Join a team that is passionate about celebrating outstanding inventors and inspiring youth through invention. 

Invention Education Coordinator

Position Overview:

The Lemelson-MIT Program (LMIT) celebrates outstanding innovators and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention, offering both awards and outreach programs. The Invention Education outreach programs strive to inspire and develop a new generation of creative thinkers, problem solvers and inventors.
The Invention Education Coordinator, under the guidance of the Invention Education Officer, will coordinate the JV InvenTeam annual cycle, interacting with and providing support to potential and selected grant recipients and managing details and documentation relating to the grants.  S/he will collaborate with Invention Education colleagues to create new materials and curricula, and to provide professional development opportunities on-line and in-person for education professionals.  The Invention Education Coordinator will engage within MIT and education communities across the nation to cultivate and support the growth of invention education, and support efforts to increase the program’s operating resources. The Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Invention Education Program Officer and other LMIT staff to coordinate events to celebrate invention and to plan and implement a strategy for expanding educator and student participation in programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):
Manage the JV InvenTeam grant cycle (45%)

  • Identify and recruit applicants and lead the selection process for JV InvenTeam grant recipients, including collaborating with education institutions on outreach and identification of appropriate recruits.
  • Produce grant agreement documents that include policies and procedures, deliverables, how-to/best practice guides for the JV InvenTeam initiative.
  • Provide assistance and feedback to grant applicants and recipients.
  • Coordinate JV InvenTeam capstone events in collaboration with partner institutions.
  • Develop and maintain program documentation.

Develop and implement outreach programs that support invention education (25%)

  • Work with the Invention Education Officer to refine existing and develop new materials and web content to support young inventors and their teachers.
  • Provide professional development for existing and potential JV InvenTeam educators, both in-person and virtually.
  • Coordinate external vendors’ and contract workers’ efforts, including vendors of educational supply kits.
  • Work with LMIT Communications staff and Invention Education Officer to develop and execute marketing strategies and materials for the JV InvenTeam initiative.

Assess Invention Education impact (15%)

  • Work with the Invention Education Officer to identify desired short- and long-term impacts for learners, students, teachers, projects, and schools/communities.
  • Research, develop, and implement evaluation tools to measure impact.
  • Work with Invention Education Officer and other staff to design and implement program improvements.

General Program Support (15%)

  • Contribute to the planning and execution of LMIT general program and invention education-related events, meetings, and webinars.
  • Attend and/or represent LMIT invention education initiatives at conferences as needed
  • Work with LMIT Communications staff and the Invention Education Officer to develop content for ongoing communications with key audiences.
  • Leverage online tools to cultivate and monitor a community of learners, students, teachers, and mentors involved with Invention Education initiatives
  • Make presentations and collaborate with universities, community colleges, companies, science centers, museums, and other entities involved with informal science learning in select geographic areas of the U.S. in efforts to raise awareness and support for the JV and other invention education initiatives.
  • Steward relationships with key program partners.
  • Support efforts to increase the program’s operating resources.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications & Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, engineering or science, or related field; teaching credential preferred. 
  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience required.  Demonstrated ability to work creatively with young people in a hands-on, project-based environment.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards, international standards for technology education, and Common Core mathematics and English-Language Arts standards.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies, e.g.: foundations, the MIT community, education communities, corporate sponsors, and high school students, teachers, parents and administrators.
  • Educational outreach experience and an inventive and entrepreneurial mindset are highly desirable.  Ideal for a creative and self-directed team player.  
  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated good judgment and sense of discretion; excellent coaching/mentoring  skills – will collaborate with and oversee K12 students and teachers – and have the ability to  follow-through on projects. 
  • Flexibility to travel nationally.  Some weekend work and occasional extended work hours, including remote event or professional development workshops extending over several work days.
  • Experience with database management, online survey development, statistical analyses of social science and education research, Mac and PC desirable.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

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