Science Instructor (Bio, Chem, Physics) - Berkeley

Smash Berkeley , CA 94701

Posted 1 week ago

Organization:
SMASH

Program: SMASH Academy

Title: Science Instructor

Location:
UC Berkeley; to apply to other locations see which sites are hiring which positions here and apply at smash.org/jobs

Reports to:
Lead Instructor
ng>Position Type: Part-time, temporary (program and training dates here)

About Us and Our Philosophy:

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 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. During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, scholarship workshops, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities.

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.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Lead Instructor, the Instructor 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 Instructors will work on a select SMASH campus with an instructional team of 5-10 instructors selected to teach core and elective courses to 30-100 rising 10th through 12th grade students (Instructor: Student ratio averages 1:15). SMASH Core courses include: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Design Thinking. Site-specific elective courses include Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, and Topics in Current Science Research, among others.

Teaching 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 approximately a six week assignment, with one week of full-time training before SMASH and a part-time engagement through the duration of SMASH Academy (5 weeks). Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

Course Description:

The SMASH science program is a project-based curriculum with a lab component. The focus of our science courses is to provide scholars the opportunity to apply biology, chemistry, or physics concepts to a real-life, interdisciplinary project. Working in teams, scholars will learn to think like a scientist while connecting science concepts and understandings with their work in math, design thinking, and computer science. Summer learning will culminate in a final project presentation to an audience of community members at the SMASH exhibition and recognition event. This is an exciting course that helps students develop the skills of a scientist, while also developing their agency as learners!

Year 1 Biology Project Focus: The spread of disease and its impact on certain communities.

Year 2 Chemistry Project Focus: Threats of environmental pollution and environmental racisms.

Year 3 Physics Project Focus: Energy conservation, energy-efficient engineering, and basic principles of electricity and magnetism.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed below.

Essential Duties:

  • Attend Instructor Training
  • Facilitate Classroom Instruction
    • 1.5 hrs sessions 3 days/week (includes out of classroom experiential activities)
    • Preparation, planning, grading and updating gradebook
  • Maintain Attendance
  • Attend Weekly Staff Meetings + Professional Development
  • 1:1 Meetings with Lead Instructor
  • Final Recognition+ Exhibition Event (last Saturday of program)
  • Attend Staff Debrief
  • Ensure Completion of Instructor Deliverables (e.g. log pre + post assessment scores, final grades, attendance, staff surveys, final inventory, etc.)

Essential Interpersonal

Skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism
  • Timely Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Problem Solving

Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, running, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs of supplies may be required.

Requirements



Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Math, Science or related field required; 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 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
  • Availability for all training dates and additional responsibilities listed below
  • Spanish fluency a plus

Benefits

Application Information:

Apply for this position below. Be sure to check the location(s) of the job opening (see which sites are hiring which positions here) to confirm which SMASH sites are hiring for this position. If applying to multiple sites, please rank your site preference in the application.

The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide a written response to specific prompts. This position closes on April 19, 2019 or when filled.

Compensation:

This is a non-exempt position. The total compensation for this position is estimated to be $3,517 (which includes 6 days of training and 1 day of debrief at a rate of $150/day). Should the employee miss any hours or days of work, the daily and therefore total compensation will be adjusted accordingly. If your assignment ends earlier than we anticipate for any reason, your compensation may also be reduced accordingly. Please note, pay will be variable per pay period based on part-time and full-time phases of the program. These policies are subject to variation based on specific circumstances.

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. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at the SMASH.

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

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