Computational Thinking Instructor
COMPUTATIONAL THINKING INSTRUCTOR
MISSION STATEMENT: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latinx students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.
JOB TITLE: Computational Thinking Instructor
REPORT TO: Director of Academic Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Admissions & Placement
POSITION TYPE: Seasonal part-time — Winter & Spring
SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a Computer Science instructor to plan and implement a curriculum for eighth grade students. All applicants must have proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination. The instructor’s primary objective is to equip students with mindsets and practices to flourish at rigorous independent high schools. Students should gain improved competency, skill, and habits of mind. The instructor will assist the Admissions & Placement department to outline expected curricular outcomes and track student progress. This position reports to the Director of Academic Affairs and is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of scholarship and youth development with an educational nonprofit organization.
- Teach in person Saturdays January to June 2024 and be available for office hours, study hall, and faculty meetings.
- Use the Oliver Scholars course description and pedagogical summary to design a high school-level Computer Science course — including syllabus, lesson plans, coding assignments, reading assignments, and tests/quizzes.
- This course, titled Computational Thinking, begins with programming in a block-based language such as Scratch, and then moves to programming in Python. The course is not coding for coding’s sake. Emphasis is for students to solve from a context, rather than drilling and practicing for its own sake, and to develop verbal and written communication skills to discuss computational concepts. Students will learn about input/output, data types, and code blocks. They will also be required to create their programs. This class is a collaborative effort. The instructor will supply learning materials via Google Slides and links to vetted YouTube videos and weekly class lectures. However, it’s imperative that the students conduct their own research into Python. The Python environment allows students to share and collaborate, but also push themselves in the realm of basic programming. Students will be given the opportunity to workshop ideas during class for help from each other and the instructor, newly learned concepts or just to show off their work.
- Attend a paid instructor orientation.
- Write detailed Interim and Final Evaluation Reports
- Team with tutors, Teaching Assistants, and Oliver Scholars leadership to instruct and support students.
- Attend weekly faculty meetings
- Proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination booster. Individuals are considered fully boosted for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a single-dose course (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
- A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.
- Two or more years of teaching experience required at the middle school or high school level
- Two or more years of experience designing curriculum.
- Knowledge of independent schools preferred.
- Outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills
- Deep knowledge of the principles of teaching students
- A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Oliver’s mission and values
- A flexible, creative individual able to find alternative ways to connect with students.
- Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
- A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities.
- A good listener who is comfortable receiving feedback
- Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
- Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to learn new techniques and procedures; Manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
- Innovation & Initiative - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
- Planning/Organizing & Project Management - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
- Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range $8,500 to $10,200.
We are committed to ensuring our office and alternate educational and event locations are safe for employees and the constituents we serve. The policy of the organization requires all employees to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 to safeguard the health of our employees, visitors, partners, and the constituents we serve.
Oliver Scholars is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.