Innovation is at the doorstep of The Athenian School—or perhaps more accurately, at the base of Mt. Diablo. Athenian is a school where virtually every part of its 75-acre campus near the beautiful San Francisco East Bay hills is a space for discovery and experimentation. But what makes Athenian truly unique is the role of the student in the learning process. Students don’t just own their learning, they live it—whether spending three months building an airplane or spending three weeks camping in the wilderness.
The Carter Innovation Studio (CIS) is part of the newest learning commons on campus, having just opened in fall 2018. This 5,200 square foot design lab features a shop area with metal and woodworking tools, an industrial arts area, a computer/CADD/3-D printer space, and three classrooms. Its central location at the heart of Athenian’s campus is no accident. Athenian wants the CIS to be a hub of experiential learning activity for both middle and high school students. To lead this exciting initiative, Athenian seeks an inaugural director of the Carter Innovation Studio well versed in design, engineering, fabrication, and computational thinking. This position reports to the director of teaching and learning and begins on July 1, 2019—or earlier by mutual agreement.
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.
Start Date: July 1, 2019, or earlier by mutual agreement
Promote, oversee, and support all experiential learning in the Carter Innovation Studio (CIS)
With guidance from the director of teaching and learning and the division heads, develop and deliver learning opportunities that invite traditional classes to the CIS
Design and deliver faculty trainings, and serve as a faculty coach and mentor in the areas of design and fabrication
Teach a class in the field of design, fabrication, engineering, computational thinking, computer science, or applied science
Serve on the Curriculum Think Tank, which is led by the director of teaching and learning and includes department chairs and program directors
Supervise the CIS staff, which includes a part-time shop manager
Maintain ultimate responsibility for all operations of the CIS, including equipment maintenance, supply ordering, budgets, capital purchases, safety procedures, room scheduling, and volunteer coordination
Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national communities of design, engineering, and fabrication
Develop partnerships with external organizations to both support the mission of the CIS and provide additional learning opportunities for students
Serve in a public-facing capacity to represent the CIS to external visitors
Other duties as assigned
ATHENIAN IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE
Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher in areas such as design, engineering, fabrication, computer science, or computational thinking
Experience overseeing or supporting the operations of a shop environment or fabrication lab
Experience planning curriculum and developing student learning outcomes for design and engineering, in partnership with teachers of other disciplines
Experience leading workshops, trainings, and projects to faculty, preferably for both middle and high school teachers
Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
A track record of establishing successful partnerships with faculty
Experience designing and implementing project-based and experiential learning
Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership
Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality
Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
Savvy communication and presentation skills
A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
Enthusiasm for students to pursue their passions, talents, and interests, both in and out of the traditional classroom
A vision that is aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty and staff
A passion for building community and facilitating adult learning
For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions:
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 530 students, including 60 boarding students, 40 of whom are international students. For more information about Athenian’s unique educational program, applicants are encouraged to visit our website: www.athenian.org.
Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individu...al, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.
Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change. We ask that all candidates take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy.
The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.