Position Summary

Location: Northern Cape

Industry: Education and Training

Contract: Fixed Term Contract

EE Position: Yes

Closing Date: 03/12/2020

Introduction The SAAO is the National Facility for Optical and Infrared Astronomy of the National Research Foundation (NRF). Its headquarters are in Cape Town, while its telescopes are at Sutherland in the Northern Cape. Distributed between the two sites, SAAO employs about 130 people, many of them scientists and engineers, and is contracted to operate SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) on behalf of the international SALT Foundation. SAAO is the premier optical/infrared research facility on the African continent, with global research and outreach collaborations, contributing to SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) human capital development for South Africa. We invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Educator Mathematics and Science at the Observatory near Sutherland.

Job description Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Planning and teaching Physical Science lessons to Grade 10 - 12 learners according to guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework

  • Planning and teaching Mathematics lessons at the primary school Grades 6&7 learners, according to guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework

  • Managing the science laboratory at the schools and ensuring it is adequately resourced at all times

  • Ensuring learner participation in extracurricular STEM activities, including Science Expos, Olympiads, Astro quiz, NSW and Competitions

  • Organising the annual Sutherland STEM careers expo

  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities

  • Assigning work, correcting and marking work carried out by learners

  • Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress, attainment and behaviour of learners

  • Analysing student data to inform interventions

  • Working with other educators to structure targeted academic interventions and plans for learners

  • Attending all staff meetings, grade meetings, curriculum meetings and school events as required

  • Promoting the general progress and well-being of learners

  • Communicating with parents, learners and other staff

  • Coordinate all activities for science clubs at primary and secondary school in Sutherland

  • Be trained to host groups at the Observatory for tours or stargazing sessions

  • Support all SCBP activities

  • Foster good stakeholder relations

Minimum requirements Minimum education requirements:

  • BSc and PGCE qualification or equivalent teaching qualification

  • Three-year qualification in Maths & Science Teaching qualification or equivalent Qualification in Maths & Science teaching.

  • Must be registered with SACE (South African Council for Educators)

Minimum work experience required:

  • 2 years' experience teaching Physical Science at high school

  • 2 years’ experience teaching Mathematics at High school level

  • Experience in carrying out science experiments at school level

Desirable additional educational work experience and personal qualities:

  • Fluent in Afrikaans

  • Knowledge of English

  • Comprehensive understanding and appreciation of mathematics and physical science

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Passion for teaching and working with learners

  • Works well within a team

  • Patience

  • Knowledge of CAPS curriculum

  • Interest in Astronomy

  • Experience in coordinating and implementing educational projects

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies: Ability to:

  • incorporate ICT in teaching

  • develop lesson plans

  • motivate learners in the classroom

  • assess learner performance

  • assist learners with science related projects

  • conduct exam preparations especially for Grade 12 learners

  • conduct Physics and Chemistry experiments

  • display good record keeping and reporting skills

  • conduct lessons in fluent Afrikaans

Experience in:

  • supervising learners with science related projects

  • learner participation in expos and competitions

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