Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking an Outreach Educator to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
This individual will be the Adler’s Outreach Educator for our Park Voyagers program. This person will be responsible for facilitating large, hands-on educational workshops at Park Districts locations throughout Chicago. This position engages Chicago children in playful activities in a series of after school programs. This individual will also be responsible for:
Leading hands-on, informal educational programs for a diverse and varied audience of Chicago youth enrolled in the Park Voyager after school program
Coordinating the logistics that make the activities possible, including coordinating travel, maintaining program supplies, and communicating any needs to make the program successful
Working with external partners to build a positive relationship between the Adler, Park Districts locations, and Museums in the Park
Contributing to the success of the program by offering input on improving activity designs, development, and implementation
The Outreach Educator is someone who enjoys interacting with large groups of children in a playful format and is encouraged by diversity and informal learning. An ideal Outreach Educator is excited about learning in general and has an interest in space science and transferring that enthusiasm to children. The Adler Outreach Educator must be flexible, fast-paced, and able to adapt situations when necessary. Most of all, the Outreach Educator is excited about having fun!
High School diploma or equivalent
Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills; must be comfortable leading large groups of youth in informal education workshops
An enthusiastic and positive personality with a demonstrated ability to present a professional demeanor, positive attitude, and strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work and multi-task in a fast-paced, highly stimulated environment
Able to work all of the scheduled Park Voyager outreach events over the three month period; Late afternoons and several evening events are required
Valid Illinois Drivers License
At least one year of experience working in a museum or educational setting
The Guest Engagement team lives and works through a set of Core Values: Empower, Welcome, Collaborate and Play. We welcome our guests and find ways to empower them to learn through our outstanding exhibits and programs. We engage people in meaningful play, because that’s where the learning happens. The Facilitation team takes science, but not always themselves, seriously, and enthusiastically champions the Adler in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.