Maker Space Coordinator

Instructional Richmond, California


Description

Title:Maker Space Coordinator

Division:School-wide

Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to: Middle School Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Status: Full-time, Exempt (Year-Round)

 

Position Summary

The role of the Maker Space Coordinator, under the direction of the Middle School Director of Curriculum & Instruction, is to develop, support, and oversee a wide range of Middle and Upper School activities in the makerspace, including workshops and trainings. The Maker Space Coordinator will be responsible for the engagement of faculty, staff, students, and families.

 

Primary Responsibilities

 

Leadership/Engagement

  • Facilitate workshops and trainings for faculty and students in areas including, but not limited to: making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping
  • Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities
  • Provide inspiration and support for faculty and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
  • Attend all divisional, departmental, and school faculty meetings
  • Teach 1-2 courses within one of the STEAM departments
  • Commit to student learning, personal growth, and professional development

 

Supervision

  • Oversee a cohort of student Makerspace Apprentices and facilitate their role as leaders in the space
  • Create and maintain, with student apprentices, a public repository of tutorials on how to use the machines in the space safely, as well as documenting student projects built in the space
  • Maintain the machines, tools, materials, safe use, and schedule of the Makerspace

 

Additional Responsibilities and Expectations

 

Mission Alignment

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and extracurricular activities.

 

Other

  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

 

Work Environment

This job operates in a school environment. This role routinely uses standard equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit or stand for long periods of time.

 

Travel

Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.

Qualifications

 

Experience

  • Varied professional experience, both in classroom settings and outside of schools; Former entrepreneurs encouraged, having demonstrated ability to independently develop professional connections and skills
  • Knowledge and experience with physical programming, robotics, coding, and wearable technology
  • Experience working on interdepartmental projects
  • Experience using Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and a variety of design software

 

Skills

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Highly effective and professional communication skills with staff, students and families
  • Ability to adapt and align on school-related initiatives
  • Ability to communicate with and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Ability to uphold and reinforce school policies  and  procedures  when addressing students and families
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environments with limited supervision
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude

 

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field

 

Preferred

  • Advanced Degree preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required