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NSPACE High School Aerospace Space Scholars Technical Reviewer Johnson Space Center 8/29/2017 9/20/2017
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Position Title:

NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Technical Reviewer

Hiring Range:

$1,350 for the project
(A portion of payment will be issued as modules are completed)


Degree: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred

Certifications Registrations or Licenses:
Please list any certifications, registrations
, or licenses required as a prerequisite of employment

Valid Texas Teaching Certification/License
Must be certified and reside in the state of Texas.

Field of Study: Education or Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics Education
Experience: Three years successful classroom teaching experience in grades 7-12 or college level.

Skills, Proficiencies and Knowledge:
Please list the skills, proficiencies and knowledge needed to perform the essential duties of the position.

  • Proficient in use of online learning management systems, experience using Brightspace preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – customer service, presentation, and interpersonal;
  • Exceptional team environment and organization skills; and
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Job Summary:
NASA Educational Programs are dedicated to supporting kindergarten students through post-doctorate level students, educators and education communities prepare the next generation of explorers through unique learning experiences based on NASA missions and research. The Johnson Space Center NASA STEM Pathway Activities Consortium for Education (JSC NSPACE) provides educators and students opportunities to engage in NASA research and missions, designed to stimulate interest in the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The JSC NSPACE provides educators and students access to NASA experts and equipment and opportunities to participate in unique hands-on activities that sometimes include on-site experiences at JSC. Oklahoma State University, has provided support for NASA Educational Programs for over 45 years. NSPACE is contracted to provide professional education and technical staff support.

The Technical Reviewer position has responsibility for supporting between 60-70 HAS students participating in the online learning community (Brightspace course). Students will complete a series of module assignments where technical reviewers will answer questions, assess work and provide daily feedback. These tasks are key to participant success and retention.

Additionally, this position works collaboratively with the on-site team of Education Specialists supporting the HAS project to ensure the project and participants are progressing to meet NASA’s education goals and outcomes. The Technical Reviewers are responsible for providing timely and accurate information to the NASA HAS Project Manager, OSU Management, and the JSC NSPACE project team.

Major Responsibilities
Student Retention: Our number one goal is to retain as many students within the online course as possible. Technical Reviewers are the main line of support the students have within the online course. The expectation in reviewing is to give prompt, individualized, constructive, and positive feedback. For example, use the rubrics to help develop the skills of the students, not only in quantitative evaluation, but give each student prompt qualitative feedback through the online course system.

Assignment Evaluation: The assignments Technical Reviewers will evaluate are found within each module. Each module requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of the material presented via various assessment tools such as essays, math problem solving, interactive instruments, and technical drawings. There are detailed rubrics within the modules for use by Technical Reviewers to evaluate each assignment. Reviewers have one week to assess lessons. Late work will also need to be reviewed and graded when submitted.

Ask a Technical Reviewer: Technical Reviewers are required to check the course daily to answer student questions and to monitor their student discussion board. Technical Reviewers must also check and contribute to the Technical Reviewer Forum Discussion to stay current on any updates or changes within the course.

Discussion Forums: Technical Reviewers will monitor forums daily for appropriate language and respectful tone. Technical Reviewers will remove inappropriate posts and communicate with the student about his/her infraction. Additionally, the Technical Reviewer will notify the HAS Project Manager and Education Specialists of any participant that posts inappropriate comments to discussion boards.

Participation Evaluation: Technical Reviewers will monitor student participation daily and provide feedback on STEM activities including discussion posts, 3-D drawings, student produced videos and math activities. The Technical Reviewer is required to monitor student submissions and assign a grade to each based on provided scoring rubrics. Students are required to complete all eight activities in each of the four modules.

Efficiency and Productivity: Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Attends mandatory online training sessions. Effectively applies methodology and enforces project standards. Supports day-to-day operational aspects of a project working within scope, cost and schedule by establishing milestones and priorities. Ensures procedures are followed. Supports project evaluation and reporting.

Communication Communicates effectively with NASA and OSU management, Education Specialists, Project Coordinator and internal and external partners and clients. Communicates in a professional, courteous, conscientious, and timely manner. All communications with students must take place through the online content management system.

Teamwork – Promotes a positive work environment by behaving and communicating in a manner that is respectful of others. Encourages cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success. Communicates honestly and openly, listens attentively, and assumes responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately. Supports diversity in establishing relationships in which all individuals are valued, appreciated and included.

Professionalism – Exhibits a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. Actively endorses and supports NASA’s and OSU’s mission and works for fulfillment of vision and goals while acknowledging the contribution of ethical and scholarly questioning in an environment that respects the rights of all to freely pursue knowledge. Seeks excellence in all endeavors and is committed to continuous improvement. Seeks knowledge that will provide skills that enable improved job performance.

Service – Contributes to the success of others by responding to others in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive experience that exceeds the expectations of internal NASA and external education community clients. Understands performance directly affects the future of OSU cooperative agreements, contract and awards and strives to perform to enhance the NASA education experience for clients. Remains positive when changes are made to procedures, environment or responsibilities.

Stewardship – Accepts responsibility for the public’s trust and is accountable for individual actions. Demonstrates efficient and effective use of time, equipment and other resources. Maintains confidences and protects security of operations by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure. Works in a safe manner using safety equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourages others to do the same.

HAS Onsite Summer Experience – Technical reviewers are encouraged to apply for the Counselor positions during the HAS Onsite Summer Experiences when these positions become available, Spring, 2018.

About NASA High School Aerospace Scholars
NASA High School Aerospace Scholars, or HAS, is an interactive online learning experience highlighted by a weeklong onsite workshop. From across the state of Texas, students are nominated to participate by their state legislator through a competitive process. The project includes preliminary interactive online activities, distance learning and a residential experience during the summer at JSC. Selected students are encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics by interacting with engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Students are Texas residents and U.S. citizens currently in their junior year of high school (rising seniors) with an interest and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Required Documents
A completed online application at this time, and a valid teaching certificate will be needed at a later date to confirm employment.