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Upward Bound is a federally-funded grant program of the U.S. Department of Education and is hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity at the University of Washington. The program partners with three target high schools in the Seattle Public Schools district, serving 95 high school students each year who are in the first generation in their families to attend college and/or whose families demonstrate financial need. The program's goal is to provide students the skills and motivation to graduate from high school on time, successfully transition to college, and earn college degrees.
The program provides instruction and services to promote academic success. During the academic school year, this includes tutoring, mentoring, and college and career planning assistance at the target high schools. Saturday Sessions include intensive academic enrichment opportunities (like SAT-preparation courses) as well as volunteer opportunities and cultural enrichment activities. Over the summer, the program hosts a six-week long Summer Academy and Summer Bridge, a program that gives graduating high school seniors a chance to earn college credit before beginning postsecondary education.
The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity has an outstanding opportunity for a Study Skills Instructor.
Provide direct service to program participants, including teaching, tutoring, and mentoring in 1-on-1, small group, and whole class instruction formats. Topics may include algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, physics, and ACT/SAT preparation.
Assess student work and progress; create lesson plans and materials for individuals, small groups, and whole class instruction.
Maintain a student advising caseload; keep accurate and detailed records of student participation and progress.
Plan and implement program activities, including Summer Academy math department coordination and field trip planning and supervision, among others.
Attend meetings to share information and build relationships among numerous stakeholders, including the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, College Access Unit, high school staff and/or math departments, and community partners.
Actively collaborate with the Upward Bound team; provide and receive input on approach, strategies, and additional resources to help students individually and as a cohort.
Maintain communication with caregivers of program participants, as necessary.
Contribute to the overall success of the program by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's Degree in Math, Statistics, Education, or similar field.
At least two years of professional, full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience over multiple years) teaching math subjects (including Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and/or Statistics) to students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and/or disabled backgrounds.
Experience that highlights a passion for programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from underserved backgrounds.
Experience that illustrates a history of successfully collaborating with colleagues on a regular basis to achieve common goals.
A Master's degree in Math, Statistics, Education, or similar field.
Current teaching certification in Washington State.
At least three years of professional, full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience over multiple years) teaching math subjects (including Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and/or Statistics) to students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and/or disabled backgrounds.
Professional experience that demonstrates the ability to develop positive relationships with students from low-income families and potential first generation college students, especially in TRIO programs.
Bi-literate and bicultural in two or more languages/cultures in the target schools; languages of particular interest are Spanish and Somali.
Alumnus of TRIO programs. Demonstrated success in overcoming the barriers or circumstances of the target population served by Upward Bound (potential first generation college students from low-income backgrounds).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of mathematical topics from basic whole numbers through calculus.
Knowledge of pedagogical methods and approaches to effectively teach mathematics.
Proficient skill in developing, organizing, and delivering content and activities related to mathematics and college readiness to students in one-on-one, small group, and large group settings.
Proficient skill using Microsoft Office Suite software.
Proficient skill communicating effectively with high school students, high school staff, and campus and community partners.
Proficient skill recording, organizing, and evaluating student- and program-related information.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with a professional attitude. Ability to foster teamwork and collaborate with a variety of groups and constituents.
Ability to utilize an intrusive advising and tutoring model to track students' academic progress and improve students' mathematical skills and increase their academic confidence.
Ability to lead the program's math department, including coordinating with temporary Upward Bound math instructors and tutors to align curriculum to high school and college courses.
Ability to quickly obtain fluency in college admissions process and federal financial aid.
Ability to maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm while working with program participants.
Ability to remain competent and current by dedicating ongoing attention to professional development through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Upward Bound Director. Must be willing to travel for professional development.
Ability to professionally and effectively lead and supervise students in a variety of settings, including public schools, on-campus classroom settings and travel-related settings.
Ability to work additional hours, and adjust working hours to meet special programmatic needs.
Conditions of Employment:
This position requires two distinct work schedules. During certain academic seasons (primarily winter), the work week will run Tuesday-Saturday to accommodate Saturday teaching sessions; for the rest of the year, the schedule will run Monday-Friday.
Able to maintain a flexible working schedule to accommodate various schedules, including school district schedule and student schedules. Provide own vehicle to travel to worksites and occasionally, between worksites.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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