Tuesday, October 23, 2012

KSTF - STEM Teacher Developer

Program Officer for Science or Mathematics Teacher Development
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Moorestown, NJ

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF), a rapidly growing multimillion dollar foundation located in Moorestown, New Jersey (just outside Philadelphia), is currently seeking  up to three Teacher Developers to work as part of a team developing, implementing and refining the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program.  This position was formerly titled Program Officer and has been changed to Teacher Developer to better reflect the expertise and responsibilities required of the position.

The primary responsibility of the Teacher Developer will be the mentoring and development of up to two groups of about 15 KSTF Teaching Fellows each.  The position requires in-person and on-line mentoring of fellows and working collaboratively with experts in various aspects of science and/or mathematics education to implement and evaluate a comprehensive and cohesive professional development experience for beginning teachers.  Teacher Developers are expected to contribute to KSTF efforts to synthesize and use existing research, as well as contribute to the research literature on effective teaching and learning of math and science at the high school level.   The Teacher Developer will be a crucial contributor to the success of the KSTF Teaching Fellowship and must be committed to continually developing his or her own professional knowledge and skills.
KSTF Teacher Developers are committed to the belief that teaching is a critically important, complex, intellectually challenging profession that demands the best efforts of our nation's finest.  Teacher Developers have experience teaching at the high school level as well as knowledge and experience in teacher mentoring and development and substantial knowledge of their subject matter.  A team of nine Teacher Developers in physical science, mathematics, and biology work together to design, implement, refine and study the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program, which offers support and professional development for 165 of the nation's best new high school science and math teachers for five years. Teacher Developers work at the center of a broader national learning community that includes Teaching Fellows and KSTF Staff as well as expert teachers and teacher educators, researchers and evaluators.

The ideal candidate for this position has a combination of the following
strengths and abilities:
  • High school teaching experience in science or mathematics (REQUIRED)
  • Experience mentoring beginning high school teachers, educating pre-service teachers and/or developing and providing professional development to high school science teachers (REQUIRED)
  • Experience teaching  innovative, problem solving and inquiry-based approaches in science or mathematics and coaching or mentoring other teachers in those methods
  • Working knowledge of and capacity to produce educational research relevant to the development and support of new teachers
  • Deep and extensive content knowledge in science and/or mathematics
  • A passion for science and mathematics education and a desire to work on its improvement
  • Experience and expertise in designing, facilitating, implementing, evaluating and refining innovative programs, courses or professional development workshops
  • An advanced degree in science or mathematics education or a related field (or anticipating such), doctorate preferred
Position is full-time, on-site in NJ and reports to the Director for Teaching Fellowships. Some travel is required. Salary based on education and experience.  Search will remain open until position is filled.

Interested applicants should review the KSTF website (www.kstf.org) and send a letter of interest and a resume or vita to: Laraine Venuto, HR Manager, careers@kstf.org or 856-608-0008 (fax).