Report on Summer Staff Needed To Change The Face Of STEM

Summer Staff Needed To Change The Face Of STEM

SMASH is seeking passionate educators, facilitators, mentors and high-energy professionals to join our team this summer at SMASH Academy.

Opportunities are available at UC Berkeley (Berkeley), UC Davis (Davis), Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), Morehouse College (Atlanta), Stanford University (Palo Alto), UCLA (Los Angeles), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Northeastern University (Boston), Wayne State University (Detroit), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

About Us and Our Philosophy:

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

SMASH Academy is a five week, three-year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) residential academic acceleration program for motivated, high school students from underrepresented populations (African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander, and Native American), who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math. During the summer component, SMASH provides accelerated classes, laboratory experiments and exposure to STEM fields; the academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience in residential dorms to introduce our scholars to a university environment. During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, scholarship workshops, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

About the Opportunities:

The Residential Staff support the wellbeing of 30-100 high school students living on campus. They foster a clean, safe, positive, and inclusive environment that encourages SMASH Scholars to develop their full potential. Residential Staff also act as educational leaders and role models to set the tone, standards, activities and interactions that will assure both an enriching and socially just experience conducive to student success in the STEM fields. They are also responsible for other areas of programming, including workshops, wellness activities, and engagement with the surrounding STEM community. This is approximately a 6-week live-in assignment on campus. Opportunities include:

- Residential Coordinator and Directors
- Residential Advisors

The Instructional Staff plays an integral role in delivering and sustaining the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM. SMASH Instructors will work on a select SMASH campus with an instructional team of 5-15 instructors selected to teach core and elective courses to 30-100 rising 10th through 12th grade students (Instructor: Student ratio averages 1:15). SMASH Core courses include: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Design Thinking. Site-specific elective courses include Entrepreneurship and Social Justice, among others.

This is approximately a 6 month assignment (March to August) for the Lead Instructor with a full-time engagement period through the duration of the SMASH Academy (approximately 5 weeks), or a six week assignment for Instructors, with one week of full-time training before SMASH and a part-time engagement through the duration of SMASH Academy (5 weeks). Opportunities include:

- STEM Workshop Facilitators - Math Instructors
- Science Instructors (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Computer Science Instructors
- Design Thinking Instructors
- College Success Facilitators
- Elective Instructors

There are also Program Coordinator (coordinates logistics and operations of the site) and IT Staff positions available.

Working at SMASH Academy is about professional growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the status quo. This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

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