications and ownership of your work is paramount; and,
  • Community management expertise (or at minimum, interest) – in this case, we’re most interested in your desire to rapidly learn more about working with STEM communities.

Things we’re looking for in this role:

  • Demonstrable experience in a teaching and/or curriculum development role – which might include teaching assistant roles.
  • Scientific training (Bachelors or Masters) or experience working in a STEM context.
  • Strong analytical skills – including experience with data analysis, particularly using mixed methods approaches.
  • Virtual event organization and facilitation experience – organizing unconferences, hackathons, or other interactive group activities.
  • Comfort using, and/or quickly developing confidence in using, a range of online tools -the core tools that we use are Canvas, Zoom, Slack, Google Workspace tools, especially Google Drive, plus Padlet, Mural, and Gather. You should expect to test, evaluate and learn to use other online tools on a regular basis.
  • Comfort with working on multiple projects at once -you’re persistent, forward-thinking, and happy to work on collaborative, iterative, projects with others.
  • Excellent written communications across a wide range of formats – including emails, online forums, marketing materials, and slide decks.
  • Personable, clear and attentive verbal communications – you’ll be comfortable interacting with team members and clients via a range of formats, including brainstorming sessions, project planning sessions, interviews, focus groups, webinars, and online and in-person lessons.
  • Highly organized and service-oriented, with a passion for iterating to get the details right.
  • Experience using Canvas LMS and HTML is a plus.

How to apply

This is a full-time role with a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, 401k, and vacation. You will need to be eligible to work in the U.S. and you will be able to work for the majority of your time in the Eastern time zone. The starting salary range is $53,000 – $58,000 per annum, depending on experience.

To apply, send your resume or CV (no more than two pages) plus a cover letter describing why you are interested in this role at CSCCE to info@cscce.org.