Director of Studies/Curriculum, Division Head/Principal, Science
The Vice President of Educator Development leads the vision and team who develop place-based educators increasing student engagement, learner outcomes, and community impact. Educator Development at TSS works with pre-service, in-service, and informal education teachers through a year-long graduate program, school and district consulting, and professional development workshops. The programs are a combination of educational theory, practical applications, and mentorship to support the development of educators who can implement place-based approaches in multiple settings. A member of the TSS Executive Team, this leader represents all Educator Development at the organizational level and is accountable for both high quality internal and external programming coupled with strong financial performance. The VP of Educator Development will build on the strong TSS programming history to evolve the TSS Graduate Program creating the next generation of place-based educators who bridge formal and informal education settings.
Bachelor's Degree Required.
Masters or PhD in Education Preferred.
Varied experience teaching in both formal (K-12) and informal (outdoor/science education) classroom settings with significant programmatic leadership in at least one of the two.
Experience building university level curriculum and aligning content/experience with expected outcomes.
Demonstrated experience evolving program design and department vision aligned with larger organizational goals, feedback, budget, and strategic plan.
Demonstrated budget management success.
Varied experience hiring, training, supervising and evaluating faculty.
Fluency in the Google Apps suite.
Experience in collaborative leadership with peers, across departments, and with organizational partners.
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
Stretches of time outdoors in all weather, including extreme temperatures and arid conditions.
May be expected to work evenings, weekends or overtime to support special programs/events.
Ability to drive a 15 passenger van or mini-bus.
Able to sit/stand at a desk for up to 8 hours.
Able to write / type.
Pre-Service Education - Graduate Program (50%)
Oversee Graduate Program curriculum development ensuring regular assessment and evolution of content and systems to assure quality, efficacy, and market competitiveness.
Provide the academic leadership for graduate faculty and mentors for the 11-month cohort including hiring, training, and supervising graduate faculty.
Lead Graduate Program faculty providing high quality graduate student engagement consistent with the TSS Framework including being learner centered, inquiry-based, using an interdisciplinary approach, using the community/ecosystem as a classroom, design thinking, and a local to global context.
Oversee the advancement and innovation of Graduate Program faculty and curriculum ensuring all programming adheres to TSS operating guidelines.
Lead a strong academic relationship with our higher education partners including University of Wyoming and Antioch University New England.
Collaborate with faculty at university partners to improve student learning and strengthen the Graduate Program.
Accountable for completion of all university paperwork in a timely and proactive manner.
Collaborate internal to Teton Science Schools, within TSS Place Network Schools, and nationally to be a thought leader on educator development in place-based education in formal and informal settings.
Teach graduate coursework as background and volume allows.
Oversee the drive for 100% capacity utilization of the Graduate Program and managing a waitlist each year.
Regularly contribute and further TSS education research goals on the impacts of place-based education within field, classroom, and educator development context.
Coach staff in effective budget building and management.
In-Service Education - Teacher Learning Center (30%)
Oversee Teacher Learning Center (TLC) curriculum development ensuring regular assessment and evolution of content and systems to assure quality, efficacy, and market competitiveness.
Ensure regular assessment and evolution of program content and systems to assure quality and efficiency.
Evaluate program partners and identify new program markets.
Enable tight coordination and collaboration between Education Innovation/Research and the TLC. Oversee the effective rollout of program developed within Ed Innovation to be run by the TLC.
Serve as adjunct faculty for Teacher Learning Center programming as appropriate.
One TSS Responsibilities - Executive Team (20%)
Contribute towards the vision, strategy, and operational execution of TSS.
Contribute to institutional coordination of programs, resources and staff to efficiently and effectively support the TSS mission and advance the strategic plan.
Strategic plan leadership for all of Educator Development.
Oversee the development and management of Graduate Program and Teacher Learning Center program budgets. Contribute to schoolwide financial prioritization and decision making.
Accountable for the programmatic and financial outcomes for the Graduate Program and Teacher Learning Center.
Accountable for the effective communication and collaboration between the Graduate Program/Teacher Learning Center and all shared services/Central Admin departments (Development, Finance, Property Management, etc.).
Represent Teton Science Schools to appropriate community, regional, and national events and groups.
Periodically carry the executive-on-call phone.
Contributes to TSS organizational policy representing Educator Development in operational and strategic decisions.
Oversee the evaluation and evolution of replicable operational and programmatic systems (ie: calendar utilization, logistics, staff training, etc.) for both the Graduate Program and the Teacher Learning Center.
Support Marketing/Central Registration in the evaluation and evolution of replicable enrollment systems for the Graduate Program and the Teacher Learning Center.
This job description is not meant to state or imply that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their manager in compliance with federal and state laws.
Application deadline: March 16, 2018.
About Teton Science Schools
Teton Science Schools' (TSS) mission is to inspire curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. TSS is an organization in northwest Wyoming and Idaho comprised of six program areas sharing a common vision of education. TSS is deeply rooted in the outdoors as place anchors and enriches our understanding of the world. Our organization has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of place-based education. We serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and around the world.