The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve.
General Summary/Purpose: The instructor supports academically talented students enrolled in Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) online computer science courses. We are currently looking for instructors for the following courses:
Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering encourages students to utilize their problem-solving skills and creativity as they become familiar with the principles of both scientific engineering and computer programming. The first half of this course covers the concepts of the scientific method, electricity, circuits, and related content. The second half introduces students to Scratch Programming and basic computer programming concepts such as statements, loops, and if-then logic. Using a Makey Makey board as their tool, students will apply their knowledge of scientific engineering and computer science to produce such projects as controlling Scratch programs by completing wired circuits.
Scratch Programming for Elementary School Students has been developed to meet the interests of younger students. In this course, elementary school students (grades 3 through 5) will be introduced to fundamental programming concepts. Students will learn how to create animations, computer games, and interactive projects using Scratch, a graphical programming language developed at MIT. At the end of the course, students create their own computer game and share it with their CTY Online Programs instructor and classmates.
Scratch Programming for Middle School Students In this course, young students enter the world of computer science by learning how to create animations, computer games, and interactive projects. Using Scratch, a graphical programming language developed at MIT, students learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, conditional statements, and event handling. As they teach a mischievous cat to dance, explore a maze, or play games, students learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. The course will show students how to make and import objects, create audio recordings, and use them to develop interactive projects. At the end of the course, students create their own computer game and share it with their CTY Online Programs instructor and classmates.
Advanced Scratch Programming guides students through challenging concepts in Scratch Programming. Building on their foundation of Scratch fundamentals, students will be able to create intricate animations and games using complex logic and program design. Students develop their programming skills while learning about lists, defining procedures, using webcam sensing, and debugging problematic code. They will broaden their understanding of variables, operators, and event-driven programming while applying their existing knowledge in new ways of thinking about Scratch. Students also examine graphic art and digital music in computers, and are encouraged to think artistically and creatively about computer programming and design. Participants are exposed to a brief history of computer graphics and developments in software and hardware for human-computer interaction. Students practice and demonstrate their knowledge through assignments, quizzes, a midterm project, and a final project.
Note: This position is not benefits eligible. Multiple positions available.
This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.
Develop and teach lessons within curriculum defined by CTY. Lectures are not required.
Monitor student progress and assist students in accomplishing established learning objectives.
Interact independently with students using distance education technologies, primarily Moodle, phone and video conferencing software, and e-mail.
Provide timely feedback to students and their parents on coursework and progress.
Communicate with students, parents, IT, program administrators and supervisor to resolve any course related issues.
Submit hours worked via established system according to schedule provided by CTY.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in computer science, engineering or related field
Two years teaching, tutoring or related experience is required.
Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. Preferred Requirements:
At least one year teaching elementary or middle school students.
Online teaching experience.
Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
Required Special Skills and Knowledge:
Thorough knowledge of Scratch or related programming language.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Internal and External Contacts Required as part of the job:
Collaborative relationships with the Senior Program Manager, supervisors, and CTY Online Program administrators and staff. Frequent contact with students, schools, and parents via telephone, email, and web-based virtual meeting room software.
Physical Requirements for the Job:
Ability to access and transmit information using a computer
Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery
The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly via telephone and email with internal and external customers and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings
Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.
Computer or other special needs for the position:
Must have a computer with broadband Internet access; familiarity with Online education technologies a plus, such as Moodle and Zoom.
Work hours vary and are flexible; including weekends and evenings as determined with supervisor.
Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect
CTY Online Programs offers students in grades preK-12 challenging academic coursework throughout the year. For more information, please visit: cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline
Classified Title: CTY DE Instructor Working Title: CTY Online Programs Instructor – Scratch Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range: $21.00 - $25.00 per hour Employee group: Casual / On Call Schedule: Hours Vary Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Telework Department name: 10000113-DE Math Science Computer Science Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
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