UNC-TV QUEST Project:
EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT (JOURNEY) - UNC-TV, RTP, NC seeks an Educational Consultant to work on the QUEST Beyond Local Project, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Quest is an award-winning multimedia science and environment series created by KQED in San Francisco. QUEST Beyond Local expands the QUEST project to content being produced by five other public media stations, including UNC-TV.
This Educational Consultant will optimize the educational value of UNC-TV QUEST stories and other project content, oversee and produce educational assets, collaborate with UNC-TV staff members and community partners to increase the educational impact of QUEST and manage teacher training activities.
Responsibilities will include:
- Advise UNC-TV QUEST content producers on relevant science standards that can be explored through proposed stories and other content
- Advise how UNC-TV QUEST content in production might be shaped to maximize its effective use by teachers
- Oversee creation of educational “explainer” packages (thematic multimedia collections of digital learning resources illustrating aspects of a scientific principle)
- Facilitate acceptance and use of selected UNC-TV QUEST content by PBS LearningMedia
- Seek partnership opportunities with local informal science education (ISE) institutions and within the North Carolina K-12 community
- Organize and conduct professional development trainings for teachers in the use of QUEST multimedia content and in digital media-making
- Support project evaluation activity
- Write teacher guides on selected QUEST topics that align to the Common Core work with other QUEST educators to write and aggregate QUEST educator content for national distribution on platforms such as iBooks or iTune University.
The educator will work up to 40 hours per week from April 2013 until June 2014. Hours may vary between 20 and 40 hours per week depending on the stage of the projects and the availability of the candidate. This is a temporary position with no benefits that is paid by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Master’s degree in education, special education, instructional design, educational technology, educational media, or related discipline with coursework in curriculum development or learning theory; or a Bachelor’s degree in the assigned discipline and two years of experience in teaching, educational testing, or instructional design and curriculum development; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Three or more years of teaching experience in a STEM subject, and experience creating and using digital learning resources. Interest in science and environmental content, as well as the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with QUEST Beyond Local teams from five other partner stations. The ideal candidate should possess strong communication and presentation skills, solid writing skills, working knowledge of North Carolina Essential Standards in Science. The candidate must be able to collaborate and work with a variety of internal departments and external partners.
Hourly Range: $20-$22 per hour based on experience.