The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, CA is seeking a Director of Teacher Support. This is a full-time position based in Oakland, reporting to the Executive Director.
Responsibilities of the Director of Teacher Support
The Director of Teacher Support will provide expertise and leadership within NCSE and to the larger STEM education community across the US. The Director’s primary duty will be the strategic and practical direction of NCSE’s Teacher Ambassador Program.
NCSE’s Teacher Ambassador Program recruits master teachers from across the U.S. who are skilled at teaching evolution and climate change in places where the topics are societally contentious. These teachers are then trained and financially supported to provide professional development to their local peers on sets of lessons that they have helped design to address common misconceptions about evolution, climate change, and the nature of science. The goal is to help reluctant teachers gain confidence in teaching these topics accurately and effectively while avoiding conflict. Directing the program will involve maintaining the current network of NCSE Teacher Ambassadors, recruiting new Teacher Ambassadors as needed, working with the Teacher Ambassadors to develop and deliver professional development to their peers, and promoting the program to a national audience.
The Director of Teacher Support will report directly to the Executive Director. She/he will also work with the Deputy Director to monitor and respond to local and state threats to the integrity of science education, with the Director of Community Science Education to support community outreach, and will work with all NCSE staff to support the overall mission of NCSE, promote NCSE programs, and communicate ideas and news. The Director of Teacher Support shares one full-time program coordinator with the Director of Community Science Education. Some travel will be required.
Direct the Teacher Ambassador Program
Support current Teacher Ambassadors
Recruit and train new Teacher Ambassadors as needed
Cultivate opportunities for Teacher Ambassadors to provide professional development to their peers
Work with research partners to provide formative and summative assessment of all aspects of the program
Maintain database of lessons and supporting documents
Work with Director of Communications to develop and disseminate NCSEteach, the program’s newsletter for teachers of evolution and climate change
Write or contribute to articles for internal and external publications and the NCSE website
Serve as resource for journalists on the effective teaching of evolution and climate change
Work with Deputy Director to respond to threats to science education at the state and local level as they arise
Monitor and evaluate proposed state science standards
Act as NCSE’s liaison with partner organizations such as NABT, NSTA, the CLEAN network and others
Participate as NCSE representative at national and regional meetings
Work with the Director of Development and the Executive Director to identify and apply for funding for the Teacher Ambassador Program
Co-supervise Program Coordinator (with the Director of Community Science Education)
Master’s or Ph.D degree, preferably in science education, biology, geology, or environmental or climate science
Four or more years experience in two or more of the following areas: classroom teaching, teacher professional development, pre-service teacher training, curriculum development and evaluation, or science education administration.
Experience in program management, ideally at a regional or national scale.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience working as part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary research team
Demonstrated success in obtaining funding
To apply, submit a résumé or CV, a cover letter, and a list of three references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience. NCSE provides competitive salaries and benefits. The National Center for Science Education is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
About National Center for Science Education
NCSE promotes and defends accurate and effective science education, because everyone deserves to engage with the evidence.
Since 1981, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has worked to ensure that what is taught in science classrooms and beyond is accurate and consistent with the best current understanding of the scientific community.
NCSE recognizes that well-established areas of science that are culturally controversial, in particular climate change and evolution, are challenging to teach. Many teachers avoid or water down their coverage of these topics out of fear of conflict. NCSE helps train teachers and community volunteers in approaches that have been proven to reduce conflict and help learners overcome even deeply held misconceptions about evolution and climate change. NCSE also helps local communities block legislation and other efforts that would result in the miseducation of students on these critical topics.