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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: June 6, 2018

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: STEAM Initiative Quality Manager
Job Code: M288-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week (Mostly M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with some occasional work on weekends and evenings)


In an exciting partnership, Cambridge STEAM Initiative (an initiative of the Department of Human Services and Cambridge Public Schools) and STEAM at the Library will combine forces to advance the work already accomplished by both entities in fostering equity and access by engaging families and the public in quality STEAM learning experiences. The STEAM Initiative Program Quality Manager will support quality STEAM programming in Cambridge's out of school time youth-serving programs as well as the Cambridge Public Library's soon to be created STEAM makerspace and neighborhood branches. The Quality Manager will work with the Cambridge Public School District, City of Cambridge youth-serving programs, community-based programs, Cambridge Public Library, and higher education and industry partners to support the creation and sustainability of high quality PreK-12 STEAM programming that is accessible to all young people in Cambridge.  In addition, this position will be responsible for encouraging collaborations in the local STEAM education community through convenings of and communication with the Expanded Learning STEAM Network (EL STEAM Network).  This position will report to the Director of the Cambridge STEAM Initiative.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Strategy and Planning

  • Lead and continue the work of the STEAM Quality Working Group by collaborating with the Cambridge Public School District, City of Cambridge youth-serving programs, community-based programs, Cambridge Public Library, and higher education and industry partners to create a clear, compelling and achievable vision for supporting and sustaining high quality STEAM programming city-wide as well as create and implement a plan that will achieve this vision.  
  • With the Director of Cambridge STEAM Initiative, develop and implement a city-wide communication plan through outreach and marketing that will send a consistent message to the community about the Initiative's mission, goals, and vision as detailed in the Initiative's Strategic Plan.
  • In collaboration with the Library's STEAM Program Manager, develop and evaluate STEAM programming for the Library's makerspace, Main Library, and neighborhood branches.
  • Work with the Director of Cambridge STEAM Initiative and Agenda for Children to develop and host an annual EL STEAM Network symposium. This symposium will bring together multiple stakeholders in the local STEAM community to showcase programs and initiatives, and inspire collaborative discussions and projects across the city that will better serve Cambridge residents.


Curriculum Development, Professional Development and Coaching

  • Collaborate with the Agenda for Children (City of Cambridge, Department of Human Services) to provide rich and engaging professional development experiences for educators in STEAM curriculum and best practices.
  • Coordinate and train a team of STEAM coaches to support out-of-school time educators that will work in conjunction with the Agenda for Children's Quality Improvement System.
  • Collaborate with youth-serving programs to source and/or develop Pre K-12 STEAM lessons and activities that are effective and engaging for the children, youth, and/or teens that they serve.
  • Work with Cambridge STEAM Initiative's external evaluator to refine the assessment and evaluation tools used to measure the impact of K-12 STEAM programming on young people.
  • Attend continuing education and professional development opportunities.


Outreach and Communications

  • Keep local STEAM education community up to date through regular communications and convenings through EL STEAM Network.
  • Inventory the current landscape of STEAM activities available to students both in school and in out of school time programs and collaborate with City staff to integrate information about STEAM learning opportunities into a centralized database of Cambridge services and programs (Find It Cambridge).
  • Coordinate the STEAM in the City outreach events (2-3 times per year) for families, students, and residents by inviting and organizing community partners to provide hands-on activities, and overseeing space logistics and outreach for the events.
  • Represent Cambridge STEAM Initiative at conferences, professional taskforces, city and community convenings, etc.
  • May be responsible for content on Cambridge STEAM Initiative's social media accounts.

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree required. Background in science/STEM education or education with a solid foundation in science, engineering, and/or math is required. PreK-12 teaching experience (in either classroom or out-of-school time programs) strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience successfully managing projects with multiple collaborators; experience with STEM or STEAM-related efforts preferred.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups, including: students, families, out-of-school time program staff, school leadership and staff, higher education, and business partners.
  • Outstanding project management skills; demonstrated experience facilitating meetings, and convening and leading committees and workgroups
  • Experience in curriculum development and alignment of curriculum resources with NGSS and Common Core Math Standards
  • Experience with developing and implementing rich, hands-on teacher professional development experiences that focus on engaging educators in STEAM content and pedagogy through design thinking and project-based instruction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to collaborate and establish effective working relationships.
  • Certification in or ability to be certified in PEAR's Dimensions of Success Observation tool.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in the "start-up" environment of a new city initiative
  • Willingness to learn new skills and the ability to accept and incorporate feedback and guidance from multiple city and school departments, stakeholder groups, as well as other local partners.
  • Able to creatively solve problems and negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner.
  • Able to anticipate needs, organize work, set priorities, use time effectively, work independently, and meet deadlines; able to multitask, prioritize multiple competing demands; exceptionally self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Familiarity with social media (twitter, facebook, tumblr, instagram, etc.); proficiency in Windows, and Microsoft Office, Mac OS, and Google Drive; experience developing and managing web-based content preferred
  • Excellent judgment, tact, empathy, patience, maturity, sense of humor  
  • Knowledge of Cambridge community is an asset

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer.  Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds.  Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, schools, and OST program sites, etc.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Normal office exposure to noise, stress and interruptions.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RATE: $72,364 - $85,629 (includes 2.5% COLA effective 7/1/18) plus excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax (617) 349-4312.  Resumes and letters of interest requested by 07/09/18.  Position is considered open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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