Teacher Support Partnership Specialist

NCSE is currently seeking a Teacher Support Partnership Specialist to work with our Supporting Teachers program, which focuses on providing teachers the tools and skills they need to help students overcome misconceptions and misinformation about climate change, evolution, and the nature of science.

Role and responsibilities

The Teacher Support Partnership Specialist's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and maintaining positive school district relationships and serving as a liaison with schools implementing NCSE curricula, especially in districts where certain science topics are seen as societally controversial.
  • Providing both in-person and virtual professional development meant to strengthen teachers’ abilities to implement NCSE curricula with fidelity, as well as their pedagogical knowledge in regard to the best science classroom practices. In-state and out-of-state travel will be required.
  • Assisting partnership specialist team to mentor all teacher cohorts associated with NCSE, including but not limited to Teacher Ambassadors (TAs). 
    • Attending all cohort and TA monthly meetings; 
    • Researching programs known for their excellence in science education to develop tools to assist cohorts and TAs;
    • Recruiting teachers from diverse demographic and geographic backgrounds to participate in future curriculum outreach and development.

To achieve these job responsibilities, the specialist is expected to:

  • Develop a schedule in coordination with other members of the teacher support team;
  • Provide feedback and materials to help improve the teacher support program;
  • Attend regularly scheduled team and specialist meetings;
  • Collaborate with the teacher support team to ensure the success of a strategic plan and long-term goals/expectations;
  • Attend relevant conferences or webinars in the specialist's area of expertise;
  • Research new opportunities in science education leadership and instructional coaching.

A majority of work will be done virtually, but in close collaboration with the NCSE Director of Teacher Support and considerable interaction with teachers across the U.S. There will be a need to travel for in-person events and face-to-face meetings.

Expected experience and education

  • Minimum of a master's degree or equivalent experience in science or education
  • 5+ years experience in a K-12 science education, formal or informal
  • 2+ years experience working with school district administrators as a science department lead, science liaison, or science curriculum coordinator outside of the classroom
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and familiarity with the ways in which state science standards are developed, adopted, and revised
  • Familiarity with school districts' curriculum and professional learning adoption processes
  • Excellent people, organization, and multitasking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and individually in a remote setting
  • Familiarity with Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suites 
  • Willingness to be flexible with hours depending on the needs of the organization, including out-of-state travel

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off, health insurance stipend, and retirement contributions. The work will be primarily remote, with some travel required; the ability to work remotely is required.

Apply by emailing a CV, names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter to tsps-search@ncse.ngo. In the cover letter, please provide specific examples of any conflicts you have experienced in your career in education, especially while teaching evolution or climate change, and how you resolved them. Also describe the science education networks to which you are connected. Applications will be accepted until April 3, 2023, with employment to begin no sooner than July 1, 2023.

NCSE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCSE does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

NCSE seeks to foster an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. We are committed to building an organization whose staff, Board, and partners are diverse. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or more information about the project should contact tsps-search@ncse.ngo.