Summer Chemistry Instructor

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Reports to: Mills Upward Bound Program Academic Coordinator

Historical Overview

Mills College is home to the Mills College Upward Bound Program (MCUB) and will serve approximately 200 students from Oakland and West Contra Costa County this summer. TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and educationally support students from low-income and first generation college going backgrounds. The MCUB program provides academic, social/cultural awareness, college prep, career exploration, and financial literacy services to its participants. Our goal is to support students through high school graduation and help them gain access to a postsecondary education. The Summer Academic Program will provide academic instruction in core subjects: English, Lab Sciences, and Mathematics. The MCUB Summer Academic Program will also provide workshops exploring various topics including: Life Skills, Study Skills and Time Management, Utilizing College Support Services, Career Exploration, and Cultural Awareness.

Summer Academic Program Description

The MCUB Program offers a six-week summer academic program for students entering grades 9th through 12th. The MCUB summer academic program will be conducted at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. Staff orientation and one-week training will take place before the program begins; Training dates are to be announced prior to hiring. Instruction for the MCUB Summer Academic Program is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17, 2019 and continue through Friday, July 26, 2019. The tentative daily instructional schedule is 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on Monday -Wednesday and 8:30 am - 5:00 pm on Thursday. The student/parent orientation, weekly staff meetings (Thursdays), tutorial sessions and enrichment activities are mandatory events for all summer staff. The event dates are to be announced prior to hiring.

MCUB Program is currently seeking highly motivated, knowledgeable, creative, engaging, student focused, experienced educators to teach academic courses in Chemistry. Courses will be taught to high school students in 9th -12th grades. The positions require someone who has passion, innovation, and knowledge to motivate and challenge students to generate skills necessary for college success. We seek instructors who can develop strong curriculum that addresses students needs, interests, abilities, and curiosities in Chemistry.

Each course will be defined by:

  • Small classes (15-25 students)
  • Daily in-class instruction, group work, real-world application of concepts taught, quizzes
  • Experiential learning; interactive curriculum; foundational development; present novel concepts that they may not otherwise be seen by our students unless they decide to actively seek it out; along with fun laboratory experiments and activities
  • Pre & post assessments

    Each instructor will develop a course proposal or set of lesson plans that state goals/objectives, student learning outcomes, methods needed to obtain goals/objectives/outcomes. They will provide weekly progress reports during staff meetings. At the conclusion of the session, the instructor will write a narrative evaluation on each student that outlines:

  • How student met goals/objectives/outcomes of class
  • Academic strengths and challenges throughout course
  • Character strengths and challenges throughout course
  • Other areas that need further development
  • Final grade for class


  • Work with Academic Coordinator in developing & selecting course content.
  • Develop a teaching-learning plan, consistent with academic performance standards & expectations.
  • Provide individualized and small group instruction.
  • Establish classroom management policies and procedures needed to maintain a productive classroom environment.
  • Design a curriculum that employs the use of technology.
  • Evaluate each participants progress in subjects taught.
  • Complete comprehensive progress and final evaluations for each student.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, MCUB program mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
  • Participate in the MCUB programs weekly teacher staff meetings.
  • Attend the staff training, program activities, & final teacher evaluation closing session. Dates to be announced prior to hiring.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.


    Education & Experience

  • Bachelors Degree with a Teaching Credential; highly preferred or equivalent experience in teaching university or secondary levels. (Thorough knowledge of subject matter and skill acquisition in subject being taught)
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in related field and some proficiency with computers.
  • Knowledge of academic performance standards (Knowledgeable of California Content standards for subject area)
  • Inspirational, culturally aware with demonstrated knowledge and experience in problems facing low-income and first generation students
  • Knowledge of child/adolescent development and different learning styles
  • Must be able to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Must be able to understand and enforce all MCUB Program policies

    Additional Information:

    Compensation: A stipend up to a maximum of $3,750.00 is awarded to the MCUB Program Summer Instructor for the 7-week program based on the following criteria:

  • Amount of Funds budgeted in program grant for Summer Academic Instructors.
  • Educational Background
  • Experience teaching in Upward Bound or TRIO programs
  • General Teaching Experience
  • Number of subjects contracted to teach
  • Number of sections contracted to teach
  • Extra curricula responsibilities on Fridays (workshops, field trips, presentations, etc.)

    Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

    Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

    All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicants background check must be cleared.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, submit the following documents to

    Please submit:

  • Cover letter specifying your qualifications & expertise based on outline job description
  • Resume and contact information for 3 references
  • Sample course proposal/syllabus

    Before an offer can be made finalists will be required to pass a LiveScan fingerprint, background check, and provide proof of negative TB Test.

    Email questions or applicant information to Vanessa Varko-Fontana, Office Manager at [email protected] or Erica Dominguez, Academic Coordinator at [email protected]

    Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

    Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/29/2019
    Application Due: 6/5/2019
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