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Discovery Center Education Coordinator                                             Closing Date: 3/1/14

Company Name: Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
Approx. hrs. / week 40      Location:  Monticello, UT
Days of week 5
Salary Range 30,000

Position Description and Qualifications

Overview
The Canyon Country Discovery Center (CCDC) will encompass the existing and new programs of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education at its new campus, scheduled to open in Fall 2015. Our 48-acre campus will have three buildings totaling about 22,000 square feet and contain a 4,000 square-foot, hybrid science/nature center. Exhibits/Learning Activity Stations will be based on a unifying theme of place-based education about the Colorado Plateau and content areas of Natural History and Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, People and Place of the Colorado Plateau, Canyon Country Land Use and Energy, Canyon Country Astronomy and Weather, and Water and its Effects on the Region. Hands-on exhibits/learning stations (30 indoor/15 outdoor) will be designed for multiple ages and diverse audiences, with all interpretive materials in English, Navajo, and Spanish. The exhibit areas will be self-guided and staff-facilitated by eventually 5 Education Coordinators who facilitate learning for families, small groups of students, or single users at workstations able to seat 4-6 guests.

Summary
The Discovery Center Education Coordinators (EC’s) are responsible for facilitating the visitor learning experience at the Discovery Center. These people-centered professionals teach and facilitate a variety of educational programs and workshops, including other special public programs throughout the year. Training new staff is a part of the process, and enthusiasm is as important as content knowledge in hiring. Programs are hands-on, place-based, and geared toward helping children and adults to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world of the Colorado Plateau. Educator Coordinators facilitate guests understanding of 45 exhibits/learning stations from diverse perspectives within the Visitor Center and outdoors. Educators will teach on our 48-acre campus, which includes more than five miles of trails, a small pond, and 5 themed learning pavilions. The Education Coordinators will collaborate with exhibit and program staff and outside content experts to create engaging educational experiences for a multi-age, multi-cultural audience. EC will also rotate in and out of teaching off-site outreach programs. All Education Coordinators report to the Discovery Center Director (There will be 5 Education Coordinators). Preference will be given to otherwise qualified bilingual applicants with multicultural experience.

Responsibilities & Functions
• Teach education programs to groups of Pre-K through 12th grade children, scouts, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups, following best practices. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up. Types of programs are under a unifying theme of place-based education about the Colorado Plateau and content areas of 1) Natural History and Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, 2) People and Places of the Colorado Plateau, 3) Canyon Country Land Use and Energy, 4) Canyon Country Astronomy and Weather, and 5) Water and its Effects on the Region.
• Set up and organize teaching schedule with the Discovery Center Director.
• Conduct off-site outreach programs on a rotating schedule.
• Learn our education pedagogy and curriculum and implement the purpose, goals, and objectives of each program.
• Help to develop programs and exhibits with exhibit staff.
• Conduct simple maintenance and upkeep on exhibits.
• Write, prepare, and maintain program curriculum materials ongoing.
• Create a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while presenting knowledgeably & confidently to parents and teachers.
• Articulate Four Corners School’s mission and projecting a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
• Perform other duties, as assigned.

Curriculum Development in Conjunction with Discovery Center Director
• Assist in the development of a comprehensive conservation and science curriculum, including a range of courses/topics, teaching, learning, and assessment materials. Audiences include: Grades pre-K through 12, teachers, college students, the general public, scouts, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups. Use as much of our existing BOEP curriculum and lesson plans as possible.
• Update and maintain curricula plan binders, including pre- and post-lessons for K-12 programming. School curriculum must meet the needs and requirements of local schools and State Standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards. Specifically, curricula is developed to allow students to revisit a subject matter's content at the different levels of development, and is designed for diverse audiences, geared to the commonality of all types of students, not their differences.
• Update and maintain public program curricula for the general public and membership programming.
• Develop an onsite program for teacher training and enrichment that’s uses what we already know from BOEP which is our teacher outreach program.
• Establish standards and objectives/learning outcomes for all educational programming.
• Evaluate and analyze curriculum annually, and as needed with the Discovery Center Director.
• Stay current with education issues, standards, best practices for programs development etc.
• Create and update seasonal educational brochures.
• Create trail guides and other activity booklets for outdoor activities and learning stations.

Scheduling and Registration of Programs
• Work with Discovery Center Director on registration and scheduling of group and public programs.
• Correspond and follow up with clients and staff in a timely fashion.
• Maintain organized files.

Development of new and existing organizations/contacts
• Work with targeted community groups as a resource for science education, by providing information, guidance, and partnership on education programs.
• Work and network with school professionals, community organizations, and related institutions to build relationships and potential partnerships. Be proactive in soliciting new professional contacts.

Web Site
• Update the website on a weekly basis and maintain calendar of events.
• Help Discovery Center Director evaluate audience needs for website development.

Additional:
• Meet regularly with Discovery Center Director and education group to discuss Center goals, policies and strategies. Keep him/her apprised of Group needs and staff feedback
• Assist in writing newsletter articles, program descriptions, reports etc.

Qualifications:
• Good communicator, friendly manner, likes to share new ideas, interest in science and nature, and comfortable with people of all ages and backgrounds.
• Ideally, 2 years prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education, nature center, or early childhood education, or some classroom teaching capacity preferred, but not required. Some natural science content background preferred, but not required.
• Knowledge of and passion for the natural world of the Colorado Plateau, or willingness to learn.
• Enthusiasm for working with children is a critical qualification.
• Ability to walk campus trails and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
• Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
• Ability to communicate effectively with all ages and backgrounds in person, on the phone, and good writing skills preferred.
• Ability to operate common office equipment, a MAC computer and related software, do desktop publishing, E-mail, and Internet.
• Willingness to work irregular hours.
• Currently eligible to work in the USA.
• Valid Driver's license for off-site programs.
• Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification.
• Multi-lingual applicants will get preference in hiring (Spanish, Ute, and Navajo in particular).

Attitudes and Personal Characteristics
• Enthusiasm, patience, understanding, flexibility, and energy for working with children, teachers, and the public. Tact and sensitivity with the public, staff, and volunteers.
• Self-motivated, detailed-oriented, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and flexibility to shift gears quickly.
• Curious about and willing to learn all aspects of science and nature center operations.

Physical/Essential Requirements
The successful candidate must be able to perform essential functions requiring sitting, standing, stooping, walking, and communicating effectively. He/she must be able to safely operate standard hand tools, office equipment, telephones, and computers and have the ability to reach overhead with hands/arms. The Education Coordinator may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. The ability to drive a FCS vehicle is also required.

How to Apply
Send cover letter and resume to Janet Ross at jross@fourcornersschool.org, or to P.O. Box 1029, Monticello, Utah 84535. POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

(Posted:  12/18/14)

Blueprint Math Fellowship (K-12 Education) 2015-2016         Closing Date: 05/01/2015
Company Name: Blueprint Schools Network
Approx. hrs. / week 40
Days of week 5

Salary Range 20,000-21,000/Academic Year

Position Description and Qualifications
Blueprint Schools Network, Inc. (Blueprint) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping school districts close the achievement gap in their lowest-performing schools. Using a blueprint of comprehensive reform strategies, we partner with school districts to plan, implement, and monitor the progress of whole school turnaround with the goal of improving educational and life opportunities for students.

One of Blueprint’s most significant supports resides in the Blueprint Fellows Program, a comprehensive tutoring program that aims to accelerate student achievement in mathematics. We are currently seeking fellows for our schools in Boston, MA, Salem, MA, Denver, CO, and St. Louis, MO.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website, http://blueprintschools.org/fellows/ to learn more about the program.

Position Summary
Blueprint Fellows play an integral role in heightening student achievement in schools across the country. On a daily basis, Fellows build individualized lessons based on predetermined curriculum and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps students may have to strengthen academic performance inside the classroom. During the course of the year, Fellows are building strong relationships that help to increase each student’s self-confidence in and commitment to his/her education, helping to foster a positive future for each student.

While teachers have classrooms of 25 or 30 students, Fellows manage no more than 4 students at a time. This allows for the individualization of remedial and supplemental instruction. Fellows receive on-going mentoring and professional development as well as receive written evaluation of feedback from their assigned Fellows Coordinator. Fellows are charged with focusing on the individual needs of their students, helping to bolster and accelerate student achievement while helping to close any skill gaps that may exist.

We are now accepting applications for the following opportunities:

• Current and Waitlist Positions for the 2014-2015 School Year
• Candidates who apply for waitlist positions will be considered if a Fellow position becomes available throughout the current school year.
o Please visit https://fellows-blueprintschools.icims.com/jobs/1089/blueprint-math-fellow-2014-2015-%26-2015-2016/job for current 2014-2015 openings.
• 2015-2016 School Year Positions
o Start date for a 2015-2016 Fellow position is late-July or August 2015, depending on site location.

Expectations
Fellows have a variety of responsibilities that allow them to be an integral piece of their student’s educational experience. Fellow responsibilities typically fall into one of the following categories: Instruction, Planning, Communication & Feedback, and Compliance. Examples of duties that Fellows have that fall into these categories include:

Instruction:
• Carry out all the responsibilities of an academic tutor and ensure that students are constantly learning and being challenged. Observe, monitor, and assess students’ performance on a regular basis and record data to track student performance.
• Assist students in setting and reaching academic goals.
• Modify instruction and related lesson plans based on student assessment results.
• Present subject matter to students using a variety of research-based instructional strategies centered on students’ individual needs.
• Work alongside school staff to broaden the academic and instructional resources available to students.

Planning:
• Plan daily and weekly lesson plans based on predetermined curriculum.
• Prepare instructional activities that aid in mastering specific academic skills, including subject matter content and state-mandated and end-of-course assessments.
• Collaborate with appropriate classroom teachers, department administration and Fellow Coordinator to ensure that each student is on track with their classroom materials and instruction.

Communication & Feedback:
• Reach out to a student’s family at least once every two weeks to update the family on the student’s academic progress in tutorial.
• Develop a frequent and consistent line of communication between the student’s family and the school regarding a student’s academic status.
• Actively participate in professional development activities necessary to successfully carry out job-related duties.
• Meet with Fellows Coordinator in order to receive coaching and formal evaluation feedback.

Compliance:
• Maintain confidentiality of student information as required by law and district policies.
• Enforce school/district behavior rules and policies.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Requirements
Being a Fellow is an intense but rewarding experience. It’s important that each Blueprint Fellow understands the urgency and rigor needed to help each and every student succeed in school. The following is what we are looking for from each and every one of our Fellows.

• Willingness to be a team-player with a strong sense of personal accountability and strong communication skills.
• Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be flexible and deal with a certain amount of unpredictability.
• The ability and willingness to go above and beyond to help support student achievement.
• Associates degree or higher required.
• Experience working with adolescents or related field preferred.
• Experience tutoring or mentoring youth is preferred.

Salary and Benefits
The salary for a Fellow position is $20,000-$21,000 per school year depending on site location. Depending on start date, salary may be pro-rated. The Fellow position includes a benefits package.

How to Apply
To Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website, http://blueprintschools.org/fellows/apply-now to learn more about the program and to access the online application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The timeline for the application process varies by district. The Blueprint Recruiting Team will provide an update regarding the status of your application within two weeks of submitting your application. The timeline for regional interviews varies by district, and while some districts do not begin regional interviews until the spring, others begin as early as December. We encourage all interested candidates to apply early! Applying early increases the chances of accommodating your regional and school level preferences.
Blueprint Schools Network and all applicable school districts are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.