The Blake School seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated Instructional Technology Coach and Student Innovation Mentor for the 2021-22 school year. This unique position requires an educator with a deep knowledge of design, digital media and creative problem-solving. Candidates must have a passion for igniting student curiosity and inspiring teachers to move outside of their comfort zones.
This position encompasses many roles-mentor, project planner, software guru and teacher-leader — promoting a growth mindset with teachers and students. A primary focus will be increasing teachers’ fluency with educational technologies to advance Blake’s mission. The Instructional Technology Coach supports the professional growth of teachers primarily through coaching, one-on-one and small group professional learning, and co-teaching lessons or projects with significant technology needs. The Student Innovation Mentor works with the Upper School library and technology staff to support students as they grow their technology and design skills. This position is instrumental in creating a community space for exploration and connection, as well as growing the capacity for a makerspace at the division. This role will also serve as the Yearbook Teacher, mentoring a group of students through the creation of the annual book for the school. Duties also include resolving technology issues for the Blake community, assisting in establishing a makerspace and supporting audio and video resources.
Interested candidates can also apply to be the coach of Blake’s robotics team, an opportunity for substantial additional compensation.
This is dynamic, multifaceted work and interested candidates should be innovative educators, strong collaborators, nimble thinkers and excellent communicators. We believe that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for quality education.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences.
Application review will begin immediately. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities :
Instructional Technology Coach
Serve as the instructional administrator for certain systems as directed, such as the Canvas Learning Management System
Assist teachers in their continued use, exploration and adoption of academic technologies and instructional design techniques through coaching and collaboration
Develop coaching plans with teachers to target areas of growth and goals that intersect with technology
Organize and deliver professional growth opportunities, both formal workshops focused on school-wide initiatives and informal learning experiences
Provide professional development on topics of interest by collaborating with PK-12 chairs and PLC leaders
Collaborate with colleagues to support the library, technology integration and technology department initiatives
Student Innovation Coordinator
Launch, promote and support programs centered around design, tinker, engineering, computational thinking or applied science
Mentor students formally and informally, including being available in the library spaces during tutorials
Provide assistance to students working on multimedia, digital media and other projects related to academic technology integration initiatives
Support teachers in developing educationally impactful projects that utilize makerspace technology
Oversee the selection of yearbook theme and major design elements
Provide ongoing structure, guidance and support to publish pages by the deadlines
Work closely with publishing company representatives
Help students with proofreading and editing functions to ensure that yearbook content is accurate and appropriate
Additional duties and responsibilities as needed and assigned
Abilities and Attributes:
An inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic and patient leader who is passionate about making and design to support creative, engaged learning
Authentic empathy, warmth and collegiality
Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
Ability to perform hardware and software troubleshooting and technical support
Ability to both lead, work independently and collaborate with a growth-oriented mindset
Evidence of ability to work with diverse populations
Preferred Qualifications :
Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher in areas such as design, engineering or computational thinking with recent successful teaching experience in a Middle or Upper School environment preferred
A proven commitment to the development of young people as individual learners
Experience working with teachers and mentoring teachers
Enthusiastic learner of new and emerging technologies and pedagogies
Ability to work with and train all levels of users, from novice to advanced
Experience leading professional development in person, online and asynchronously
Experience planning curriculum and developing student learning outcomes in partnership with teachers of other disciplines
Experience with macOS, G-Suite for Education and Canvas or other learning management systems
Active engagement in external academic technology learning networks and associations
General indoor school environment - may be noisy at times with frequent interruptions
Work may be sedentary or may require standing and walking for up to 80% of the time
The working environment does not generally include hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by fumes, dust, etc.
Occasional non-business hours required due to Blake campus events, special project work, school functions or other critical issue resolution
Essential Physical Requirements
Position requires occasional weekend and/or evening work, dependent on school-wide events
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
Must be able to read, write and communicate in English
Must have good vision
The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.