Jobs with NCWIT
(1) Faculty Professional Development Curriculum Designer & Instructor (Contract Position)
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a national non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for a new project being funded by the National Science Foundation for three years. This is a part-time, contract position (20 hours per week) and is not bound by location other than the U.S.
NCWIT works to increase women's meaningful participation in technology and computing by leveraging the efforts of organizations across the country through sharing research- and evidence-based practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing girls and women in computing. This project is a demonstration project aimed at improving the ability of computer science departments at community colleges to recruit and retain women and other under-represented populations in the field of computing.
The Curriculum Designer & Instructor (CD&I) will develop a professional development curriculum for faculty members at community colleges around the U.S. The bulk of the material will consist of research-based methods for recruiting and retaining women but will also include practices for delivering excellent computer science content. In the pilot phases, the CD&I will deliver the semester-long curriculum via videoconference and other remote methods to two small cohorts of community college faculty. The curriculum must be designed to scale up to a standalone online model.
Job tasks will include (but are not be limited to):
- Learn and convey the promising practices for academic recruiting and retention posted by NCWIT social science researchers at www.ncwit.org/resources
- Develop a curriculum based on NCWIT Promising Practices to teach computer science faculty how to attract and retain students from historically underrepresented groups in their classes
- Work with the content specialists on the project’s Advisory Board to develop modules to improve the teaching of key introductory computer science concepts.
- Teach the semester-long curriculum to pilot faculty in weekly or biweekly sessions. This may require evening sessions.
- Revise curriculum after each of the two semester sessions.
- Work with the project team to design methods for revising the curriculum for a standalone, interactive online model based on evaluation feedback.
- Meet regularly with program staff and have workshop content reviewed and revised prior to each workshop session.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess:
- At least 5 years of teaching experience with adult learners
- Formal education or training in pedagogy, learning sciences, or professional development (or equivalent job-based experience)
- Advanced skills in MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), sharing platforms (e.g., Google docs, DropBox, etc.), and online conference software (e.g., Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.)
- Proven success in planning, prioritization, organization and self-direction
- Outstanding interpersonal skills (strong verbal and written)
- Superb teaching skills
- Understanding of gender equity issues and/or under-representation in STEM disciplines
- Some experience with computer science or related fields preferred
- Experience working with interdisciplinary teams preferred
This work will be compensated on a project basis, with bimonthly payments. Compensation commensurate with experience.
To apply, please send CV/resume, cover letter, and a list of references to: EngageIT@ncwit.org.
(2) Aspirations in Computing Regional Affiliate Manager (Contract Position)
TIMING: Start November 1, 2015 (contract renewal available). Preference for 5-10 hours/week ramp-up during October.
HOURS: 30 hours per week (maximum); potential for increase at a later date. Flexible schedule.
RATE: $25-$28 per hour (1099 basis)
LOCATION: As a consultant, you can work from anywhere. The ideal candidate will be in the Eastern Time Zone to aid in communicating with affiliated volunteers in that region.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is seeking an additional Regional Affiliate Manager (RAM) to join our team in supporting the enthusiastic and growing network of local Aspirations in Computing Program Affiliates. This is a support, facilitation and volunteer management role, focused on providing “customer service” to our affiliate teams and partners across the country. Most of the interactions take place by phone, email, and webinars. The RAM is responsible for mentoring groups of Aspirations Affiliates in their mission of increasing young women’s participation in computing and technology. The population of affiliated volunteers includes educators and business people involved in computing fields.
- Provide consulting services to assigned Affiliates in the following areas:
- Mentoring: consultations with Affiliate coordinators, Program Partners, and other volunteers, as necessary, on how to best perform their role
- Recruitment Education: coach affiliates on effective ways to recruit additional volunteers to work with them in their community.
- Sponsorship: coach on strategies for affiliates to procure and sustain local program sponsorship.
- Work as a team member with other RAMs to best meet the needs of the entire National Program.
- Know the resources available to our Aspirations in Computing Affiliates and Partners (web portal, pre-created toolkits, etc.);and advise/mentor Affiliates on its use
- Work within team to ensure timely updates of resources in a fast-paced, cyclical series of ‘seasons’ in which the Aspirations Program operates
- Develop strong relationships with assigned Affiliates & Program Partners
- Monitor Affiliate & Partner progress and step in, proactively, as needed
- Discover and disseminate promising practices and ideas across Affiliate teams nationwide
- Ensure Affiliates and Partners are up-to-date with accurate and timely information about Program Awards, Event planning and other opportunities and/or deadlines
- Provide status updates to the national NCWIT staff
- Troubleshoot obstacles and alert NCWIT staff as needed
- Attend regular meetings with Affiliates, Program Partners, Regional Affiliate Managers, and the national NCWIT teams
- Ensure all required and requested paperwork and reporting is completed and submitted to NCWIT in a timely manner via automated tools
- Other similar duties, as requested.
This project requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills. Consultant must have the following skills:
- College degree or equivalent experience
- Passion for gender equity in technology
- Highly developed skills in communicating with busy, working professionals
- Experience working with and facilitating the success of volunteers and volunteer teams
- Project and time management
- Ability to coordinate with NCWIT staff members
- Ability to coordinate under pressure of deadlines
- Must be flexible and responsive to change in direction when necessary
- Attention to detail
- Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% of time during peak times
For consideration, send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Be sure to include:
- Email Subject: MUST include: “RAM Applicant”
- why you’re interested
- how you are a fit
- start-date availability
- link to LinkedIn profile