Educational Program Specialist

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Company: Nanoracks
Location: Washington, DC

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

About the Position:

DreamUp, an affiliate of Nanoracks, is seeking a self-motivated and talented full-time Educational Program Specialist as we develop and roll out unique and impactful programs to bring the magic of space-based educational opportunities to a growing number of students around the globe. If you want to play a critical role in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and do some good while doing it, read on.

DreamUp is a public benefit corporation, which means we aim to bring good into the world (and the rest of the universe) while bringing value to our customers and shareholders. We provide space-based educational opportunities to learners of all ages and backgrounds and are the first company bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space. DreamUp is uniquely positioned to engage learners nationwide with the most cutting-edge space research and developments and inspire them through scientific discoveries on the International Space Station. DreamUp offers in-space opportunities for student research by working in collaboration with Nanoracks.

Design educational content, curriculum, and professional development opportunities to support DreamUp’s educational products and programs:

  • Write STEM curricula for DreamUp’s various products, including coding programs utilizing Arduino (C++) and Raspberry Pi (Python) to teach space and concepts across STEM disciplines
  • Ensure alignment of DreamUp curricula, products, and programs to relevant local, national, and international educational standards
  • Design and manage DreamUp space education products and programs to enhance educational impact and support for educators

Support DreamUp’s educational customers and adapt products and programming in response to customer needs:

  • Adapt programs as needed based on outcomes measurement and educator feedback
  • Support customers with their day-to-day issues as they arise, in coordination with Nanoracks mission management
  • Ensure customer contracts are on-track and deliverables are met

Play an active role in a dynamic start-up:

  • Take on day-to-day responsibilities as new projects, opportunities, and problems emerge
  • Define measurable goals to determine success, grow programs, and improve outcomes
  • Plan events and manage day-to-day logistics of educational programs
  • Create content to promote DreamUp through its webpage, on social media, and at events


Required Traits, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • People-facing experience, passion for customer service and ability to provide exceptional customer experiences
  • 2-5 years of recent experience in STEM educational curriculum development and/or classroom teaching
  • Preference for a 4-year degree in Education, Business, Marketing, Communications, or related fields.
  • Project management familiarity
  • Proven ability to exhibit cultural competency
  • Stellar written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (10%-30%)
  • Availability to work after hours and on weekends


Desirable Trails, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Basic experience with graphic design and web editing (i.e., utilizing WordPress)
  • Familiarity with Computer Science
  • Previous experience with and/or knowledge of aerospace


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.