STEM Specialist, Headfirst Summer Camps: 2020-2161

    • Washington, DC

The Position:

Each week has a unique, immersive theme that is built to capture the imaginations of campers and counselors alike, and the STEM Specialist is instrumental in bringing these worlds to life. Reporting directly to the Day Camp Program Leader, they use their passion for the sciences to create formative experiences throughout the summer through hands-on projects and interactive demonstrations.

What You'll Do:

  • Make STEM Fun. You are the authority on all things related to our STEM projects in Day & Junior Day Camp and express your passion through projects, experiments, demonstrations and your interactions with campers. Whether by demonstrating the power of static electricity as a superpower or leading an exploration on the properties of surface tension, you foster a love for the sciences in all campers.
  • Encourage Campers. As the youngest on site, our Day & Junior Day campers are often learning how to be independent for the first time. You provide individualized attention and support, ensuring to meet each camper where they are in their developmental journey while encouraging them to take on new challenges.
  • Think Strategically. Our curriculum is what sets us apart, and you naturally look for ways to innovate and improve upon what we have developed. By working closely with your Day Camp Program Leader, you anticipate challenges before they occur as well as appropriately communicate problems along the way.
  • Communicate Positively. As a supporting member of the Day & Junior Day Camp programs, you are equally comfortable providing feedback to counselors and to your program management team. You understand the importance of speaking with empathy and tact.
  • Handle the Curveballs. No two days are the same at Headfirst, and every member of our team will see unanticipated challenges come their way. You may be asked to help problem-solve, lend a hand with inter-departmental projects, and take on other responsibilities as needed.

About You:

  • You have completed at least two (2) years at an accredited undergraduate institution, with majors in education, arts or science related fields viewed favorably.
  • You have at least one (1) year of relevant professional experience working with children.
  • You are mission-driven. here at Headfirst, we’re inspired to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults everywhere, and we want you to be too.
  • You lead by example. By balancing the composure, integrity, clarity and empathy necessary to act as a positive influence on your team and Headfirst as a whole, you are a natural leader who works with a sense of urgency and commitment necessary to achieve our business objectives.
  • You are curious, flexible and ever-learning. You constantly seek out new ways to improve the Headfirst educational experience and your own contributions to it.
  • You are solution-oriented. You thrive in an environment that pushes you to think outside of the box, working with your team to brainstorm and innovate for all obstacles you face.

What You'll Gain:

  • Curriculum Implementation Skills. Together, we aim to unlock the personal best in every child, and through our experiential, research-based curriculum you will gain experience in educational instruction and facilitation.
  • Innovative Thinking & Creativity Under Pressure. Throughout the summer you will have the opportunity to provide your own innovations and creative touch to our curriculum as needed.
  • Logistics & Operations Experience. Being the lead isn’t for everyone, but by managing your own program you will be responsible for managing the moving pieces of supplies and curriculum elements with our in-house operations team.

The Headfirst Companies are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.

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