Energy and STEM Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps Member

Desert Research Institute (DRI)

About the organization

The Desert Research Institute is a world-renowned science center, with an education department that translates faculty research for public engagement. In DRI’s Office of Education, the k-12 Energy Smart outreach program is recruiting a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps Member for our Reno, Nevada campus. This member will expand the reach and access of our non-profit program for rural and Title one schools in Nevada, and pending funding, grow the Family STEM night program. The member will work with a team to develop and implement projects that increase STEM awareness surrounding energy topics within the surrounding community by developing STEM content, expanding communications, and providing virtual or in-classroom support for educators.


Primary Responsibilities:
Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, appearances and other communication opportunities
Coordinate EnergySmart classroom outreach logistics and support
Teach content for Elementary school students
Develop public education and information materials, presentations and displays – including contributing to monthly newsletters, graphics, social media outreach and website content.
Expand reach and enrollment in programming
Build and distribute STEM-to-go kits on photonics
Attend and table at community and school events (as is safely allowable with respect to COVID-19)
Act as public speaker at public events (as is safely allowable with respect to COVID-19)

Secondary Responsibilities:
Identify and compile hands-on STEM activities for an informal setting
Grow content for family STEM nights and workforce education
Work with Science Alive Program Lead to maintain and update curriculum offerings
Identify and build relationships within education community
Perform administrative duties, including inventory maintenance and program reporting
Create social media materials such as graphics, templates, or videos
Track and report on metrics


Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
A degree or equivalent experience in education, communication, marketing or related degree
Experience communicating to a variety of audiences
Experience managing logistics of outreach
Experience in community or curriculum engagement and design
Ability to serve as in-classroom or virtual presenter
Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Suite and basic office software
Familiarity with social media platforms


AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $15,100 and a $6,345 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service

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Contact email: [email protected]

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