BSCS Science Learning has an immediate opening for the position
of Associate Director for Programs. This is a new position that has
been established in response to the extraordinary growth in our
educational design, development, implementation, and research
activities in recent years.
About BSCS Science Learning
BSCS Science Learning is an independent, nonprofit organization
that develops, studies, and disseminates powerful approaches to
science education. Our mission is to transform science teaching and
learning through research-driven innovation. Founded in 1958, BSCS
has brought the experience of inquiry learning to millions of
students and teachers across the U.S. and around the world. Today,
BSCS conducts research, develops instructional materials for
elementary and secondary education, offers professional learning
programs for teachers, and conducts leadership development programs
for schools and districts. Underlying all this work is a deep
commitment to providing all young people with equitable, inclusive,
and just science learning opportunities.
The Associate Director for Programs will have primary
responsibility for developing and implementing BSCS’s strategy for
Programs. In BSCS’s organizational structure, Programs
refers to the design, development, implementation, and research
activities we undertake to advance our mission.
The responsibility for strategy development will entail
identifying next steps for existing lines of work and identifying
new lines of work to advance BSCS’s mission. In recent years,
BSCS’s programs have yielded a set of curriculum products and
professional learning programs that have enormous potential for
improving science teaching and learning. We anticipate that a big
focus of our strategy in the near- to mid-term future will be
scaling up the implementation of these products and programs to
increase our impact. Alongside these efforts focusing on our
current generation of curriculum products and professional learning
programs, our strategy will also lay the foundation for future
generations of BSCS products and programs by identifying promising
approaches to study and develop in coming years.
To support strategy implementation, the Associate Director will
oversee BSCS’s diverse portfolio of projects. BSCS’s work is
performed under the auspices of individual projects with a Project
Lead. BSCS projects are typically funded through a grant or a
contract and accountable to their funder. To support projects, BSCS
has established an organizational structure called a project
cluster. Related projects belong to a project cluster, and
each cluster is supported by one of 5 or 6 Cluster Directors.
Cluster Directors monitor projects and provide guidance and support
to Project Leads as needed. The Associate Director for Programs
will be responsible for coordinating the work of Cluster Directors
and will chair the Program Council, which is made up of the Cluster
Directors. The Program Council is responsible for
coordinating and supporting work across all projects, including
ensuring that project needs for staff and resources are met.
The Associate Director will also participate in the development
of new business. In this role, they will work with the Executive
Director, Cluster Directors, and Project Leads to identify and
pursue funding opportunities to advance organizational
While the development and implementation of BSCS’s Programs
strategy will require most of the Associate Director’s time, these
responsibilities will allow for some participation in project
activities, including serving as a Project Lead. If the Associate
Director does choose to engage in project activities, they may
carry the additional title of Senior Science Educator or Senior
Research Scientist, as appropriate.
Expertise and Experience
The Associate Director must possess all of the following forms
of expertise and experience:
- A deep understanding of public K-12 education in the US and a
demonstrated commitment to improving it.
- A deep understanding of the challenges to equity and social
justice in education in the US and a demonstrated commitment to
- Substantial experience conducting and leading two or more of
the following activities in BSCS’s current portfolio with a track
record of success:
- Design and development of Instructional materials;
- Development and implementation of teacher professional learning
- Leadership development and capacity building in schools,
districts, and educational agencies;
- Research on teaching and learning.
- Experience in the following roles with a track record of
- Intellectual leader and manager of work and budget for large,
- Providing guidance and mentoring to individuals with leadership
and management responsibilities;
- Developing and implementing strategy to extend existing lines
of work or establish new lines of work;
- Generating revenue for research, development, or implementation
activities by obtaining grants, donations, or establishing a
profitable business model
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
The following areas of expertise and experience are desirable. A
successful candidate will bring one or more of them to the
- An understanding of the current state of public science
education in the US and of the recent history of reform and
- Expertise in supporting the learning of emergent multilingual
learners; historically marginalized populations; or other
populations that are underrepresented in science.
- Experience marketing a product or service to a K-12
- Expertise in assessment, learning in informal environments,
learning technologies, systemic change, or justice-centered
- Management experience at the organizational level, such as:
- Leading an organization or business unit of 20 or more
- Responsibility for budget development and analysis;
- Responsibility for hiring and staff assignment;
- Management in a nonprofit setting.
The Associate Director for Programs must be a strategic thinker,
who is able to manage effectively without losing sight of the big
picture. They must be able to lead and collaborate effectively in
diverse groups across a variety of contexts. They must also be able
to develop and maintain partnerships with organizations whose
expertise and composition complement BSCS’s.
To function effectively in this position, the Associate Director
will also need to be internally motivated, collaborative,
supportive, inclusive, and flexible.
Additional Information about the Position
Salary range: The full-time, annual salary range for this
position is $135,000-180,000, depending on experience and
We are open to either local or remote work arrangements for this
position. Preference will be given to applicants who live in the
Colorado Springs region or are willing to relocate here within 3
This position requires travel and public speaking. (Travel
requirements for all BSCS positions have been suspended in response
to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
BSCS’s Commitment to Social and Environmental Justice,
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
BSCS is committed to advancing science learning that is
inclusive, meaningful, and advances the work of social and
environmental justice. To learn more, visit https://bscs.org/our-work/equity-social-justice/.
BSCS Science Learning is committed to the recruitment of a
diverse staff so that we can bring the broadest possible range of
perspectives to our mission of improving science teaching and
learning for a diverse audience. We are an equal opportunity
employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin,
disability (physical and/or mental), sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, veteran status, military obligations,
marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any status
protected by federal, state, or local law.
BSCS as a Workplace
BSCS offers competitive compensation and a generous package of
benefits, as well as a flexible and inclusive work environment,
with a strong commitment to the professional growth of all staff.
Our benefits for full-time staff include 26 days a year of paid
time off, medical and dental insurance, and a generous retirement
As a nonprofit research and development organization, BSCS’s
work is funded through a combination of government and foundation
grants, service contracts from school districts and other
education-focused institutions, licensing revenue, and charitable
BSCS’s offices are in Colorado Springs, ranked #4 in US News
& World Report’s 2020 Best Places to Live. Located along the
Front Range of the Rockies one hour south of Denver, Colorado
Springs is known for a mild climate, a vibrant arts community, and
year-round outdoor recreation.
For additional information about BSCS and our work, prospective
applicants are encouraged to visit the BSCS web site
Applications and inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Associate
Director” in the subject line. Inquiries will be forwarded to the
Because of the seniority of this position, applications and
inquiries will be kept confidential within a small review
committee. The interview process will also be conducted
confidentially. BSCS will only contact references for shortlisted
applicants, and we will contact those applicants to obtain their
permission prior to contacting their references.
Applications should include the items below. (Additional
materials may be requested from shortlisted applicants.)
- Resume or curriculum vitae.
- Personal statement highlighting the applicant’s strengths with
respect to the requirements and essential qualities for the
- List of three professional references.
The initial review of applications will begin on January 19,
2022. BSCS will continue to accept and review applications until
the position is filled.