New England Innovation Academy seeks an inspiring Materials and Methods Instructor who supports and stimulates students’ and teachers’ passions and curiosities. The Materials and Methods Instructor helps students think deeply about the world and express what they have learned from and through prototyping and production. The Materials and Methods Instructor will work collaboratively with colleagues to support the learning objectives of NEIA’s Innovation Studio curriculum. As human-centered design is at the core of the curriculum, students will use an action-based, interdisciplinary design process to create new products and services, as well as solutions to complex problems. This position will instruct, enable, and assist the students with the complex prototyping and production challenges that they will face in the Innovation Studio.
The following skills and knowledge are necessary for this position:
Rapid Prototyping: SLA, FDM, Objet
Milling (metals, polymers, and wood)
Turning (metals, polymers, and wood)
Woodworking with hand tools
Woodworking with power tools (table saw, drill press, band saw, etc.)
Painting, priming, sanding, and finishing
Bent laminations (simple and compound)
Bonding methods and materials
Sourcing materials and services
Can maintain shop equipment
Well versed in safety
The position requires serving as an advisor to a small cohort of students and actively supporting various student life activities. We seek a dynamic educator who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. Candidates should be passionate about problem-solving, teaching youth and adults, and have a love for use of building materials in a shop setting.
Faculty at NEIA encourage collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems. Faculty invest in the life of the school by participating in weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, residential life when we include boarding students, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Under the general supervision and guidance of the Dean of Faculty, teachers are responsible for preparing lesson plans, educating students, and collaborating with colleagues. Their duties include assessing student work and performance, providing feedback, documenting student progress, and assigning homework. Teachers must be able to command their classroom and reach students with an engaging project-based curriculum. Teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential and accomplish the learning goals of NEIA.
Embodying NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions;
Creating daily lesson plans with project-based assignments connected to the human experience that are engaging, educational, and exciting for the kids;
Planning, preparing, and delivering instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences;
Incorporating goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to the student’s life
Achieving school and course-wide performance goals for every student in the class;
Grading assignments and independent work regularly to keep students updated on how they are doing;
Identifying students struggling with learning, emotional problems, or situations at home and finding them the resources they need.
The ideal candidate possesses the following competencies:
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times;
Proficient knowledge of teaching strategies and methods;
Ability to incorporate goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to student’s lives;
Critical thinking skills;
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Exceptional administrative and organization skills;
Uses technology effectively in teaching, learning, and administrative functions;
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Required education and experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus;
At least three years of teaching experience in a residential or day school setting a plus.
This 10-month, full-time faculty position begins in August 2021. The founding faculty will also be compensated additionally for fleshing out the curriculum and program for up to two weeks in July.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to Ayla Gavins, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, at email@example.com. Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including two or three on-demand short written responses to prompts; a recording of a lesson taught this past year or, if this is not available, teaching a sample lesson on Zoom to members of the NEIA team; and in the final stage of the process the contact information for three professional references.
About New England innovation Academy
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.