Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Part Time Head Instructor - Scientific Adventures for Girls

  • 28 Aug 2020 10:06 PM
    Message # 9197773

    SAfG Part Time Head Instructor Job Description

    Scientific Adventures for Girls is looking for a Head Instructor to teach three or more engaging, project and inquiry-based after school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons per week for elementary-aged girls in the Oakland/East Bay area. Instruction during the school year 2020/21 will be virtual until safe in-person education has been authorized by the state agencies. Position is up to 25 hours a week, depending on the number of classes you teach.

    Very competitive hourly wage depending on experience and qualifications.

    SAfG’s mission is to remove systemic barriers to all girls’ participation in STEM starting in kindergarten, engage them through hands-on learning, increase their positive attitudes toward STEM, and equip them with 21st century skills. Head Teachers serve as critical role models for participants, normalizing the idea of women in STEM and facilitating the development of science identities that reflect their own. SAfG is committed to creating a cohort of instructors that reflect the diversity of the girls in our programming, and prioritizes recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining women of color. The position reports to the Director of Programming.


    Promote the mission and scientist mindset of SAfG in each class
    Deliver project-based technology-oriented STEM activities. On site, once safe, education includes elementary schools in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and San Leandro
    Utilize facilitator guides available for each class and differentiate instruction as needed to improve the student experience or accommodate individual students
    Provide leadership and positivity, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual students and help individual girls develop as leaders
    Assist as substitute teacher on an assigned week day as needed.
    Supervise and direct teaching assistant, role models and volunteers in the virtual classroom
    Provide excellent customer service to parents and adult caregivers by communicating with them about their child’s experience; email parents/caregivers brief summary of the class each week
    Organize and implement class registration at the beginning of the year
    Follow and reinforce regulations around COVID-19 for teaching personnel and students at school sites once in-person learning is occurring
    Coordinate with volunteer manager regarding role models, volunteers and near peers in class


    Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or higher with focus on Education OR STEM-related field
    A minimum of two years of experience teaching after school programming with social-emotional content and hands-on STEM activities to girls in K-5th grades, experience teaching and building relationships with girls from underserved backgrounds preferred.
    Ability to receive and give constructive, professional feedback for instructional and process improvements
    Possess the ability to establish rapport with a wide range of students and create an inclusive learning environment
    Possess a positive public service and thrives in a nimble organization with a can-do attitude
    Commitment to educational equity and programming for girls
    Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with parents
    Initiative to analyze and solve problems
    Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with an assistant and colleagues
    Strong organization skills and attention to detail
    Ability to maintain an excellent work ethic, a high level of energy and enthusiasm
    Experience in emergent curriculum, project-based or inquiry-based learning a plus
    Physical ability to pick up and carry crates (up to 50 pounds) and load/unload and move heavy carts
    Ability to work evenings and weekends when needed
    Use hands and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment

    Experience teaching coding and robotics preferred

    Successful completion of a criminal background check upon hiring
    Negative TB Test result
    Use hands and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
    Possess a valid driver’s license (car to transport self and materials to and from program sites once education has returned to in-person.)

    If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephanie Lauenstein at Background check, TB test, and three professional references are required.


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