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Virtual Program Facilitator, FirstHand - Temporary

In light of another fall of virtual programming, FirstHand is looking to fill a temporary, part-time facilitation position to help exclusively with virtual STEM programming. This person will work closely with the middle school team to deliver hands-on STEM programs weekly to Philadelphia partner schools. We will be broadcast into classrooms to facilitate fun experiments with the support of classroom teachers. This temporary position follows the FirstHand programming schedule and will begin in October and end in December 2021. Ideal candidates have backgrounds in either OST STEM programming or a STEM field. Candidates in the Philadelphia area preferred. We are hoping to fill this position immediately.

The Virtual Program Facilitator, FirstHand, will lead several of the University City Science Center’s (UCSC) FirstHand virtual STEM programs. This temporary, part-time position will be responsible for facilitating and leading 4-5 virtual weekly programs for middle school youth that will run between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Hours will be the same each week and not exceed 16hrs. The exact schedule will be finalized before hiring is complete.

This is a virtual program lead position, requiring the capacities to inspire and manage youth in virtual environments, master program material quickly to deliver weekly STEM programs, and build relationships with students and classroom teachers. The Program Facilitator should be comfortable leading from a virtual platform with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. While Philadelphia schools are operating in-person, the FirstHand Virtual Facilitator will be broadcast into the classroom with teachers and students.

The Virtual Program Facilitator, FirstHand will represent the Science Center in the community – including but not limited to schools, camps, teachers, and out-of-school time (OST) organizations. Additionally, the facilitator may work closely with start-up and resident STEM companies in the Science Center ecosystem as they support virtual programming. The Virtual Program Facilitator will report directly to the Program Manager, FirstHand and participate in department activities, as necessary.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • In conjunction with the FirstHand Program Manager and Coordinator, plan and facilitate 4-5 virtual STEM middle school programs once a week for 8 weeks. Lead virtual classes of 20-25 students with classroom teacher support.
  • Become familiar with existing curricular material and lead students using this material.
  • Serve as point of contact for chaperones and leaders from local youth-serving organizations, including schools and community centers.
  • Work closely with FH Managers, Coordinator, and other Facilitators to coordinate ordering, packing and shipping of student STEM activity kits.
  • Track daily attendance in Salesforce and program inventory in Excel.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to confidently manage virtual classrooms with agility and attention to student needs.
  • Ability to de-escalate student conflicts and bullying.
  • Ability to quickly learn curricular material and confidently facilitate in a virtual classroom with little support
  • Passionate about hands-on STEM learning and a general interest in gaining more knowledge in STEM subjects and topics related to FirstHand curricular content.
  • Technologically savvy with knowledge of social media tools, and mastery of virtual classroom environments like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience leading youth programs in both virtual and in-person environments.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with other people through a cooperative effort. Thrives on a small team that collaborates regularly.
  • Logistically able to come into the office on scheduled kit packing days and when ordering or taking inventory is necessary.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external business partners, and the community. Ability to organize multiple tasks in an efficient manner and follow-up and follow-through with strong attention to detail. (This while be very important for efficient kit packing.)

The successful candidate will have 1-3 years of experience working in direct service/education of middle school-aged youth, ideally in an Out-of-School Time environment. Experience in Informal Science and STEM/STEAM education program development and teaching experience is preferred; experience working in Philadelphia middle schools is a plus.

All new hires must be fully vaccinated.

The Science Center offers a comprehensive employee benefit package which includes Medical, Dental, Short and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending, Life Insurance and 403(b) with a significant company match.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Interested candidates should forward a resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, University City Science Center 3675 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104 or email

About the Science Center
Established in 1963, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, cultivates talent, and convenes people to inspire action. With partnerships across top academic and research institutions, industry, and healthcare systems, the Science Center is helping life-saving technologies transition from bench to bedside and nurturing a workforce that supports a 21st century economy. For more information, visit and follow @UCScienceCenter.

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