Sea Crest School seeks an innovative and experienced Design and Innovation Teacher (DIT) for the 2017- 2018 school year. This is an 80% to a full-time position at the school.
Position Description The Design and Innovation Teacher oversees the Innovation Lab (iLab) and leads the school’s analysis of emerging technologies, instructional theories and innovative approaches to empower student learning and creativity, developing a dynamic and engaging program that includes an introduction to skills, safety and equipment in the iLab, as well as opportunities for creative problem-solving and design. The DIT serves as a mentor and support to faculty for the integration of project-based learning units in the iLab. S/He, in coordination with members of the Technology Committee, identifies the best tools, devices, and platforms to meet the current and future needs of the school. S/he works closely with the school’s Technology Specialist and Computer Science Teacher (TSCST) and Director of Facilities (DF) to support and troubleshoot issues related to the school’s technology equipment and infrastructure. Above all else, the Design and Innovation Teacher will encourage our students to believe in themselves and provide the real-time support and guidance they need to make progress on their projects.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Fully supports the School’s mission and is a highly engaging, positive and assertive ambassador for the School.
Prepares information and reports regarding the iLab, as requested by the Head of School (HOS).
Serves on committees as needed.
Performs other teacher duties and oversees special assignments as necessary or assigned by the Director of Middle School (DMS) or HOS.
Innovation Lab Responsibilities
Maintains a safe iLab environment. Establishes and enforces all iLab and Sea Crest rules and policies.
Performs general iLab facilities maintenance and repair; performs equipment repairs and preventative maintenance.
Manages iLab budget and inventory of materials and consumables; organizes project storage space; maintains an organized iLab space.
Manages iLab calendar and facility use.
Creates a fun, safe and engaging environment for students; is available to them for questions and assistance; assists them with their projects and in safely using iLab equipment.
Brainstorms project design ideas and curricular planning with teachers, coaches, mentors, and trains faculty and staff on safe use of iLab equipment.
Plans and instructs two iLab integrated Middle School Exploration classes per trimester.
Plans and instructs scheduled Lower School iLab sessions each week.
Leads at least two Extended Day Program Maker Club sessions per week.
Technology Systems Support Responsibilities
Researches new platforms, devices, software and methodologies to ensure that the School stays abreast of technological and educational innovations.
Assists the DF and TSCST with:
establishing the K-8 scope and sequence of technological skills and knowledge
software and hardware troubleshooting of the School’s technological equipment
diagnosing and completing simple hardware repairs
providing classroom technology support (including but not limited to: Smart Boards, projectors, document cameras, iPads and Chromebooks)
supporting peripherals including printers, copiers, projectors, scanners and audio-visual equipment.
Skills and Knowledge
Innovative, growth mindset, self-starter who works efficiently to attain goals.
Strong organization skills with attention to detail. Ability to work on multiple fronts and deal with frequent deadlines.
Highly skilled in the following areas: interpersonal/relationship building, analytical/strategic thinking, organization, time management and problem-solving.
Strong collaboration skills to work closely with teachers and other experts in the field.
A role model of high standards of professional behavior.
Willing to embrace the lifestyle of working in a small independent school by being a team-player and working the amount of time that is required to model excellence in job performance.
Computer literacy including proficiency with various software and hardware systems, Internet, e-mail, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, modeling, and design software.
Ability to quickly learn new software applications.
A strong sense of ethics and integrity.
Education Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred. Relevant industry, job, or hobbyist experience desired.
License / Certification First Aid, AED and age-appropriate CPR certification Valid California Driver License
Mentoring or teaching experience.
Relevant industry, job or hobbyist experience.
Experience in a not-for-profit and/or independent school environment highly preferred.
Facilities maintenance and repair experience.
Experience with computer networks, including software and hardware maintenance.
Physical and Psychological Demands
physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks simultaneously and be capable of consistently functioning well in a fast-paced environment
able to support and speak passionately about the School’s mission
able to give and take criticism and direction well.
Must enjoy working collegially and congenially with faculty/staff, parents, and children in a school that highly values community.
Must exhibit the following qualities to be a successful team player:
trustworthiness and the ability to trust other team members and supervisor
ability to communicate in a timely and professional manner to address conflicts
strong evidence of ownership and accountability for work
consistent and superior attention to detail and results.
About Sea Crest School
Our institution is a K-8 independent school located in Half Moon Bay, CA. Our community of educators believes in fostering an atmosphere of excellence and joy as we prepare our pupils to succeed in school and life.
Characteristics of Professional Excellence:
A Sea Crest teacher is:
• An innovative educator with a strong command of subject matter.
• A lifelong learne...r who pursues and inspires growth.
• A compassionate professional with an understanding of child development.
• An authentic leader who demonstrates personal accountability and moral courage.
Sea Crest School is dedicated to providing the best in innovative education to inspire and empower our learners to engage curiosity, express creativity, act with compassion and lead with courage.
Sea Crest is a K-8 co-educational independent day school enrolling 295 students from the San Mateo County coastal and inland communities. Average class size is 16 students. The curriculum is challenging and creative, providing in-depth units of study. Pupils have the advantage of daily physical education, as well as enrichment classes in Spanish, art, drama, music and technology integrated within the weekly schedule.