Professional Development Facilitator
Arizona Science Center Phoenix, AZ
- Posted: over a month ago
- $45,000 to $50,000 Yearly
The Professional Learning Facilitator at Arizona Science Center will coordinate, develop, and implement science professional learning experiences as an active member of the professional learning team. Responsibilities include professional development, coaching, mentoring, and facilitating learning networks.
This position reports to the Senior Director of Professional Learning. It works collaboratively with professional development facilitators to provide area teachers with ongoing training and support relating to science curriculum/content and inquiry-based teaching strategies to expand and enhance the pool of qualified and passionate science educators.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Arizona Science Center maintains a firm policy of equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants. We recruit, hire, train, promote, compensate and dismiss employees based on such factors as experience, character, ability, and skill, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or heritage, age, marital or veteran status, disability, citizenship, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include, but are not limited to the following:
- Lead, develop and implement teacher education/professional development programs for the Science Teacher Residency program (STaR), contracts, and grants per priorities and guidelines.
- Coordinate the selection, ordering, and organization of program supplies and consumables.
- Represent Arizona Science Center within the community when required to do so.
- Lead, develop and implement training programs for Arizona Science Center employees following priorities and guidelines.
- Participate in planning, teaching, and evaluating each of the individual lessons/activities that comprise the STaR program modules while acting as the lead instructor/coordinator for at least one periodic module. Modules address life science, space, physical science, earth science, environmental science, and chemistry. They aim to provide participants’ content knowledge, pedagogical practice, and facility with the Arizona Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. They also deliver opportunities for reflection within a learning community and increased confidence and competence in teaching 3-8 grade science.
- Manage coursework, curricular materials, and written submissions (portfolios) for teacher participants, provide feedback to teachers, and maintain the STaR digital learning space.
- Track and report program attendance for contracts, grants, Educate to Innovate conferences, and STaR modules.
- Communicate with internal staff and external partners regarding program logistics.
- Maintain program documentation.
- Develop and coordinate the creation and refinement of CONNECT content.
- Develop, communicate, and model processes and procedures for CLL team functions (production sheets, Tessitura reports, hotel accommodations, expense reports, FFTO, etc.)
- Serve as a liaison to create and maintain partnerships with education communities and external organizations, such as professional groups, universities, and school districts.
- Continually monitor programs for quality insurance via evaluation, working closely with research and evaluation professionals and implementing modifications/revisions based on evaluation findings and recommendations.
- Maintain a safe, friendly, and fun work and learning environment.
- Remain current and apply best practices in teacher education and science/ STEM education for primary and middle students, including course content applicable science standards and engaging in sustained reflection around program objectives.
- Collaborate with other learning teams to ensure all programs align with Arizona Science Center’s mission and vision.
- Collaborate with membership and reservations teams to provide educator services.
- Collaborate with outside vendors (EiE, Picture-Perfect Science) to align programs with Arizona Science Center’s mission and vision and ensure W.O.W. customer service.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in science, education, or related discipline. Or 5+ years related experience, training, and education.
- Experience with science education and content.
- Experience in developing and delivering professional development programs for teachers.
- Strong understanding of non-traditional learning environments and informal learning strategies, as well as research-based practices in teacher education. Must be creative and dynamic; exhibit enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas.
- Detail-oriented; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking required.
- Ability to work on multiple projects and deadlines. Excellent project management, planning, and organizational skills.
- Being bilingual is a plus.
- Proficiency in G Suite (Gmail, docs, spreadsheets, slideshows, calendar) required.
- Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to interpret a wide variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
- The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use dexterity of hands and fingers; reach with arms as extensions, and use speaking and listening skills. The employee is required to have the ability to be mobile by standing, walking, and stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 20 pounds. This job’s specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
- Must have a valid Arizona driver’s license.
- Must have a current teaching certificate.
- Must obtain a fingerprint clearance card.
The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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