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Seeking STEM Professionals Passionate about Advancing STEM Education

Posted March 21 2014

TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, is seeking letters of interest AND resumes to fill pending opening(s) for a variety of STEM positions. 

A leading innovator in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, TIES works with regional and state economic development organizations, regional and global philanthropies, corporate social responsibility entities, and schools to advance and improve STEM curriculum and instructional program development. TIES provides STEM school design, STEM curriculum development and implementation, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states, and the federal government. TIES design teams have created and built some of the finest STEM schools in the United States, such as MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, OH. TIES recognizes the importance of school design and professional development for all teachers as the basis to improve and advance the character of STEM instruction at all grade levels.  TIES also recognizes the need to shift STEM instruction to focus on overall scientific understanding and reasoning rather than fragmented and isolated bits of discrete information. STEM education is trans-disciplinary in nature, offering students the ability to use project-based learning to address real-world issues that affect their families, and communities. .

The TIES team of consultants and partners includes some of the most highly recognized STEM leaders in the country. Our team excels in facilitating dynamic organizational change, developing robust, locally relevant STEM schools of excellence, and catalyzing vital partnerships within communities to ensure sustainable STEM communities of practice.


TIES is seeking individuals or organizations with a passion for advancing STEM education and STEM literacy for all students.  Successful candidates will have a proven track record of delivering and implementing a variety of STEM programs, including professional development and/or project/problem-based learning and must exhibit an innovative approach and a high level of enthusiasm for STEM education.  Candidates also must be flexible and willing to learn the TIES design process and approach.

Our current needs include positions to lead teachers and administrators at our Summer STEM Institutes. We also are seeking professionals to STEM programs, schools, districts, and networks.  Candidates should be comfortable facilitating programs for a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, district leaders, business and industry, government entities, funders, and representatives from the communities they serve.

We recognize that successful and effective STEM advocacy can come from many diverse backgrounds; therefore, we encourage STEM professionals outside of traditional classroom roles to apply.  Candidates with leadership experience, including effective collaboration and an insatiable sense of curiosity, are ideal.

Defined roles for positions may include:

  • Design of STEM schools/districts/networks, including:
    • Implementing and analyzing readiness assessments
    • Facilitating design studios and complex collaborations
    • Supporting adoption of STEM programming recommendations
    • Facilitating and training in building collaborative networks
  • Support for advocacy efforts in the advancement of STEM, including research on emerging policy trends that impact STEM initiatives
  • Professional development, including
    • Collaborating in the design and delivery of project-based learning professional development workshops
    • Collaborating in the design and delivery of STEM-driven, site-specific professional development
    • Providing group and individualized professional development based on inquiry- and problem-based methodologies
    • Supporting teachers in integrating content across disciplines
    • Using a variety of coaching strategies for adult learning, including real-time, side-by-side classroom coaching, co-planning, analysis of student work, and classroom observation and feedback to improve teaching practices
    • Providing real-time classroom coaching and high-quality feedback to classroom teachers in STEM subject areas
    • Supporting school leaders in building capacity to sustain key structural and instructional changes

TIES is a “virtual company” with a small headquarters staff in Cleveland, OH. Our STEM consultants work from satellite work locations in:

  • Columbus, OH
  • Near Baltimore, MD
  • Southern California
  • Greater Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Although telecommuting is an option, we also are seeking candidates willing to reside in the Cleveland area.  Our work engagements are located throughout the United States and internationally. Most positions will require travel of up to 50% of the time.

Position and pay will be commensurate with experience.

TIES is seeking interest and will assess position availability and offers based on candidate pool.

Interested parties should submit information through the TIES Online Application.

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Full-time Fab Lab Technical & Education Manager

Job Title: Full-Time Fab Lab Technical & Education Manager
State/ Province: Pennsylvania
City: Pittsburgh
Description: The Carnegie Science Center is seeking a Fab Lab Technical and Education Manager for its Science and Education Department. The Fab Lab Manager is responsible for all aspects of operating Carnegie Science Center’s stationary and mobile Fab Labs on a day-to-day basis. He/she develops educational experiences for the Lab and also guides students, teachers, and community members through ideas and project implementation. The Fab Lab Manager establishes protocols for safe and effective use of the lab and monitors and maintains optimal safety conditions. The Manager maintains equipment, manages supplies and inventory, and is responsible for record keeping, budget management, program development, and scheduling and supervision of the lab and its staff and volunteers.


- Experience working in and/or using a Maker Space and related technology.
- Proficient in common desktop applications (web browsing, Office, image editing, etc.).
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. 
- Must have strong general management, problem-solving, organizational, and decision-making skills, as well as technical knowledge, a strong attention to detail, and highly developed customer relations attitude and competencies.
- Proficient at prioritizing and juggling multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a positive and optimistic attitude. 
- S/he must be able to communicate with others effectively in teaching and demonstrating skills, in assigning responsibility, and in developing shared understanding of the tasks at hand.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Requires Bachelor’s degree in education, engineering or a science-related field with significant technical experience and three years of recent professional experience preferred providing support services in a directly related unit or discipline. Advanced degree preferred.

- Supervisory and teaching experience.
- Have a working knowledge of fabrication equipment such as a vinyl cutter, laser cutter, CNC mill, Shopbot, and Makerbot.
- Have experience in teaching and/or demonstration of science and technology, especially to underserved communities.
- Experience with image editing, CAD/CAM applications, and design software.
- Experience running and maintaining PCs and LANs and working with Linux.
- Experience working in or using manufacturing/industrial and rapid prototyping technology and equipment.
- Valid drivers license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift 60 pounds.

REPORTING TO: Director of Science and Education, Carnegie Science Center

- Mobile Fab Lab Technical and Education Manager
- Lab staff, volunteers and interns

1. Manage all aspects of the daily operation and use of the Fab Lab including staff and lab scheduling and financial/budget maintenance and reporting.
2. Supervise and support program teams in the development of new Fab Lab programming for visitors, students, and educators.
3. Collaborate with local schools and educational organizations to support and deliver teacher training and curriculum integration related to the Fab Lab.
4. Manage the delivery of Fab Lab programs, including learning experiences for school, community and public groups in the on-site Fab Lab and remotely with the mobile Fab Lab.
5. Manage the training and certification of all staff, volunteers, interns, and guests on the use of the Fab Lab software, computers and manufacturing equipment with a primary focus on safe operation.
6. Lead staff, volunteers, and interns working in both the on-site and mobile Fab Lab.
7. Provide technical support for Fab Lab hardware and software.
8. Serve as a liaison with internal staff, external program partners and members of the global Fab Lab network.
9. Participate as team member in working groups and project teams as assigned.
10. Work with Development and Education staff to generate funding proposals and reports to donors.
11. Maintain departmental responsibilities (report preparation, meetings, email, phone, etc.).
12. Other duties as assigned.

• Patient, adept multi-tasker who loves to make things.
• Leads as a proactive team-player and displays a passion for helping a diversity of people learn through discovery. 
• The Fab Lab Manager and the Fab Lab itself will cross the boundary of multiple disciplines including education, arts, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and manufacturing engineering. The ideal candidate will have a background that is just as diverse and will be eager to embrace new concepts and technologies when appropriate.

To create a new applicant profile, click CREATE PROFILE. To modify an existing profile, first login, then click EDIT PROFILE to make your changes before submitting your application materials for this position. You must upload, type, or paste your resume and cover letter in the appropriate fields to be considered for this position with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. 




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