Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

  • Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Professional Field Services

    Job Locations US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date
    2 months ago(1/14/2019 3:21 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 STEM education initiatives for students and teachers.  This individual will help Professional Field Services achieve its goals, meet project and program objectives and apply best practice.


    Educational 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.


    • Research, develop and write integrative and innovative STEM curriculum
    • Design and facilitate relevant professional development for all educators (pre-service, in-service, student leaders, informal educators)
    • Provide on-going support for teachers and students throughout the program
    • Collaborate with other curriculum and professional development specialists to ensure comprehensive and consistent offerings
    • Participate in the formal review of initiatives to evaluate impact and outcomes
    • Create and sustain internal and external partnerships to promote STEM education and advance IMSA’s mission
    • Represent the mission and values of IMSA at the state or national level by publishing or presenting original work
    • Facilitate all aspects of program implementation which may include teaching, logistics, troubleshooting, or real-time mentoring, as needed
    • Ability to work evening or weekend hours as needed
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • 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
    • Passion for advancing STEM teacher practice
    • Working knowledge of NGSS, Common Core State Standards, scientific inquiry, and problem-based learning
    • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with a variety of individual and diverse populations
    • 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
    • Knowledge of best practice in harnessing technology to improve education
    • Experience networking in STEM organizations/ecosystems for the purpose of developing strategic partnerships
    • Comfort with online learning platforms and use of technology
    • Ability to assist in grant writing, research, marketing and recruiting


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