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Science Education and Lab Coordinator

Position Summary:  

This position plays a key role in a collaborative effort to support the STEAM activities and programming run through Generation STEAM’s portfolio of programs. This programming ranges from 1-hour elementary life science and engineering classroom activities, to supporting K-12 classroom initiatives, to providing technical assistance and lab management for our advanced high school curriculum. This position will work closely with the Generation STEAM Program Managers where they will receive training and guidance to fulfill the responsibilities outlined below.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages and facilitates science and engineering lab activities to K-12 students, overseeing the pre-planning, set-up, execution, and clean-up of the sessions.
  • Supports the development and delivery of classroom and after-school program curriculum, as well as professional development training content.
  • Coordinates with educators for kit distribution (pick up/drop off) schedules for our equipment loan programs.
  • Learns the lab protocols for all introductory to advanced labs, understanding all the steps and what each reagent’s purpose and function.
  • Understands the day-to-day operations of assigned Generation STEAM programs and can provide eventual oversight and management of the preparation of labs, equipment loan kits and kit distribution protocols.
  • Engages with educators and students when technical errors arise for the in-classroom experiences, providing technical support and troubleshooting advice, specifically for a DNA sequencing-classroom experience.
  • Manages the organization’s lab space reagent/chemical and consumables inventory, while learning how to order more materials as needed.
  • Stays up to date on lab safety protocols and helps ensure the lab space is in compliance with safety regulations.
  • Assists with the management of the program budget and report tracking.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School degree required;
  • Lab experience required (college classes acceptable);
  • Understanding of foundational life science and engineering concepts (biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology);
  • Confidence with micropipetting;
  • Ability to commute up to 30% of the time to various school locations within San Diego to support programming needs as needed;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds of equipment and classroom materials;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • General awareness of basic lab safety protocols;
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional demeanor at all times;
  • Be a team player;
  • Passionate about working with underserved and underrepresented communities.

The hourly rate for candidates who will work in the San Diego area is $20.00 an hour. This is a part-time, temporary role working no more than 20 hours per week.

Generation STEAM:

A 501(c)3 with a mission to empower the next generation of visionaries through K-12 STEAM (science, technology, education, arts, and math) education and exploration. Generation STEAM is an affiliate of Biocom California, California’s largest life science advocacy organization

Biocom California is the leader and advocate for California’s life science sector. We work on behalf of more than 1,700 members to drive public policy, build an enviable network of industry leaders, create access to capital, introduce cutting-edge STEM education programs and create robust value-driven purchasing programs.

We know that a diverse workforce strengthens us as an organization and helps achieve our mission of accelerating life science success. As an organization, we are committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Biocom California will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.