Current Job Opening
Director of Professional Development (Click here to apply)
Thanks to grant funds from Infosys Foundation USA, CSTA is pleased to announce a new position, the Director of Professional Development.
CSTA is a professional membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science. CSTA provides opportunities for K—12 teachers and their students to better understand computer science and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. Founded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2004, CSTA has grown into a dynamic and vibrant organization of professionals interested in supporting computer science education in K-12. Today, our membership consists of more than 23,000 members from more than 145 countries. These members include elementary, middle, and high school teachers; college and university faculty; supportive members of industry and government, school administrators, other non-profits, and parents.
In support of CSTA’s mission, we are looking for a creative, self-starting and experienced learning professional for the position of Director of Professional Development. In this newly created position, the Director of Professional Development will work with the Executive Director, staff, members, and partners to create and grow the Continuing Professional Development Pipeline (CPDP) Program. CPDP involves the convergence of individualized developmental assessments, pathways for teacher development, digital badging, digital portfolios, third-party professional development offerings, communities of practice, and other components. This position will also oversee initiatives related to the K-12 computer science teaching standards maintained by CSTA.
- Work with volunteers to develop and maintain K-12 computer science teaching standards; including conducting crosswalks between third part providers and the current standards.
- Contribute to the annual conference planning, particularly for the content/professional development portions of the program.
- Lead CSTA’s #1 strategic priority program, CPDP, to achieve a successful launch in pilot mode this year.
- Assist in developing and leading the implementation of learning strategies, initiatives, and best practices
- Continuously monitor and provide thought leadership for evolving best practices with regard to instructional design, assessment, etc.; and evaluate their relevance to CSTA programs and members.
- Establish and implement guidelines and best practices for the design and development of scalable, learning solutions focused on K-12 teachers internationally
- Continuously evaluate learning-outcome data and feedback from members and partners to modifyprograms and improve their effectiveness
- Evaluate and establish relationships with third-party vendors
- Four or more years of experience (at scale) helping adults learn new things and adopt new behaviors. Experience working with pre-university educators is a plus.
- Experience with digital badging, micro-credentialing, learning assessment, and/or K-12 learning standards is highly preferred.
- Background in instructional design, including thorough knowledge and understanding of adult learning theory and contemporary tools and trends related to adult learning
- Bachelor’s degree required, with Masters/Doctorate or CAE/CPLP credentials or certification preferred.
- Experience in professional association work and/or nonprofit professional development is a plus
- Computer science and/or K-12 education knowledge is highly beneficial
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work with ambiguity, change to adapting conditions and work to multiple deadlines is necessary.
Position is located in our Albany, New York Office.
Compensation is based on background and experience and includes benefits.
Interested candidates should apply using the link at the top of this page.