NOA2110 Education Program Coordinator

I.M. Systems Group

Location: US-MD-Silver Spring
Job ID: 2021-1242
Category: Other


I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG), is looking for an Education Program Coordinator candidate (with science and/or engineering background) to join our Team supporting NOAA/NESDIS in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Position Description

The Program Coordinator is responsible for managing an exhibit of NOAA's Science On a Sphere and associated programming with the NOAA Office of Education and Satellite and Information Service. This person serves as a technical and content expert for Science On a Sphere at the agency headquarters in Silver Spring, MD and also develops partnerships across the agency for new content and to promote use of the facility. The position fuses skills from education, earth and environmental science, and communications. The Program Coordinator will also provide programmatic, technical, and administrative support for this program. Under general supervision, the selected candidate will be responsible for managing all logistical and technical aspects of exhibit operations. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
  • Operate and maintain the display systems, associated computers and networks, and other exhibit technologies.
  • Serve as the lead presenter, event facilitator and/or emcee at exhibit events.
  • Train NOAA staff on how to use and present on the Science On a Sphere system.
  • Develop and update training materials for users.
  • Help develop, maintain and update SOS data catalog assets together with the NOAA VizLab team.
  • Maintain operational procedures and manuals for exhibit.
  • Maintain the exhibit schedule and a calendar of events.
  • Coordinate exhibit events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other NOAA offices, including liaising with education and communications representatives from across NOAA, through written and oral communications.
  • Promote exhibit activities and services through various forms of media to internal and external audiences.
  • Liaise with NOAA IT and building engineers to maintain proper network functioning.

The Coordinator will also assist with the management of the Science On a Sphere user network. This includes but is not necessarily limited to:
  • Organize and help run in-person and virtual workshops.
  • Organize and host education forums.
  • Liaise with the NOAA SOS team based in Boulder, CO.
  • Identify and develop best practices for use of Science On a Sphere.
  • Support NOAA exhibits at science education conferences.

The Coordinator will perform other duties as assigned.


Required Skills

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentation skills, excellent human relation skills, exceptional organizational skills, and careful attention to detail. Interest and experience in technical troubleshooting. Must have 2+ years of experience with the following skills:
  • Working independently on assigned tasks and collaboratively with a variety of groups.
  • Using technology and/or data visualizations to communicate scientific information.
  • Operating and maintaining a multi-component technical system.
  • Working with a variety of computer and mobile device operating systems. Familiarity with Unix and Linux command line is a plus.
  • Using business productivity and collaboration apps like Google Workspace applications (Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Cloud product suite, GIS software (e.g. Esri ArcGIS), and web browsers.
  • Understanding of Earth systems sciences.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Experience with digital Audio-Visual equipment and webcasting, and social media.
  • Experience with Adobe software: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects.
  • IT/network experience.
  • Experience maintaining website content.
  • Experience configuring multi-media systems.
  • Experience in a museum or other public programming/informal education or a formal education environment.
  • Communications, teaching, or public affairs experience.
  • Experience with geospatial / GIS software and services, like Esri's ArcGIS Online services.

  • Masters degree in relevant field +2 years' experience or Bachelors degree in relevant field +5 years' experience. Relevant fields include: meteorology, marine science,, environmental science, Earth science, biology, geography, science education, computer science, engineering, communications technology, or a related field.
  • Location: Silver Spring, MD; position requires on-site work.
  • Schedule: Full-time (40hr/week). Typically covering the core business hours (9AM-3PM weekdays). Occasional weekend or evening work may be necessary.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter federal government facilities.
  • Occasional travel domestically may be required.

Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder to qualify

(US Citizen must live in US for 3-5 years prior to application)

(Please indicate in your cover letter).

To Apply:

Please apply online at In your cover letter, please indicate the following information:

1) Timeline of availability

2) Citizenship Status

3) Salary requirements for considerations

NOTE: Provide three References

IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Veteran and Disability friendly.

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Full time
Silver spring, MD 20900, US