NGSS Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist - Part Time - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

NGSS Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist – Part Time

Position Title:                                   NGSS Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist – Part-time

Revision Date:                                  10/5/17

Department and Division:               Professional Field Services

Immediate Supervisor:                    Director of State and Federal STEM Outreach Programs

Also Reports to (Dotted line to:)     Executive Director of Professional Field Services

Hours/Shift/Work Schedule:  This position is a temporary, part-time position of 20 hours per week. Flexible work arrangement which may include work from home, virtual access and limited travel.

Educator outreach activities are facilitated by the Professional Field Services (PFS) department within the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. PFS works to enrich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning throughout the state of Illinois and beyond by providing research-based, practice-proven programs.

This position will support IMSA's Diversity Stance by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist will be an energetic, collaborative, and creative individual with a passion and expertise for developing and implementing NGSS curriculum and professional development education initiatives for students and teachers, with a specific focus on the K-5 grade band.  This individual will help Professional Field Services achieve its goals, meet project and program objectives and apply best practice.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Research, develop and write integrative and innovative NGSS curriculum and model lessons for grades K-5
  • Design and facilitate relevant professional development for all educators (pre-service, in-service, student leaders, informal educators)
  • Collaborate with other curriculum and professional development specialists to ensure comprehensive and consistent deliverables
  • Communicate regularly with the NGSS project leaders on progress and challenges
  • Facilitate all aspects of program implementation which may include teaching, logistics, troubleshooting, or real-time mentoring, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A Master’s Degree in education or a STEM related-field
  • Minimum of three years of K-12 formal or informal teaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience developing hands-on and minds-on STEM activities
  • Teacher leader experience in the area of curriculum
  • Working knowledge of NGSS, with a focus on cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with a variety of individual and diverse populations
  • Technology competencies to be able to work from home and commute remotely
  • Flexibility, self-direction, creativity, attention to detail and time management
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • A valid Illinois driver’s license and an excellent driving record and the ability to travel as needed

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with under-represented populations
  • 5 years experience teaching Pre-K-5th grade
  • Working knowledge of Common Core standards
  • Experience developing and presenting teacher professional development
  • Teaching experience in a Title 1 school
  • Comfort with online learning platforms and use of technology

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer.  This is sedentary work which requires the following physical activities: sitting, walking, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, the contact information of three professional references, and salary history to: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Attention: Job Code SL-NGSSPFS-WS 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL  60506, 630 907-5909 (phone) or zant@imsa.edu .  Letters of interest with all appropriate attachments listed above will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.