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Job Req ID:  61441

CTY L.I.V.E. Instructor

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:  
Instructors’ primary responsibility is to plan and conduct, in keeping with CTY guidelines, synchronous class sessions and asynchronous activities and assignments. Instructors are also responsible for monitoring the progress of each of their students and completing evaluations for each student at the end of the course.


In CTY LIVE (live, interactive, virtual exploration) courses, students complete approximately 36 hours of academic work, including participating in synchronous class sessions and completing asynchronous activities and assignments. LIVE courses allow students to sample exciting content while fostering some of the connectivity and relationship building that makes a CTY on-site learning experience so unique. LIVE synchronous course sessions are held weekly during the academic year after school or on weekends and times are Eastern. 


The courses will be for students in grades 2-12 in the following areas: 

  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Science
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Game Design
  • Popular Culture
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

Short course descriptions for each course can be found at https://cty.jhu.edu/online/live.html


There are multiple positions available.
This position is not benefits eligible

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Instructors are supervised by a full-time or casual CTY staff member. 


Instructors are responsible for teaching an appropriately challenging and rigorous course(s) to highly able students assigned to them by CTY. Section sizes vary, but courses typically have 10-15 students.


Prior to Teaching Your First Class:

  • Carefully review all training materials. Familiarize yourself with any other program materials provided to you so that you are aware of the overall structure of the program and the rules and regulations for its students and staff. If any conflicts exist, please discuss with your CTY supervisor.
  • Carefully review any materials provided for your course and any additional resources.  
  • Complete any required pre-program training, including any online training courses.
  • Submit a syllabus by the provided deadline.
  • Submit a list of required materials for students in your course by the provided deadline. 
  • Familiarize yourself with your course text(s) and any other instructional course materials. 
  • Plan synchronous and asynchronous learning activities for students. For each one hour of synchronous class time, students should have approximately three hours of asynchronous activities and assignments to complete. 
  • Meet with your CTY supervisor if you have questions about structuring your course.
  • Acclimate yourself to all systems and/or tools used at CTY for virtual instruction, including but not limited to a learning management system, a video communications application, and a suite of productivity and collaboration applications*).

*As of 1/29/2021, the specific platforms include, but are not limited to Moodle (LMS), Zoom (video communications), and Microsoft 365, including Teams and One Drive (productivity and collaboration).


Beginning through End of Virtual Instruction:

  • Monitor student progress and assist students in accomplishing established learning objectives.
  • Interact independently with students using distance education platforms designated by CTY, primarily the LMS, the video communications application, and Johns Hopkins e-mail.
  • Provide timely feedback and encouragement to students on coursework and progress. 
  • Manage student behavior and discipline in the online classroom working with supervisor(s) as appropriate.
  • Communicate with students, parents, CTY or JHU IT, and supervisor(s) to resolve any course related issues. 
  • Suggest improvements to course design and content to your supervisor.
  • Educate students about CTY’s expectations regarding academic integrity as discussed in training materials and staff meetings. Minimize opportunities for cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty in your course. 
  • As necessary, schedule mutually feasible times outside synchronous class sessions for individual conferences or supervised group work with students.  
  • Attend all staff meetings called by your supervisor.
  • Assign class work according to guidelines discussed in the training materials and staff meetings.
  • Return assignments with appropriate comments to the students within one or two days. Monitor student progress, ensure that the amount and type of assignments for your students are appropriately challenging. If students take significantly more or less time to complete their work than you planned, those students’ assignments should be adjusted accordingly.
  • Keep detailed and accurate records of your students’ performance, including class participation, quiz or test work, skills mastered, insightful questions or comments, and strengths or weaknesses. Keep these records on file for one year so that they may be submitted to supervisor(s) in the event of a question or concern.
  • Advise your supervisor of any disciplinary, emotional, or academic problem a student may be having as soon as you are aware of the problem. Complete and submit program-specific documentation, and handle such issues according to the protocol established.
  • Assist in ensuring the health and safety of all students by following safety protocols covered in orientation and written materials as requested.
  • Cooperate with occasional virtual observers of your class (supervisors, administrators or approved visitors to the program). Every effort will be made to advise you of visitors beforehand and to keep observations from disrupting your sessions.
  • Abide by CTY’s research policy.
  • Schedule time for students to complete program and course evaluations and any other questionnaires.
  • Complete Likert-scale evaluations of your students’ academic performance alongside targeted observations according to the guidelines provided by your supervisor.
  • Submit to your supervisor an electronic version of a final course syllabus that follows CTY guidelines and reflects what you actually covered during the course. The syllabus should be sufficiently detailed for outside audiences (such as school administrators) to understand the scope and level of the course.


After the Completion of the Virtual Course:

  • Be available throughout the year for discussion of the program or of particular students. Occasionally, instances arise in which CTY staff need further details of a student’s work or of conversations (if any) with a student’s parents. Furthermore, CTY staff may wish to discuss the course you taught as they plan for future sessions. Be sure that your supervisor has an address, telephone number, and email address where you can be reached during the upcoming year. 


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:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university is required.
  • At least two years of teaching or tutoring experience is required
  • Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least two years of teaching or tutoring experience working specifically with elementary, middle, or high school students.
  • Experience teaching or tutoring Online.


Required Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of course(s) content for applicable grades.
  • Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology is critical.
  • Must be very student-oriented.
  • Ability to prepare lesson plans and audio-visual aids per the agreed-upon course syllabus. 
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. 
  • Maturity, responsibility, and creativity.


Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to access and transmit information using a computer and do so for extended periods of time.  
  • Operate a computer and office machinery.  
  • Communicate regularly via email, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and telephone with internal and external audiences and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings.  
  • Work varied hours including weekends and evenings as determined with supervisor.  


Additional Information:

  • Must provide own laptop or desktop computer with security configuration allowing use of JHU-CTY platforms. Chromebooks and devices owned by schools/other institutions are generally not sufficient.
  • Must have access to broadband internet.
  • All applicants must be eligible for employment in the US.
  • Sponsorship is not provided by the University for this position. 
  • Applicants must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.
  • The successful candidate(s) for this position are 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.

Classified Title: CTY DE Instructor 
Working Title: CTY L.I.V.E. Instructor 
Starting Salary Range: $1,700 per course section
Employee group: Limited 
Schedule: Hours Vary 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: Telework 
Department name: 10000115-Special Projects 
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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