Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Resource Coordinator at the University of Maine

Resource Coordinator for the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership and Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership
Maine Center for Research in STEM Education
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine

†The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE) at the University of Maine invites applications for the position of Resource Coordinator for its science education partnerships.† The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership is an innovative, multi-million dollar, research and development effort funded by the National Science Foundation for five years.† The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) brings together University of Maine faculty, staff and students, approximately 20 Maine districts, and Maine non-profits to target the improvement of teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9 and the recruitment, preparation and retention of science and mathematics teachers.† More information about the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership can be found at www.umaine.edu/mainepsp/.† The Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership (MaineESP), funded through the Maine Department of Education, leverages the infrastructure created by the MainePSP to strengthen science teaching and learning in the elementary grades.

Responsibilities of the Research Coordinator will include providing support to teachers implementing project instructional resources in both partnerships, as well as coordinating the purchase, organization, maintenance and delivery of project materials.† The Resource Coordinator will also assist with professional development around project resources, and preparation of reports and other communications related to these responsibilities.† Supervision of student workers and management of timelines and schedules are also part of the Resource Coordinatorís responsibilities.

The successful applicant must hold a BS or BA in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or in STEM education, or equivalent, and have demonstrated effectiveness as a science teacher in the elementary, middle or high school grades. Evidence of in-depth understanding of physical sciences concepts taught in standards-based elementary, middle and high school grades is also required.†† Exceptionally strong organizational abilities and written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Familiarity with common science classroom equipment and ability to do minor repairs are encouraged.† Minor lifting is required.† Must be comfortable using a database and driving a van.† Preference will be given to those who are familiar with discipline-based education research and guided inquiry instruction in science.
This full-time professional position is contingent on continued funding and successful job performance.† This job is performed in both an office setting and in assigned district schools. Expectations are for a normal 40-hour work week, although the Resource Coordinator will be expected to attend evening or weekend meetings and events.† The job responsibilities are fairly predictable, although there might be some situations or deadlines that require working outside of the normal workday.† This position requires a large amount of in-state travel to schools, with mileage reimbursed.† A link to the full job description can be found at http://umaine.edu/center/positions/professional-positions/.

To apply, please submit electronically a letter of application and resume of educational background and professional experience, including the names and contact information of three references, to ESPrc.Search@umit.maine.edu. Questions about this position should be directed to erika.allison@maine.edu.† Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants is found.† Appropriate background checks will be required.

Salary Range: $40,000 ñ $45,000
The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.