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In addition to the roles listed below, we will soon be recruiting for a lead designer, data analyst/engineer, head of marketing & communications, and head of HR.

We are always open to connecting with candidates who are excited and think they may be a good fit for Mystery Science. Don’t hesitate to contact us at jobs@mysteryscience.com or sign up to be notified when we post new jobs.

Below are our current open positions:

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Managing Editor

We’re looking for a Managing Editor who can help Mystery Science produce the highest quality instructional content possible. Your job will be to lead our talented content team in producing our digital science curriculum. Thousands of schools and districts are using Mystery Science and we want to supply them with new content as quickly as we can.

You will manage our content team and take our content to the next level. We’re located in the heart of San Francisco and this position is based in our headquarters.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to be teaching 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

As Managing Editor, you will:

  • Manage our team of content developers to publish new content on schedule while meeting our high standards of quality
  • Create and monitor our production schedule and manage risk accordingly
  • Ensure that all aspects of content production proceed smoothly
  • Identify opportunities for new process and tools to streamline content production and increase capacity
  • Problem-solve challenges that arise
  • Manage external contractors and contributors
  • Plan for strategic and sustained innovation
  • Support the professional development of team members

Requirements:

  • Deep understanding of content development and the editorial process
  • Highly motivated and organized
  • Efficient project management skills, including experience managing freelancers and working on a high volume of projects
  • Proven ability to manage the production of quality content on time and within budget
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ready to thrive in a fast-moving startup environment
  • Independent and collaborative
  • Interest in improving K-5 science education

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

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District Partnership Manager

We’re looking for a District Partnership Manager who can help school districts get started with Mystery Science. We want to make it as easy as possible for our district partners to get started with Mystery Science and to feel supported as their teachers teach our curriculum. Your job will be to support existing and new districts as they use Mystery Science.

We’re located in the heart of San Francisco and this position is based in our headquarters.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are reaching hundreds of thousands of children this school year by helping classroom teachers and homeschoolers to teach science. Our plan is to be teaching 5 million kids in America each week by 2020 and we're well on our way.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker.

As a District Partnership Manager, you will:

  • Build relationships with district partners to ensure that they are successful with Mystery Science
  • Identify opportunities for solving challenges districts face
  • Reach out to new districts who want to use Mystery Science
  • Present Mystery Science to key district stakeholders
  • Manage a pipeline of prospective district partners
  • Develop and refine sales strategies
  • Serve as a voice for districts internally

Requirements:

  • Excited by mission to inspire kids to love science
  • Phenomenal listener
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Analytical, thoughtful and amazing problem solver
  • Self-directed and goal oriented
  • Ready to thrive in a fast-moving startup environment
  • Knowledge of K-12 science curriculum and instruction

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

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Senior Software Engineer

We're looking for a senior engineer experienced with the full web stack—someone who has owned production apps for many years, and loves solving user-facing product problems.

This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. Mystery Science has created the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. We’re already used by teachers in more than 10% of elementary schools in the country. Not only do we have product-market fit, we have validated our unconventional business model and our sales have taken off. In an industry that is historically plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold more than 5,000 schools without a single sales person on staff. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, Reach Capital, and we just closed our third round of funding.

If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors (and we’re already profitable)
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a high-growth company
  • 401K, health care, vacation
  • Customers who love us

...but the real perks of working at Mystery Science are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet 20 people who are passionate about science, teaching, and engineering, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and the Field Museum. Our CEO followed this by building a strong team of senior engineers. As an experienced engineer himself, he was previously at Facebook as the product manager for News Feed. This focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We’re on a mission to change the culture. We’re working on the most important infrastructure problem in the world today: our ability to pass on knowledge to the next generation. Richard Feynman explains the problem well. To paraphrase him: our modern lives are made possible by our knowledge of science and technology, yet remarkably few people have a scientific perspective on the world. This is a precarious situation. At Mystery Science, we have developed a unique way to pass on this knowledge to the next generation and to do it at scale.

We’re answering every question children ask about the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children to stay curious. Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. Our second product is a visual Wikipedia for kids, enabling them to figure out answers to every question they have.

The foundation of everything we do is a technology platform that enables us to create content at incredible speeds, automate and streamline internal business operations, and organize a massive set of knowledge about the world.

We are not building a large engineering team that will scale up quickly, instead we are building a quality engineering team that will scale up slowly. Our current stack is postgres-heroku-rails-backbone. We deploy code multiple times a day and ship the first version of features within days of conceiving of them. We obsess over customer feedback and are constantly iterating and improving based on what we hear.

What we’re looking for in you:

  • You love engineering and have deep experience in the full web stack. From cross-browser CSS fixes to database tuning, you’re comfortable up and down the stack.
  • You’re equal part engineer & product thinker. We know the best ideas come from a deep understanding of both domains.
  • You’re located in the Bay Area or willing to relocate (we’re in San Francisco).
  • You’re uniquely excited by the problem we’re solving.

If this is you, let’s talk.

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