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Roland Park Country School believes that an integrated approach to the STEAM fields prepares our Lower and Middle School girls to be innovators, designers, engineers, and leaders. We are seeking a full-time K-8 STEAM Director who is enthusiastic in supporting and implementing the creative use of technology and an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. This individual will report directly to the Middle School Head and also performs under the general direction of the Lower School Head. Additionally, this position works closely with The Holliday Heine STEM Institute Director. This is a 10-month, full-time, exempt position.
This role will include both administrative and teaching responsibilities. The K-8 STEAM Director will be responsible for teaching classes, supporting faculty and students in inquiry and project-based learning, integrating STEAM initiatives throughout the curriculum, and making use of our innovation labs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Teaches classes in grades 6-8 with an emphasis on computer science and design thinking.
Sets the vision for the K-8 STEAM program by collaborating with Lower School Head and Middle School Head and works with the Lower School STEAM Teacher to implement the curriculum.
Plans for academic classes and is responsible for daily lesson plans, arrangement of field trips, provision of materials for substitute teachers, and planning for the Middle School STEAM program.
Mentors, supports, and guides the Lower School STEAM teacher.
Performs various assigned duties with care and enthusiasm including, but not limited to lunch, assemblies, general advisory time, and class trips.
Communicates clearly to parents and the school through the assessment of student work.
Attends meetings, including but not limited to team, department, divisional, Middle School morning meetings, all-employee meetings, and all-school functions.
Participates in professional development, including in-service training to enhance knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy.
Engages with students on projects and tools in the Innovation Lab.
Serves as an academic advisor, supports the efforts of an advisory team, and/or advises student extracurricular activities.
Supports the school technology initiatives including keeping program progression and collaborating with the Communications Office for website updates.
Creates and maintains a classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate and intellectually stimulating and that fosters an atmosphere of learning.
Creates a positive classroom environment of inclusion and respect.
Participates in and takes leadership roles in activities and special events in the Middle School.
Welcomes and serves as the representative for the K-8 STEAM program with prospective families and other visitors to the school.
Performs other reasonable duties as assigned from time to time by the Middle School Head or the Head of School.
- Outstanding interpersonal communication skills with ability to present complicated concepts to diverse audiences.
- Detail oriented with strong organizational and classroom management skills.
- Possesses imagination, patience, creativity, sound judgment, logical reasoning and analytical/problem-solving capabilities.
- Growth mindset, flexibility, and openness to collaboration and feedback.
- Passion for STEAM/STEM education and ability to maintain/display enthusiasm for the STEAM/STEM program.
- A commitment to culturally competent teaching with ability to make equitable decisions with sound emotional judgment.
- Familiarity with the challenges that people of color and women face in STEM.
- A strong desire to help educate courageous scholars.
- Ability to perform duties with awareness of all school policies and professional expectations.
- Ability to react quickly in emergency situations and maintain composure even under stressful conditions.
- As a condition of employment, all individuals hired after August 1, 2021 are required to have completed a primary series of any COVID-19 vaccine and be able to provide proof of such vaccination.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, graduate degree preferred.
- Three or more years of demonstrated excellence in teaching or curriculum design.
- Computer science/coding experience; robotics experience desired.
- Familiarity with inquiry-based learning and modeling instructional pedagogies.
Roland Park Country School, a college preparatory school for girls, is dedicated to the intellectual and moral development of its students. We cultivate creativity, independence of thought, tenacity of purpose, self-discipline, and emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. We maintain high academic standards, uphold tradition, and promote innovation. We nurture a cooperative, resilient spirit within an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. In a diverse, inclusive, and joyful community, Roland Park Country School strives to instill in its students a lifelong love of learning, as well as the responsibility to look within and beyond themselves to contribute to and serve as stewards and leaders of their communities.