Broadcom MASTERS Program Manager

Society for Science & the Public - Washington, DC - Full time

Society for Science & the Public - Washington, DC - Full time

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Position Description – Broadcom MASTERS Program Manager, Science Education Programs

Position Overview

This position will manage the day-to-day operations of the Broadcom MASTERS in the Science Education Programs department of the Society for Science & the Public. The Broadcom MASTERS is a national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; the Broadcom MASTERS International is a reward program for middle school students selected from science fairs around the world.

Broadcom MASTERS

Designed to instill 21st century skills building and inspire the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators to stay with their STEM interests into high school and beyond, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a national competition that begins with the nomination of 10% of participating students at their regional or state Society-affiliated science fair. Nominees then enter the competition by completing an online application to explain their science project, demonstrate their knowledge of STEM principles and provide insight into their personal interests and aspirations.

After submitting the online application, 300 top MASTERS are selected through a national vetting process by scientists, engineers and educators and 30 finalists are brought together to present their research projects and compete in hands-on STEM team challenges where they are judged on their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Competition awards from partners include the first place $25,000 Samueli Prize for STEM Leadership and Innovation, the $20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation,and the $7500 Lemelson Award for Invention.

Broadcom MASTERS International

Society-affiliated national fairs around the world award a middle student who demonstrates promise and potential in STEM leadership to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS International during the Society’s high school event, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Elements of the program include emphasis on teamwork and building 21st century skills.

This position will ensure the Society is fulfilling funder requirements and adhering to program timelines and budgets. The position will be responsible for all program aspects and activities as well as assume a leadership position in the department in requiring the ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analysis and problem-solving.

Essential Functions

1.Develop and administer the programs including coordination of staff on the annual calendar, application and entry process, program publications, collateral materials and week-long final event activities.

2.Lead the sponsorship relationship-building, including communication, collaboration development, planning and reporting.

3.Coordinate communication efforts to promote the program with emphasis on building new partnerships to further program reach, as well as publicizing the program to new audiences.

4.Serve as an advocate spokesperson for the program with internal and external audiences.

5.Maintain information, timely fulfillment of inquiries/requests, and processing of annual program awards. This can include handling of confidential documents and projects, maintaining the confidentiality of the selection process with students, parents, teachers, the press and the public.

6.Coordinate with the Events team and other key staff to direct the finalist week activities including the student activities, public exhibition of projects and final award ceremony.

7.Support the planning for the Broadcom MASTERS International Program, which takes place each year during the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May and involves 25 participants from 16 countries experiencing science and engineering activities during the week.

8.Coordinate with the alumni staff in planning and executing of Broadcom MASTERS Alumni activities and programs, in coordination with Society goals and objectives.

9.Support other Science Education Programs and support coordination with SSP outreach programming.

Competencies

  • Problem solving and analysis
  • Project management and organization
  • Ability to create effective collaborative, working relationships and establish credibility
  • Leadership, strategic vision and managerial experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Technical ability with online application systems and digital media
  • Positive outlook and ability to maintain calm in stressful situations
  • Flexibility and willingness to support team members
  • Knowledge and appreciation of STEM education challenges
  • Formal and/or experience with classroom or program management of 6-9 graders preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position will include supervision, communication and coordination with colleagues within the Science Education Program and will require effective positive and professional working relationships with internal Society staff and external vendors and funders.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s undergraduate degree required. A degree in science or education and/or at the Masters degree preferred
  • 4-6 years of experience as a manager with supervisory experience; project management experience desirable
  • 4-6 years of experience working in a non-profit with corporate sponsors desirable
  • Knowledge of or experience working with middle or high school students
  • Computer proficiency including: Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Database knowledge (Access, The Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, or other database software) and experience with online application and evaluation systems, including Fluid Review desirable
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with educators, participating students and their parents or adult-in-charge, sponsors and journalists.
  • Affinity for the mission of the Society and the goals of the Broadcom MASTERS programs
  • Mandatory travel to events three weeks a year.

Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire. We do this work through our award-winning Science News media group and world-class science competitions: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), and the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). The Intel ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS are programs that begin at local, regional, state and national fairs that affiliate with the Society to participate. This network of fairs includes more than 400 science fairs representing more than 70 countries, regions and territories.   

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Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research. 

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