Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Coordinator – 2020-2021

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The Nueva School

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Coordinator – 2020-2021

The Position:

We seek a candidate with practical and/or academic experience in the development and/or use of artificial intelligence (AI) and demonstrated interest in working with young people in a rich, cross-disciplinary, project­-based learning environment. While the ideal candidate will have prior experience teaching at the K-12 and/or postsecondary level, we are also open to considering candidates without experience in formal K-12 education and can provide some teacher training support through our Innovative Teachers Program.

The Human-Centered AI Coordinator will be responsible for designing and developing a significant new PreK-12 multi-disciplinary lens of inquiryto:

  1. Educate students and the wider Nueva community about AI and its impacts
  2. Ensure that the lens we take with AI at Nueva remains human-centered
  3. Engage students in dialogue about the ethical and social implications of AI
  4. Equip students with the imagination, empathy, and confidence to create impact in a world where AI is accelerating the pace of change.

To this end, it is expected that this position will consist of teaching elective courses related to human-centered AI in our middle and/or upper school as well as collaborating with faculty across PreK-12 to integrate human-centered AI into existing offerings and design new facets to this nascent program. While experience in the field of artificial intelligence is critical, the ideal candidate will also have experience and familiarity with some related disciplines such as computer science, data science, ethics, machine learning, statistics, and/or advanced mathematics. The Human-Centered AI Coordinator will also be able to leverage Nueva’s extended community in collaboration with both academic institutions and industry/business (e.g. Stanford’s Institute for Human Centered AI or local businesses working with artificial intelligence).

This position is part of our I-Lab (Innovation Lab) team and the candidate will be joining a group of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers as we continue to develop and refine an innovative and world-class PK­-12 Computer Science and Design Engineering program. We are a diverse group of educators with a mix of experience in both industry and education, and we are excited to add someone to our team who can complement and broaden our team’s collective skill set.

This position begins in August 2020, aligns with the Nueva academic calendar, and is a full-time, ten-month position with competitive salary and full benefits.

The General Responsibilities for this position include …

  • Develop and teach AI courses in our middle and/or upper schools and modules within other courses across PreK-12, with special focus on human-centered AI, ethics, and the societal impacts of AI
  • Collaborate with faculty to engage in interdisciplinary thinking, identify new areas for integration, and develop curricula that integrate human-centered AI and ethics within other discipline areas
  • Collaborate with the I-Lab Director to create, articulate, and promote a vision for human-centered AI, including ethical and societal implications of AI technologies, that reflects Nueva’s mission, constructivist pedagogy, and culture
  • Mentor and support student-led research and projects related to AI
  • Map and evaluate Nueva’s existing AI and adjacent programming, including coursework, academies, intensives, trips, and community outreach
  • Identify opportunities to integrate human-centered AI into the fabric of the school, from the classroom to the tech department
  • Cultivate relationships with parents and external partners (companies, universities, nonprofits) to explore opportunities available for students, both within and beyond Nueva
  • Actively participate in regional and national networks supporting a multi-disciplinary, human-centered approach to AI, AI education, and adjacent fields
  • Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission: “Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the student’s imaginative mind”
  • Other duties as assigned

You would enjoy this role if you have:

  • Strong interest in PK-12 education and in providing students with diverse perspectives on and multiple entry points into to AI, particularly with a focus on human-centered AI
  • Enthusiasm for learning new technologies quickly and designing curriculum accordingly in order to respond to emergent student interests
  • Desire to learn by doing and to learn with/from others, including students and adults
  • Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
  • Profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area.

We are looking for someone with some subset of the following:

  • Experience in the field of AI and/or adjacent fields through coursework, direct program delivery, and/or industry work
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the ethical and societal implications and impacts of AI technologies
  • Experience working with young people in different age groups, whether in formal or informal education settings, and demonstrated understanding of child development
  • Experience with curriculum design, development, and implementation
  • Ability to explain complex topics succinctly, simply, in a compelling manner, and in varied ways to reach both less-experienced and more-experienced students
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of audiences, including students, parents, and colleagues, both in person and in writing
  • Familiarity and experience with Design Thinking
  • Deep interest and willingness to learn and grow in any of the above areas, especially those that are not currently familiar to you
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of artificial intelligence (potentially including academic coursework)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree highly preferred, and PhD in artificial intelligence or an adjacent field is a plus

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information and job title for at least three professional references at https://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply. For questions, please contact Diane Rosenberg, Head of School, at drosenberg@nuevaschool.org.

For more information about The Nueva School, please visit our website: www.nuevaschool.org

The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer – we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability or sex. We welcome applications from people of color and those with experience outside the education field.

About The Nueva School

The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 950 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”

About the Innovation Lab (I-Lab):

Nueva’s I-Lab program was built on the foundation that while we may not be able to predict what the world will look like when our current students enter the work force, we are confident that the ability to solve complex problems will never go out of style. In the I-Lab, students learn to embrace design thinking as a nonlinear process that provides mindsets and techniques to guide them as they tackle open-ended problems that do not have immediate, easy solutions. Through working with real problems and users, students develop their empathetic, curious, and creative mindsets while learning how to brainstorm, prototype and iterate solutions. Students in the I-Lab engage daily in the process of design, prototyping, making, and engineering, whether this comes in the form of developing a mobile app, writing code for a wearable device, or 3D printing a prosthetic.

To apply for this job email your details to sbowers@nuevaschool.org