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Job Req ID:  62106

CTY Problem-Based Online 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.


We are seeking a CTY Problem-Based Online Instructor  whose primary responsibilities are to develop their courses adhering to established pedagogical practices for problem-based learning, conduct their classes (including pedagogical experiences for students outside of the virtual learning classroom) within CTY’s guidelines, monitor the progress of each of their students, and complete an evaluation of each student at the end of the course.


CTY’s problem-based online courses blend real-time, collaborative, student-directed learning and independent exploration to solve complex, real-world problems. Course are grounded in problem-based learning and are interdisciplinary. Students meet with the instructor in two-hour blocks according to the session schedule. The first hour consists of live instruction to work on a targeted skill or concept connected to the course’s focus. The second hour consists of small group work in which students collaboratively examine a particular aspect of the problem, generate novel approaches, and create solutions. At the end of the course, a panel of experts joins the class to hear each team’s presentation and provide feedback.


The courses will be for students in grades 7-12 and instructors will facilitate one or more of the following courses:

  • Everything is Connected: Solutions for a Warming World
  • Colonizing Space: How to Build an Extraterrestrial City
  • Designing Inclusive Algorithms
  • Cause Unknown
  • Lights! Camera! Action?
  • Alternate Realities: Fictional Worlds & Real World Change
  • Incentives for a Better World
  • Breaking Barriers: Mobilizing Effective Protest
  • In Case of Emergency: Healthcare Challenges in the 21st Century and Beyond
  • Rethinking Economic and Social Justice in the Time of COVID-19


Course descriptions can times can be found at: https://cty.jhu.edu/online/problem-based.html


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

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 25 students.


Prior to Teaching Your First Class:

  • Carefully read 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 supervisor.
  • Carefully read any materials provided for your course, the Teams Forum, and any additional resources. 
  • Complete any required pre-summer training, including any online training courses.
  • Submit a list of required materials for students in your course by the provided deadline.
  • Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the provided course guide and any course text(s) or other instructional materials. Contact your supervisor if you have questions about expectations.
  • 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.1


Beginning through End of Virtual Instruction:

  • Execute course according to provided course guide.
  • 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 and 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 using rubrics and other indicators appropriate for PBL courses. 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 evaluations of your students’ academic performance using provided forms and guidelines.
  • Immediately report errors or other problems in the virtual classrooms, such as broken links, to your supervisor and follow instructions for resolving them.
  • Submit, in specified format, descriptions of student culminating products and content covered during 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 academic year.


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 Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in a related field is required.
  • At least two years of teaching or tutoring experience is required
  • Demonstrated prior formal course work or training in PBL pedagogy or prior experience teaching at least one PBL course.
  • Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.


Preferred Requirements:

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


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of course(s) content for applicable grades.
  • Knowledge of PBL pedagogy
  • Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology is critical.
  • Must be very student-oriented.
  • Ability to effectively lead video-conferences, including ability to effectively manage virtual breakout rooms.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  • Maturity, responsibility, and creativity.


Physical Requirements:

  • 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.





There are multiple positions available.

This position is not benefits eligible


Instructors are directly supervised by a full-time or casual CTY staff member.


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.


Classified Title: CTY DE Instructor
Working Title: CTY Problem Based Online Instructor 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary: $1,700 per course, per session, plus a one-time program roll-out bonus ($450) to those teaching for the first time. 
Employee group: Limited 
Schedule: ​​​​​​​Hours Vary 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​Telecommute 
Department name: ​​​​​​​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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