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Sally Ride Science: Library NExT Instructor Aide
Title:Sally Ride Science: Library NExT Instructor Aide
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Sally Ride Science Instructor Aide: Library NExT

The Sally Ride Science Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) program features classes about topics such as robotics, circuits, “messy” science, 3D modeling and college planning. It started as a pilot program in six San Diego libraries in early 2017 and will be expanding to more branches throughout the city. Check out more information about the program and upcoming offerings at https://sallyridescience.ucsd.edu/next/

The Instructor Aide for Library NExT supports instructors and students by facilitating their learning in accordance with Sally Ride Science policies and guidelines and supports the instructor in guiding students in educational activities designed to promote intellectual, social, and physical growth.

A reasonable estimate of compensation for teaching one section of this course is $120-$300. The amount determined within the compensation range is dependent upon course modality, units of instruction, and number of enrollments. Instructional agreements are made on a section-by-section basis at the discretion of the University with no guarantee to teach future sections of this course or any other courses.

Specific Duties

  • Reinforce lessons presented by instructors by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help instructors with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and collecting and tracking authorization forms
  • Help instructors prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment such as computers, projectors, etc.
  • Helps instructors conclude lessons by assisting with clean-up of classroom spaces.
  • Help supervise students in class
  • Supports the delivery of STEAM-oriented instruction (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) through Project-Based Learning methods while using subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students
  • Meets and supports the instruction of assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
  • Under the guidance of the instructor, recognizes the special needs of students with learning disabilities, seeks assistance as needed and/or required, and makes appropriate individualized physical and instructional accommodations within the classroom
  • Participates in professional growth and development and stays abreast of current research through continuing education, educational seminars, workshops, conferences, membership in professional organizations of the subject taught, and attendance at Sally Ride Science sponsored in-services
  • Encourages students to work collaboratively to solve problems and to think logically and creatively
  • Respond to student needs and questions
  • Supports a high-performance environment in which students of diverse backgrounds are motivated to succeed
  • Handle mechanics of position according to deadlines (LOAs, texts, A/V, grade submission, etc.)
  • Communicate with Program Manager and Instructor Services Team on a timely basis
  • Completes other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution is preferred; in exceptional cases an equivalent combination of education in progress and work experience may be accepted
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in subject area
  • Current participation in industry-related professional associations
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred
  • Experience working with K-12 students preferred

Special Conditions of Employment

Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

As an academic department within UC San Diego, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are "by agreement". The instructor's Letter of Agreement outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and compensation terms, and is subject to department policies and procedures. UC San Diego Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed instructor Letter of Agreement. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the instructor agreement, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.

  • Job may require CPR certification, tuberculosis (TB) certificate of clearance, and background checks.

Application Requirements

Job may require CPR certification, tuberculosis (TB) certificate of clearance, and background checks.

Please complete all relevant fields in the application, and optionally attach additional documents to provide further information relating to your professional and teaching backgrounds. Even if you upload a resume, cover letter, and/or additional documentation, you must answer all of the questions in the application, when applicable. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application.

In addition to meeting all of the above mentioned requirements, you will be required to schedule and attend a Human Resources onboarding meeting during which you will be required to complete a Live Scan background check.

Please note: We receive and review applications for instructors on an ongoing basis. If we do not currently have teaching opportunities available, we may keep your application on file and contact you if an opportunity that matches your specific skills becomes available. UC San Diego Extension operates on a quarterly schedule and course planning typically takes place six weeks to six months in advance of the start of any quarter.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce.

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