POSITION: STEM Director
Report to and work closely with the Deputy Commissioner of Curriculum and Instruction, the State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Director will oversee the development of STEM initiatives to improve educational achievement in this broadly defined area of sciences. This would include teacher and leadership development as well as program development and implementation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)
- Research and compile information on effective STEM programs
- Develop and/or revise the Virgin Islands standards and curricula related to STEM areas
- Work directly with districts and universities to develop PK-16 initiatives to improve teaching and learning in STEM areas
- Serve as a resource and liaison to district staff, community groups, and others in the development of programs related to student achievement in STEM areas
- Design evaluation and research studies at the state level for STEM initiatives
- Provide leadership and support to districts in developing cohesive plans for improvement in student achievement in STEM areas
- Provide leadership to staff, schools, and teacher educators to implement instructional practice for improved student achievement in STEM areas
- Plan and develop budgets and funding sources for STEM initiatives
- Deliver presentations to staff, districts, and other groups
- Meet schedules and timelines
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
- Work independently with little direction.
- Perform related duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITIES
- Considerable knowledge of Federal and private resources for STEM programming;
- Considerable knowledge of standards and curriculum development processes;
- Proficient in one of the STEM areas as an educator or practitioner;
- Uses effective organizational skills to coordinate the complexities STEM programs;
- Makes effective use of relevant technology ;
- Committed to ongoing personal professional development;
- Possesses the personal characteristics to be a positive force in the decision-making process with skills in problem solving and consensus building;
- Ability to be a resource on current educational research in STEM;
- Ability to use data to support curriculum, instruction, assessment, and curriculum adoptions in STEM areas;
- Ability to present STEM information to various audiences using clear and effective communication tools;
- Ability to organize complex tasks and establish and maintain schedules;
- Ability to establish and maintain interagency relationships;
- Ability to make sound and independent judgment while performing various tasks and assignments;
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in Education or related field and three (3) years of progressively strong working experience at the state or district level in STEM development or related experience through K-12 partnerships.
“No person shall be discriminated against in employment or in any other educational program or activity offered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on account of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap, or age.”