Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Maine Math & Science Alliance (MMSA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering and math today, so that our youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. MMSA supports educators to teach science, technology, engineering and math in more meaningful ways by:
- Developing professional development experiences for K-12 educators
- Conducting research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences
- Building relationships and networks to sustain systemic statewide improvement
Position Title: STEM Education Specialist | Linking Formal and Informal Learning Through Mathematics
Salary Range: $50,000 to$65,000
- Bachelor’s degree is required in any math or education related field, with preference given to individuals with master’s degrees or higher
- Experience designing and leading math professional development for educators, preferably in both formal and informal settings
- Knowledge of and experience with implementing mathematics teaching practices and student standards for mathematical practices
- Knowledge of age appropriate data literacy and analyses used in scientific investigations
- Knowledge of formal and informal STEM education landscape
Purpose of the Position
The STEM Education Specialist will be an integral team member and serve as the organizational representative in many STEM and math focused education initiatives. This position will work closely with two projects in particular – WeatherBlur: Linking Citizen Science and Computational Thinking and the Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES). This position will add capacity to MMSA’s growing team, specifically in identifying opportunities to support educators in learning how to integrate math practices into hands-on formal and informal STEM learning – including citizen science in the classroom, 21st century learning centers, and other contexts.
This position will also work closely with MMSA’s STEM professional learning consulting team to design and implement a statewide systemic effort to provide educators and administrators with the support to integrate high quality math learning throughout the preK-12 experience.
The right candidate will have the opportunity to deepen and share his/her skills in math education methods, program development, and best practices in professional development for math instruction and assessment to move Maine STEM education policy and practice forward.
- Build the capacity of the mathematics consulting offerings at MMSA to meet the needs of districts across Maine
- Collaboratively develop learning modules for grades 3-5 in the WeatherBlur project in partnership with Tuva labs, teacher advisors, and scientist advisors
- Design remote (virtual) coaching with integrated mathematics activities for ACRES afterschool educator cohorts
- Deliver professional development opportunities and support materials for formal and informal educators
- Work closely with MMSA STEM Mathematics Specialists
- Coordinate communication to participants through emails, newsletters, zoom conferences etc
- Other duties as assigned
- Prior experience teaching in the classroom, preference given to elementary experience
- Prior experience working in informal (out-of-school) mathematics education settings
- Prior experience developing and leading mathematics professional development for K-5 mathematics educators
- Prior experience integrating mathematics and science practices
- Equity-focused education leader
- Prior experience as an instructional coach or facilitator of a professional learning community (PLC)
- A clear understanding of rural education and the challenges and opportunities that presents
- Demonstrated ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences through in person relationship building, emails, and newsletters
- Working knowledge of a range of software packages including Microsoft Office, Airtable, and being familiar with working on Apple products (laptops, iphones, ipads etc)
- Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of personalities and interests with disbursed project staff and teams.
- Excellent communication skills and team member
MMSA offers a flexible work schedule that ncludes working off site with the approval of their supervisor. Staff are expected to be in the office each Wednesday for staff meetings and at other times as needed. This position will need to travel regularly across the state, including overnights, to locations elsewhere in Maine.
Please send a letter of interest that outlines your experience against each of the selection criteria above and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Human Resource Director, 219 Capitol Street, Suite 3, Augusta, ME 04330. Materials should be submitted by August 31, 2019 to ensure full consideration.