College Success Instructor Saturday Academy (UC Davis)

Davis, California, United States · Seasonal


Organization: SMASH

Program: SMASH Saturday Academy

Title: College Success 1 + 2 Workshop Facilitator

Location: UC Davis (Davis)

Reports to: SMASH Site Directors

Position Type: Consultant, temporary

Please note that this position is for Saturday Academy, a workshop series that takes place during the Fall and Spring terms of the academic year, not for the SMASH Summer Academy.

The Level Playing Field Institute is now SMASH! SMASH is an organization committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

SMASH Summer Academy, referred to as “perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields” by US News and World Report, is heading into its 16th summer this year.

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

SMASH Summer Academy is a five week, three-year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) residential academic acceleration program for motivated, high school students from underrepresented populations (African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander, and Native American), who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math. During the summer component, SMASH provides accelerated classes, laboratory experiments and exposure to STEM fields; the academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience in residential dorms to introduce our scholars to a university environment.

SMASH Saturday Academy:

During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities. The opportunities take place on Saturdays (dates vary by site).

About the Role:

Reporting to the SMASH Site Directors, the Workshop Facilitator will play an integral role in delivering and sustaining the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM. SMASH College Success Workshop Facilitators will facilitate College Success workshops for our 10th and 11th grade students.

This is approximately a 3 workshop assignment over 7 months in Fall 2019and Spring 2020. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

Working at SMASH Academy is about professional growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the pedagogical status quo. SMASH Academy offers a unique environment for scholars and staff alike to focus on their interests in STEM education and explore cutting-edge practices. SMASH is seeking to hire individuals who will contribute to our larger aim of developing our scholars to be STEM practitioners who are civically aware and social justice oriented, equipped to employ their STEM knowledge and skills for the betterment of their local, national, and global communities.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

Course Description:

The College Success workshop series supports and encourages scholars to succeed in high school while preparing them for the rigors of college. College Success workshops provide scholars with the vital skills needed to embark upon all aspects of the college admissions process. Scholars are encouraged to track their high school coursework and use the latest online college research and scholarship search tools. The College Success workshops also highlight the importance of A-G and other pre-college requirements, drafting high quality admission essays, and understanding financial aid. Assignments and instruction are delivered in an engaging and meaningful manner that pays special attention to first generation college students from low income backgrounds.

Essential Duties:




Application Information:

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The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide a written response to specific prompts. These positions close on September 30, 2019 or when filled.


Workshop Pay: Workshops are paid at an hourly rate of $50 for 3 hours of workshop instruction, 1 hour of pre-workshop preparation, and 1 hour of post-workshop deliverables.

Training Pay: In addition, there is one hour of training required for instructors that will be compensated at $50. (If teaching multiple sections of the same subject matter, only one training is required.)

While we cannot offer a benefits package for this position, we can reimburse you for any approved work-related expenses. You are responsible for your own parking and transit related expenses. Access to a laptop is also necessary; SMASH cannot provide one.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on “protected categories,” SMASH also strives to prevent other subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (i.e., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office or classroom. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at SMASH.

We value a diverse workforce: people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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