Geffen Academy faculty approach teaching as an intellectual profession of the highest order, one in which knowledge is not only transmitted but created. Geffen Academy teachers possess a sophisticated and reflective understanding of their discipline and a record of achievement which demonstrates their ability to utilize and contribute to the robust connections we have with UCLA, a world-class research institution. Teachers’ innovation is guided by our school’s mission to prioritize proven educational practices while also recognizing that teaching is a complex intellectual endeavor that defies rigid codification. We are committed to a humane working environment and also recognize that teaching goes beyond the life of the mind. Geffen Academy teachers seek to create trusting and caring relationships with their students and with their larger community.
Job Summary Under the direction of the I-TRACK Department Chair at Geffen Academy and the relevant division director, Geffen Academy Educators will be responsible for the delivery of an excellent program of secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of a course of study, offering instruction to the Academy’s students in as many as five (5) courses each term, and participating in the life of the Academy in a robust and fully engaged manner. This is a bargaining unit covered position.
Core Functions & Duties • Assist in the delivery and design of a “Makerspace” and fabrication curriculum program that offers every student the opportunity and support to engage in independent design-thinking work, centered around the Geffen Academy’s mission, core values, and focus on creating students who excel at asking and answering important questions of their own interest • Assist the I-Track department to support and maintain the Makerspace. • Counsel Makerspace users regarding best practices, ensuring compliance with safety, rules, and policy guidelines • Provide multi-format equipment and use instruction • Collaborate with other departments on cross-curriculum design and delivery. • Collaborate with I-Track department chair to further the development of the I-Track structure within the overall Academy program. • Liaise with Academy’s Student Support Coordinator to support students in I-Track both academically and socially. • Communicate with families with children enrolled in the Academy to seek out partners and collaborators on I-Track projects, as well as UCLA faculty, students, and staff so that all students have an I-Track project mentor who is an Academy teacher, a parent at the school, Community member. • Collaborate with local cultural and educational institutions to bring students into the world beyond the doors of the Geffen Academy, aligned to student interests and work. • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of maker space, design-thinking, communications and project-based learning within secondary schools in California and beyond.
Qualifications You can identify as a teacher, designer, inventor, scientist, or scholar- qualifications such as formal recognition and/or certifications ex. certifications, patents, awards. You have experience working in a shop and are resourceful and creative. You have created safety protocols and tools to keep children safe within a shop environment Experience working with young students, preferably between 6th-12th grade. Enthusiasm for exploring new trends and tools for learning. Experience using media, design, and digital fabrication tools and software. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, proven experience with interdisciplinary and innovative curricular design and partnership. Must be flexible and collaborative team member who can support, inspire, and motivate others and make decisions effectively Experience with interactive installations and/or public display of work including performance and social practices.
Apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04278 The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.”