Computer Science 1 + 2 Workshop Facilitator (Ucla)

Smash Los Angeles , CA 90001

Posted 7 days ago

Organization: SMASH

Program: SMASH Saturday Academy

Title: Computer Science 1 + 2 Workshop Facilitator

Location: UCLA (Los Angeles)

Reports to:
SMASH Site DirectorPosition Type:
Consultant, temporary

Please note that this position is for SMASH Saturday Academy, a workshop series that takes place during the Fall and Spring terms of the academic year, not for the SMASH Summer Academy.

About SMASH Summer Academy:

The Level Playing Field Institute is now SMASH! SMASH is an organization committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

SMASH Summer Academy, referred to as perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields by US News and World Report, is heading into its 16th summer this year.

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

SMASH Summer Academy is a five-week, three-year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) residential academic acceleration program for motivated, high school students from underrepresented populations (African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander, and Native American), who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math. During the summer component, SMASH provides accelerated classes, laboratory experiments and exposure to STEM fields; the academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience in residential dorms to introduce our scholars to a university environment.

SMASH Saturday Academy:

During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities. The opportunities take place on Saturdays (dates vary by site).

About the Role:

The SMASH Computer Science Program is a project-based curriculum which also emphasizes design thinking. Universal themes throughout our CS sequence include problem solving, computer architecture, standard data structures and algorithms, UI / UX design, sociological issues, and the history and culture of computing. Additionally, scholars are introduced to languages and skills that are in high demand in todays (and tomorrows) engineering industry.

The workshops will augment the SMASH Computer Science courses offered during the SMASH Summer Academy, which focus on data science concepts and software development using SQL, Python, Javascript. Workshop facilitators will need to be confident teaching CSS and Javascript.

Reporting to the SMASH Site Director at each campus, the Workshop Facilitator will play an integral role in delivering and sustaining the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM. SMASH Computer Science Workshop Facilitators will facilitate full day Computer Science workshops for our 10th and 11th grade students.

This is a 2 workshop assignment (December 2019 and February 2020), with some preparation required before workshops begin and post workshop record keeping + submission of deliverables. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

Working at SMASH Academy is about professional growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the pedagogical status quo. SMASH Academy offers a unique environment for scholars and staff alike to focus on their interests in STEM education and explore cutting-edge practices. SMASH is seeking to hire individuals who will contribute to our larger aim of developing our scholars to be STEM practitioners who are civically aware and social justice oriented, equipped to employ their STEM knowledge and skills for the betterment of their local, national, and global communities.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

Essential Duties:

  • Facilitate 2 Computer Science workshops (6 hours/workshop) for an individual site. All workshops will take place on Saturdays.
    • UCLA
      • Dec. TBD, 2019
      • Feb. TBD, 2020
  • Prepare for workshops, attend all workshop dates and submit surveys and post-workshop deliverables.
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with SMASH Site Directors; timely communication with manager is critical
  • Implement SMASH curriculum and subject specific guidelines to facilitate workshops
  • Collaborate with SMASH Site Directors to ensure scholar communication is received
  • Maintain a class record of attendance, assignments, and progress made
  • Complete staff surveys and actively engage in all program evaluation activities
  • Build rapport with and maintain communication with the SMASH team, particularly in regards to scholar behavior
  • Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs of supplies may be required.



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or STEM field; advanced degree preferred (completed or in progress)
  • A minimum of two years subject area teaching experience and/or relevant STEM work experience
  • Content competency and enthusiasm for subject area required
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with low-income youth underrepresented in diverse academic fields
  • Commitment to SMASHs mission; willingness to embrace goals/values is essential
  • Desire to teach with technology and improve technological skills
  • Excellent classroom management and teaching skills
  • Openness to various and/or new teaching paradigms
  • Willingness to be self-reflective and reflexive about your individual teaching philosophy and practice
  • Flexibility
  • Spanish fluency a plus


Application Information:

Apply for this position below. The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide a written response to specific prompts. These positions close on October 31, 2019 or when filled.


Compensation for each workshop is $400. This is based on a rate of $50 /hour for 6 hours of workshop instruction, 1 hour of pre-workshop preparation, and 1 hour of post-workshop deliverables. Therefore, completing both workshops will offer $800 in total compensation. While we cannot offer a benefits package for this position, we can reimburse you for any approved work-related expenses. You are responsible for your own parking and transit related expenses. Access to a laptop is also necessary; SMASH cannot provide one.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on protected categories, SMASH also strives to prevent other subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (i.e., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office or classrooms. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at SMASH.

We value a diverse workforce: people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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