Thursday, May 16, 2013

Science Curriculum Developer, Galileo Learning, Oakland CA

Core Qualities, Abilities & Motivation
  • Commitment to innovation education and to Galileo’s mission of developing innovators who envision and create a better world
  • Deep subject matter expertise in science or science education—confidence developing original, engineering/physics oriented design challenges that foster open-ended creative thinking
  • Avid tinkerer, builder, maker—can create amazing things with cardboard, hot glue and rubber bands
  • Naturally curious with a passion for generating a sense of curiosity and wonder in others (especially in children)
  • Confidence contributing to a creative vision and ability to effectively work with others to realize that vision; ability to solicit and implement feedback
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; fast and prolific writer
  • Proven ability to think big and still sweat the small stuff; detail-oriented and organized
  • Flexibility to meet changing needs and demands
  • Motivation and initiative whether working independently or collaboratively
  • Experience using (or comfort with learning) online data systems
  • Excitement about joining a fun and highly-collaborative working environment
  • Punctual and reliable
Required Experience & Education
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with rising K-5 children in an informal or formal educational setting
  • Experience with design thinking and/or project-based learning preferred
  • Experience developing original science curriculum and/or teaching science a plus
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite; experience with desktop publishing a plus
  • Experience writing on a schedule with regular deadlines a plus
  • Experience developing and leading training for adults a plus
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve as Galileo’s science education thought leader; refine the vision for our science program to fulfill our mission; establish best practices to support the Galileo Innovation Approach in the science curriculum
  • Develop highly engaging science curriculum for Camp Galileo, Galileo’s summer camp for Pre-K-rising 5th graders, including but not limited to selecting content themes, performing deep research on content, materials and techniques, developing original curriculum and writing units in our curriculum template
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with 1-4 other curriculum developers to develop integrated curriculum
  • Research and analyze data and trends to design a rich program, attractive to kids and their parents
  • Create supply lists to accompany curriculum; manage materials budget and work closely with the Galileo warehouse team throughout the purchasing process
  • Coordinate curriculum testing (with kids) to validate projects and course design; incorporate resulting feedback
  • Help manage curriculum training for camp staff; develop content, train trainers and oversee quality training that prepares instructors to deliver curriculum with fidelity
  • Provide ongoing curriculum support to Camp Galileo during the summer
  • Go to camp! Audit lessons, observe and talk to instructors and campers to evaluate effectiveness of curriculum  and generate ideas for revisions, new courses and program improvement
  • Serve as an effective and collaborative member of the high-functioning curriculum team
  • Support other curriculum activities and initiatives
Schedule & Time Commitment
  • Galileo asks for a 3-year minimum commitment
  • 45 hour average work week
  • At least five weekends of work per year
  • One overnight retreat annually: Aug 28-29 2013
Classification & Compensation
  • Year-round, exempt, full-time, benefited employee
  • Base and bonus potential to be discussed during interview
  • Medical and Dental benefits provided.  401(k) provided after one year of employment
Supervision Given/Received
  • General supervision provided by Pamela Briskman, Director of Curriculum
Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Some lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs.
  • Typing, writing, reading
  • Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
  • Frequent sitting
  • Standing, walking, kneeling
Work Location
  • Galileo Learning, 1021 Third Street, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Summer schedule includes work at various camp sites (Must be able to provide your own transportation to various camp sites from the North Bay to the South Bay.)