Digital Product and Curriculum Specialist

The deadline to apply is October 25, 2019.
Submit your resume and cover letter to:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/8f0641b7493a4e87a23c1045066d9945


Billion Oyster Project
The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. We lead a large-scale marine restoration effort to restore one billion live oysters in New York Harbor by 2035.

BOP engages the community through its restoration-based STEM education programs for
middle and high-school students, its collection program with NYC restaurants to collect oyster shells for reef substrate, and its volunteer program, which enables New Yorkers to get involved in hands-on community science restoration work.

Billion Oyster Project was born out of the New York Harbor School (NYHS), a public high school which provides a college preparatory education built upon New York City’s marine & maritime industry. NYHS remains Billion Oyster Project’s flagship education partner, instilling the ethics of environmental stewardship and the needed skills for careers on the water. As sophomores, Harbor School students enroll in one of seven career and technical education (CTE) programs including Aquaculture, Vessel Operations, Marine Biology Research, Professional Diving, Ocean Engineering, Maritime Policy & Advocacy, and Marine Systems Technology. Each CTE program has a role within the work of Billion Oyster Project, extending students’ education from
the classroom into a real-world context.


Our Vision
A future in which New York Harbor is the center of a rich, diverse and abundant estuary. The communities surrounding this complex ecosystem will help shape its vitality and in return enjoy its many benefits, including endless opportunities for work, education and recreation. The harbor is a world-class public space, well used and well cared for—our Commons.


Our Ethos

Restoration through Education
We believe that restoration without education is fleeting. To ensure the long-term health and productivity of our natural environment we must teach young people to care for, monitor and restore their Harbor.
Education through Restoration
We believe that students learn best when applying their studies to a large-scale ecosystem restoration project that challenges them to become active participants and takes them out of the classroom, down to the water’s edge to experience the ecosystem first-hand. We prioritize educational programs that are site-specific, project-based, and inquiry-based and that integrate a field work component.


Position Overview

The Billion Oyster Project is seeking a Digital Product and Curriculum Specialist to develop computational science training and curriculum for NYC public school teachers and students and to coordinate product management for the project’s web based digital platform.

This position is funded through two three year National Science Foundation grant awards with the primary goals of: increasing students’ NY Harbor restoration and STEM content knowledge, confidence in doing field research activities, and interest in STEM careers; increasing teachers’ NY Harbor restoration and STEM content knowledge, instructional skills, and inquiry-based field research practice, and; increasing underrepresented students’ motivation, interest in and preparation for pursuing STEM careers.

This position offers the opportunity to create unique restoration-science STEM curriculum while overseeing the development of an innovative web based learning platform.


Required Qualifications
● Master’s degree in a relevant science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM)
field or a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline and a master’s degree in Education.
● Professional experience developing middle and/or high school student curriculum in
computer and data science
● Professional experience delivering middle and/or high school teacher professional
development training in computer and data science
● Experience managing web based projects, including overseeing the work of one or more
programmers
● Experience using computers for complex data analysis


Desired Qualifications
● Teaching experience in NYC middle or high schools
● Working knowledge of programming languages such as Python or other programming
languages suited to data analysis, API development and data management
● Knowledge of environmental restoration, environmental science or marine biology
● Ability to work in a team environment with collaborative and inclusive approaches

Billion Oyster Project is fueled by the passion and commitment of its growing team. Enthusiasm for the work of engaging students, teachers and the public in the restoration of their natural environment is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be adaptable, resilient and comfortable working collaboratively on complex projects with various stakeholders.

Education

Master’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or computer
science discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related discipline and a master’s degree in Education.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include group health plan, a generous vacation policy and an inspiring working environment on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Billion Oyster Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Contact

Interested candidates should upload a brief cover letter and resume/CV to the link provided.

*Any person working in the New York City DOE buildings, working with NYC DOE students or who has access to NYC DOE confidential information is required by New York State law to undergo a security clearance, including fingerprints, prior to commencing services. All prospective employees (either working for NYC DOE or for a Vendor) must have a security clearance before starting work. No one can be fingerprinted by the NYC DOE or undergo the security clearance unless they have been added to the organization or agency’s PETS (Personnel Eligibility Tracking System) roster.