Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

  • NGSS Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist - Part-time

    Job Locations US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date
    8 months ago(4/9/2018 1:25 PM)
  • Overview

    The Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist will be an energetic, collaborative, and creative individual with a passion and expertise for developing and implementing NGSS curriculum and professional development education initiatives for students and teachers, with a specific focus on the K-5 grade band.  This individual will help Professional Field Services achieve its goals, meet project and program objectives and apply best practice.


    Educator outreach activities are facilitated by the Professional Field Services (PFS) department within the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. PFS works to enrich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning throughout the state of Illinois and beyond by providing research-based, practice-proven programs.


    This position will support IMSA's Diversity Stance by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


    This position is a temporary, part-time position, approximately 10 hrs/unit. Flexible work arrangement which may include work from home, virtual access and limited travel.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Research, develop and write integrative and innovative NGSS curriculum and model lessons for grades K-5
    • Design and facilitate relevant professional development for all educators (pre-service, in-service, student leaders, informal educators)
    • Collaborate with other curriculum and professional development specialists to ensure comprehensive and consistent deliverables
    • Communicate regularly with the NGSS project leaders on progress and challenges
    • Facilitate all aspects of program implementation which may include teaching, logistics, troubleshooting, or real-time mentoring, as needed
    • Other duties as assigned.


    The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

    • A Master’s Degree in education or a STEM related-field
    • Minimum of three years of K-12 formal or informal teaching experience
    • Demonstrated experience developing hands-on and minds-on STEM activities
    • Teacher leader experience in the area of curriculum
    • Working knowledge of NGSS, with a focus on cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas
    • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with a variety of individual and diverse populations
    • Technology competencies to be able to work from home and commute remotely
    • Flexibility, self-direction, creativity, attention to detail and time management
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • A valid Illinois driver’s license and an excellent driving record and the ability to travel as needed


    • Experience working with under-represented populations
    • 5 years experience teaching Pre-K-5th grade
    • Working knowledge of Common Core standards
    • Experience developing and presenting teacher professional development
    • Teaching experience in a Title 1 school
    • Comfort with online learning platforms and use of technology



    Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer.  This is sedentary work which requires the following physical activities: sitting, walking, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.




    Applicants must also submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references.  Applications with all appropriate attachments listed above will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled.



    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.


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