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Summer Water Safety Educator

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Open April 8th, 2021 through Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Geffen Academy educators approach teaching as an intellectual profession of the highest order, one in which knowledge is not only transmitted but is created. Geffen Academy educators possess a sophisticated and reflective understanding of their discipline and a record of achievement. This achievement demonstrates their ability to utilize and to contribute to the robust connections we have with UCLA, a world-class research institution. Educators’ innovation is guided by our school’s mission to prioritize proven educational practices while also recognizing that teaching is a complex endeavor that defies rigid codification. We are committed to a humane working environment and we also recognize that teaching goes beyond the life of the mind. Geffen Academy educators seek to create trusting and caring relationships with their students and with their larger community.

Under the direction of the head of the Physical Education department and Summer School Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA, the Educator will be responsible for the delivery of an excellent summer Water Safety and Emergency Training program for secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of a course of study, teaching one section which are four (4) hours long over a three (3) week period. The course will be taught in-person at an UCLA pool. For a list of Geffen Academy’s COVID-19 safety precautions, please look at the link below.

The curriculum at Geffen Academy presents a multi-faceted exploration of Physical Education. The Physical Education curriculum will incorporate many important life skills such as leadership, character development, grit, determination, collaboration, and teamwork.

Through this course, students learn to care for others in emergency situations while learning about their personal safety in diverse emergency medical situations. The main components of the course include: First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety. Students will participate in scenarios, practical skill testing, and simulated rescue drills, so that they are well equipped to handle unexpected emergency events, while developing team leadership by using strong collaborative and communication skills during class exercises. To pass the class, students must fulfill the requirements to earn the following American Red Cross certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Advanced First Aid, AED, EpiPen Administration, Basic Water Rescue, Oxygen Administration, Blood-Borne Pathogens, Incident Commands, Multiple-Casualty Incidents. In addition, for those who wish, there will be an opportunity to earn the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification, but this is not required to pass the class.

Job Duties:

  • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, collaborate with other faculty in creation of an Academy program that meets the needs and interests of the Academy’s students.

  • Collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Academy’s students to take advantage of the Academy’s relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation.

  • Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to department head, Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Registrar, counselor/psychologist, and athletic team coaches.

  • Assess the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the department.

  • Orient new faculty and establish appropriate mentoring relationships.

  • Meet as needed with the department.

  • Be available to students and parents for any and all department related issues.

  • This list of duties is not exhaustive. Department heads will be expected to assure that all aspects of the Geffen Academy program within the ambit of their disciplines is led by capable staff.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidates should have extensive experience in secondary school physical education instruction, and demonstrate expertise in the area of aquatics.

    Candidates must hold current certifications in the following: 

    American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor [or equivalent]

    American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor [or equivalent]

    American Red Cross Lifeguard [or equivalent]

    Candidates must have experience coaching a competitive swim team at the middle school and/or the high school level, or coaching a competitive water polo team at the middle school and/or the high school level.

    Candidates should have familiarity with educational management systems including Blackbaud, Google Classroom, and Zoom.

    It is preferred that the successful candidate have a Master’s degree in a related field and a strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy’s mission, vision, and values. A record of outstanding success as a secondary or university educator. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families. Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption. Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of the Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be checked once an offer is made and accepted.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles