MiSTEM Region 2 Director

Friday, August 3, 2018
Washtenaw Intermediate School Distrcit
Position Details: 

The WISD's Mission is to promote the continuous improvement of achievement for every student while providing high-quality service to our customers through leadership, innovation, and collaboration.
The WISD’s Vision is to be a leader in empowering, facilitating, and delivering high-quality, boundary-spanning, educational system that educates all children through an equitable, inclusive, and holistic approach.
The Region 2 MiSTEM Director serves as a “human hub” for communication, planning, facilitating and growing MiSTEM education competencies, programs and partnerships across the region. The Director will provide leadership across six counties (Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw) in creating a STEM culture, empowering STEM teachers, integrating business and education and ensuring high quality STEM experiences.  This position will work with the state MiSTEM director’s network to align and connect the work at the state level.

  • Support the development of a STEM culture in the regions of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw.
  • Lead the MiSTEM Region 2 work with the six ISD STEM teams, the Career Education Advisory Councils (CEAC) and other stakeholders. 
  • Co-develop agendas and facilitate county STEM team meetings.
  • Convene and facilitate regional activities including the MiSTEM steering committee and workgroups.
  • Provide communication across the region.
  • Provide budget oversight.
  • Identify best practices and assess their applicability to scaling up in Region 2.
  • Work with the six (6) county ISD STEM teams to evaluate the effectiveness of STEM initiatives inclusive of multiple measures of data (minimally specific to student achievement data).
  • Learn and understand nuances of the different county communities and appropriately interact within each community.
  • Adapt to and with the changing work.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to equity, social justice and inclusionary practices.
  • Engage in reflection and ongoing learning and development on the critical concepts and terms identified in the Washtenaw ISD Educational Equity Policy including concepts such as cultural proficiency, racial equity, and systemic and structural inequities. 


Partnerships and Collaboration with Business, Industry, and Universities 

  • Develop and implement a multi-level communication campaign to equitably connect STEM stakeholders across the six-county region.
  • Promote the collaboration of business and education by fostering regional partnerships between educators and employers that might be evidenced by internship placements, career fairs, talent showcases, and other events.
  • Collaborate and communicate with universities and business organizations (e.g. chambers of commerce, economic developers, Michigan Works!, etc.) in order to facilitate regional talent development conversations.
  • Active coordination of businesses, industry and universities for fiscal support, either in-kind or with donations, programs and practices in STEM education for the purpose of improving STEM education and workforce development.
  • Attend local business council meetings and bring skill and workforce development needs to educational organizations.
  • Identify foundations, business groups, and grants for educational organizations to apply to for funding that will enhance the fundraising efforts in the region and continue to financially support the work. 

Collaboration and Coordination at the State Level

  • Serve as a conduit between Region 2 Steering Committee and the State Director.
  • Coordinate the resources and progress of all STEM education activities to demonstrate alignment between regional and state goals.
  • Collaborate in the development of a statewide vision, strategy and goals in concert with other regional and state-level stakeholders.
  • Meet regularly with the regional and state-level stakeholders.
  • Other related duties may be assigned. 


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Alternative requirements that may be appropriate and acceptable to the Board of Education may be considered.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s degree or higher; STEM field focus preferred.
  • At least five (5) years successful classroom teaching (in pK-20 setting preferred).
  • Strong leadership skills and experience.
  • Experience in education and business settings with a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities within STEM education.
  • Expertise in pedagogy in STEM instruction and assessment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Michigan state standards and assessments.
  • Effective communication, leadership and management skills.
  • Community engagement and or community-building experience.
  • Ability and experience in developing and managing networks.
  • Knowledge of the region and its stakeholders.


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as grants, journal articles, governmental forms and handbooks and following instructions.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret periodicals and professional journals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of educators, business leaders, college and University faculty, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to facilitate effective group process.
  • Ability to express self clearly, both orally and in writing.


  • Ability to build rapport with others and to serve diverse publics.
  • Ability to coordinate and lead stakeholders toward consensus and action
  • Ability to take the initiative, work well with others as a collaborative team member and exhibit good communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with other departments, agencies and individuals.
  • Adaptability to support and implement change
  • Leading and working among new and developing relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Has a proven track record of applying principles and practices that support and maintain equity, social justice, and inclusion.


  • Ability to use a personal computer (PC) in a networked environment to utilize the Internet and other electronic communication mechanisms such as video conferencing.
  • Knowledge of productivity applications such as Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software) is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and facilitate effective meetings.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently, as well as cooperatively with diverse groups.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical procedures, governmental regulations and forms.


  • Highly proficient in subject areas of: reasoning, problem solving, organizational dynamics and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak or listen. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand. The employee is occasionally required to bend and or twist at the trunk more than the average person. The employee is continuously repeating the same hand, arm or finger motion many times. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds such as books and training material. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision and the ability to adjust focus. The ability to travel to other buildings, districts, ISDs, and meetings held in various state locations is required. The position requires the individual to sometimes work irregular or extended work hours and meet multiple demands from several people.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day. Occasionally the employee may be required to be outdoors for a short period of time, and therefore subject to varying weather conditions, for purposes of accomplishing the essential functions of this job.
This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and ability as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position.  The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the duties of employees under supervision.  The WISD retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.
This position description is not a contract for employment.
The WISD is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Twelve-month position; other employment conditions are established by the Board of Education as reflected in the Non-Affiliated Staff Manual.
Compensation: Non- Affiliated Manual, Grades 8 – Grade 9; starting pay commensurate with experience.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District is a drug-free workplace and District policy requires drug testing for all potential employees.
It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.