PT; M-Th, 8am-5pm. Some nights and weekends may be required. 32 hours per week.
The Education Coordinator coordinates and implements the Tacoma/South Puget Sound (TSPS) MESA program. The program’s primary objective is to provide mathematics, science, and technology programs for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and female students. The Education Coordinator will lead hands-on, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities and enthusiastically engage and support students to reach their full potential in the STEM fields. The program currently serves four school districts and over 500 students, offering various instructional programs and events. This position reports to the MESA Director.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Coordinate MESA programs at each of the identified MESA schools in math and/or science classrooms including, field trips, speakers, career programs, and academic programs.
Work with school counselors and teachers in developing, implementing, recruiting students for, and maintaining quality in the MESA Program.
Develop and implement new and appropriate curriculum and enrichment models for individual schools’ MESA math and science classes.
Work with TSPS MESA Director in planning academic program curriculum for the TSPS MESA Center, aligning activities in and out of the classroom to the needs of the school districts.
Coordinate pre-event workshops with MESA teachers.
Collaborate with MESA teachers and community mentors in the development of hands-on classroom activities that align with curriculum.
Monitor MESA curriculum and enrichment offerings at the state level for suitability.
Promote the MESA program and philosophy to principals, math and science teachers, and counselors to develop opportunities for students to explore careers in the STEM fields.
Travel regularly to each school in performing duties. Work with area professionals who are recruited to assist with MESA schools, events and mentoring student participants.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including listening and interpretive skills.
Ability to be organized and dependable.
Ability to convey information in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.
Ability to work effectively with students, parents, and community groups from culturally diverse backgrounds and awareness of cultural issues impacting these groups.
Knowledge of and commitment to TSPS MESA goals and efforts.
Strong computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability and willingness to travel.
3 years of related experience. Education may substitute for some experience.
High school diploma or GED.
A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
Experience with curriculum development in math, science, technology or engineering.
Experience or contact with local business and industries that provide careers in math, science, technology, engineering, or related fields.
PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.
Additional Salary Information: DOE + excellent benefits.
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.