Solar CTE Teacher

School District of Philadelphia |

Title: Teacher, Solar Energy Program

Department: Career and Technical Education

Reports To: School Principal

For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound in the School District of Philadelphia. The School District of Philadelphia is committed to transforming the education opportunities it offers the city’s 200,000 school-aged children. The District seeks leaders who have a passion for working with schools, principals and communities who are committed to ensuring all students achieve.  Serving a population as diverse as ours requires creativity, commitment and vision. Will you join us?

Job Summary

Provides a career and technical education instructional program that prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills in an entry-level position or apprenticeship in the industry or to continue into a post-secondary educational program. Involves staying informed of technological advances in solar energy and their impact on structures, materials and systems.

Essential Functions

  • Assesses the instructional requirements of students and provides orientation and instruction in solar energy career and technical education related competencies.
  • Prepares students for industry by teaching industry-recognized standards; ensures that industry standards set by The Solar Foundation are incorporated into the educational program; implements instructional activities to support the curriculum; stays informed of technological advances in the area of specialization.
  • Provides training in the proper use, care and storage of hand tools, general lab/shop equipment and specialty tools and equipment related to the particular specialty; instructs students in all related safety procedures and protocols; implements and maintains a preventative safety program in lab and classroom areas consistent with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Monitors student progress and assesses their skills according to standardized measurements.
  • Participates in the development of internships and apprenticeships for students enrolled in the solar energy program; ensures that students have a variety of school and work-based experiences; oversees students in a variety of job/school sites and in transit from one location to another.
  • Maintains an accurate inventory of all tools and equipment; ensures that tools and equipment are secure; disposes of all instructional equipment in accordance with District policies and federal and state regulations.
  • Prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to engage in installation, project development, manufacturing, wholesale trade and distribution, and operations and
  • Teaches students to troubleshoot and diagnose problems using solar energy equipment.
  • Provides technical skills training to students to prepare for the appropriate Pennsylvania Department of Education approved end of program assessment, if applicable.
  • Utilizes various instructional methods in order to motivate students and promote learning.
  • Participates in the development of assigned students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPS); utilizes all accommodations as indicated on the IEPs.
  • Provides and maintains an organized and safe learning environment.
  • Participates in regular professional development activities to keep abreast of advances in technology, curriculum and instructional delivery techniques; remains current in all areas of the field of expertise.
  • Administers industry recognized certification examinations approved by the District to students, as appropriate.
  • Maintains classroom discipline.
  • Maintains attendance, grade and other required records and reports, including Performance Assessment Logs; communicates student progress to parents/guardians.
  • Develops and promotes student leadership, civic responsibility and citizenship through the integration of Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) activities into the curriculum; participates in CTSO conferences and competitions.
  • Conducts Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC) meetings at least twice annually for the purpose of aligning the solar energy career and technical education program with current industry standards; seeks recommendations for improvements to the curriculum, facilities, equipment, and safety practices.

Minimum Requirements

  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, plus
  • Four years of current full-time, paid experience in the field of solar energy, building energy efficiency, construction, renewable electricity, clean energy, sustainability, environmental technology or a related field.


  • Completion of a specialized post-secondary solar technical training program from an accredited trade/technical school, plus
  • Four years of current full-time, paid experience in the field of solar energy, building energy efficiency, construction, renewable electricity, clean energy, sustainability, environmental technology or a related field.
  • NABCEP Associate certification a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:

○        the solar energy industry and energy systems.

○        the modern methods, theories and practices in solar energy.

○        the materials and techniques used in solar energy.

○        solar design, installation, sales and economics.

○        building auditing, electricity fundamentals, and weatherization.

○        solar project management.

○        the occupational hazards and safety precautions related to solar energy projects.

○        solar maintenance and operations.

○        the proper care and use of tools and instruments used in solar energy.

○        the use of personal computers, spreadsheet and word processing software applications.

  • Ability to:

○        select and organize curriculum content and to apply appropriate instructional methods.

○        implement assessment tools for effective student evaluations.

○ communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

○ establish effective working relationships.

  • (if not already certified,) obtain North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate credential within one year of hire.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vocational/Intern Certificate in the area of Solar Energy Technology or immediate eligibility for an emergency teaching certificate.
Talent Use Only
Title Code 0415
Salary Grade 0200-0301
Bargaining Unit PFT
Date of Establishment 3/20
Analyst JAG

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