K-12 Engineering Education Specialist

Boulder, CO
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The K-12 Engineering Education Specialist provides engineering education, engagement, outreach and targeted engineering recruiting to partner elementary, middle and high schools and other programs such as "I Have a Dream." This position serves as the point person and liaison between the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Engineering Plus (e+) Programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and partner K-12 schools and organizations. This position also works with the ITL leadership team to develop K-12 engineering education curriculum content for publication in the TeachEngineering digital library. The K-12 Engineering Education Specialist also coordinates dozens of college engineering student volunteers and outside organizations (IHAD, elementary schools, etc.) to successfully run 10-15 weekly after-school TEAMS engineering clubs each semester, and to coordinate summer engineering enrichment programs for several partner schools. The K-12 Engineering Education Specialist also works with various ITL Program team members on non-K-12 activities as specified in the detailed job responsibilities.

Who we are:

The Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Program at CU-Boulder is a nationally recognized award-winning engineering education leader. The program supports hands-on engineering learning through an innovative environment where students integrate engineering theory with practice and learn through doing. Program components include a first-year design course, sophomore- and junior-level experimental hands-on learning courses, senior design projects and design expos.

The ITL Program is supported by the unique ITL Laboratory -- a 34,000-sq. ft. learning facility that provides students and educators with a flexible, visible learning environment. The ITL Laboratory was designed with the K-12 world in mind: K-12 students and teachers regularly visit the ITL Laboratory to participate in hands-on engineering events and workshops. The ITL Program and Laboratory has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Bernard M. Gordon Prize Award from the National Academy of Engineering.

What your key responsibilities will be:

K-12 Engineering Education
  • Works with colleagues to develop engineering topics into hands-on, age-appropriate applied K-12 math, science and engineering lessons and activities.
  • Acts as point person and liaison between the ITL Program and its partner middle and high schools for engineering education and outreach.
  • Organizes and leads on-campus engineering education events (e.g., student visit days, etc.) at CU.
  • Makes CU Engineering presentations to local elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Conducts quantitative studies to identify and prioritize current and potential partner schools. Reaches out to local schools to partner with CU CEAS and/or CU Teach and/or CU e+ program.
  • Researches new directions for increasing impact in K-12 engineering education.
  • Stays abreast of the latest research findings and shares them with the K-12 leadership team monthly.
  • Participates with the CU Teach Master Teacher to conduct two-day, for-credit K-12 teacher professional development workshops.

K-12 Engineering Outreach
  • Manages and plans extra-curricular engineering activities for after-school TEAMS (Tomorrow's Engineers... creAte, iMagine, Succeed) clubs with partner schools and other community organizations serving children from low-income families.
  • Recruits, organizes and monitors undergraduate engineering volunteers for TEAMS clubs.
  • Identifies and develops new school relationships for additional TEAM clubs.

TeachEngineering Digital Library
  • Serves as copyeditor of the TeachEngineering digital library. Works with leadership to edit, revise and polish curricular submissions following external review to prepare them for final copyediting.
  • Liaises between final copyeditor and original content author to answer questions/resolve issues prior to publication.
  • Organizes and implements TeachEngineering outreach initiatives to K-12 teachers to recruit new curricular submissions and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Identifies new (unpublished on TE) NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs. Builds relationships with the program PIs, solicits curricular submissions from the programs, and prepares teacher-authors for the submission-to-publication process via interactive, online seminars.
  • Brainstorms and implements innovative, creative means of engaging new populations of K-12 teachers in TE outreach and the submission-to-publication process.

Integrated Teaching and Learning Program
  • Bridges gap between Technical Staff (T-Club) and K-12 engineering education initiatives, enabling T-Club to be aware of, and actively engaged in, K-12 activities.
  • Using knowledge of ITLL resources, synthesizes meaningful engineering outreach activities that take pre-college students through all aspects of the design process (beginning design activities at students' schools, and going through later design iterations at the ITLL using ITL resources).
  • Organizes and repeatedly teaches one ITLL skill-building workshop ex: CAD, circuits, sewing etc.) for engineering undergraduate students.
  • Assists the ITL and e+ Programs' Academic Program Associate with organizing and recording fall and spring end-of-semester course assessments.
  • Assists the Academic Program Associate with organizing and displaying results from the semi-annual students and faculty survey.
  • Helps with writing and revision of Engineering Excellence Fund (EEF) Proposals.

Engineering Plus Degree Program
  • Engages in Engineering Plus program recruitment in partner high schools.
  • Develops and implements a plan to communicate e+ program information to Front Range high school guidance counselors.
  • Assists Academic Program Associate with organizing e+ student gatherings.
  • Seeks out new methods of reaching prospective Engineering Plus students.

What you should know:
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $54,000.00, commensurate with experience. The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • Graduation, or planned graduation by December 2017, from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering.
  • Engineering design course work, including fabrication experience.

What you will need:
  • Excellent presentation or teaching skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including strong grammar, writing/editing skills for creation and editing of curriculum.
  • Curiosity to explore data to decipher trends.
  • Demonstration of strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment in an academic setting.
  • A strong desire to apply engineering skills in hands-on, K-12 educational settings.
  • Ability to learn new technical skills quickly.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Warm interpersonal style, strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work proactively and independently, as well as on a team.
  • Has a "whatever it takes to get the job done" attitude.
  • Ability to clearly present and explain processes to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Two years of data analysis skills.
  • Two years of curricular copy and editing experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by June 2, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at cucareershelp@cu.edu. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at www.cu.edu/cu-careers:

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09533.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10308 - Engin Dn-Integratd Teachng Lab

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 17, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 2, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: HRESmail@colorado.edu

Position Number: 00733438


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