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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant / UBSI Instructor (Multiple Positions Available) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant / UBSI Instructor (Multiple Positions Available)

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Work type: Hourly

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:AISP Administration


Categories: Student Affairs & Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Upward Bound Summer Institute (UBSI) is a 6-week residential experience hosted at UMass Amherst for 40 – 60 high school students. The UBSI Instructor teaches classes in at least one of several content areas to student participants, conducts sessions, supervises tutor/mentors within and outside of the classroom, and participates in various aspects of this intensive six-week program.

This is a grant-funded position supervised by the Upward Bound Program Director. This is a temporary, unbenefited position.

Essential Functions

  • Participates in a one-week staff orientation and training during the week prior to the program.

  • Plans, prepares and provides instruction to Upward Bound Scholars in one or more content areas as assigned, teaching at least four 1-hour classes daily, Monday through Friday. Content areas include: Math (Basic High School Math through Precalculus/Statistics), English Language Arts (Literature and Composition), Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science), Language (Spanish), and College Preparation, Youth Participatory Action Research, Critical Reflection and Inquiry.

  • Develops and implements innovative, dynamic, hands-on, experiential classes.

  • Utilizes a growth mindset-based curriculum.

  • Designs and implements cross-curricular and cross-content instruction with the other Upward Bound faculty.

  • Supervises tutor/mentors in class; oversees the planning and preparation for out of class tutoring sessions.

  • Creates and maintains a positive, productive, safe and harmonious learning environment for students.

  • Builds meaningful student-teacher relationships supporting the development and growth of scholars.

  • Attends staff development activities, weekly staff meetings, and student assemblies as necessary.

  • Prepares and submits written evaluations of staff, students, and summer program biweekly.

  • Communicates student progress to program staff and students’ families.

Other Functions

Performs other duties as assigned to meet position goals.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Experience teaching inclusive, experiential, universally-designed educational experiences for high school students.

  • Experience working with differing learning abilities and students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP).

  • Experience managing classrooms and building a positive, learning oriented environment.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Professional attitude.

  • Ability to work well under pressure.

  • Knowledge of factors affecting student access and success in urban high schools, including those affecting marginalized students, students from diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

  • Knowledge of theories of positive behavioral support, critical pedagogy and cultural competency.

    Qualifications Acquired on the Job

  • Experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities.

  • Understanding of the principles of program participant evaluation.

  • Greater familiarity with all aspects of an intensive residential program.

  • Additional knowledge of Upward Bound program.

  • Increased knowledge of group dynamics, diversity, and teamwork concepts.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of and experience with MA Teaching Standards.

  • Knowledge of and experience in using positive approaches to behavioral management with high school-aged students.

  • Experience working in Upward Bound/TRiO or in similar academic/summer residential programs.

  • Experience teaching urban high school aged youth.

  • Commitment to social justice and the educational philosophy of Upward Bound.

  • Knowledge of theories of positive behavioral support, critical pedagogy, and cultural competency/culturally relevant and/or culturally sustaining pedagogies.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Standing for extended periods of time.

Work Schedule

  • Monday-Friday; approximately 20 hours per week.

  • This is a temporary, unbenefited position.

Additional Details

  • Must undergo a background review (CORI).

  • Recent graduates and/or graduate students welcome to apply.

  • Multiple Positions Available

Salary Information

  • $32 per hour.

  • 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a resume along with the completed application. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Feb 1 2024 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: May 5 2024 Eastern Daylight Time