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Summary: Under the direction of the Mathematics Department Chair, the Educator will be responsible for the delivery of an excellent program of secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of the curriculum, teaching up to five (5) courses each term, and participating in the life of the Academy in a robust and fully engaged manner. This is a bargaining unit covered position. Geffen Academy seeks a Mathematics teacher able to teach a variety of math courses for students in grades 6-12. The curriculum is based on the traditional textbooks as well as on the AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) textbooks, such as Introduction to Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Intermediate Counting and Probability. Calculus and some other advanced courses at the Geffen will closely resemble the corresponding courses given at the UCLA Department of Mathematics. A successful candidate should either be familiar with the above content or willing and able to quickly become effectively well versed in it. We are looking for people who find studying and teaching mathematics to the next generation self-rewarding, just as studying math is self-rewarding for research mathematicians. We are looking for people interested in applying math as a tool kit to other areas of human knowledge, from physics to computer science to economics and finance to history and literature, in close cooperation with students, other teachers, and faculty members of the UCLA Department of Mathematics. We are looking for people who believe that solid mathematics education is beneficial for every student and who are able and willing to work with the students of varying math backgrounds.
Job Duties: • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, collaborate with other educators in creation of a Geffen Academy program that meets the needs and interests of the Geffen Academy's students. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Geffen Academy's students to take advantage of the school’s relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, evaluate and choose books, digital materials, and other academic resources. • Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including to the Department Chair, Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Registrar, counselor/psychologist, Faculty Service Coordinator, and athletic team coaches. • Participate in Department representation at parent meetings and recruitment events. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, assess the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the Department. • Participate in committee work, whether the committee's focus is solely within the Department or reaches to other parts of the Geffen Academy enterprise. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, participate in interdisciplinary instructional programs. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, serve as instructor/mentor/advisor of students' independent projects. • Consistent with the Geffen Academy leadership's direction, engage in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, orient new educators and establish appropriate mentoring relationships. • Meet as needed and directed with the Department. • Consistent with the Mathematics Department leadership's direction, participate in continuing professional development and training activities. • Be available to provide coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of colleagues. . Follow and adhere to UCLA and Geffen Academy policies, procedures, norms, and handbooks as directed • This list of duties is not exhaustive. • Adhere to Geffen Academy and the University of California applicable policies, procedures, and established protocols. Read and adhere to the school norms, protocols and requirements as outlined in the school Handbooks
Apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/applyJPF06218. 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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.”
Qualifications: A successful candidate should have a Master's degree in a math-related field and a strong background in either secondary or university education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy's mission, vision, and values; a record of outstanding success as an educator; excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and their families; must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption; must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern. Experience in a variety of instructional and co-curricular/extra-curricular roles within a secondary school is a plus.