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Facilitator - Project Create

Are you ready to start a fun and meaningful journey? Chabot Space & Science Center is embarking on an exciting time of growth and development with a strong new leadership team in place. We are evolving with plenty of opportunities within a positive culture. The Executive Director, Senior Management, and Board Members are fully committed to the vision and new direction to maximize the impact of Chabot in the region. We have strong partnerships with many local agencies such as Oakland Unified School District, The City of Oakland, and the Eastbay Regional Parks Authority. Here is where you have the opportunity to do what you do best, in a creative team environment with great synergy. We are all working towards the same goal and this is a very exciting time to be joining Chabot.

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, Chabot Space & Science Center was founded as an observatory in 1883. Today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth. Chabot Space & Science Center is extremely proud of its reputation as one of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education.

Position Summary:
Full Time Facilitator
Starting Date: asap
Title of supervisor: Project Create Program Manager
Type: Hourly, regular full time, non-exempt
Schedule: approximately 40 hours per week, including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and some evenings
Starting hourly wage: $16-$19

Main Function:
Project Create needs tinkerers!  Wanted, individuals who are good working with their hands and mind to activate a space dedicated to the process of creating and exploring ideas.  Project Create involves the exploration of STEAM through the manipulation of real tools and materials, and emphasizes the creative process.  Facilitators work as a team to facilitate, maintain, and develop programs and activities for Chabot’s makerspace initiative Project Create.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•Collaborate with other Project Create facilitators to develop and implement a programming schedule including both self-directed and facilitated activities
•Implement playful engaging, and innovative tinkering experiences for a variety of learning styles, ages, and backgrounds
•Guide visitors through various stages of the design process, from idea to reality
•Quickly adapt tinkering experiences to changing audience needs
•Help acquire and organize materials, make sure Project Create activity carts and shelves are stocked and ready for operating hours
•Maintain welcoming tinkering environment
•Enhance visitor experience, respond positively to visitor questions regarding exhibits, daily activities and museum information
•Assist with on-going training for other team members and volunteers
•Collaborate with education to actively evaluate visitor experience and make ongoing improvements to Project Create programs
•Attend scheduled training sessions and meetings
•Ensure visitor safety, maintain a safe environment at all times.

General Duties:

The responsibilities listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Chabot reserves the right to revise or change position duties and responsibilities as necessary to accommodate changing organizational needs.


Education and Work Experience
•High school diploma or GED; required
•Working towards BS/BA/AA in Education, Communication, Science, Art, Museum Studies, or related field; preferred
•Experience working with children; 1 year required, within informal education setting preferred
•Basic understanding of inquiry-based or play facilitation; preferred
•Minimum age of 18 years at time of hire

Technical Skills

•Demonstrate expertise and proficiency in a variety of tinkering techniques, including, but not limited to, painting/illustration, sculpting, woodworking, electronics, textiles, and/or coding
•Strong organizational skills, high degree of initiative, able to problem solve effectively under pressure
•Demonstrated success in guest engagement and customer service
•Strong verbal communication skills with emphasis on interacting with diverse audiences in an engaging and compelling fashion
•Bilingual ability is desired, but not required

Learning Inclinations
•Passionate and committed to the project design process, and enthusiastic for the impact tinkering can have on learners
•Creative mindset, willingness to learn new skills and media
•Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team environment
•Independent, self-directed learner
•Understand the subtleties of non-verbal cues and the ability to respond appropriately

Other Qualifications
•Demonstrate curiosity and passion for learning, with an excitement for new challenges
•Energetic, dependable, and patient; enjoy working with children and adults
•Ability to balance shifting priorities in a dynamic, fast paced, and ever-changing environment
•Excellent team player with positive attitude
•Ability to collaborate effectively
•Commitment to the goals of Project Create
•Able to stand, walk, and interact with children and adults for extended periods of time
•Able to lift up to 20 lbs overhead regularly and occasionally 40 lbs
•Reliable personal transportation required
•Work is performed in an environment with moderate to excessive noise

Chabot Space & Science Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Email resume and cover letter to: sbell@chabotspace.org

* * We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.