Job Opportunity: Education Coordinator – Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA

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Position Title: Education Coordinator – MESA
Position Status: Regular Full-time
Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible
Hiring Range: $15.47 – $17.23 per hour, DOE + excellent benefits pkg
Posting Date: 03/16/2015
Closing Date: This search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm. Some nights/weekends may be required.

General Description:
This position coordinates and implements the Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA program. The program’s primary objective is to provide mathematics, science, and technology programs for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islanders, and female students. The Coordinator will lead hands-on, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities and enthusiastically engage and support students to reach their full potential in the STEM fields. The program currently serves four schools districts and over 500 students, offering various instructional programs and events including MESA field trips, MESA Day, and MESA teacher workshops. Reports to the Director of Tacoma MESA.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
– Coordinate MESA programs at each of the identified MESA schools in math and/or science classrooms to include field trips, speakers, career and academic.
– Work with school counselors and teachers in developing, implementing, recruiting students for, and maintaining quality in the MESA Program.
– Develop and implement new and appropriate curriculum and enrichment models for individual schools’ MESA math and science classes.
– Work with TSPS MESA Director in planning academic program curriculum for the TSPS MESA Center, aligning activities in and out of the classroom to the needs of the school districts.
– Coordinate pre-event workshops with MESA teachers. Collaborate with MESA teachers and community mentors in the development of hands-on classroom activities that align with curriculum. Monitor MESA curriculum and enrichment offerings at the state level for suitability.
– Promote the MESA program and philosophy to principals, math and science teachers, and counselors to develop opportunities for students to explore careers in the STEM fields.
– Travel regularly to each school in performing duties. Work with area professionals who are recruited to assist with MESA schools, events and mentoring student participants.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills including listening and interpretive skills.
– Organized and dependable.
– Ability to convey information in clear and easy-to-understand manner.
– Ability to work effectively with students, parents, and community groups from culturally diverse backgrounds and awareness of cultural issues impacting these groups.
– Knowledge of and commitment to TSPS MESA goals and efforts.
– Strong computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email.
– Ability and willingness to travel.

Required Qualifications:
– 3 years experience in school curriculum development in math, science, technology or engineering.
– High School Diploma or GED.
– A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
– Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s Degree
– Experience or contact with local business and industries that provide careers in math, science, technology, engineering, or related fields.

For more information, see https://employment.plu.edu/postings/3373

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