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Maker Educator: Support Coach - Greater Baltimore (Summer 2017)

FutureMakers is a growing team of maker education coaches - makers who teach, and teachers who make - with active practices as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, and exceptional educators. We partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area 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 connect young makers and and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators. 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 are seeking Support Coaches to work alongside our experienced lead Coaches who are interested in being part of an exciting and diverse community of coaches as we grow our presence in greater Baltimore. We believe kids make things better.

Please note: this is not a child care or behavioral health position.

Levels Taught:
K - 8th grades, in and out of school time settings in schools and community centers.

Class size:
Minimum 10, Maximum 20.

Instructional Team:

FutureMakers Support Coaches work alongside experienced lead coaches at sites that have larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. On site, you report to our partner site manager. You are expected to communicate effectively with your lead coaching partner and partner site staff, FutureMakers admin, and the students you facilitate, using their feedback to guide the quality and improvements of your workshop. 

Class Schedules: 

We develop programs that take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites.  The majority of our programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 - 7:00 PM, but some take place during school days, or on weekend days.  Schedules are set by your availability, in advance, and are fixed. This position is seasonal and will last for the duration of the school year, starting in September and ending in June. There are substantial opportunities, for those that are interested, to continue on through the summer, working between 10-40 hours a week. 

Position Type:

Seasonal; 3-15 hours per week. 

Compensation:  

Support Coaches earn $15 per hour with opportunities to grow within the role to become Lead Coaches. 

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Readiness to apply your skills as a Youth Developer to support the implementation of Maker Education workshops alongside a Lead Coach. Workshops 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. 
  • 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.
  • Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).

Candidate requirements:

  • Cover letter stating what makes you a highly qualified candidate. 
  • 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.

Website:  www.kidsmakethingsbetter.com

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