This vacancy announcement if open until filled. Please visit www.senate.gov/employment to apply.
NATURE OF WORK
This is academic work teaching science to high school students appointed to the Senate Page Program for one semester of the students’ junior year. Work includes developing curriculum and activities to enhance the educational and work experience of students who come from across the nation with a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. Work is bound by Federal and District laws, regulations, and ordinances, the Senate Ethics Manual, the U.S. Senate Handbook, and Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures, but requires independent judgment in establishing curriculum and evaluation methods.
Provide instruction, remediation, and evaluation of Senate Pages in Chemistry and Physics; develop and implement curriculum for significantly compressed classroom schedules; modify curriculum and/or schedule as needed to support academic achievement and accommodate the Senate schedule; prepare lesson plans; select and utilize appropriate materials, equipment and technology to enhance learning; supervise and instruct Pages on safety in the laboratory; and determine appropriate evaluation and testing methods.
Consult with colleagues on issues regarding student achievement and well-being and coordinate scheduling with colleagues when the Senate schedule impacts classroom lecture/testing schedule/experiments.
Prepare departmental budget requests and justification for approval by Principal.
Communicate with home state teachers and/or counselors to resolve concerns regarding students’ skill level and course placement, performance or conduct.
Communicate with parents throughout the semester to discuss student achievement and welfare.
Prepare students’ interim progress reports and final report cards.
Tutor students experiencing difficulties in class and assist students, as needed, with preparation for Advanced Placement and college testing.
Prepare individualized letters of college recommendation.
Plan, coordinate, and supervise student field trips in related fields.
Ensure students maintain appropriate appearance and behavior for work in the Senate; assist students in the development of appropriate and professional behavior in the workplace, residence, school, and during extracurricular activities; and serve on a rotational basis as the alternate Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Action Officer.
To meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, annually update the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Chemical Inventory and Safety Data Sheets.
Maintain current knowledge of the Senate Page School’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and COOP; participate in periodic exercises and drills.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in a chemical laboratory environment and involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions when operating equipment and performing work. Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending, and carrying items under 25 pounds such as books, papers, small parcels, preparation of chemicals, etc.
All applicants should complete a Secretary of the Senate Application for Employment and attach a cover letter and current resume to the Human Resources Department at the link listed above. Qualified candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview. Do NOT mail. No phone calls please.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Hiring for this position will be governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference.
If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Secretary of the Senate does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied.
Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the Office of the Secretary of the Senate’s obligations and efforts to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference.
Work requires a Bachelor’s Degree with preference given for a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Physics and/or Physical Science and three to five years of secondary classroom instruction at the college preparatory and/or Advanced Placement level; and the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge in handling chemicals, safety equipment, personal protective equipment, and the “Right to Know Law.”
Knowledge of proper hazardous waste disposal procedures.
Knowledge of and experience with the safe care and operation of a chemical laboratory.
Knowledge of current national requirements and trends in secondary education.
Knowledge of the Senate as an institution and the role of Senate Pages.
Ability to work early morning hours and occasional weekends.
Ability to maintain a positive learning environment.
Ability to integrate relevant computer software into science curriculum.
Ability to effectively instruct and guide students.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to pass background investigation for working with minors.
Ability to pass a laboratory safety course designed for high school classrooms.
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