Scientific Adventures for Girls (SAfG) serves girls in K through 6th grades. Our mission is to remove systemic barriers to all girls’ participation in STEM starting in kindergarten, engage them through hands-on learning, increase their positive attitudes toward STEM, and equip them with 21st century skills. Serving schools in the East Bay, SAfG provides hands-on, high quality after-school STEM programming to keep girls engaged in STEM for the long term.
SAfG is seeking a Head Teacher to teach in-person after school classes 3 – 5 days a week throughout the 2021 – 2022 school year. Classes are fun, engaging, project and inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for K-6th grade girls. Classes are held in-person at school sites in the East Bay (Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Richmond and San Leandro). Head Teachers serve as critical role models for participants, normalizing the idea of women in STEM and facilitating the development of science identities that reflect their own. SAfG is committed to creating a cohort of instructors that reflect the diversity of the girls in our programming, and prioritizes recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining women of color.
The Head Teacher is an experienced educator who is creative, flexible and has a passion to uplift girls through engagement and connection to STEM. This person has the enthusiasm and ability to deliver curriculum, spark curiosity, and foster creativity and confidence in all their students. The Head Teacher is responsible for delivering in-person high-quality academic and enrichment instruction over a 27-week period during the 2021 – 2022 school year.
This position reports to the Director of Education and Community Engagement.
- Full-time or Part-time, non-exempt hourly employment from September 2021 – May 2022 with the opportunity to extend to the summer and following school year. (15 – 30+ hrs/week)
- $21 - $27 per hour (dependent on experience)
- Full-time employees: *Health and dental insurance *10 paid holidays *1 week paid vacation *paid sick leave *technology and travel stipends *professional development opportunities.
- Part-time employees: *Travel stipends *professional development opportunities.
MAJOR DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Teach/deliver project-based STEM activities on site at elementary schools in the East Bay (includes kitting, set-up, clean up).
- Promote the mission and scientist mindset of SAfG in each class
- Utilize facilitator guides available for each class and differentiate instruction as needed to improve the student experience or accommodate individual students.
- Assist as substitute teacher on an assigned weekday as needed.
- Assist with registration at the beginning of each session.
- Supervise and direct teaching assistant, role models and volunteers in the classroom.
- Provide excellent customer service to parents and adult caregivers by communicating with them about their child’s experience.
- Coordinate with staff recruiting and managing volunteers regarding role models, volunteers andnear peers in class.
- Assist in the organization and kitting of STEM supplies and kits at the main office and storage facility and responsible for transportation of STEM supplies to school sites.
- Attend all staff meetings and programmatic meetings as scheduled.
- Provide leadership and positivity, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual students and help individual girls develop as leaders.
- Create a safe, respectful youth development-based learning environment.
- Ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds with different needs (e.g., family situations, ages, learning styles).
- Ability to bring compassion, understanding and respect to the girls and families we serve.
- Work closely with the Director of Education and Community Engagement to track student progress.
- Work as a team member with the Director of Education, fellow teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers, and SAfG staff.
- Communicate regularly with families, teachers, and volunteers.
- Maintain organization of physical or virtual classroom and communal supplies and paperwork.
- Effectively utilize prep time to prepare for activities and classroom observations.
- Perform other duties as assigned in person or in virtual workspace.
- Ability to teach 3 – 5 days a week for 27 weeks during the 2021 – 2022 school year.
- Ability to teach in-person at schools throughout the East Bay (Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Richmond and San Leandro).
- Availability to teach after school hours (2:30-5:30pm for most days and 12:45 - 3:30pm for early dismissal days).
- The delivery model and time of day may be adjusted based on recommendations and requirements from the school district and/or local public health departments.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
- Completed (or near completed) Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Education or in STEMrelated field.
- A minimum of one year of experience teaching after school programming with social-emotional content and hands-on STEM activities to girls in K-6th grades
- Experience teaching and building relationships with girls from underserved backgrounds preferred.
- Possess the ability to establish rapport with a wide range of students and create an inclusive learning environment
- Possess a positive public service attitude and thrives in a nimble organization with a can-do attitude
- Commitment to educational equity and programming for girls
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with parents
- Initiative to analyze and solve problems
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with an assistant and colleagues
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and enthusiasm
- Experience in emergent curriculum, project-based or inquiry-based learning a plus
- Fluent in Spanish.
- 3+ years experience teaching after school K-6 programs
- Valid teaching credential
- Follow and reinforce regulations around COVID-19 for teaching personnel and students at school sites.
- Physical ability to pick up and carry crates (up to 40 lbs) and load/unload and move heavy carts.
- Use hands and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
- Reliable form of transportation and must be able to drive to teaching sites in own vehicle.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Must obtain the following clearances: Negative TB Test (within the last 3 years), Department of Justice clearance based on fingerprinting submission, and a background check.
- First aid/CPR preferred.