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Johns Hopkins University CTY Online Programs Tutorial Assistant - Math in Des Moines, Iowa

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve.

General Summary/Purpose:

The CTY Online Tutorial Assistant – Math will work with online instructors and supervisors to complete a variety of tasks related to math course instruction and delivery. Each Tutorial Assistant will work with one or two subject areas, such as: elementary mathematics, competitive mathematics, cryptology, chess, other enrichment courses, middle school mathematics, high school mathematics, AP mathematics, and college level mathematics.

This position will primarily support our Chess program offering. Currently, our program offers the following chess courses:

Introduction to Chess Grades 4 – 12 at https://cty.jhu.edu/online/courses/mathematics/introductiontochess_sess.html

Introduction to Chess provides new or beginning students of chess a strong foundation in the rules and strategies needed to play the game of chess. The course is designed for students with little to no experience with chess.

The course begins with a brief history of the game of Chess. It then introduces the student to the board and pieces, explaining through interactive lessons, quizzes, videos and games how each piece moves. A full chess game is built up through the nine chapters, with students trying to defeat a computerized Johns Hopkins Blue Jay in chess at the end of every chapter. The last two chapters have the students play against the computer (the JHU Blue Jay) in full chess games of varying difficulty. The course ends with general tactics and strategies to improve the student’s game.

The course teaches the rules of the game, basic strategy, important opening concepts, recognition of tactical themes, calculation of material exchanges, and elementary endgame knowledge. In addition to learning the fundamentals of chess, this course will promote the growth and development of skills in concentration, logic, decision making, planning, and self-discipline.

This course will contain regular forum discussions and optional synchronous meeting sessions to encourage a community of chess enthusiasts! Students will also have the opportunity to participate in training games against bots at any time as well as against and their fellow students at the Monday Night Games.

Intermediate Chess Grades 4 and above at https://cty.jhu.edu/online/courses/mathematics/intermediate_chess.html

Intermediate Chess is a continuation of CTY's online Introduction to Chess at https://cty.jhu.edu/online/courses/mathematics/introductiontochess.html course. Intermediate Chess introduces students to commonly seen tactics and strategies in the game of chess. The course is designed for students with sound knowledge of the rules of chess and some knowledge of basic tactical and strategic ideas.

Starting with theory of the opening, students learn numerous tactical motifs and strategic goals to employ throughout the different stages of a game of chess, as well as ideas to use when evaluating a board position. Concepts are explained through interactive lessons, game studies, quizzes, and videos. Games against increasingly difficult computer opponents cap every chapter, culminating with a final game against the CTY Instructor.

Instructors will provide individualized feedback and elaborate on concepts students have learned in the course. Students can also participate in training in CTY's weekly online chess clubs and biannual chess tournaments.

In addition to learning chess strategy and tactics, this course will promote the growth and development of skills in concentration, logic, decision-making, planning, and self-discipline.

NOTE: This position is not benefits eligible.

NOTE: Multiple positions available. This position is telework eligible.

Responsibilities:

Math Tutorial Assistant responsibilities will vary, and may include:

  • Staffing, leading, or working with students in clubs for courses related to chess, cryptology, competitive math, and other enrichment topics.

  • Running, planning, staffing, and troubleshooting weekly group sessions for traditional and enrichment courses via videoconferencing technologies.

  • Proofreading, editing, and monitoring the quality and accuracy of final course evaluation documents submitted by instructors in a given course.

  • Assisting with course development tasks as assigned through implementing changes provided.

  • Assisting with quality control and ensuring all courses meet accessibility guidelines.

  • Communicating regularly with instructors and supervisors.

  • Working as a team member to provide support to CTY Online Programs instructors and supervisors, as necessary.

  • Submitting hours worked via established system according to schedule provided by CTY.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED required.

  • At least 1 semester of teaching or tutoring experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have a PC or Mac computer with broadband internet access and administrative rights.

  • Teaching, coaching, or tutoring background with a school age (K-12) audience.

  • Familiarity with online education technologies a plus, such as Zoom and Teams.

  • A successful candidate must be fluent with email and be able to adapt to new educational technologies such as Learning Management Systems and methods of communicating mathematics with students.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Knowledge or ability to learn basic HTML, LaTeX, and Moodle

  • Proofreading and editing skills

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • The ability to work with a virtual, diverse, population.

  • Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology is critical.

  • Must be student-oriented.

Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to access and transmit information using a computer.

  • Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery.

  • The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly via telephone and face to face with internal and external audiences and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings.

  • Work hours vary and are flexible; including weekends and evenings as determined with supervisor.

  • Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.

  • The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.

  • CTY Online Programs offers students in grades preK-12 challenging academic coursework throughout the year. For more information, please visit: cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline .

Classified Title: Tutorial Assistant Distance Education

Working Title: CTY Online Programs Tutorial Assistant - Math ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC

Starting Salary Range: $15.00 per hour

Employee group: Casual / On Call

Schedule: Hours Vary

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: Telework

Department name: 10000113-DE Math Science Computer Science

Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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