Assistant Director

Employer
University of Southern California
Location
Los Angeles, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center seeks to employ an Assistant Director to support the Center’s mission to provide equitable, culturally responsive opportunities for youth, teachers and schools. Inclusion, diversity, equity and access inform our work to help overcome systemic barriers affecting people disproportionately underrepresented in STEM by administering and innovating research-based educational opportunities. The Center’s Assistant Director provides essential operational and programmatic support for our Computer Science (CS) Equity Initiative, which encompasses our Southern California Regional partnership with Code.org, a wide variety of busy K-12 STEM Center programs, and continual needs assessment and educational solutions prompted by the fast-evolving field of CS in K-12 education.

The ideal candidate will be a credentialed, licensed teacher or CTE teacher with experience teaching CS in schools, although candidates with experience in education and CS will be considered as will those with graduate degrees and experience in education research or CS. Proven critical thinking skills and familiarity with research in CS in K-12 education are important for ensuring evidence-based solutions. The Assistant Director fills an administrative role rather than a teaching position, but a K-12 teaching background helps this person to direct and advise the Center’s CS Equity programs (especially to support teachers new to teaching their first CS courses), identify community needs and develop innovative solutions, plus evaluate the impact of CS Equity programs both in schools and out-of-school settings. Candidates need to demonstrate past leadership (both operational and team), good organization, creativity, growth mindset, ongoing professional development (e.g., active membership in CSTA or ISTE, ongoing certifications, etc.), and experience supporting content knowledge within K-12 educational programs and partnerships.

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Leadership and administration of the Center’s Code.org partnership with dozens of school districts throughout Southern California; this includes annual recruitment of teachers new to CS, working with our Code.org facilitators and Regional Manager (scheduling, budgets, payments, compliance), recruiting and supporting school district administrators to develop CS pathways, nurturing the Code.org learning community (current cohort and alumni), and collaborating with California’s Regional Partners, LA County Office of Education, CSTA, CS for CA, etc. This includes advocating and supporting Code.org resources useful to the Center’s additional programs (e.g., Building Opportunities with Teachers in Schools, Mission Science, or TCS:microbits with our MESA program, etc.).
  • Event management of the Center’s major public CS outreach events: CS Ed Week (each December) and Robotics Ed Week (each April), which could be large events on campus (COVID permitting) and/or innovative and interactive remote programs. Event managers need good planning skills and compliance with all USC COVID precautions, lab safety and Minor Protection policies. Evaluation, analysis, and timely annual reports of these events are also necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills - writing, grammar, clarity, concision, clarity, and public presentations on Zoom and in person for a wide variety of stakeholders, including potential donors, school district administrators, etc.
  • Proactively initiating new opportunities for CS Equity that fit within limitations of time, budget, and staff (e.g., addressing new frontiers such as AI and Machine Learning, changing needs at our partner school districts, ed tech solutions, etc.).
  • To create, evaluate, and/or standardize program curricula, align curricula to key standards (Next-Generation Science, Common Core, CSTA, and eventually AI4K12, etc.), coordinate distribution and assessment of curricula and/or lesson plans.
  • To coordinate and occasionally lead teacher professional development program-wide for K-12 teachers; work with USC Rossier School of Education to propose and implement Continuing Education Credits;
  • To recruit, train, mentor, coordinate and ensure compliance of student workers for CS programs, student volunteers, and/or resource employees, including training support staff in departmental databases, procedures, etc. Lead support staff on implementation and management of the K-12 STEM Center’s programs, including planning, organizing, coordinating, scheduling program or project activities to meet Center’s objectives.
  • Occasional evening and weekend events plus school-site and/or on-campus activities.
  • Ability to evaluate and improve effectiveness of program strategy, schedules, activities, etc. and provide pro-active reports of progress to ensure achievement of project goals and objectives in conjunction with Center managers.
  • Assists the Center in collaborating with Viterbi Admissions and Student Engagement, Viterbi Center for Engineering Diversity, USC Viterbi faculty with broader impacts partnerships, and other key community and university collaborations.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves

the right to add or change duties at any time.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

2 Years

Preferred Education:

Master's Degree

Preferred Experience:

3 Years


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