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Learning Engineer, Computing Talent Initiative Project

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Learning Engineer, Computing Talent Initiative Project

Classification: Grade 7
Department Name: School of Computing and Design
Job Number: FP2022-805
Status: Open Until FilledOpen Until Filled
Priority Screening Date:
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled

Position Description:
Computer Science Learning Engineer School of Computing and Design Computing Talent Initiative Project This position is dependent upon grant funds. Current funding expires June 30, 2027 with prospects for renewal.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and committed to hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated to the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit 501©(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation's mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

About CTIThe Computing Talent Initiative (CTI), an institute in CSUMB's College of Science, is committed to its vision of ensuring that every California college student who is interested in studying computer science has access to a clear pathway that will lead them from where they are to a career in the tech industry. CTI does this by building and implementing materials, pathways, and supports that prepare computer science students, particularly students from low-income, first-generation, URM backgrounds, to be competitive for opportunities in the technology workforce. A significant part of CTI's strategy is to work with tech companies, nonprofits, and other institutions of higher education to meet its objectives. CTI is a small team (~5 people) who are laser focused on achieving the grant goals, mission and vision. This makes for a dynamic, no-two-days-are-the-same type environment, which does require members of the team to be flexible and comfortable taking on a broad range of tasks.As a team, CTI has identified these guiding principles that drive the operation:● Ownership - You own outcomes and relentlessly pursue the mission.● Iteration - You are focused on constantly learning and improving.● Execution - You do the basics extremely well and believe implementation is as important as (if not more important than) ideas.● Transparency - You build trust by allowing others to hold you accountable. POSITION DESCRIPTION:The CTI team coined the term ‘Learning Engineer' to emphasize that the person in this position will actively build systems, content, activities, and interventions that will enable student learning. Working with the CTI Director and 2 other Learning Engineers, this person's primary focus will be ensuring students are prepared to compete for opportunities in the industry or in academia. To do their job, this person will need to develop a deep understanding of where students are in their knowledge and preparedness; empathize with students' circumstances, challenges, and limitations; develop scaffolded pathways of experiences for students; and inspire them to learn - all resulting in students' measurable learning. The Learning Engineer will go beyond passive production of curriculum material and understand that the onus is not 100% on students to best utilize the content.The Learning Engineer will be interested in current best practices in Learning Science and in testing those ideas in a real-world setting to generate more knowledge about learning systems. This person will make significant contributions to innovative educational models and solutions, not constrained by current approaches/thinking in higher education, that address various challenges including the high cost of college education, broadening participation in computing, and the incorporation of 21st century skills into higher education. RESPONSIBILITIES:
Essential Functions:
  1. Works with the director and team to establish project and Learning Engineering team goals, define metrics for success, develop implementation plans, and execute plans to meet the project goals.
  2. Coordinates, designs, and develops online (synchronous & asynchronous) or in-person workshops, lectures, tutoring and other learning content to support students' learning of key computer science and math concepts, as well as to supplement and enhance students' classroom learning.
  3. Develops curriculum content and activities that cover key computer science concepts covered in introduction to programming in multiple languages (Python, C++, Javascript), data structures, discrete math, operating systems, computer architecture, and web development, along with interview problem solving.
  4. Assesses student levels upon entering programs; works with students, staff, and faculty to monitor progress; designs and implement content, interventions, and activities; measures outcomes; and learns from those outcomes to adjust future content, interventions, and activities.
  5. Interacts with students in large group, small group, and one-on-one sessions to reinforce and teach computer science and math concepts.
  6. Coordinates part-time and contracted staff as needed to achieve the goals of the Learning Engineering team.
  7. Designs, develops, and delivers professional development training for other faculty on how to implement student activities and modules.
  8. Oversees peer tutors and other student support teams, including managing the processes for identifying, selecting, training, and supporting peer tutors.
  9. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with students, staff, and faculty at many partner institutions of higher education, and external partners (e.g. non-profits, tech companies).
  10. Supports efforts to capture and disseminate program results via talks, conference presentations, and publications, including collaborating with the project's external evaluator on evaluation activities.
  11. Supports the director with documentation, tracking, and reporting, and provides regular oral and written progress and summary reports as needed.

Other Functions:
  1. Perform other duties as assigned.
  2. Attend workshops and conferences as needed.
  3. Travel between CTI partners institution sites as needed.

RemoteAbility to work from home: adequate internet connection and ergonomically sound and quiet workspace required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information, and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials. Ability to lift 5-10 lbs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of computer science concepts covered in a bachelor’s degree program - primarily concepts covered in computer science courses commonly referred to as CS0, CS1, CS2 and CS3. Knowledge of advanced computing concepts preferred.
  • Knowledge of software engineering and demonstrated examples of developing software applications. Open source development experience will be a plus.
  • Ability to operate in uncharted territory and to iterate through a process of defining goals, implementing solutions, interpreting outcomes, and pressing forward or changing direction as is appropriate.
  • Ability to collaborate with the director and other program staff.
  • Ability to tutor and provide instruction to students individually and in large groups; knowledge of common challenges faced by college students.
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex matters; determine appropriate courses of action, and utilize appropriate techniques while engaged with individuals in personal interactions.
  • Ability to work within a project management framework for deadlines and deliverables, work independently as well as collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
  • Oral and written communication skills in large-group and one-on-one settings with students, faculty, partners, and the public.
  • Knowledge of standard measures and statistical tools used in assessment and evaluation.
  • Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience:Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related computing field is required. Progressively responsible work experience in planning, implementing, and coordinating innovative education programs or 2+ years of teaching computer science at the high school or college level is preferred.

Specialized Skills:

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services; demonstrated technical literacy.

Special Conditions of Employment:
Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed to support student study/work sessions.

Ability to complete and pass training in Defensive Driving. Must continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.
All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.
University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are “at-will” employment.
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The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community.
All CSUMB/University Corporation employees must be fully vaccinated, including booster (when eligible), against COVID-19, unless they are exempt from this requirement because an exemption has been granted based on a medical contraindication or sincerely held religious beliefs. Fully vaccinated means that an individual has received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization or full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that it has been at least two weeks since the final recommended dose. All students, faculty, and staff who have not been vaccinated and received a booster must test weekly beginning February 4, 2022.
See: The California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
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Compensation and Benefits:
The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources. Classification: Grade 5. The monthly hiring range for this position is $6,500-$7,500. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Corporation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year, and other benefits.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing:
Although CSUMB is located in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle.

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All prospective applicants must apply online. You must complete the entire application for submission. We only accept applications for the open positions listed. Please do not fax or mail in a printed version of the electronic applications or a resume in lieu of an application. If you are having difficulty applying or need assistance, please call (831) 582-3389. All positions are open until filled. The completed online application and resume must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on the priority screening date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.