Hiring Indigenous Youth STEM Academy Coordinator

Group photo with Corey Begay

Position Title: Indigenous Youth STEM Academy (IYSA) Coordinator 

Job Overview: IYSA was created in 2017 with the goal of providing indigenous youth with the opportunity to learn about STEM related fields in conjunction with traditional culture, community, and environmental stewardship. Through the program, students participate in STEM related learning sessions led by Indigenous professionals. IYSA sessions are split into two halves, an in-class session and a field trip to an open space property.

The IYSA Coordinator is a contracted, part-time staff position spanning from August 2019 until June 2020. The coordinator will commit 40 hours per IYSA session, at a rate of $15.00/ hour, equating to $600.00 per session. They will be responsible for coordinating four IYSA sessions throughout the school year at a specified FUSD school. City of Flagstaff transportation will be provided.

Reports To: The IYSA Coordinator will report to Robert Wallace, Open Space Specialist and work closely with the Open Space Events and Outreach VISTA.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Facilitate communication with FUSD school administrators and teachers to discuss program goals/ opportunities and schedule IYSA sessions
  • Identify and schedule Indigenous STEM professions to present at IYSA sessions
  • Coordinate IYSA fieldtrip logistics (determine location, reserve buses, identify classroom space for the presentation)
  • Purchase and prepare materials needed for IYSA sessions
  • Attend IYSA sessions and provide support for presenters
  • Administer post-session surveys to students
  • Create IYSA session guides/ outlines for Flagstaff Open Space staff and teachers to recreate sessions
  • Maintain IYSA metrics/ grant reporting
  • Write articles and posts about IYSA for Flagstaff Open Space social media


  • BA/ BS in the sciences, education, environmental studies, indigenous studies, or related field
  • 1+ years of experience working with youth in an outdoor/ STEM setting preferred
  • Experience providing services to multi-ethnic, multi-lingual populations – especially speakers of Navajo and Hopi
  • Strong facilitation, communication, and relationship building skills
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Proficient in Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Kaeli Wells at Kaeli.wells@flagstaffaz.gov by Friday, August 2nd.