Climate Education Program Specialist

We are currently advertising for a K-12 program specialist to assist with professional development and online learning communities around the topic of climate change in Maryland and Delaware.
Program Specialist
Position Location: Maryland State Department of Education (200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD)
Program Description: Maryland-Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment, and Research (MADE CLEAR) is an innovative partnership funded by the National Science Foundation.  The focus of this program is on embedding climate science into the K-12 curriculum in Maryland and Delaware, with a particular emphasis on grades 8-12.  One of the core components of MADE CLEAR is the Climate Change Academies, a series of professional learning activities to enhance teacher and student understanding of climate change. The Academies are also connected to non-formal learning and training activities for pre-service educators.  More information about MADE CLEAR can be found online at:
Position Summary: The Program Specialist is responsible for the management, coordination, and implementation of MADE CLEAR professional development programs and instructional initiatives.  The Program Specialist will work with MADE CLEAR team members and teachers to identify instructional issues for training and support services.  The Program Specialist will facilitate the delivery of ongoing professional learning activities and assist in the development of instructional resources for teachers that are aligned to state and national standards.  The Program Specialist will also assist with the recruitment of teachers for the Climate Change Academies from Maryland and Delaware, as well as communication and engagement through online learning communities.  He/she will support formative data compilation to determine student benchmark performance and guide instructional practices for enhanced student achievement.
Position Requirements:
·      Master’s degree in education or related field
·      Minimum of five years of teaching experience and/or training and professional development experience
·      Proven management, coordination, and facilitation experience
·      Knowledge of instructional design and teaching and learning processes
·      Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Maryland/Delaware state standards, Common Core standards, and assessment systems
·      Experience with online professional development, online learning, and/or online courses
·      Effective organizational and time-management skills
·      Effective communication with schools, teachers, and support staff
·      Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office programs)
This 12-month grant funded fulltime Exempt Staff appointment is contingent on grant funding, and includes USM tuition remission, benefits, and salary commensurate with education and experience.  The position will be hired by the University System of Maryland Office (USMO) and will be located at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For best consideration, please apply by November 1, 2012.
To apply, please e-mail a single PDF document that includes: (1) a current resume, (2) a cover letter describing interest and relevant experience, and (3) a list of three references to: Program Specialist Search Committee at  Applications may also be mailed to: Program Specialist Search Committee, Office of Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland, 3300 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, MD 20783.
The University System of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job, in accordance with applicable law.  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, applicants should be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing their identities, their U.S. citizenship or alien status, and their authorization to work in the United States.
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