Knowles Teacher Initiative—a private, operating foundation, established in 1999 and funded by an endowment from C. Harry and Janet H. Knowles—is seeking a Program Officer for Teacher Development to work as part of a team developing, implementing and refining the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program. The Teaching Fellows Program offers support and professional development for 165 promising new high school science and math teachers for five years. Knowles seeks to strengthen the teaching profession and increase the US education system’s capacity to continually improve science and math education by creating a networked community of teachers who mentor and sustain new teachers, set and meet high standards for student learning, and create and uphold benchmarks of teacher professionalism grounded in a deep and nuanced understanding of the work of teaching. Rather than waiting for leaders to emerge from within the educational system, Knowles identifies and selects beginning teachers who show the potential to develop into outstanding teachers who lead from the classroom. Furthermore, Knowles seeks to understand and provide the kinds of sustained support, professional development, and learning opportunities these promising individuals need to reach their potential as teachers and leaders. For more information about Knowles Teacher Initiative programs and this position visit www.knowlesteachers.org/careers.
Three teams—each led by a Senior Program Officer—work together to design, implement, refine and study the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program. Important components of this work include: designing and leading professional development (online and in-person) for cohorts of Fellows; providing ongoing mentoring support to Fellows; supporting Fellows in accessing Knowles Teacher Initiative's generous Fellowship benefits; and evaluating, researching, and writing about program components for continuous program improvement and generation of knowledge for the field. Program Officers work at the center of a broader national learning community that includes Teaching Fellows and Knowles staff, as well as master teachers and teacher educators, researchers and evaluators.
All Knowles Program Officers are:
Committed to the belief that teaching is a critically important, complex, intellectually challenging profession
Experienced teachers at the secondary level
Experienced in mentoring beginning teachers, educating pre-service teachers and/or developing and providing professional development to teachers, particularly at the secondary level
Knowledgeable of their subject matter
Disposed to learn from their own practice and support other teachers in doing so.
Knowles Teacher Initiative is seeking a Program Officer for Team 2. The specific description of that position follows below.
Team 2 (supporting Fellows in years 3 & 4 of the Fellowship):
Our need is for a Program Officer with a science education background. The ideal candidate for this specific position has a combination of the following strengths and abilities (in addition to those listed above):
Experience working with diverse student populations and/or supporting teachers in doing so
Experience teaching high school chemistry, physics, and/or physical science
Commitment to increasing educational opportunities for all students
Experience with and ability to foster collaborative relationships in secondary school settings
Knowledge of the current state of math and science education and its impacts on teachers and students
A graduate degree in science education or a related field (or anticipating such). Doctorate is preferred.
Program Officer for Teacher Development positions are full-time, on-site in NJ (right outside Philadelphia) and will report to a Senior Program Officer, Teacher Development. The ability to work some weekends and travel (10-15%) is required. Salary is based on education and experience, and is competitive with university academic and K–12 administrative positions. Knowles Teacher Initiative offers a full, generous benefit package including a relocation package if needed. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume or CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-608-0008 (fax).
The Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, seeks individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the organization, our community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, liability for military service, status as a veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
About Knowles Teacher Initiative
Knowles Teacher Initiative—a private, operating foundation—was established in 1999 to improve math and science education in the United States. The foundation’s signature program, the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program, awards Fellowships designed to empower early-career science and math teachers to become primary agents of educational improvement.