Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach

The Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach is part of the team responsible for the overall curriculum of the Academy’s Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) and has a major role in teaching and coaching teachers to enhance their science and sustainability instruction. The position reports to the Manager of TISS and is part of the TISS management team which collaborates closely and shares responsibility for overall planning efforts, including teacher recruitment, lesson and lab development, teaching in TISS, evaluation and helping with fundraising. TISS is a two-year, intensive professional development program that offers science and sustainability training to 60 teachers in two cohorts, grades 3-5, each year. To support student learning, TISS seeks to develop teachers’ positive science identity, reflective practice, competence in science and sustainability instruction, and leadership in school communities. Teachers participate in two summer institutes, ongoing workshops, and individual and group coaching throughout the two school years of TISS enrollment.


  • Coach teachers individually and in groups to enhance science and sustainability instruction
  • Develop and update TISS curriculum materials and lab activities
  • Assume a major role in planning and teaching summer sessions and school year workshops
  • Collaborate in the long-term strategic planning for TISS
  • Helps schedule TISS activities, including coaching visits during the school year and summer programming
  • Support partnerships and collaborations critical to TISS, the TYE Department, the PE&E Division and the Academy
  • Collaborate in development and implementation of an effective evaluation plan
  • Support Academy fundraising efforts for TISS
  • Collaborate in development of plans for alumni activities and the ongoing TISS learning community
  • Assist with educational events for the TYE Department, PE&E Division and Academy as appropriate
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Bachelor degree in science required; Master’s in science or education preferred
  • Three years of teaching experience required; elementary classroom teaching highly preferred
  • Experience with and training in instructional coaching highly preferred. At least two year’s experience with designing and facilitating teacher professional development, preferably around science, sustainability, literacy and curriculum integration
  • Experience in an informal science setting preferred


  • Exceptionally skilled at teaching audiences with diverse backgrounds, both teachers and students.
  • Knowledge of the scientific concepts of biological and earth systems sciences
  • Knowledge of and comfort with the scientific and engineering practices essential to elementary science education
  • Knowledge of the developmental levels of elementary students and strategies for developing literacy skills
  • Ability to design, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs and curriculum materials
  • Knowledge of pedagogical strategies and best practices, especially as they relate to elementary education
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings required
  • Valid California driver’s license and clean driving record required
  • Excellent public speaking and exceptional written communication skills
  • Passion for and knowledge of sustainability issues
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as curriculum manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write curriculum, routine reports and email correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50 %of the time.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com. Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

San Francisco, California
California Academy of Sciences
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