Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.
ABOUT THE CHRISTA MCAULIFFE CENTER:
Our vision is to foster a community of lifelong learners by providing innovative, integrated STEM pedagogies, practices, and programs that are accessible to all audiences. Our mission is to lead the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in K-16 integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and advancement of educational practices. The McAuliffe Center Team is devoted to promoting and increasing diversity and equity in STEM Education. Our passion is to offer STEM Educational programming to historically underrepresented groups.
Learn more about our career opportunities at www.framingham.edu/careers.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Program Facilitator will help facilitate many of the McAuliffe Center's virtual STEM education programs, including: simulation of space missions and astronomy programs (see https://cm-center.org/cmconline), family engagement days, and mentorship program. All virtual programs contain accurate and relevant STEM principles and concepts in a way that both educates and inspires further interest in STEM and learning. Virtual programs cover a wide range of science content complemented by opportunities to practice teamwork, problem-solving, and strategic thinking challenges. The Program Facilitator is a person who is comfortable with science content and is eager to learn more. The Program Facilitator is confident in using education technology for the facilitation of remote learning experiences. The Program Facilitator is interested in researching effective ways to creatively engage students through the use of Zoom and a wide range of web-based collaboration tools.
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Facilitate virtual simulation of space missions and astronomy programs for elementary, middle and high school students
- Monitor program materials and make updates when appropriate
- Contribute, via reviews and feedback, to the creation of new virtual education programs
- Assist with the facilitation of mentorship program for high-school students as needed
This position is part-time, 18 hours a week, and will require working remotely, for the foreseeable future. A computer with a camera and audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection are required. The employer will provide basic hardware if needed but will not cover internet expenses.
- Associates or Bachelors Degree
- Relevant coursework in science at the college level or equivalent experience in a science learning context
- Demonstrated experience in working in a combination of informal science education, outreach, youth development and formal education.
- Confident working with virtual platforms for educational programs, for example: Zoom, Google Meets, and web-based collaboration tools (Jamboard, Google Form, Qualtrics)
- Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new software and digital technologies and troubleshoot
- Demonstrated commitment to a high standard of inclusive educational practice
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse range of audiences representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and abilities
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative in the work environment, work successfully both as a part of a team and independently
This is a part-time non-benefited, contract position, not to exceed 18 hours per week. The pay rate is $18/hour.
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
For full consideration, application materials must be received by March 10, 2021. However, the search committee may elect to continue accepting applications up until the position is filled.
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