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Training + Implementation Specialist (TIS) Job in United States
SMASH , United States

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Posted on
Mar 19, 2021
Last Date
Jun 19, 2021

Job Description

Organization: SMASH

Program: SMASH Academy

Title: Training + Implementation Specialist (TIS)

Location: Virtual (100% Remote based on region -- See below Application Information section)

Reports to: National Curriculum + Training Manager

Position Type: Full-time, temporary

About Us and Our Philosophy:

Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

SMASH Academy is typically a five week, three-year STEM residential academic acceleration program for motivated, high school students from underrepresented populations (African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander, and Native American), who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math. During the summer component, SMASH provides accelerated classes rooted in solving real-world problems and exposure to STEM fields; the academic rigor is alloyed with a strong community experience in residential dorms to introduce our scholars to a university environment. During the academic year, SMASH provides computer science courses, scholarship workshops, college counseling, community events and further exposure to STEM opportunities.

Due to the current global pandemic, SMASH will be pivoting to an abbreviated, 4-week SMASH Virtual model for Summer 2021. Though scholars will no longer partake in the residential component of SMASH, we are committed to providing highly impactful programming to our scholars.

This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.

About the Role:

The SMASH Training + Implementation Specialist (TIS) works closely with the SMASH Curriculum Team, Site Directors, and Facilitators to support the academic programming of SMASH Academy for a specific region (i.e. West Coast, Midwest, or East Coast). The TIS is responsible for ensuring quality implementation of our SMASH Academy curriculum at all sites of a given region (3-4 sites per region). Though the TIS does not directly manage facilitators (they are managed by the Site Directors), they are responsible for facilitating trainings prior to program launch and providing support throughout SMASH Academy by way of observations, newsletters, and office hours. SMASH Core academic courses include: STEM Workshop, To+Through (College Success), and Computer Science. The TIS will support alignment by way of fidelity of implementation of SMASH Curriculum provided by SMASH.

This is approximately a 5-month assignment (April to August), with a full time engagement period from June 28th to August 6th 2021. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.

TIS staff will be working with facilitators virtually and will need to embrace and model flexibility, adaptability, and a solution-oriented mindset. This position will be key to the successful implementation of SMASH Academy curriculum by way of training and ongoing support.

This is a 100% remote position. The position can be done virtually, from a home office or, if feasible, from any virtual location with reliable Internet connection (at least 25 Mbps download speed). The responsibilities listed below demand a quiet space and we expect staff to provide their own equipment. You will need a personal computer (desktop or laptop) that has a working webcam, speaker and microphone for video conferencing capabilities (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Cisco Webex).

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed below.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Attend TIS trainings prior to SMASH Academy launch
  • Ensure timely preparation of all materials required for a successful facilitator training prior to SMASH Academy launch
  • Facilitate national + regional trainings prior to SMASH Academy launch (Week of June 28th)
  • Provide post-training support to sites at respective region
    • Conduct weekly learning space observations for all facilitators at designated sites
    • Weekly office hours
    • Communication via slack, email, etc.
    • 1:1 support as needed
  • Data collection for various SMASH quality assessment tools
  • Attend weekly Curriculum Team meetings to assess support needs and plan accordingly
  • Attend SMASH Curriculum Team closeout post-SMASH Academy
  • Maintain clear and open lines of communication with Curriculum Team and Site Directors to ensure alignment of support strategies
  • Share weekly updates with National Curriculum + Training Manager
  • Attend Regional Team meetings leading up to SMASH as needed


The attributes you possess:

  • Collaboration: Exceptional communication skills; professionalism; excellent time management and organizational skills; timeliness and dependability; ability to have difficult conversations
  • Relationship Building: Respect for individual differences of everyone in the room; humility; patience when addressing situations; ability to listen to multiple perspectives
  • Problem Solving: Remain curious, innovate, iterate, and quickly pivot as needed; keep activities on task and think creatively in the face of unexpected events; consider multiple perspectives in all situations
  • Resilience: Approach situations with a growth mindset, adapt, and reflect to ensure desired outcome(s) are met; sense of urgency
  • Life-long Learner: Willingness to model learning and figure out content alongside scholars; open to feedback; learning from what scholars have to offer

What you bring:

  • Commitment to SMASH’s mission; willingness to embrace goals/values is essential
  • Demonstrated experience and success co-facilitating workshops with 40-45 participants (preferably at high school level)
  • Experience training and coaching adults on facilitating learning spaces AND facilitating 21st Century learning environment
  • A belief that ALL scholars are capable of growing and achieving as learners
  • Previous experience with adopting and adapting to new technologies through self-guidance and video tutorials
  • Results-driven; work around potential obstacles to ensure all goals are met and deliverables are completed by the end of program
  • Knowledge of 21st Century skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with low-income, first generation college youth of color in diverse fields
  • Desire to teach with technology and improve technological skills as needed
  • Willingness to be self-reflective and reflexive about your individual teaching philosophy and practice
  • Excellent management skills; openness to various and/or new pedagogical and facilitation approaches
  • Flexibility in your availability for training dates and event dates
  • Spanish language desirable (not required)
  • Virtual learning experience a plus


Application Information:

Apply for this position below. We are looking to fill 3 TIS positions total -- 1 West Coast, 1 Midwest, and 1 East Coast. Be sure to select the region/timezone which aligns best with your location.. If applying to multiple regions, please rank your region preference in the application.

The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter and to provide a written response to specific prompts. This position closes on March 15, 2021 or when filled.


This is a non-exempt position. The total compensation for this position is estimated to be $12,000. Should the employee miss any hours or days of work, the daily and therefore total compensation will be adjusted accordingly. If your assignment ends earlier than we anticipate for any reason, your compensation may also be reduced accordingly. Please note, pay will be variable per pay period based on part-time and full-time phases of the program. These policies are subject to variation based on specific circumstances.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on protected categories, SMASH also strives to prevent other subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (i.e., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at SMASH.

We value a diverse workforce: people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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