Job Description

Department: Learning Division
Reports To: Director of Professional Learning
FLSA Status: Exempt

SUMMARY: 

The Professional Learning Specialist at Arizona Science Center will coordinate, develop, and implements science teacher education courses through the center’s Science Teacher Residency program (STR), as an active member of the professional team.

This position reports to the Director of Professional Learning and works collaboratively with other Science Teacher Residency Program educators to provide area teachers with ongoing training and support relating to science curriculum/content and inquiry-based teaching strategies, with the goal of expanding and enhancing the pool of qualified and passionate science educators.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Arizona Science Center maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants.  We recruit, hire, train, promote, compensate and dismiss Employees on the basis of such factors as experience, character, ability, and skill, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or heritage, age, marital or veteran status, disability, citizenship, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Develop and implement teacher education/ professional development programs in accordance to Science Teacher Residency Program priorities and guidelines.
  • Participate in planning, teaching and evaluating each of the individual lessons/activities that comprise the STR program modules, while acting as the lead instructor/coordinator for one of the periodic modules. Modules address life science, space, physical science, earth science, and chemistry, and are aimed at providing participants’ content knowledge, pedagogical practice, and facility with the Next Generation Science Standards, while also providing opportunities for reflection within a learning community and increased confidence and competence in teaching 3-8 grade science.
  • Work collaboratively to design and implement instructional sequences that support and facilitate the content and pedagogical objective of STR program and modules, includi8ng high- leverage teaching strategies and NGSS- aligned three-dimensional learning.
  • Research and write individual lessons/activities, with an eye towards the foundational scope and storyline of each module, as well as specified course day learning objectives.
  • Continually monitor programs for quality insurance via evaluation, working closely with research and evaluation professionals, and implementing modifications/revisions based on evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Manage coursework, curricular materials and written submissions (portfolios) for teacher participants, provide feedback top teachers, and assist in maintaining the STAR digital learning space.
  • Coordinate the selection, ordering, and organization of program supplies and consumables.
  • Remain current and apply best practices in teacher education and science/ STEM education for primary and middle students, including alignment of course content applicable science standards (NGSS), and engage in sustained reflection around program objectives.
  • Contribute to regular, internal STAR evaluation, including and articulated vision aligned with targeted tea, goals and outcomes, and engage in creative, idea-generation and problem-solving.
  • Collaborate with other learning teams to ensure all programs align with Arizona Science Center’s mission and vision.
  • Serve as a liaison to create and maintain partnerships with education communities and external organizations, such as professional groups, universities, and school districts.
  • Track and report program attendance. Communicate with internal staff and external partners regarding program logistics. Maintain program documentation.
  • Work with supervisors in the development, coordination, and implementation of all programming, including grant-funded programs.
  • Maintain a safe, friendly and fun learning environment.
  • Distribute, collect, database, and provide a summary analysis of evaluations. Assess the effectiveness of programming in collaboration with supervisors.
  • Provide reporting in such areas as budgets, materials, and vehicle use and maintenance.
  • Represent Arizona Science Center within the community when required to do so.
  • Perform additional duties and tasks as required or assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, run and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle, feel, to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.