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Public Education Specialist (4167U), Lawrence Hall of Science 30743
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 26, 2022
Title Public Education Specialist (4167U), Lawrence Hall of Science 30743
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Science Education

Public Education Specialist (4167U), Lawrence Hall of Science 30743

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.

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.

As UC Berkeley's public science center, the Lawrence provides a window into Berkeley's cutting-edge research and discoveries, and their transformative applications. The Lawrence supports learners to use the "big ideas" of science to solve problems, improve their lives and communities and make the world a better place. Equity is at the heart of our mission; we pay special attention to engaging those from low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. Lawrence Hall of Science programs are designed to meet three critical goals: (1) activating youth interest in STEM learning and careers; (2) improving scientific and environmental literacy for youth and the public; and (3) increasing the number of underrepresented youth who pursue STEM. The Lawrence's portfolio is diverse and far-reaching, contributing to the local and national agenda to inspire, prepare, and diversify the STEM workforce.

The East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) is The Lawrence Hall of Science's premier community outreach program. Established in 2006, EBAYS provides opportunities for youth in East Bay urban communities to conduct community-based environmental research studies that generate information that can be used in assessing local environmental health conditions. As such, EBAYS youth design investigations and methodologies, collect, analyze and interpret data, and present findings to the public and scientific community, all while interacting with STEM mentors and professionals.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 21, 2022

  • Develops instructional materials and activities under general supervision.
  • Presents high-quality STEM education programming and effectively manages instructional materials under general supervision.
  • Contributes to the establishment and maintenance of effective partnerships.
  • Contributes to program evaluation efforts and makes recommendations for improvements in a timely manner.
  • Plays a significant role in the development of new educational materials for youth and adults.
  • Effectively executes some administrative tasks related to the presentation of STEM education programming.
  • Effectively applies basic organizational and problem-solving skills.

Required Qualifications
  • Solid STEM knowledge and understanding base.
  • Very good verbal, interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Excellent classroom management skills.
  • Very good materials management skills.
  • Working STEM subject area knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of emerging educational approaches and technologies.
  • Experience with social media tools and applications and basic computer skills.
  • Working knowledge of program's educational philosophy and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of urban education circumstances and the learning characteristics of urban-based target audiences.
  • Research skills in a STEM field.

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

This is a one-year contract role.

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.

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 see:
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