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Science Educator Posted Sep 11
BSCS - Biological Sciences Curriculum Study , Colorado Springs, CO
 
Job Description:
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) has an immediate opening for a Science Educator to work across instructional materials development and professional development projects. 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.


Responsibilities

Depending on their areas of expertise, science educators at BSCS participate in one or more of the following: the design and development of instructional materials, the development and delivery of professional development, and research on science teaching and learning. Science educators have the opportunity to work across multiple initiatives in multiple roles. Science educators serve as key personnel on projects, taking responsibility for design, development, and/or delivery of learning experiences for K-12 students or teachers. Science educators have the opportunity to serve as a principal investigator or project lead on one or more projects, taking on responsibility for planning and management of work.


Requirements

At this time, BSCS is looking for a science educator who has the background and expertise to both develop instructional materials and develop/facilitate professional development. This position requires an advanced degree in science education or other related field and a minimum of three years’ experience developing instructional materials and/or facilitate professional development in science. 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.

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 with lesson study or video-based lesson analysis for professional learning;
-K-12 classroom teaching experience;
-expertise in educational research and evaluation;
-expertise in improving outcomes for underserved populations, including English language learners, students from low-income communities, racial or ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities;
-expertise in project management, staff supervision, and/or grant proposal-writing.


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 work
-Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds and expertise
-Strong internal motivation
-Flexibility and openness
-Excellent written and oral communication skills


Additional Information

BSCS offers competitive compensation and a generous package of benefits, as well as having 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)).

Preference will be given to local candidates or those who are prepared to relocate. We will consider remote working arrangements for exceptional candidates. This position requires travel and public speaking.


How to Apply:
Applicants should send a curriculum vita and a cover letter to job@bscs.org (link sends e-mail). The cover letter should describe the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the position. Please put “Science Educator” 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.

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