Thanksgiving Point
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Learning and Engagement Program Manager: Girls in STEM Ambassador


Thanksgiving Point seeks a dynamic, motivated leader to spearhead the organization's efforts to increase the representation of girls and women in STEM programs, majors, and careers. This "SHEro in Residence" is an enthusiastic role model with a passion for, and strong background in, STEM, and a fervent advocate for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. She has a deep understanding of gender roles, social constructs, and the challenges and barriers that women face in STEM careers, and of ways to overcome them.


This person connects STEM experiences to girls' lives in ways that are meaningful to them and supports girls as they investigate questions and solve problems using critical thinking skills in both female-only, and co-ed learning environments. She is responsible for empowering girls to embrace struggle, overcome challenges, and increase self-confidence as they learn experiencing failures and successes; encourages girls to identify and challenge STEM stereotypes; and always emphasizes that STEM is collaborative, social, and community-oriented.


She is an integral part of the Department of Learning and Engagement and participates in the strategic planning and cohesive delivery of all the department's programs. Girls in STEM programming includes new, specific programs (e.g. Girls Who Code club) and the adaptation of existing programs to better respond to girls' learning styles and interests (e.g. Summer Camps). When developing new programs, this manager ensures that they are in concert with Thanksgiving Point's mission and with the Department of Learning and Engagement's existing initiatives and projects. Like the other managers and coordinators in the Department, she is responsible for the development, the delivery, and the evaluation of all relevant activities. She may also be called upon to participate in other programs as needed, including school outreach, venue facilitation, summer camps, etc.


This is full-time position with benefits, with a workload of approximately 40 hours / week, shared between time in the office and in programs.


Must be available to work variable schedule, requiring some evenings, Saturdays, and Holidays




  • Oversee, design, manage and facilitate the ecosystem of Thanksgiving Point's Girls in STEM programs and initiatives, including (but not limited to):
    • Girls Who Code Club(s)
    • Annual SHEroes Signature event
    • After-school STEM Girls club
    • Girls in STEM Design Challenge
    • Girls in STEM Summer Camps
  • As a SHEro in Residence, act as a role model for fellow team members and participants in all of Thanksgiving Point's work
    • Conduct independent research on representation of women in STEM and best practices to increase it
    • Ensure that program content and pedagogy is grounded in best practices indicated by current educational research from the National Research Council, with a focus on inquiry and transformative learning
    • Collaborate with other Learning and Engagement staff to put research into practice through development, evaluation, and refinement of facilitated and unfacilitated experiences
    • Provide opportunities for girls to interact with and learn from diverse STEM role models
    • Create near-peer mentoring opportunities for girls of all ages
    • Represent Thanksgiving Point at offsite events such as She-Tech Explorer
    • Ensure that program content, delivery, and refinement is based on formal and informal evaluation, TPI mission-related directives, and in collaboration with the Director of Learning and Engagement and other department team members
    • Work closely with other Learning and Engagement staff in crafting experiences that will provide unique transformational learning
    • Model cooperative learning, teamwork, problem-solving, inclusion, equity, and tolerance
    • Foster an environment where positive, meaningful experiences naturally happen, and where multiple ideas are valued and explored
  • Oversee staff training and track competency in Girls in STEM topics, initiatives, facilitation strategies, etc.
    • Supervise, mentor, and assist in training paid and unpaid staff working in the Learning and Engagement Department, modeling best practices, teamwork, and cooperation
    • Model and foster curiosity and inquiry learning skills, like questioning, exploring, testing, refining, and explaining during program delivery and interactions
  • Foster strategic community partnerships to forward the efforts of Girls in STEM initiatives.
    • Develop and deepen relationships with community/school/other organizations (ex: Girl Scouts, after school clubs, 4H, etc)
    • Represent TPI "Girls In STEM" initiatives to local businesses, organizations, schools, and programs whose work aligns and supports "Girls In STEM" activities, programs, and events
    • Proactively reach out to local schools and organizations to offer informal educational support options for female students
    • Work closely with the Department of Audience Research and Development to develop evaluation tools to show progression of Girls in STEM initiatives in our community
  • Collaborate closely with the Development Department to understand and respond to partner needs and to communicate program value.
    • Work in tandem to expand community partnerships with local businesses, organizations, schools, and programs whose work aligns and supports "Girls In STEM" activities, programs, and events
    • Collaborate with the Development Department to provide information for, track, and submit grants and sponsorship requests
  • Assist with delivery of facilitated and unfacilitated programs including school field trips, school outreach, birthday parties, day camps, and other educational programs 
  • Accept all guests as they are and welcome them without expectation or judgment

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong background in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics:
    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
    • 2+ work experience in a STEM-related position
    • Experience in STEM program development and delivery preferred
  • Deep understanding of barriers to equitable representation of women in STEM careers and passion for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
  • Existing network of STEM professionals and/or ability to develop such a network
  • Classroom / group management skills for various ages and group sizes
  • Capacity to conduct independent research and synthesize findings
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other team members, with courtesy and respect
  • Experience teaching or facilitating in informal learning environments
  • Must be reliable, independent, self-motivated, and organized
  • Innate curiosity and growth mindset
  • Attention to detail and team mindset
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative workplace, and to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Ability to work patiently in high-activity, high-energy, noisy environments
  • Experience working with learners of different ages and abilities
  • Familiarity with the Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards and/or the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) highly preferred
  • Strong competency with Microsoft programs such as Word and Excel
  • Ability to work outside
  • Ability to climb stairs, bend, and stand for extended periods of time in order to facilitate interactions and ensure safety of guests on climbing and other physically focused exhibits
  • Ability to manipulate small objects, scissors, keyboard, etc. in order to do material preparation, program delivery, clean up, and maintenance
  • Valid Utah Driver's License preferred
  • Must pass a background check
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