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Coordinator II, Advanced Authentic Research (AAR)

  • Management

Reports to: Director of Secondary Education


The Coordinator designs, develops, delivers, and evaluates an elective for high school students that provides a framework for students to conduct original investigations on compelling questions of interest, collaborate with other students and on-campus or off-campus professionals such as educators, researchers and scholars, and to share their investigation results through public presentation and publication.

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree, Doctoral degree preferred
  • Possession of a valid California Teaching Credential, as required by the California Education Code
  • Minimum three years of teaching experience at high school level
  • Published research in a peer-reviewed journal preferred
  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Within 60 days of start, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Collaborate with faculty to create an interactive partnership that pairs students with on-campus and off-campus professionals so that they can actively investigate a topic about which they are passionate.
  • Create AAR standards that focus on planning, investigating, analyzing, and communicating. Standards should include requirements and rubrics a writing and presenting a formal written proposal, keeping a weekly investigation notebook/ journal, active engagement in research workshops and seminars, preparing and presenting a formal poster, writing first and final drafts of a publication quality paper, presenting at a school symposium, and completing a self-reflection.
  • Complete the Northwestern University STEM Student Research Facilitation Course or similar course.
  • Develop and deliver professional development modules for faculty and for mentors.
  • Pilot a research program with up to 10 students.
  • Establish a network of external mentors and supportive research facilities.
  • Create and maintain an AAR website.
  • Develop and deliver a curriculum that includes, but is not limited to:
  • Reading, understanding and evaluating published research
  • Keeping a research journal
  • Developing a research question and research plan
  • Writing a formal proposal
  • Writing a literature review
  • Understanding safety and human and animal subject review requirements
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis methods and tools
  • Writing a scientific research paper
  • Preparing a poster or visual presentation
  • Preparing a formal presentation
  • Develop a logic model and program evaluation plan for annual program review.
  • Conduct a series of community meetings regarding AAR.
  • Regularly update faculty and administration on the progress of the program and the students.
  • Assist students in refining projects for national and international competitions and professional publishing and presenting.
  • Evaluate performance of assigned staff.
  • Perform other specific job-related duties as directed by the Associate Superintendent or as the need arises.

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 talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 213 days

Revision Date: 11/03/2017

Initial date: 11/03/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.