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Biology Science Educator

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

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Biology Science Educator
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF07250

Geffen Academy educators approach teaching as an intellectual profession of the highest order, one in which knowledge is not only transmitted but created. Geffen Academy teachers possess a sophisticated and reflective understanding of their discipline and a record of achievement which demonstrates their ability to utilize and contribute to the robust connections we have with UCLA, a world-class research institution. Teachers' innovation is guided by our school's mission to prioritize proven educational practices while also recognizing that teaching is a complex intellectual endeavor that defies rigid codification. We are committed to a humane working environment and also recognize that teaching goes beyond the life of the mind. Geffen Academy educators seek to create trusting and caring relationships with their students and with their larger community.
Job Summary
Under the direction of the Science department at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, Geffen Academy Educators will be responsible for the delivery of an excellent program of secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of a course of study, offering excellent instruction to the Geffen Academy's students in as many as five (5) courses each term, and participating in the life of the Academy in a robust and fully engaged manner. This is a bargaining unit covered position.

The Geffen Academy seeks a teacher with a biology background to teach core science classes for the 10th grade and multiple concentration(elective) courses. This is a great opportunity for a progressive science educator to join a new school implementing a challenging curriculum that seek to integrate and collaborate with other disciplines. The Geffen Academy's location on the UCLA campus offers unparalleled opportunities for students to experience science in a world-class research institution.

Core Duties and Functions
  • Assist the Head of School and Admissions Director in student recruitment activities
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, collaborate with other Educators in creation of a Geffen Academy program that meets the need and interests of the school's students
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Geffen Academy's students to take advantage of the school's relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, evaluate and choose books, digital materials, experiential opportunities and other academic resources
  • Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to department head, Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Registrar, and athletic team coaches
  • Participate in department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, assess the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the department
  • Participate in committee work, whether the committee's focus is solely within the department, or reaches to other parts of the Geffen Academy enterprise
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, participate in interdisciplinary instructional programs
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, serve as instructors/mentors/advisers of students' independent projects
  • Consistent with Geffen Academy leadership's direction, engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, orient new educators and establish appropriate mentoring relationships
  • Meet as needed and directed with the department
  • Consistent with department leadership's direction, participate in continuing professional development and/or training activities
  • Be available to provide proper coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of colleagues
  • Adhere to Geffen Academy and the University of California applicable policies, procedures, and established protocols. Read and adhere to the school norms, protocols and requirements as outlined in the school Handbooks
  • This list of duties is not exhaustive. Department heads will be expected to assure that all aspects of the Geffen Academy program within the ambit of their disciplines is led by capable staff who are carefully supervised
  • A Geffen Educator's workload may vary from term to term and year to year. Each Geffen Academy Educator's annual contract will reflect the workload anticipated for the time covered by the contract.

    In addition, candidates should have;
  • A sincere commitment to professional development in pedagogy and content area
  • A passionate commitment to science, and a desire to work with all types of learners
  • Proven ability to develop curricula and teach effectively using inquiry-based learning

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    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,
  • Organization

    Working at University of California, Los Angeles

    UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

    UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

    The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

    The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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