Are you passionate about science, engineering and helping students, parents, and educators realize the benefits and importance of the field? Do you thrive in situations where you are required to work independently and meet deadlines? Do you enjoy working with new people and developing connections with other motivated individuals to advance the engineering profession? If so, DiscoverE, a non-profit in Alexandria, VA focused on introducing kids, parents, and teachers to engineering, has an exceptional position for you.
DiscoverE is a non-profit that mobilizes, supports, and connects engineer volunteers in education outreach and celebration. Our community of skilled activist volunteers makes a difference for students, educators, parents and community leaders. DiscoverE supports and is supported by a coalition of more than 100 industry and non-profit organizations.
At our core we are highly collaborative and about people; those we serve as well as our small staff team located in Alexandria, VA.
The Outreach Coordinator (new position) serves as the main administrator of volunteer outreach for a forthcoming IMAX movie about engineering (Dream Big w.t.). The coordinator will build, monitor, and report outcomes for a STEM volunteer network to be engaged in scores of communities for the purpose of advancing understanding of the engineering profession.
This position reports to the Director of Programs and collaborates closely with the DiscoverE team and external stakeholders as we support a community of volunteers. The right candidate will have experience in outreach as well as in volunteer motivation and support. This position requires a hands-on person who is proactive.
1) Connect with local and national stakeholders
- Serve as a point of contact with national partners including film producer MacGillivary Freeman Films (MFF), associations and corporations.
- Work with MFF to connect with museums that have booked the film, engage them in outreach and connect them with local coalitions.
Identify and engage local partners to conduct outreach around the Dream Big film.
- Assist 20 museums to host ‘Girls Night Out’ events, including: assisting with identifying local program partners, recruiting speakers, inviting women engineers and engineering students to events.
- Help create the online microsite connected to the project outreach, including drafting language, reviewing wireframes and designs, and uploading content to the website.
2) Lead, support, and organize local campaigns and projects
- Keep local coalitions and volunteers informed of program resources and opportunities for engagement.
- Distribute tools and resources to local coalitions and determine what else they need.
- Monitor progress of local coalitions and step in to help advance efforts where necessary.
- Shape communications to/for local coalitions including best practices and program ideas.
- Oversee mini-grant program for local coalitions, including developing the online application, reviewing the applications with the project partners, notifying the grantees and collecting reports at the end of their project.
- Collect orders for the 52 Weeks of Engineering Kits and provide contact information to fulfillment partner.
3) Collect data and report out
- Report and document volunteer engagement, including photos.
- Work with an evaluator consultant to collect information.
A typical day might include:
- Working with the Web development team to ensure appropriate outreach content.
- Developing and maintaining a project planning/communications calendar.
- Assessing and making changes to a tactic that is not working.
- Shaping communications to/for local coalitions.
- Organizing and driving a teleconference to build or steward local partnerships as necessary for success.
Reviewing wireframes or uploading content to the campaign microsite.
This job might be for you if:
Enjoy and easily engage in collaboration with individuals as well as with organizations
Communicate clearly verbally and in writing with a variety of audiences across multiple platforms.
Are well organized to handle multiple tasks fluidly, adapt in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines.
Focus and adapt. You take ownership of what you do, Make decisions but also work well independently as well as be a team player.
The mission of DiscoverE is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism. DiscoverE supports a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations, and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant.