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Community Education Specialist (5840U) Lawrence Hall of Science 58936
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 15, 2023
Title Community Education Specialist (5840U) Lawrence Hall of Science 58936
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Instructional Design/Technology
    Education - General
    Science Education

Community Education Specialist (5840U) Lawrence Hall of Science 58936

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley's public science center. Our mission is to inspire and engage through science discovery and learning in ways that advance equity and opportunity. We do this by working with audiences that include learners, who experience our programs and products; educators, who work both in and out of school settings; and partners, who conduct research, build capacity for learning, and transform education systems. Research underlies everything we do, and we design all of our programs and products to have high impact beyond the walls of The Lawrence.

Since we were founded in 1968, The Lawrence has been at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. The Lawrence is unique among science centers as it is a Learning Lab. We design, develop and study a wide array of science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning programs and products for youth, families and adults from diverse backgrounds in our specialized facilities and through our community partnerships. Our spaces and partnerships offer unique opportunities for public engagement and learning, curriculum and instructional materials design, professional learning, and research on learning, instruction, and pathways towards STEM careers. We disseminate and scale-up our effective and innovative learning programs and materials in ways that broaden participation in STEM and have local, national, and global impact.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is : 9/27/2023


The Lawrence Hall of Science is University of California, Berkeley's public science center, serving more than 170,000 visitors on site each year. Individually and as part of a team, this position involves leading science center efforts to engage communities, where they are, in meaningful, relevant and accessible hands-on STEM learning opportunities. This position involves planning, implementing, and presenting educational programs (Science Shows, Festivals and workshops) that enhance the public's and diverse school and homeschool group's understanding of STEM disciplines, as well as support teachers' understanding of effective science pedagogy. This position also coordinates outreach volunteers and/or docents.

  • Under direct supervision, prepares and delivers standardized community education lessons and activities and/or manages a volunteer education program.
  • Researches participant data to enhance program delivery and outcomes.
  • Tracks and maintains required program-related paperwork, inventory, activity reports, and other documentation.
  • Participates in approved training and developmental activities to learn and maintain programmatic and subject matter competence.
  • Provide work direction to program volunteers.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience facilitating and developing museum virtual and in-person programs in science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
  • Working knowledge of museum educational techniques, including knowledge of best practices for engaging learners in a variety of facilitated experiences.
  • Content knowledge in science, engineering, technology, math, and/or education pedagogy.
  • Intimate working knowledge of LHS programs, Hall educational program content and objectives, including school programs, youth pathways and extended duration programs.
  • Possess the ability to quickly establish rapport with diverse communities, learners of varying ages and stages, backgrounds, and family units to create an inclusive learning environment.
  • Possess excellent customer service skills, both to internal and external clients.
  • Possess effective verbal presentation, public speaking and facilitation skills, especially to large groups of mixed-age learners.
  • Possess effective reading, written communications, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Possess skills in basic equipment repair, e.g., soldering, carpentry, electronic troubleshooting and repair.
  • Intermediate computer and basic video production skills (for example, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, iMovie).
  • Physical ability to pick up and carry crates (up to 50 pounds) and load/unload and move heavy carts.
  • Physical ability to drive large cargo vans for distances of up to 4 hours (including overnight stays in long-distance outreach destinations) when needed.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when needed.

Education / Training / Licenses

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Continuing education in related field.
  • CA Drivers License.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $21.89 - $35.78 hourly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

  • This recruitment is for TWO 100% Career positions with full benefits.
  • Non-exempt, paid hourly and bi-weekly.
  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • Valid CA DL and DMV pull notice required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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