Job Openings

1) Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is currently seeking a part-time National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL) consultant who will lead our NIMSL projects and services. This is a contract position and does not require candidates to be located at the National Office in Washington, DC. For more information on the NIMSL consultant position, click here.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest, and three references. Additional compensation is available based on special projects and contracts obtained by MSA. Please contact Scott Thomas at  with any additional questions. Application materials are due July 1, 2014.

Posted June 5, 2014


2) Magnet Theme Coach - Pathways Academy of Technology and Design 
Hartford Public Schools, CT

The Magnet Schools of America designated Pathways Academy of Technology and Design as the Top Secondary Magnet School in the United States for 2014. Pathways is a racially and economically diverse (75% minority, 50% urban) inter-district magnet school that is part of the Hartford Public Schools and serves students from Hartford and more than 30 surrounding towns. In the spring of 2014, we moved into a beautiful new technology-rich school building on the Goodwin College campus in East Hartford. We are a college preparatory school and our magnet themes are project-based learning and technology integration; and we follow the career academy model of the National Academy Foundation. We also place a heavy emphasis on preparing students for the professional workplace, including summer internships, which most of our students do during the summer of their junior year. Pathways Academy of Technology and Design seeks staff members who are passionately dedicated to progressive learning and educational equity.

The Magnet Theme Coach is responsible for improving student achievement at the school by coaching and supporting teachers.  About half of the coach’s time is spent working directly with teachers one on one -- in their classrooms or preparing with them for class.  The other half of the time is spent on activities that support the school’s magnet theme. This includes planning professional development activities and supporting school-wide efforts to advance the magnet theme. Within this are certain administrative activities like grant writing, technology distribution, space planning and student activities planning.

Qualifications/Skills/Abilities of Ideal Candidate:

Master’s degree in Education and minimum of 5 years of successful teaching experience in multiple disciplines; Extensive knowledge of and the ability to communicate the key elements of curriculum, assessment and instruction as it relates to the theme of the school; Experience executing project based learning in the classroom in a manner generally consistent with the Buck Institute's PBL Model; Extensive knowledge of state and national standards for Technology Education preferred; Knowledge of the National Academy Foundation curriculum for IT and the NAF model for instruction preferred; Demonstrated knowledge and skill in research based instructional strategies that lead to increase student learning; Ability to plan and implement both formal and informal professional development activities related to the magnet themes; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Ability to work with individuals, small groups, in a collegial team approach; Ability to communicate with and motivate teachers and other staff in a collegial and collaborative manner; Ability to work independently with good organizational skills and the ability to be flexible and handle changing priorities; Ability to handle stressful situations and work within difficult time constraints; Proven ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with school administration, school staff, and community members; Respond to parent inquiries regarding school programs and the student application and selection process; Ability to work with Industry Advisory Board members to develop curriculum that meets industry standard levels.

Complete posting and application information for Job Id 1996 is available at www.applitrack.com/hartford/onlineapp. The deadline for applications is June 17, 2014. Any questions may be directed to Nancy Williams, Senior Talent Recruiter, at nwilliams@hartfordschools.org.

Posted June 9, 2014


If you would like to post an open position on the Magnet Schools of America website, please contact Scott Thomas, Executive Director at