Maker Educator: Support Coach – DC NOVA (Summer 2017)

To Apply, please submit an application by following this link.

FutureMakers has immediate openings for Coaching Assistants who support Lead Coaches in our makerspace workshops in greater DC, including Washington, Montgomery County, Fairfax, Arlington and Prince Georges County. Coaching assistants work alongside lead coaches in support of maker education workshops that focus on construction, invention, materials, tools, and creative technologies.  We are seeking individuals with youth development experience – as a counselor, program assistant, or youth leader – and an interest in building, inventing or exploring creativity, STEM and STEAM.

About FutureMakers
FutureMakers develops new types of out-of-school-time learning experiences for young makers between the ages of 6 and 15. FutureMakers has opportunities for exceptional coaches – makers who teach, and teachers who make. You are educators, creators, designers, tinkerers, technologists, artists – who invent awesome learning experiences for young makers. FutureMakers bridges the applied learning gap in elementary and middle schools and community programs in greater DC and Baltimore.  We believe kids make things better.

Levels Coached:
1st – 8th grades, in- or out-of-school time settings.

Class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 20.

Instructional Team:
You will support a Maker Educator who has developed the workshop you’re assigned to.  You’ll both report to our DC Team Leader.

Class Schedules:
We develop programs that take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites in Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD and Northern Virginia.  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, or on weekend days.  Schedules are planned and discussed in advance, and are fixed.

Position Type:
Part-time; 5 to 20 hours per week.

We offer a generous total compensation package, including paid travel, prep and training. Support Coaches start at $15 per hour, and highly qualified candidates progress to Lead Coach positions, earning $40+ per hour.

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Readiness to apply your skills as a Maker Educator to support, plan, prep, and present workshops that combine hands-on problem solving and design thinking. Please visit our website for examples of current workshops.
  • Must  be adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in informal settings.
  • Ability to assess your progress and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a Lead Coach.

Candidate requirements:

  • Reliable personal transportation – the majority of sites we serve are not accessible by public transportation.
  • Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).
  • 1+ years of in-classroom or community instructional / coaching experience, education students encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with elementary and / or middle school student needs and interests.
  • Experience as a maker in a variety of media – a huge plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – with youth, peers, supervisors and parents.
  • References that tell your story as a teacher / maker – your students, supervisors or other instructors.

To Apply, please submit an application by following this link.