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[ncsm-members] KSTF Job Announcement - Seeking STEM Program Officer for Teacher Development
Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:04 PM
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KSTF Job Announcement

Program Officer for Teacher Development

Start date flexible, ASAP preferred

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) a private, operating
foundation, established in 1999 and funded by an endowment from C. Harry
and Janet H. Knowles, continues to grow and is seeking a Program Officer
for Teacher Development to work as part of a team developing, implementing
and refining the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program. KSTF seeks to
strengthen the teaching profession and increase the US education system?s
capacity to continually improve STEM education by creating a networked
community of teachers who mentor and sustain new teachers, set and meet
high standards for student learning, and create and uphold benchmarks of
teacher professionalism grounded in a deep and nuanced understanding of the
work of teaching. Rather than waiting for leaders to emerge from within the
educational system, KSTF identifies and selects beginning teachers who show
the potential to develop into master teachers and teacher leaders.
Furthermore, KSTF seeks to understand and provide the kinds of sustained
support, professional development, and learning opportunities these
promising individuals need to reach their potential as teachers and
leaders. KSTF supports new science, math and biology teachers with a
5-year fellowship that provides these young teachers with professional
development and financial support. After the five-year program, a KSTF
fellow becomes an Alumni where they continue to participate in our
professional community.

KSTF Teacher Developers are committed to the belief that teaching is a
critically important, complex, intellectually challenging profession that
demands the best efforts of our nation's finest. Teacher Developers have
experience teaching at the high school level, knowledge and experience in
teacher mentoring and development, and substantial knowledge of their
subject matter. Three teams, each led by a Senior Program Officer for
Teacher Development, work together to design, implement, refine and study
the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program offers
support and professional development for 165 of the nation's best new high
school science and math teachers for five years. Teacher Developers work at
the center of a broader national learning community that includes Teaching
Fellows and KSTF Staff as well as expert teachers and teacher educators,
researchers and evaluators.

Our immediate need is for a Teacher Developer with a mathematics education
background who will join a team supporting fellows during their third and
fourth years of the fellowship, focusing on developing exemplary teaching
practices, an inquiry stance towards teaching and leadership capacity.
Although preference will be given to applicants with a background in
mathematics education, we will consider highly-qualified applicants who
have background in any STEM field. The position requires in-person and
online mentoring of fellows and working collaboratively with experts in
various aspects of science and/or mathematics education to implement and
evaluate a five-year comprehensive and cohesive professional development
experience for fellows. Teacher Developers are expected to contribute to
KSTF efforts to synthesize and use existing research, as well as contribute
to the research on teacher development, teacher leadership and the
effective teaching and learning of math and science at the high school
level. The Teacher Developer will be a crucial contributor to the success
of the KSTF Teaching Fellowship and must be committed to continually
developing his or her own professional knowledge and skills.

The ideal candidate for this position has a combination of the following
strengths and abilities:

- High school teaching experience in science or mathematics, preference
for mathematics (REQUIRED)
- Experience mentoring beginning high school teachers, educating
pre-service teachers and/or developing and providing professional
development to high school teachers (REQUIRED)
- Experience teaching innovative, problem solving and inquiry-based
approaches in science or mathematics and coaching or mentoring other
teachers in those methods
- Working knowledge of and capacity to produce educational research
relevant to the development and support of new teachers
- Deep and extensive content knowledge in science and/or mathematics
- A passion for science and mathematics education and a desire to work
on its improvement
- Experience and expertise in designing, facilitating, implementing,
evaluating and refining innovative programs, courses or professional
development workshops
- An advanced degree in science or mathematics education or a related
field (or anticipating such), doctorate preferred

Position is full-time, on-site in NJ and will report to a Senior Program
Officer for Teacher Development. Some (10 - 15%) travel is required.
Salary based on education and experience. Search will remain open until
position is filled.

Interested applicants should review the KSTF website ( and
send a letter of interest and a resume or CV to: Laraine Venuto, HR
Manager, or 856-608-0008 (fax).*

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