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POSITION TITLE: STEM Educator

DEPARTMENT: Science Department

REPORTS TO : Head of Upper School

FLSA: Exempt

TERM: 10 months

School Overview:

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an independent coeducational, college preparatory day school serving grades PreKindergarten – 12 at our main campus and Pre-K – Grade 3 at our Harbour View campus. Founded in 1966, the school has a current enrollment of approximately 900 students, 175 employees, and sits on two campuses, a 100-acre campus and a 3-acre campus, both located in Suffolk, Virginia. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Job Summary:

This individual will work with the Department Heads, instructional faculty and staff to model integrative STEM Education, oversee the state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Lab and grow NSA’s STEM Program. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty across all three divisions - Lower, Middle and Upper School and in multiple STEM content areas.

Essential Functions: 

  • Teach STEM and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses to Upper School, as well as support integrative STEM instruction in the Middle School, and Lower School, as needed

  • Collaborate with fellow faculty members to integrate STEM education throughout NSA’s curriculum

  • Model the STEM curriculum for faculty, staff, parents and other community members

  • Collaborate and co-teach lessons and activities with NSA faculty and students that utilize the Lab

  • Maintain and operate the STEM Innovation Lab

  • Mentor students on individual projects in the STEM Innovation Lab

  • Oversee the fabrication of class projects in the STEM Innovation Lab

  • Direct the STEM internship program and students’ productivity

  • Ensure the safety of students in the STEM Innovation Lab

  • Actively seek out (and maintain) partnerships around the Commonwealth and the Hampton-Roads region to advance STEM offerings and opportunities for our learning community

  • Develop new programs and partnerships to bolster NSA’s STEM programs working collaboratively with the Head of School, Department Heads and Directors, instructional faculty and staff

  • Work with the Communications Director to market and promote STEM activities

  • Troubleshoot technical equipment

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Education/Background:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, education, engineering or related field from an accredited College or University. A master’s degree in STEM Education with CTE (Career Tech Educator) or certification to teach Project Lead the Way courses (PLTW) (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or Manufacturing) is preferred.

  • Applied experience in STEM areas such as, engineering design, engineering and technology, additive and subtractive manufacturing, computer science and design-thinking, etc.

  • Experience with design software (e.g. CAD programs like SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) and hardware (e.g., FDM & SLA 3D printers, laser cutting, vacuum forming, injection molding, 3D scanning, as well as manufacturing with CNC Router, mill, and lathe machines)

  • Ability to instruct students from all three schools (Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School) with developmentally-appropriate skills and pedagogy

  • Experience troubleshooting technical equipment

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain a positive, collaborative working relationship with faculty, staff, students, parents and administration

  • Proficient use of instructional technology in the classroom, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the use of SmartBoards and digital projectors

  • 5+ years successfully teaching in a K-12 environment ● Ability to adapt quickly and effectively to new and evolving technology

  • Exhibit innovation and vision in processing information related to this role

  • Prior successful experience managing and motivating people.

  • Experience in instructional technology, instructional design or educational technology.

Required Skills:

  • Possess a strong educational and experiential background in STEM education and technology.

  • Demonstrated experience using technology and STEM lab equipment; Experience with G Suite for Education Apps and Blackbaud, preferred.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and be able to attend to detail.

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy offers a competitive salary, health, retirement, disability and life insurance benefits. Qualified applicants shall submit a letter of interest, resume with references, and completed NSA employment application (form posted online) to Amy Morrell, Executive Administrator, Office of the Head of School, at amorrell@nsacademy.org, for further consideration. Salary commensurate with experience. At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, students are engaged in personal growth, inspired to discover their passion and empowered to make a difference in the world.

SUMMARY

Location:
Virginia
Job Category:
Teacher / Instructor
Areas of Responsibility:
STEM / STEAM
Job Level:
Academic position
Job Sector:
Applied Tech (STEAM / Maker / CS / Design)