The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance is a small non-profit organization based in Augusta, ME. We develop and apply research and best practices in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. MMSA’s special strength is rooted in building relationships among schools, organizations, individuals, and communities to advance STEM education in Maine and the nation.
MMSA offers a work culture that is very team oriented, welcomes a mix of working-from-home and in-office work schedules, and is rooted in the belief that high quality professional development and programming can influence the future of our state. MMSA staff has some of the best talent in STEM education, including researchers and curriculum specialists.
MMSA provides an excellent benefits package including paid holidays and vacation time, a flexible work arrangement policy, health, dental, and life insurance, short and long term disability, extended family medical leave, and up to a 10% retirement fund match.
Job Title: STEM Education Specialist – Mathematics
Supervisor: Cheryl Tobey, STEM Education Specialist; Math Team Lead
FTE: 0.5 - 1.0
Salary Range: $50,000 – $65,000 dependent on experience
Start Date: August 1, 2022
Purpose of the Position:
This position will add capacity to MMSA’s growing team, specifically in identifying opportunities to support educators in learning how to integrate math practices into STEM learning. This position will work closely with other STEM Education Specialists to design and implement systemic efforts to provide educators and administrators with the support to integrate high quality STEM learning experiences throughout the preK-12 experience via a variety of projects.
The right candidate will have the opportunity to deepen and share his/her skills in a specific STEM field’s education learning strategies, program development, and best practices in professional learning for instruction and assessment to advance STEM education policy and practice forward.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Be an integral math team member and serve as the organizational representative in many STEM focused education initiatives.
- Add capacity to MMSA’s math team, specifically in identifying opportunities to support educators with integrating content standards and mathematics practices from NCTM’s Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices and CCSS’s Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Support MMSA’s mathematics initiatives (e.g., the needs of neurodiverse learners in special education, K-8 computational fluency progression, Numeracy in Nature).
- Work closely with MMSA’s STEM professional learning consulting team to design and implement a statewide, systemic effort to provide educators and administrators support in integrating high-quality mathematics learning throughout the preK-12 experience, with a focus on K-8.
- Facilitate in-person and/or virtual professional learning opportunities and support educators through coaching cycles driven by student learning.
- Collaborate with school leadership to coordinate and establish learning goals.
- Travel to Maine districts when delivering in-person professional learning and coaching.
- Design and deliver ongoing research-based professional learning experiences
- Teach and demonstrate outcomes, skills, and use of resources to other professionals
- Collaborate to create project activities, outreach/marketing materials, reports, support materials, etc.
- Exercise discretion and judgement regarding deliverables and progress with the project
- Assist with grant proposals and budget projections, including but not limited to labor planning
- Potentially oversee project management including budgetary decision making and performing quality control on project expenses and revenue
- Potentially oversee and manage assigned staff and hiring/contracting with freelance professionals and contractors in multiple areas of expertise
- Other duties as assigned
This position will be expected to attend organization-wide meetings at least twice per month at the MMSA offices in person and will be expected to travel occasionally (including rare overnights) at locations elsewhere in Maine (with travel expenses paid by MMSA). They will be able to work from home for part of their time, if desired.
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree is required in a STEM or education related field, with preference given to individuals with master’s degrees or higher
- At least 5 – 6 years combined education & experience
- Example: BA/BS Degree (4 years) + 1-2 years’ experience; MA/MS Degree (6 years)
- Experience designing and leading professional learning for educators, in preK-12 settings
- Knowledge of and experience with implementing STEM teaching practices and student standards for a specific STEM field’s practices
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as an essential and productive member of a team
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Strong Microsoft Office knowledge, use of standard office equipment, use of MAC computers and technology
- Strong technology and software skills and experience
- Ability to work on a remote-based team with a wide range of personalities and interests
- Ability to work independently as well as within a distributed team structure
Full time benefits include, but are not limited to:
- 76-100% Employer Sponsored Health Plans, up to family coverage or optional generous cash-in-lieu
- Employer-paid family dental, family vision, Life, STD, LTD, FMLA and Parental Leave
- Up to 10% 401K match
- 13 paid holidays
- Paid time off for birthday and floating holiday for religious purposes
- 20 paid vacation days
- 15 paid sick days
How to apply: Please send a letter of interest that outlines your experience against each of the selection criteria above and resume by email to email@example.com or by regular mail to Human Resource Director, PO Box 2246, Augusta, ME 04338.
Materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted by June 13th to ensure full consideration.