BioTeach Instructor Curriculum Specialist

About MassBioEd Foundation

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2001 by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council with the goal of growing and developing talent in the Massachusetts life sciences workforce. In this time, we have evolved into a key link connecting students, educators, and professionals to the exciting opportunities within the life sciences industry. Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers.

BioTeach Instructor and Curriculum Specialist Job Description

The BioTeach Instructor and Curriculum Specialist serves as a mentor and coach to middle and high school teachers during lab-based teacher professional development workshops, in-school lab implementation visits, and through remote meetings, emails, and phone calls. The Instructor and Curriculum Specialist is responsible for developing new student-centered lessons that are engaging and aligned with the Massachusetts and NGSS standards.  An ideal candidate has a strong background in biology with teaching experience and is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced mission-focused environment.

This is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Education Programs and works closely with the BioTeach team. The position is scheduled to begin in August/September 2021.

Job Responsibilities: 

Support the development and implementation of MassBioEd’s education programs including:

Partner Onboarding and Support

  • Onboard underserved schools and districts involved in the ACCESS program, a vertically aligned, multi-grade science and career education program
  • Schedule and organize on-site or remote technical training visits to Massachusetts middle and high schools ACCESS partners
  • Provide in person and remote support to classes engaged in labs and career awareness programs as part of the ACCESS program
  • Plan and implement on-going and new professional development programing to meet the needs of middle and high school science teachers and further the MassBioEd mission
  • Serve as district or school liaison and teacher mentor or coach to increase the quality and quantity of hands-on lab activities and innovative career awareness programing, which may require travel to schools throughout the state

Curriculum Development

  • Assist in the development of new lab-based, standards-aligned lab curricula and educational material to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Assist in the development of effective career awareness curriculum and activities designed to build a diverse pipeline of talent for the life sciences industry
  • Familiarity of current research and best practices required

Volunteer Programs

  • In conjunction with the Manager of Career Exploration Programs, prepare and support industry volunteers to deliver career programming to ACCESS school partners

Equipment Grant and Lending Programs

  • Support current TOTE (Take Out Training and Equipment) partner schools in the implementation of BioTeach curriculum and the building of institutional knowledge ensure sustainability. 
  • Create a scope of work (SOW) for TOTE school partners including choice of activities and plan for teacher support
  • Identify and engage new diverse and underperforming partner schools
  • Support teachers in applying for BioTeach and other grants, work with BioTeach team to award grants and track school progress in completing SOW

General BioTeach Support

  • Work with the Director of Educational Programs and team to manage the logistics and tracking of all teacher professional development, school and student events
  • Support the authoring and delivery of email and newsletter communication to stakeholders
  • Engage in MassBioEd signature events including the Champions fundraiser
  • Participate in and support regional events relating to life sciences education to strengthen education community partnerships that increase the efficiency and impact of BioTeach
  • Work with MassBioEd team to monitor, assess and evaluate program impact using student and teacher feedback, focus groups and other appropriate measures

Position Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in life sciences or education a plus
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience teaching secondary science in traditional, blended and remote classrooms
  • Familiarity with research and careers in the Biotechnology industry
  • Experience recruiting and serving school partners at the district level
  • Proven success developing hands on, student-driven life sciences curriculum for in person and remote classes
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and customer-service skills
  • Experience in program tracking and evaluation
  • Ability to work accurately, with interruptions, to meet deadlines; must be able to accommodate changes in assignments and priorities depending upon identified needs of the team
  • Computer literacy including: strong word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, database and web management skills sufficient to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, presentation, statistical/technical/scientific materials, etc. with speed and accuracy, including the willingness to learn and use new computer programs/applications. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health and dental insurance, 401K, long and short-term disability, life insurance, healthcare savings account, and paid time off.

Interested applicants should submit the following to careers@massbio.org:

  • Resume/CV
  • Detailed cover letter outlining how your qualifications meet those sought in this posting

MassBioEd equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.