RASC National Office: Job Posting - Youth Outreach Coordinator

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The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is a national charity with a mandate to promote astronomy and engage Canadians in observing the sky to learn more about the stars, planets and universe around us. Primarily volunteer-driven, the organization’s 5,000 members and 28 centres across the country offer numerous activities such as star parties, visits with astronauts and telescope lending programs. The RASC certifies Canada’s Dark Sky Preserves and works with governments on light level issues. It publishes world renowned astronomy books and magazines and is Canada’s premiere organization serving both amateur and professional astronomers.

The Youth Outreach Coordinator, a new, full time permanent position reporting to the Executive Director, has a mandate to engage more youth in astronomy and the allied sciences. Based in the Society’s Toronto office, the schedule is Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week with occasional travel in the GTA, evenings and weekends.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct an inventory of current youth astronomy programming, activities and resources

Assess and identify best practices and materials to be used in a national youth astronomy program

Recruit a youth committee for program development, promotion and implementation

Develop RASC astronomy youth programming, educational materials and web content

Establish connections and long term relationships with local communities, schools etc

Disseminate and promote youth programs and resources to centres, members and the general public

Deliver national youth programming

Monitor and evaluate impact/effectiveness of the youth program

Develop partnerships with other youth /astronomy / science organizations to achieve program goals

Assess and evaluate outcomes

Other duties as required


Experience in developing and delivering youth programming and outreach

Ability to write educational and promotional copy

Accurate record keeping

Able to motivate and work with volunteers

Knowledge of astronomy and allied sciences would be helpful

For more information and to apply, please refer to the Charity Village job posting.