Reporting to the Lead Instructor, the STEM Workshop Facilitator will play an integral role in delivering and sustaining the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM. SMASH Workshop Facilitators will work on a team (three facilitators to a room) to co-deliver daily STEM Workshops on a select SMASH campus, guiding a group of around 40 scholars through project-based learning (Facilitator: Student ratio averages 1:15). Additionally, STEM Workshop Facilitators will work closely with other members of the instructional staff selected to teach core and elective courses to SMASH scholars. SMASH Core courses include: STEM Workshop, Computer Science, and College Success. Site-specific elective courses include Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, and Topics in Current Science Research, among others.
Working at SMASH Academy is about professional growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the pedagogical status quo. SMASH Academy offers a unique environment for scholars and staff alike to focus on their interests in STEM education and explore cutting-edge practices. SMASH is seeking to hire individuals who will contribute to our larger aim of developing our scholars to be STEM practitioners who are civically aware and social justice oriented, equipped to employ their STEM knowledge and skills for the betterment of their local, national, and global communities.
This is approximately a six week assignment, with one week of full-time training before SMASH and a part-time engagement through the duration of SMASH Academy (5 weeks). Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.
About the role:
The STEM Workshop is a scholar-centered course that allows scholars to use technology to solve a social issue of their choice. Scholars will work in various settings including whole group, small group, and individually. In addition to teaching technical skills, facilitators will teach scholars project management, collaboration and other workforce readiness traits. Strong STEM Workshop facilitators will empower scholars to take ownership of their own learning and not teach in the traditional “sage on stage” format.
Year 1 – Augmented Reality as a medium to solve a social issue
Year 2 – Data Science as a medium to solve a social issue
Summer learning will culminate in a final project presentation to an audience of community members at the SMASH Exhibition and Recognition Event.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed below.
What you will do:
- Attend Instructor Training (see link above for specific training dates)
- Adhere to SMASH Structure of Workshops and Curriculum
- Facilitate STEM Workshops
- 3 hrs sessions 5 days/week (includes out of classroom experiential activities)
- Alternate between whole group, small group, and individual facilitation
- Facilitate learning through inquiry
- Continuously assess scholar learning, provide feedback, and pivot as needed
- Communicate and reflect with co-facilitators to ensure activities are aligned and ensure outcomes are met
- Log student achievement data on a weekly basis
- Maintain Attendance
- Attend Weekly Staff Meetings + Professional Development
- Attend 1:1 Meetings with Lead Instructor (as needed)
- Attend Weekly Site Community Meetings
- Attend Final Recognition + Exhibition Event (last Saturday of program)
- Attend Staff Debrief
- Ensure Completion of Deliverables (e.g. log pre + post assessment scores, final grades, attendance, staff surveys, final inventory, etc.)
The attributes you possess:
- Collaboration: Exceptional communication skills; professionalism; excellent time management and organizational skills; timeliness and dependability; ability to have difficult conversations
- Relationship Building: Respect for individual differences of everyone in the room; humility; patience when addressing situations; ability to listen to multiple perspectives
- Problem Solving: Remain curious, innovate, iterate, and quickly pivot as needed; keep activities on task and think creatively in the face of unexpected events; consider multiple perspectives in all situations
- Resilience: Approach situations with a growth mindset, adapt, and reflect to ensure desired outcome(s) are met; sense of urgency
- Life-long Learner: Willingness to model learning and figure out content alongside scholars; open to feedback; learning from what scholars have to offer
Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, running, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs of supplies may be required.
What you bring:
- Demonstrated experience and success co-facilitating workshops with 40-45 participants (preferably at high school level)
- Previous experience with at least one of the following: Augmented Reality, Data Visualization, Research Skills, Data Science (e.g. conversational AI, etc.)
- Knowledge of 21st Century skills
- Demonstrated effectiveness working with low-income, first generation college youth of color in diverse fields
- A belief that ALL scholars are capable of growing as learners
- Commitment to SMASH’s mission; willingness to embrace goals/values is essential
- Desire to teach with technology and improve technological skills
- Results-driven; work around potential obstacles to ensure all goals are met and deliverables are completed by the end of program
- Willingness to be self-reflective and reflexive about your individual teaching philosophy and practice
- Excellent classroom management skills; openness to various and/or new teaching paradigms
- Availability for all training dates (see link for specific training dates for each site) and event dates
- Spanish fluency a plus
If you are missing some of the qualifications, but feel you would be amazing at this role, we want to hear from you. Please apply and share why you would excel in this role.
Apply for this position below. Be sure to check the location(s) of the job opening (see which sites are hiring which positions here) and training dates (program and training dates here) to confirm which SMASH sites are hiring for this position and that you can make the training dates. If applying to multiple sites, please rank your site preference in the application.
The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide a written response to specific prompts. This position closes on April 27, 2020 or when filled.
This is a non-exempt position. The total base compensation for this position is $4,869, which includes 6 days of training and 1 day of debrief — (returning bonus may also be available). Should the employee miss any hours or days of work, the daily and therefore total compensation will be adjusted accordingly. If your assignment ends earlier than we anticipate for any reason, your compensation may also be reduced accordingly. Please note, pay will be variable per pay period based on part-time and full-time phases of the program. These policies are subject to variation based on specific circumstances.