The Department of Technology and Engineering is currently searching for an experienced teacher of Engineering and Computer Science with a vision for building a strong engineering program. The position will consist of 75% teaching, 15% facilitating collaborative/cross-curricular projects, and 10% directing the program and managing the space. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a collaborative project-based learning (PBL) environment. We employ a myriad of teaching and learning strategies to content-learning and skills-development that are high technology, cross-departmental, and student-driven. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have experience with both design and managing makerspaces. A new state of the art engineering building will be ready for use during the 2019-2020 academic year and the person in this position will be responsible for shaping how this space is used and for strengthening our growing engineering program. The director will also be expected to keep the space open for free-form makerspace activities outside of classes.
This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Academics. This position is full-time (10 months per year), with both teaching and extracurricular duties as outlined below.
Faculty actively engage and challenge students to learn. Respect and dignity of the individual student is a core value. Faculty teach, coach, lead recreational trips, mentor advisees, serve as class sponsors and communicate with the students, parents, educational consultants, and other faculty and administrators.
A full time teaching load is considered instruction of 80-100 students, which often translates to five academic classes. The Director will teach one course less than a full load.
Teach a combination of Engineering, Computer Science, Design Thinking, and Robotics classes depending on the needs of the current student body.
Design and document all relevant curriculum of their academic classes.
Effectively assess, support, encourage, and mentor each individual learner.
Facilitate and engage in cross-disciplinary PBL.
Provide time outside of classroom hours (afternoon hours, study hall) for students to work in the engineering center at least twice a week.
Attend all Faculty Academic Work meetings and additional professional development workshops.
Maintain class pages on the school’s LMS.
The Director of Technology must serve as the spokesperson for the engineering program and enact a strong vision that will continue to drive the program further. Specific duties are listed below.
Brainstorm and facilitate projects with teachers across all departments. Invite classes to use the engineering center to carry out the design and building portions of their projects.
Meet with admissions and marketing to develop strategies for showcasing the engineering program.
Contribute articles to the Wasatch Wire or Parent Weekly highlighting student technology projects and accomplishment.
Collaborate with the Art Department to host showcase nights.
Collaborate with Technology Department to facilitate Tech Night.
Manage a budget and help guide major purchasing decisions.
Report to the Assistant Head of School for Academics on the progress of the program.
Maintain the Engineering Center and adhere to all safety protocol.
Although faculty members at WA are primarily teachers, the boarding school lifestyle requires faculty to take on some additional responsibilities. WA employs a professional residential life staff, so teachers are not responsible for dorm activities, except for duties described below.
Weekend Recreation -- For one weekend each month, rotating faculty teams plan, guide, and supervise students on weekend recreational opportunities. The Director of Technology will use this time to monitor a makerspace in the Engineering Center. Occasionally, faculty are required to be on campus for closed weekends such as the Horseshoe Hike and Parents Weekends.
Student Advisor -- Faculty members serve as an advisor for 6-8 students. Duties include meeting with advisees regularly, communicating with parents, assisting with academic or emotional needs of advisees, ensure advisee has appropriate academic and emotional support, and encouraging and mentoring each individual advisee.
Class Sponsor -- Supervise the senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman class in the events that the class sponsors.
Communication -- Communicate regularly with students, parents, educational consultants, other faculty and administration.
Coaching Sports and/or Clubs -- Coach student athletes in a sport, club, or experiential opportunity. For many faculty, academic teaching load subsumes this responsibility.
Support Wasatch Academy’s mission, values, institutional goals and educational philosophy.
Wasatch Academy Engineering Center
A new Engineering Center is currently under construction with expected completion date of September 2019. The building is 8,000 square feet, located at a prime location on State Street, sharing a courtyard with the Art Building. Inside, there is a designated shop for housing all power tools and lumber. There will be designated “clean” and “quiet” rooms for working on more intricate projects as well as a large multipurpose space which will be flexible in its use. The building is also equipped with garage doors for transporting large projects and equipment in and out. The design invites collaboration.
There is a separate budget for all Engineering projects, as well as funds for in-state and out-of-state competitions, travel, and scholarships. While the engineering program already has a collection of tools and equipment, the budget for 2019-2020 will take into consideration the fact that a lot of additional equipment will need to be purchased to make the space fully functional.
5-7 years of prior teaching experience with proficiency in curriculum/program design.
Experience working with a diverse team on projects and experience managing a makerspace preferred.
Ability to quickly establish relationships and effectively collaborate with school community.
Proficiency in various computer software, programming, and data entry.
Extremely well organized.
Value culture of respect, innovation, community, and ownership.
About Wasatch Academy
Located in the center of Utah, Wasatch Academy welcomes students from 40 countries and over 30 U.S. States. Today the school educates more than 300 students providing outstanding educational opportunities to a richly diverse student body. Realizing the need to form international partnerships, Wasatch Academy currently partners with more than seven international schools through a dual diploma program. These partnerships encompass a broad range of possible relationships, including agreements with schools that provide educational student and teacher exchanges.