ISEF PROGRAM COORDINATOR - DISTRICTWIDE (#7927)

District Wide ( learn more )

West Linn-Wilsonville School District 3J

Tualatin, Oregon ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3896811
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : May 20, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

ISEF Program Coordinator - Districtwide

 

This is an 8 hour/day position under the Classified Bargaining Contract. The start date is as soon as possible. 

 

Please note: Hourly rate listed does not include a yet to be determined increase for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

DEFINITION

The ISEF Program Coordinators work directly with students in grade levels K-12 to provide independent STEM research and engineering experiences which deepen classroom learning through hands-on inquiry. Approximately 90% of this Program Coordinator's work will be with high school students who are pursuing original research projects in a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines, in affiliation with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The work includes mentoring student research; providing direct feedback about research methods and science content within projects; serving as the primary resource but also connecting students to specialized resources and other mentors; managing equipment and supplies needed for research; ensuring rules compliance and safety of each project; database management; communicating requirements, scientific thinking and techniques, and project management skills to students; and collaborating with the ISEF Fair Director to organize and conduct an annual district-wide science fair. The Program Coordinator works as part of a program team of other ISEF staff and district teachers. Work may be performed at CREST, through visits to off-district sites, or at any of the district's primary, middle or high schools.

 

In collaboration with middle and high school teachers, assistant principals and principals, the ISEF Program Coordinator coordinates all ISEF preparation and student learning activities. The ISEF Program Coordinator implements all ISEF guidelines, ensures that all paperwork is submitted and works with science teachers and leaders to recruit and support all students’ participation in ISEF.

 

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

An employee in this position is expected to have the ability to work with direction to establish and maintain a climate of learning and scientific rigor, taking a growth mindset approach. This employee will have a background that is rich in authentic scientific experiences and will understand how to translate that work to support the interests of our students. The employee’s subject-specific expertise will be critical for helping students develop acceptable methods (tools and techniques used to answer the student’s research question or achieve the engineering goal), maintain the highest safety during preparation, execution, and disposal of the project materials, as well as provide critical field knowledge during data interpretation. This employee has experience motivating and supporting students who may be doing independent research for the first time, especially students with learning differences.

 

An employee who has professional experience in the field of chemistry, computer science/programming, or electrical engineering would be especially valuable to the ISEF program.

 

This employee will be able to work independently and with a team, and use his/her own initiative to respond to diverse educational and research needs of all learners in an effective and appropriate manner. An ability to meet deadlines, manage a complex array of activities, scheduling and data, and network effectively with scientific professionals and community partners are key qualities of a successful applicant.

 

An employee in this position is expected to have the ability to support classroom science teachers in including independent inquiry and ISEF participation in their programs and to have skills in working directly with students to meet the expectations for successful ISEF experiences.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Under supervision of teacher, perform a variety of tasks to assist in working with students. This may include office/clerical duties, preparation of instructional materials, as well as assisting with students during class time.
  • Review research or engineering project proposals, then provide content and field-specific feedback in all areas of science and engineering
  • Coordinate and organize the annual ISEF project completion and events at the middle and high school level.
  • This position will focus on middle and high school students.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Mentoring of students.
  • Laboratory settings and lab safety.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

 

Knowledge of:

  • Experience in a laboratory setting
  • Experience with science education that is similar to ISEF project management/development (inquiry and engineering projects).
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex data management and communication tasks using tools that include Microsoft Access and the Google App Suite
  • Can appropriately respond to and direct students verbally and in writing
  • Is able to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with students, as well as teachers and other adults: communicating, interacting and building relationships to develop a program that invites and supports all learners.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all phases of work, i.e., student records, meetings, conversations with students, staff, and families
  • Has a working knowledge of laboratory management and safety
  • Proficient in database management, word processing, spreadsheet use, and data analysis
  • Ability to work well in diverse educational settings, indoors and outdoors

Ability to:

  • Organize time and work independently;
  • Schedule events
  • Communicate with students, teachers, administrators, and families
  • Appropriately respond to and direct students;
  • Establish and maintain harmonious relationships with all students and adults;

 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in scientific research or engineering design/development, minimum of two years
  • Experience working with middle and high school students, minimum of two years
  • Education:
  • BA or BS required
  • MS preferred

Hours – 40 hours/week, 12-month

 

Community and District Information:

 

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is nestled within two thriving cities, West Linn and Wilsonville, within the rural area of Clackamas County.  Both communities have a strong legacy of support for their schools, music and arts endeavors, and the overall well-being of their patrons.  The school district and surrounding communities have experienced steady, constant growth over the past three decades.  The estimated student population of the District as of December 2020, is 9,206. 

 

 

It is the policy of the West Linn-Wilsonville Board of Education and School District (WLWV) that no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veterans' status, genetic information, or disability shall occur if the employee with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position.  These protections apply to students, employees, and other members of the public.   West Linn-Wilsonville School District is committed to equal access and equal opportunity in all activities/services, educational programs, and employment.  Persons having questions regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Director of Human Resources at the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, 503-673-7095.   

 

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Shyla Waldern , HR
    • 22210 SW Stafford Road
    • West Linn, Oregon 97068

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