Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA)
Description of FREELANCE EDUCATOR POSITION 2021
Philosophy: Curiosity, creativity and confidence drive the experimentation of both artists and scientists. These are the qualities that need to be encouraged and fostered in ourselves and our children, so that there will be innovators – in art or science or both – in coming generations.
The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) is the first informal learning institution serving Rhode Island that seeks to, through the creation of innovative, interactive exhibits and programs, improve the ability of our visitors to unlock their problem solving creativity.
Position: We are recruiting passionate, committed individuals as Freelance Educators. In addition to helping grow a new cultural institution, Educators will gain valuable experience in STEM to STEAM education. They will merge art with the traditional STEM disciplines – and vice versa - as well as conducting lessons in the more inquiry-based, hands-on, open-ended manner which studies indicate are more conducive to learning, and to learning enjoyment.
Educators are trained in our programs and teaching techniques. We follow the Student Teacher technique of having new Educators observe, assist, and eventually – when ready - lead existing RIMOSA programs. Educators are encouraged, when teaching, to tweak existing programs to make them their own. They are also encouraged to come up with their own ideas for programming, developing those about which they have the most passion.
Workload: Educators work on a freelance/ Independent Contractor basis. Educators will be offered the opportunity to teach or “second” (observe/assist) programs as they become available. These programs may be “one-off programs” - a single hour on a specific day, or they may be more regularly scheduled – once or more times a week for 4, 6, 8 or more weeks. Educators accept teaching assignments or not, depending on their own schedules and interests.
Busy educators, who accept a lot of jobs, might work as much as 8 to 10 hours a week, but generally the workload is closer to 1 to 4 hours, 1 to 2 days per week. The hours between 2:30 and 5:30 are particularly in demand.
Covid safety: RIMOSA takes COVID protocols very seriously. No educator is ever required to do in-person programming. Most of our current programs are kit-based distance learning programs, in which students receive kits of materials from RIMOSA (Educators are not responsible for kit delivery) and the educator leads students through the hands-on program via RIMOSA’s Zoom. That said, there are increasing opportunities for Educators who are willing to do in-person programs (all participants fully masked, distanced and with appropriate cleaning). Please let us know what you would be comfortable doing.
Compensation: Educators are paid $20/one hour program for sitting in and observing programs as “seconds” while they are in training. As fully trained “primaries”, Educators are paid $40/one hour program, $80 for a 2 hour program and so on. Time setting up and cleaning up from programs, either for Zoom or in person, sending email reminders (if Zoom) or as driving to and from program sites (if in-person) are not paid.
Skills & Qualifications:
Must have a college degree or be a current undergraduate in 3rd year or more of college.
Must have some background, and enjoy, working with youth ages 8 to 15.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Must be creative, and passionate about the arts and sciences.
Must be responsible, flexible, and able to think on your feet.
Must have access to car and ability to use it
Must have access to computer with camera and microphone and clean, quiet space to use for Zoom lessons if you wish to do online classes. (Some loaner computers are available)
Must be able to lift objects approximately 20 to 30 pounds.