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FutureMakers is seeking Lead Coaches – youth development experts with experience as a designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, or makers. FutureMakers coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.
We partner with organizations and schools throughout DC, MD and NoVA to provide immersive K – 8 learning labs where young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and technologies, in material-rich environments. Our in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences foster essential design thinking connections between young makers and and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators, ready to reimagine and design the world around them.
We encourage our coaches to follow their passions in and out of the classroom environment, using their own interests and skills to connect with young people. We’re seeking makers and youth development specialists who consider themselves experts in technologies, fabrication traditions, STEAM and maker education, and are ready to grow unique learning experiences that will change how a young person sees themselves in the world! We believe kids make things better.
In-school – Elementary and Middle
After-school – K through 8th grade
Minimum 5, maximum 25
Additional schools are joining our roster each season, and this list will increase.
FutureMakers coaches often work together as co-facilitators – a Lead Coach and a Support Coach- to combine their individual passions into the creation of unique workshop plans, which develop and evolve throughout the workshop duration. Together, you will plan, instruct, and assess your project’s progress. On site, you report to our partner site manager. You are expected to communicate effectively with partner sites, FutureMakers staff, and the students you facilitate, using their feedback to guide the quality and improvements of your workshop.
The majority of our programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 – 7:00 PM, but some take place outside of those hours during the school day, or on weekend days. Schedules are planned and discussed in advance, and are fixed.
Part-time; 3 to 10+ hours per week, depending on experience and availability.
Coaches earn $40 to $50 per program hour, based on experience, with opportunities to grow within the role. Coaches are offered season-long compensation packages that reflect the total work that goes into prepping, planning, traveling, and coaching time for each program they lead. We offer flexible schedules, and all team members choose coaching opportunities that fit their schedule and areas of expertise. We offer access to affordable health insurance.
- Design, document, prep and present original workshops.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a coaching assistant.
- Complete daily check-ins to share progress and troubleshoot challenges.
- Reliable transportation – sites we serve are not always accessible by public transportation, and you will transport your materials.
- Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).
- 2+ years facilitating youth-centered learning experiences.
- Adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in formal and informal settings.
- Examples of your skills as a maker – engineer, technologist, tinkerer, woodworker, fabricator, sculptor, visual artist or craftsperson.
- References that tell your story as a coach – student family members, supervisors or other instructors.
- A sample project narrative / lesson plan (see screening tasks.)