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Professional Learning Specialist in Science (Job#5208) $60K-$75K/YR

Employer:  WestEd
Job Number:  7046428 (Ref.#. 5208)
Date Posted:  03/17/2017
Application Deadline: 4/17/2017

Job Description

Position Title: Professional Learning Specialist in Science
Reports to: Lead Learning Architect
Program: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
Salary: Level E - $60,480 - $75,600
Location: Oakland, CA
Time Base: 100%
Position No: 5208

WestEd's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program is committed to increasing mathematics, science, and technology literacy among our nation’s youth. The program offers services, materials, and strategies that support teachers’ professional growth in content knowledge, effective teaching practices, appropriate assessment, and evaluation. STEM covers issues from culture and language to earth science and international science education. In addition, the WestEd STEM group increases communication, public awareness, and understanding about mathematics, science, and technology education, and advances research in this area. International studies show that U.S. students rank near the bottom in science and mathematics. The STEM program seeks to reverse this trend by helping prepare teachers to meet the learning needs of all students, ensuring our nation’s future in science and mathematics education, as well as technology.

The Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) project, within the STEM program at WestEd, was founded on the belief that well-prepared teachers are key to students’ success. By strengthening teachers’ knowledge and skill, MSS improves student achievement, strengthens college and career readiness, and ultimately prepares students for the modern workforce. MSS has worked with thousands of classroom teachers, staff developers, teacher educators, and science educators across the country, providing tens of thousands of hours of training, and impacting hundreds of thousands of students. The MSS team has been recognized nationally for its expertise in teacher professional learning, and over the years, has partnered with numerous universities, state departments of education, informal science centers, districts, and other institutions to provide quality professional learning that has measurable impact on teachers and their students.

Position Description:
Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) is seeking an exceptional Professional Learning Specialist to join our team and contribute to a range of projects related to facilitating professional learning, supporting districts in NGSS implementation and STEM reform efforts, presenting at conferences, coordinating events, and elevating communication among a growing network of MSS partners. In this primarily outward-facing role, the position requires frequent interaction with K–12 teachers, district leaders, regional service providers, state and national partners, and science educators, plus travel within CA and across the country. This person will be integral to the MSS team and work closely with other MSS professional learning specialists and learning architects. In addition, this individual may work with the Project Director and Lead Learning Architect on special assignments, such as contributing to the development of new products and services (e.g., online professional learning, pre-service, literacy), assisting with proposals and reports, managing small contracts, and other projects as needed.

If you are excited about the work that MSS does and would like to be part of a highly collaborative team, we look forward to hearing from you!

1. Deliver Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) services.
• Provide top-notch professional learning to teachers, teacher educators, facilitators, and other service providers
• Coordinate Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) events and professional learning services across the country
• Provide support and coaching around NGSS implementation and STEM reform efforts
• Travel to sites within CA and across the U.S. to lead professional learning, as needed
• Work collaboratively in the WestEd Oakland office 2–3 days per week
• Deepen facilitation and event management skills over time

2. Foster communication among the Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) network.
• Make regular contact with clients and partners
• Present at local, state, and national conferences
• Deepen outreach, marketing, and communication skills over time

3. Develop Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) products and services.
• Contribute to collaborative development and pilot testing of products and services
• Help to conceptualize new lines of work (e.g., online professional learning, pre-service)
• Deepen curriculum development knowledge and skills over time

4. Assist with other project work and events, as needed.
• Assist with outreach and marketing efforts (e.g., webinars, conference presentations)
• Help recruit districts, schools, administrators, and teachers to participate in services
• Contribute to resource development and strategic partnerships (e.g., grant writing)
• Provide research support (e.g., data collection, coordination, report writing), as needed

• Experience as a K–12 classroom teacher, preferably in public education
• At least 3 years of experience providing teacher professional learning
• Willing to travel both locally and nationally (1–2 weeks per month)
• Deep knowledge of science content and pedagogical approaches
• Knowledgeable about supporting NGSS implementation and/or STEM reform
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Generally tech-savvy (i.e., proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and experience with InDesign, Box, and Dropbox is a considerable plus)
• Warm, welcoming, upbeat, respectful, confident, and outgoing presentational style
• Problem solver — proactive in anticipating potential challenges, offering ways to improve processes, and ensuring follow-through
• Growth mindset — continually seeks ways to learn, strengthen own skills, and improve the work of the project
• Willing to make a multi-year commitment to the team

Application Process:
We invite you to Apply for this Position.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to complete the online application process, please call 415.615.3131. Please leave a message and a member of our Human Resources team will return your call within three business days. Alternatively, you may send an email to hr-help@wested.org with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line of the email. Please note that this phone number and email are only for those individuals with a disability who would like to request an accommodation to apply for a job. If you are not an individual with a disability and have a question or comment, please email recruitingassistance@wested.org.

Human Resources
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans’ status or other status protected by applicable law.

Benefits Highlights:
All health benefits effective first of the month following date of hire
15% contribution toward retirement effective day one of employment
15 vacation days, which will increase to 20 days per year beginning the 4th year of employment
12 holidays
12 days sick leave per year

Contact:  WestEd
Human Resources
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States
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