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Science Outreach Program Coordinator


The Reed College Science Outreach program has worked with Portland area schools since 1996. Every year the program partners with approximately 20 classrooms in 6 schools, engaging more than 500 fourth through sixth-grade students in weekly hands-on, inquiry-based science. The program employs approximately 60 Reed students every year, providing in-classroom teaching experience and service-learning opportunities.

This is a full-time, exempt position working 37.5 hours per week with a salary range of $32,500 - $44,000.  Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and access to onsite daycare provided by Growing Seeds.

The Science Outreach Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of managing the Science Outreach program including:


  • Recruit, develop and deliver training, supervise and support 50+ student employees, interns, and volunteers annually.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with local elementary schools and teachers.
  • Develop science curriculum collaboratively with public school teachers, community partners, Reed students, and Reed faculty.
  • Ensure implementation of units including scheduling, transportation coordination, and material preparation.
  • Coordinate annual field-trips to Reed campus for partner classrooms.
  • Oversee budgeting, payroll, purchasing and equipment maintenance.
  • Maintain records, prepare grant proposals and annual reports, and manage the program’s website, communications, outreach, and public relations.


  • Enthusiasm for science education and outreach.
  • Experience with formal and informal science education.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to both internal and external program stakeholders.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize basic principles and practices of program/project planning and management, event planning, and team building/coordination.
  • Experience with Next Generation Science Standards, curriculum development, and elementary classroom dynamics.
  • Knowledge of or experience working in post-secondary education settings. Ability to relate well to college-age students and public school teachers, demonstrating both maturity and leadership.


Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (the sciences, education, higher education administration or related area) plus experience in science education and program support, or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Prior participation in the Reed Science Outreach program or a similar science education program will be viewed favorably.


Click below to apply. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position at Reed College contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This position will remain open until filled.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.