Open December 22nd, 2018 through February 15th, 2019
Reports to: Dean of Faculty Direct Reports: Department faculty
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Job Summary The Science department chair is responsible for the design of an excellent program of secondary school instruction. This work requires expertise in Science, and in Science pedagogy, dedication, enthusiasm, flexibility, and creativity. In addition to being a master educator, the Science Department Chair will lead in the creation of a course of study that takes advantage of the Academy's partnership with an eminent research university. The department chair will direct the recruitment, development, and management of a team of educators with complementary skills and areas of expertise so that the department offers a rich educational program responsive to the needs and interests of the Academy's students.
As a leader during the early years of the Geffen Academy at UCLA, the department chair will need to be both a master educator and an educational entrepreneur. Geffen Academy at UCLA embraces questioning of traditional structures in secondary education. It emphasizes student inquiry in the learning process and classroom educators expect student-generated questions that respectfully and intelligently question protocols.
Core Functions & Duties
Collaborate with other faculty in the development of an academic program that meets the need and interests of the Academy's students
Collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Academy's students to take advantage of the Academy's relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation
Assist the Head of School and Admissions Director in student recruitment activities
Prepare and analyze the Academy's Science curriculum in the context of the University of California course approval requirements, the needs of the students, and the anticipated expectations of accrediting agencies
Evaluate and choose books, digital materials, experiential opportunities, and other academic resources
Recruit and interview candidates for available positions within the department, including teaching assistants, laboratory and prep room assistants, and readers/graders
Coordinate the development of Geffen Academy's science classrooms, equipment, and supplies with UCLA faculty from relevant disciplines and facilities staff, to assure the completeness, appropriateness, and safety of Geffen Academy's science program
Regularly report to the Dean of Faculty on the professional performance of department staff
Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to Dean of Students college guidance staff, Registrar, learning specialist, and athletic team coaches
Coordinate department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events
Assign faculty as instructors/mentors/advisers of students' independent projects
Supervise department faculty in their work with UCLA faculty colleagues
Orient new faculty and establish appropriate mentoring relationships for all department member
Assign course responsibilities within the department
Meet as needed with the department
Assess all department members on a regular basis with reports to each department members and the division head; propose continuing professional development activities for department colleagues based on assessments of their areas of strength and challenge
Be available for personal and professional guidance to all faculty in the department
Arrange proper coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of department members
Perform and evaluate placement tests for incoming students
Recommend to the College Guidance and Counseling staff the most suitable course(s) in the department for each individual student
Reevaluate course placement with input from students, parents, faculty, and student services colleagues
Be available to students and parents for any and all department related issues
Work with Division Directors, student services colleagues, and faculty to identify and respond to individual student needs and opportunities.
Qualifications A Master's degree in science or a science related field is required. Mastery of science secondary school pedagogy, both as a teacher and as a manager. Strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy's mission, vision, and values. A record of outstanding success as a secondary educator. A joyful embrace of teaching, which will be the largest portion of the chair's work. Experience in a bring your own device educational setting and/or commitment to BYOD program. The ability to think and act strategically combined with a strong commitment to providing an excellent educational experience in the department's areas of instruction for each student. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families. Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption. Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of the Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern. Experience in a variety of managerial and supervisorial roles within a secondary school would be a plus. Experience in and understanding of academic research would be a plus.
Apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04277. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.