Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) has an immediate opening for a Senior Science Educator to serve as Director of Instructional Materials Development. We seek a creative, motivated individual who shares our mission of improving science teaching and learning through research-driven innovation.
BSCS is a non-profit educational reform organization that develops, studies, and disseminates powerful approaches to science education. Founded in 1958, BSCS has brought the experience of inquiry learning to millions of students and teachers across the U.S. and around the world. Today, BSCS conducts research on how to improve science teaching and learning, develops instructional materials, offers professional learning programs for teachers, and conducts leadership development programs for schools and districts. BSCS’s work is funded through a combination of government and foundation grants, service contracts from schools and districts, licensing revenue, and charitable donations.
BSCS’s 2017-23 strategic plan calls for major new research and development initiatives focusing on the role that instructional materials can play in improving science education outcomes. We are looking for an experienced curriculum developer to play a leadership role in that work.
At BSCS, Senior Science Educators lead projects that involve the design and development of instructional materials and/or the development and delivery of professional development, depending on their area(s) of expertise. Directors have additional responsibility for providing intellectual leadership and oversight for a division. BSCS currently has three divisions—Instructional Materials, Professional Development, and Research. Directors’ divisional responsibilities include developing strategy for the division, mentoring and supervising staff, leading proposal-writing, and conducting other fund-raising. Directors also serve on the organization-wide Management Team, which coordinates work across the organization and advises the executive director on organizational strategy and policy.
This position requires an advanced degree in science education or other related field, a minimum of ten years’ experience working in the field of science education, including at least five years’ experience developing science curriculum materials. It requires an in-depth understanding of three-dimensional science learning as described by the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The position also requires a demonstrated track record of success in project management, grant proposal writing, and staff supervision.
In addition to these basic requirements, the following are highly desirable:
-experience developing yearlong courses and/or multi-year programs;
-experience developing multimedia and interactive resources for science teaching and learning;
-experience in educational research and evaluation;
-K-12 classroom teaching experience.
Essential Qualities and Abilities
The following are required to function effectively in this position:
-A deep commitment to improving science education
-A deep commitment to equitable instruction
-Familiarity with the research literature in science teaching and learning
-Ability to manage complex projects
-Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds and expertise
-Strong internal motivation
-Flexibility and openness
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
BSCS offers competitive compensation and a generous package of benefits, and has a strong commitment to the professional growth of all staff.
BSCS’s offices are in Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado. Located along the Front Range of the Rockies one hour south of Denver, Colorado Springs is known for a mild climate, a vibrant arts community, and year-round outdoor recreation. For additional information about BSCS and our work, prospective applicants are encouraged to review the BSCS web site (www.bscs.org (link is external)).
This position requires travel and public speaking.
How to Apply:
Applicants should send a curriculum vita and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
(link sends e-mail). The cover letter should describe the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the position. Please put “Director, Instructional Materials” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing complete applications on September 14 and will continue until the position is filled.
BSCS is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants, volunteers, clients, contractors, or employees on the basis of age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability (physical and/or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local law.