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: Integrated Science Instructor
REPORT TO: Director of Academic Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Academic Affairs
POSITION TYPE: Seasonal part-time — Winter & Spring
SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a 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 to design a high school-level integrated science curriculum— including syllabus, lesson plans, assignments, readings, labs, and tests/quizzes.
- The course uses the topic of microplastics to deepen understanding of foundational concepts in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics. There will be four parts, each focusing on a specific area of the topic. From general knowledge of plastics to chemical composition, effect on the environment and how we can change the way plastics are handled and disposed of in society. Each part will be accompanied by a lab that will help further reinforce the students’ knowledge. Journal articles will be read during class with groups to be analyzed to answer a guiding question for the day. The goal of each class period will be to find a solution to the guiding question using the resources if day as evidence to come to your conclusion. The teacher will assist in guiding you to the conclusion, but you will be working with your classmates to analyze the evidence as scientists.
- 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 bolstered 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 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 $10,800 to $16,100.
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.