The Director of the Innovation Lab is a leader in Design Thinking and STEAM education who is ready to join the school during an exciting time, as the school is designing and building an innovation lab to open next fall. The new space will be designed for STEAM-oriented learning through making, tinkering, engineering, design, and integration of art. This vision for this space will be shaped by the Director, and will be accessible to students during the school day, as well as for after-school learning. The successful candidate will be responsible for growing the school's Innovation Lab as a programmatic hub for project-based learning in STEAM fields, as well as designing a comprehensive program that inspires students as they grow to be creative thinkers and learners. The Director will develop and teach a sequence of design/engineering/art or related courses, support faculty member’s efforts to integrate design thinking and project based learning principles into their curricula, and consult with colleagues in all disciplines to create interdisciplinary STEAM curriculum threads across the lower and middle schools.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee all aspects of the Innovation Lab. This includes developing a vision around curriculum, equipment, and professional development. The director will work to partner with internal and external resources to promote and support the program.
Teaching and Curriculum Development:
Develop and teach a sequence of courses in the area of making, tinkering, engineering, art, and/or design.
Coordinate making, tinkering, engineering, and design curriculum development and education in both the lower and middle school.
Work to integrate art into the engineering and design process.
Create a framework for offering middle and lower school courses, units, or interdisciplinary projects that incorporate design, computer science, and engineering concepts.
Educational and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and minimum of three years of teaching experience required; Innovation Lab/Makerspace experience preferred. Creative technologies and physical computing experience preferred.
For more information, please contact Andrew J. Katz, Director of Academic Affairs.
About Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
About Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County (SSDS)
Located nine miles from the George Washington Bridge, SSDS is a nationally accredited, premier Jewish day school (three-year-olds through eighth grade) that cultivates independent thinkers and the next generation of global leaders through an inquiry-based educational approach. Now in our 44th year, SSDS successfully integrates a rigorou...s dual curriculum with Jewish values-based moral development, and provides a warm, nurturing environment guided by award-winning educators.