Instructors -Summer Academic Adventures (Pool)

Gardner, MA
Mar 29, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Community College
Category:: Part Time (Non-Benefit)
Department:: Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development -7000
Locations:: Gardner, MA
Posted:: Mar 29, '18

About Mount Wachusett Community College:

Since 1963, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts and beyond. Located in Gardner, MA, with satellite campuses in Fitchburg, Leominster and Devens, MWCC now serves approximately 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year and offers over 70 associate degree and credit certificate options. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans' services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

This is a part time Summer Temporary Position. Our regional school students need a professional instructor with expertise, passion and leadership. MWCC is seeking highly motivated and talented instructors to join our Summer Programs for Children team, which delivers STEM-based, hands-on, experiential instruction to children ages 5-18. Over the past five years, MWCC Academic Adventures has made significant progress in aligning and integrating STEM education in our summer offerings to increase chances for future academic success for elementary, middle and high school students from the region. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about helping children beat "Summer Brain Drain" by delivering a much-needed mid-summer academic booster shot in STEM-based, fun, and instruction.


Academic Adventures are offered over a week-long schedule, each program a separate and distinct 4-5 day program offering. MWCC Summer Programs will be offered Monday through Friday, between June 25, 2018 and August 25, 2018 and Instructor training and course preparations begin prior to start of classes, dates to be determined. Instructors are often hired for the weeks of a specific program, or contracted for 1-9 full weeks, depending on program needs and/or schedule availability.

Typical Academic Adventures Day:

Monday through Friday
8:45am to 9am-Parent drop-off and student check-in
9am to 12pm-Instructional time with students. Instructor implements hands-on, experiential, lab-oriented science, math, and engineering lessons for 1st through 3rd, and/or, 4th through 7th grade, and/or 9th-12th grade students, based on the week's program theme.
12:00pm-Most Instructors are done for day, unless contracted for a rare full-day program
12:00 to 12:30pm-Students attend lunch with counselors
12:30 to 3pm-Afternoon Adventures program with Counselors. Counseling staff engage students in activities based on the day's curriculum (when possible), including outdoor large motor games and occasional movies when weather conditions are unfair.
3pm-Parent/Caregiver pick-up with counseling staff.

Extended Care: Optional

8-9am and/or 3-5pm-Basic skill building classes for students

5pm-Parent/Caregiver pick-up from extended care program with counseling staff

Past Summer Program Instruction have included;

Lego JR
All American Girl : Time Machine
Beginning Veterinary Medicine
I Made This
CSI: Duties of A Detective
Outdoor Survival Adventures

Field hockey

As a result, related experience in any/all of the above should be prominently highlighted in applications.

Applicants must be passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education. Candidates should possess the following qualities:

  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Designs and implements hands-on, experiential, lab-oriented science, math, and engineering lessons for 1st through 3rd, and/or, 4th through 8th grade, and/or 9th through 12th grade students.
  • Collaborates with program counselors to help them plan, integrate, and enhance grade-level standards during afternoon activities.
  • Provides standards-based, structured project based learning that interconnects STEM subjects.



  • Bachelor's degree in Education or similar degree program required for instructors (or entering last semester of courses toward degree).
  • Experience teaching in programs, or using materials, listed above under "Past Summer Program Instruction" may be substitute.
  • Strong instructional skills and classroom management experience is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for, and demonstrated mastery of, STEM-based subject matter appropriate to grades 1 through 3, and/or grades 4-7, and grades 9- 12 .
  • Unrelenting commitment to student's constant learning and development.
  • Ability to self-reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback.
  • Set and reinforce clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the program's overall vision
  • Develop and implement hands-on, experiential, curricula and activities, focused on helping students improve their abilities to problem-solve.
  • Thoughtfully plan daily lessons and implement specific strategies to meet the needs of all students, providing extra support, enrichment, or variation of work when necessary.
  • Design and implement formal and informal assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and diagnose areas of student misunderstanding.
  • Create a safe, fun, positive, achievement-oriented learning environment.


  • Programs focus on educational, communication, teambuilding, and problem-solving activities.
  • Programs usually meet in an "Academic" setting for the morning hours for classroom lessons, and an "Adventures" setting in the afternoon for physical activities.
  • Familiarity with trends and popular culture on which weekly Academic Adventures themes may be based (i.e. Robotics, Arts & Crafts, Legos and Literature based instruction, etc.) are a definite plus for candidacy consideration, and related experience should be significantly highlighted within applications.

Additional Information:

Salary: $20.00- $30.00 per hour

Employee Status: Part Time Seasonal
Benefits: No
Hours per Week: Varies with Position
Number of Weeks: Seasonal 8 Weeks

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Deadline Date: Open until Filled

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).