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|Education Specialist (Kindergarten/Elementary School)||Closing date: 2021-09-10
Contact: Human Resources
|The ESO Supernova is an education facility, based at the ESO Headquarters site in Garching, which attracts approximately 60000 visitors per year. Around 10000 visitors per year are young people visiting as part of their education. Demand for education visits continues to be high.|
|Forscherstation Heidelberg aims to inspire educational specialists and teachers from nurseries, day care centres, after-school care centres and elementary schools in natural sciences so that they can discover the world together with children. To achieve this, Forscherstation trusts in the training of educators, the provision of appropriate enquiry-based concepts, applied research and the education of young scientists.
The project ?Fostering early science education at the ESO Supernova in cooperation with the Forscherstation? aims to strengthen and expand the education offer of the ESO Supernova, especially for children aged 3-12 as well as educators and primary school teachers.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The Education Specialist will be in charge of leading the afore mentioned project at the ESO Supernova (ES). He/she will work on the development and delivery of enquiry-based educational materials suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years, linked both to school curricula and to the topics presented in the planetarium shows and astronomy exhibition of the ES.
They will be the day-to-day contact person for the schools and responsible for the educator trainings taking place at the ES.
The main tasks include:
- Development of an information and advertising structure for the Forscherstation training courses
- Establishment and support of a small equipment loan service (including giving advice)
- Coordination and planning of training courses for educators (in collaboration with Forscherstation)
_Development and delivery of training courses for educators
_Development and delivery of ESO Supernova educational programme for children aged 3 to 12 years, including hands-on workshops, guided tours and planetarium shows
-Representing Forscherstation and ESO Supernova at conferences, meetings etc.
ESO Education Coordinator
Key Competences and Experience:
Essential Competences and Experience
_At least 3 years of professional experience in a day-care centre or elementary school
_Comprehensive understanding of Kindergarten and Primary education system in Bavaria, Germany
_Comprehensive understanding of didactic methods for young children
_Expertise in the field of natural science
_Independent, structured work and social skills
_Confident handling of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
_Technical affinity (operation of the planetarium ? training will be provided)
_Clear, precise and engaging written and verbal communication skills
Desirable Competences and Experience
_Expertise in training and supporting other educators/teachers (e.g. delivering professional development workshops)
_Expertise in the field of astronomy topics
_Experience with extracurricular learning locations such as museums
_Understanding of Kindergarten and Primary education system in wider Germany and Europe
University degree (or comparable) in elementary and childhood education or primary education (essential), with a focus on the natural sciences (desirable).
The position requires fluency in German and in English.
Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.
ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#work-life-balance) between their professional and private life. ESO is also committed to offering family-friendly support (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#family-friendly-support), creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.
The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. It is part of the time limited project between ESO and the Forscherstation and subject to the continued funding of this
project. There may be a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance, organisational requirements within the project between ESO and the Forscherstation, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. The contract is not eligible for indefinite appointment. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.
Garching near Munich, Germany
Career Path: III
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit http://www.eso.org for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. The CV may also be submitted in German. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Privacy notice: please be advised that besides the Privacy Notice of the ESO Recruitment Portal, the personal data of the applicants to this vacancy will be shared with the Forscherstation for the purpose of the recruitment.
Closing date for applications is 10 September 2021.
Interviews are expected to start soon after this date, and will be conducted in both English and German.
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