SCIENCE JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR GEFFEN ACADEMY EDUCATOR
Geffen Academy Science Educator for Middle/High School
Geffen Academy faculty approach teaching as an intellectual profession of the highest order, one in which knowledge is not only transmitted but created. Geffen Academy teachers possess a sophisticated and reflective understanding of their discipline and a record of achievement which demonstrates their ability to utilize and contribute to the robust connections we have with UCLA, a world-class research institution. Teachers’ innovation is guided by our school’s mission to prioritize proven educational practices while also recognizing that teaching is a complex intellectual endeavor that defies rigid codification. We are committed to a humane working environment and also recognize that teaching goes beyond the life of the mind. Geffen Academy teachers seek to create trusting and caring relationships with their students and with their larger community.
Summary: Under the direction of the head of the relevant academic department(s) at Geffen Academy and the relevant division director(s), Geffen Academy Educators will be responsible for the delivery of an excellent program of secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of a course of study, offering excellent instruction to the Academy’s students in as many as four (4) courses each term, and participating in a the life of the Academy in a robust and fully engaged manner. This is a bargaining unit covered position.
The Science Department is seeking candidates to join our growing team of entrepreneurial educators in a unique university based setting. Teaching a mix of students from UCLA families and the local community, the science department is able to partner with some of the best research laboratories in the world as we seek to incorporate current educational research into our classrooms. A demonstrated excellence in middle school instruction is essential.
The Position: Geffen Academy Educator in the Science department(s).
Consistent with department leadership’s direction, the successful candidates will:
● Collaborate with other faculty in creation of a scientific curriculum that provide contemporary standards based and integrated, scientific education that is accurate, relevant and meets the need and interests of the Academy’s students.
● Be familiar with and be willing to implement research supported teaching practices
● Evaluate and choose books, digital materials, experiential opportunities to support student mastery of scientific disciplines
● Assist in the selection and administration of proficiency assessments
● Assess the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the department
● Participate in interdisciplinary instructional programs as the need arises
● Serve as instructors/mentors/advisers of students’ independent projects
● Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to Department heads, Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Academic Coordinator, Registrar, counselor/psychologist, and athletic team coaches
● Work with parents regarding student progress as appropriate
● Participate in department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events
● Engage in co-curricular and extracurricular activities
● Meet as needed with the department
● Participate in continuing professional development activities
● Be available to students and parents for any and all department related issues
● Participate in committee work, whether the committee’s focus is solely within the department, or reaches to other parts of the Geffen Academy enterprise
● Assist the Head of School and Admissions Director in student recruitment activities
● Be available to provide coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of colleagues
● Self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption.
● 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.
● This list of duties is not exhaustive, and may vary depending on student needs. A Geffen Educator’s workload may vary from term to term, and year to year. Each Geffen Academy Educator’s annual contract will reflect the workload anticipated for the time covered by the contract. Teaching or other duties beyond those set forth in a contract may lead to additional compensation.
Qualification: The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, should have a Master’s degree and at least 3 years successful experience in, and a stated passion for, Middle School science education (for Middle School positions) and advanced science education (High School positions). In addition to a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy’s mission, vision, and values, the successful candidates will have a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, integrated science education the Middle school setting a basis for success in high school and beyond. Experience in a “bring your own device” educational setting and/or commitment to BYOD program is essential, as are excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to students primarily, but also colleagues, and families. Experience in a variety of instructional and co-curricular/extracurricular roles within a secondary school would be a plus. A working knowledge of NGSS would be advantageous.
Apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03475. 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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.”
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Teaching
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)
Additional teaching materials - In addition to a course syllabus please submit some other teaching materials, of your choosing, that reflect your approach to teaching and your work with students.