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The IRD for this job is: 7-10-2023
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
Scout from University of California is an online education program that is available for middle and high school students, teachers, schools, and school districts. UC Scout offers 'A-G' approved college preparatory and College Board-approved Advanced Placement courses online.
UC Scout's mission is to support educationally disadvantaged students across California, raise student achievement levels, and close achievement gaps.
UC Scout Teachers focus on teaching and developing course content. The incumbent reports to a Teacher Lead in the Academic Department, which is overseen by the Academic Director. The Executive Director oversees the UC Scout team, which consists of over 40 full-time employees and another 40 part-time employees. UC Scout is a branch of UC Santa Cruz and the University of California.
The Psychology Teacher teaches, develops curriculum, oversees part-time teachers, and participates in special projects and quality assurance for UC Scout.
Duties include teaching online classes to K-12 students in the subject area of expertise. This task requires but is not limited to grading student assignments, communicating regularly with students and their guardians, maintaining the online classroom, posting weekly announcements, hosting live sessions via video conferencing, and facilitating engaging discussions on the course message boards.
Curriculum monitoring, improvement, and development are required, including, but not limited to quizzes, exams, readings, activities, discussions, projects, course descriptions, syllabi, and teacher/student guides. Constant review and guarantee of academic accuracy of the curriculum are required.
The incumbent works in collaboration with administrative, production, and instructional design teams, playing an integral role in the production and maintenance of online courses.
Assists with the course approval process, preparing and reviewing documentation in compliance with California Common Core Standards for UC CMP, College Board, and NCAA. This requires working with external teachers who utilize UC Scout online courses to listen to their feedback and advise best practices when necessary.
The incumbent oversees part-time teachers (known as BYA 'by agreement' teachers) in the same or similar subject area. This task includes evaluating current and potential BYA teachers when needed; holding regular meetings with BYA teacher(s), and facilitating ongoing coaching, and mentoring.
Budgeted Salary: $70,000 - $88,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: Remote
Union Representation: Non-Represented
Job Code Classification: 006117 (K TO 12 EDUCATOR 3)
Travel: Never or Rarely
70% - Teaching
Teach online high school courses. Core responsibilities include evaluating and recording students' progress, leading synchronous online sessions, facilitating online discussions, and reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the history and background of students to modify the established educational program to meet specific needs, and to motivate students. Communicate with students and their guardians via email, phone, and video conferencing. Model and encourage students to understand and adopt the use of proper social habits in an online environment. Support students with proctoring issues.
Teaching duties may vary based on competing business needs. The K-12 Educator 3 may experience a reduced teaching workload during periods of significant course development. These changes may result in a temporary decrease in teaching students in the online classroom, even down to 0%, while allocating a higher percentage of time, potentially exceeding 90%, to curriculum development activities.
15% - Curriculum Development
Develop curriculum, course outlines, syllabi, lessons, lectures, projects, discussion forums, polls, surveys, tests, quizzes, performance assessments, and activities required in an online course. Teaching duties may vary based on competing business needs. The K-12 Educator 3 may experience a reduced teaching workload during periods of significant course development. These changes may result in a temporary decrease in teaching students in the online classroom, even down to 0%, while allocating a higher percentage of time, potentially exceeding 90%, to curriculum development activities.
5% - BYA Oversight
Oversee part-time teachers (known as BYA 'by agreement' teachers) in the same or similar subject area. Under the guidance of the Director of Academics, evaluate current and potential BYA teachers when needed. Hold regular meetings with BYA teachers: coaching, mentoring, and evaluating annually. Create seasonal contracts for BYA teachers as needed.
Work with external teachers who utilize UC Scout online courses to not only listen to their feedback and advise best practices but to support escalated challenges when they occur.
5% - Special Projects
Collaborate with UC Scout staff via phone, email, video conferencing, and occasional travel to UC Scout main office. Participate in job training and maintain professional competence through ongoing professional development. Assist in special projects as needed, including, but not limited to WASC reports and webinars.
5% - Quality Assurance
Make recommendations for improvement of courses, policies, and the program generally. Review course materials and instructional videos to ensure quality and compliance with state standards. This position is involved in the course approval process and prepares and reviews documentation for NCAA, UC CMP, and College Board reviews.
Bachelor's degree in related areas.
Student teaching internship or full-time teaching experience in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Experience teaching in an online LMS.
Experience teaching high school Advanced Placement courses in Psychology.
Experience teaching high school A-G courses.
Strong knowledge of online teaching and learning strategies, pedagogy, and best practice and experience in online teaching at the high school level.
Strong ability to communicate effectively in written form using grammatically correct language.
Strong verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively in oral form using grammatically correct language.
Thorough understanding of behavior modification strategies, techniques and methods, conflict resolution procedures.
Proven ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct a comprehensive teaching and instruction program.
Proven ability to select and utilize appropriate educational materials, supplies, equipment, technology and learning aids.
Valid California Single Subject Professional Clear Teaching Credential in Social Science.
Strong ability to provide effective learning experiences for students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and with varying mental, social and emotional maturity.
Strong ability to effectively assess the educational needs of pupils, and design, develop and implement individual remediation and educational plans.
Thorough knowledge of principles, theories, methods, techniques and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction.
Thorough understanding of child growth and development principles and theories.
Teaching experience in any of the following: AP and College Prep Psychology.
Valid California Single Subject Teaching Credential in second subject.
Current Clear cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification via California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) or equivalent Certification.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must be able to work remotely from a home office and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Ability to travel nationally.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtainedhere.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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