Closes: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Target Start Date
Expected Work Hours
Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology, Microbiology, or other Life Science field required; graduate degree preferred. A minimum of three years of teaching and/or curriculum development experience required; training experience related to a biotechnology environment preferred. Community college teaching experience preferred. Candidates with a bachelor's or master's degree in secondary education, will be considered if they can demonstrate significant experience with biology, biotechnology, and laboratory work.
Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of office and other equipment including computer, calculator, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Position involves significant travel and will require walking or standing for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds.
Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.
Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the giving of directions or instructions to assistants, instructors and students. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from the Senior Director of Engagement.
Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and comprehend a variety of documents, reports, and books such as various manuals, College catalog, textbooks, professional publications, etc. Requires the ability to prepare documents and reports with the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, etc. Has the ability to speak with poise, voice control and confidence. Must be able to make effective oral presentations.
Intelligence: Has the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form. Is able to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Has the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as business planning marketing, personnel, etc., in order to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.
Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers; utilize decimals; figure percentages; determine time and weight; apply principles of algebra; and utilize descriptive statistics.
Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.
Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office equipment or laboratory equipment.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office and other equipment, control knobs, switches, laboratory equipment etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament: Has the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.
Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)
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The Engagement Coordinator will report to the Senior Director of Engagement and will work collaboratively with Engagement Coordinators and the Director of Programming to provide leadership and expertise in the creation, organization, and delivery of K-12 and community college life science based STEM outreach activities to students and faculty. This position is part of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) BioNetwork initiative and has local, regional, and statewide responsibilities.
- Develop educational outreach projects and proposals that align state standards and core industry skills with project outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with BioNetwork staff, industry groups, and other life science entities to design, develop, and implement local, regional, and statewide conventions that promote and support the connections between educational pathways and life science workforce needs.
- Create, deliver, and constantly improve hands-on and inquiry-based learning experiences for K-12 and community college teachers and students that connect industry skills with educational programs
- Cultivate and foster productive working relationships with local and regional educational partner sites, including K-12 and community college schools, museums, and other outreach organizations, life science industry groups, and economic and workforce development groups.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of K-12 and community college STEM curriculum standards, pedagogy and andragogy best practices, and use of technology in the classroom.
- Represent BioNetwork at meetings, conferences, and presentations and promote BioNetwork resources, capabilities, and programs to internal and external stakeholders
- Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents.
- Conduct ongoing assessment to determine needs of target audiences and use results to focus program development efforts. Assessment methods should include combinations of focus groups, surveys, evaluation of secondary data, and other techniques purposefully implemented to gain a clear understanding of audience needs.
- Participate in professional development opportunities that are appropriate.
- Provide Train-the-Trainer programs to K-12 and community college faculty
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director.
- This position requires significant state-wide travel with some out-of-state travel.
- Work will involve some weekend and evening commitments.
- A valid driver's license is required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong analytical skills and working knowledge or aptitude to learn and apply new or existing technology tools
- Experience and/or understanding of the organization and functioning of K-12 and community college educational institutions
- Understanding of adaptive and interactive learning concepts using technology to facilitate education
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings.