Job: Lab Instructor

Department: HQ – Headquarters


Location: Washington, DC


Lab Instructor

The Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) is Carnegie Science’s K-12 education arm and is housed within the institution’s headquarters. CASE’s mission to enhance the education of DC children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through a variety of programs for students and their teachers, each with a common goal: to empower children to ask questions, sharpen their analytical skills, develop leadership and general life skills and broaden their educational and career horizons.

Since 1989 CASE programs has served more than 800 students and 1,000 teachers in DC. CASE’s STEM Kits program has trained 70 teachers have been trained and 1,500 students have developed skills to handle tools and equipment used in modern research laboratories. CASE was recently named Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)’s new partner. ABE is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery.

CASE is seeking a Lab Instructor to train high school teachers in basic laboratory research techniques (using the ABE curriculum), assist in implementing the biotechnology program in schools, and support CASE’s education programs.  Compensation based on experience.

Essential functions of this job may include but are not limited to:

Train teachers to run biotechnology program in their schools

  • Prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active, hands-on learning based on ABE’s curriculum
  • Instruct and monitor participants in the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Maintain equipment and supplies in accordance with established lab protocols

Recruit and maintain relationships with current and prospective participants

  • Communicate with program participants to build ongoing relationships with schools
  • Attend outreach events to recruit program participants

Support CASE’s education programs

  • Participate in team planning meetings
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to participants and colleagues regarding participant progress and needs

Facilitate hands-on student science and STEM learning

  • Manage student behavior in the classroom and laboratory by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual youth participants and use information to adjust teaching strategies
  • Develop schemes of work, lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of participants’ progress and development
  • Prepare classroom for class activities

Support CASE’s education programs

  • Communicate necessary information regularly to participants and colleagues regarding participant progress and needs
  • Participate in team planning meetings

Skills and Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory skills and concepts (required), Next Generation Science Standards (preferred), and Project-Based Learning (preferred)
  • Ability and history of establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective relationships working with individuals from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Experience in outreach, teaching in a school or out-of-school environment, and/or providing professional development preferred
  • Adaptable, able to think on feet, strategic problem solver, multi-tasker, organized, and goal oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred, but not required
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Able to maintain organized lab environment including a detailed inventory
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred, but not required

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field or education, Masters degree in STEM field or education (preferred)

Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please.

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.