Maker Educator - DC

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

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 in Washington D.C.  We believe kids make things better.

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

Class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 20.

Instructional Team:
You will most often work with another Maker Educator as a co-facilitator, or, if you're applying as a team, instructional collaborator.  You are both responsible for dreaming up and supporting a common workshop plan.  Together, you will plan, instruct, and assess your project's progress. On site, you report to our partner site manager. Instructional teams encouraged to apply!

Class Schedules:
We develop programs that take place in community centers, libraries, schools and private homes.   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; 15-20 hours per week.

$20 - $25 / hr. per maker, depending on experience.  All group planning and professional development time is paid, at $15 / hr.

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Readiness to apply your skills as a Maker-Educator to plan, prep, and present workshops that include digital fabrication, product design, basic electronics, traditional woodworking, manufacturing technology, soft circuits and sculpture, sewing, physical computing and a range of tinkering and experimental programs. 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 an co-facilitator
  • Reliable 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).

Candidate requirements:

  • 1+ years of in-classroom instructional 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.
  • Description or images of your skills as a maker - engineer, technologist,  tinkerer, woodworker, fabricator, sculptor, visual artist or craftsperson.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - with youth, peers, supervisors and parents.
  • References that tell your story as a teacher / maker - your students, supervisors or other instructors.

Our teaching philosophy and approach to experiential learning:
FutureMakers are teachers (coaches) who constantly think about how to make "learning by doing" more effective, and have the ambition to do it. Other than just experience and skills, here’s what we’re looking for in all of our instructors:

  • Certainty and Open Mindedness: How do you confidently problem solve with instead of for young makers?
  • Organization, Anticipation and Clarity: How do you develop clear plans to anticipate different needs in a busy hands-on setting?


Website:  The FutureMakers!


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