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Makerspace Specialist

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Job description

Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We:


Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant and equitable curriculum and experiences

Partner with existing public schools and coach students and staff using our successful STEMbyTAF learning model

Empower early-career educators and established school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy

The Maker Space Specialist reports directly to the TAF Educational Director of Technology and works closely with TAF staff and students. The role is multifaceted involving both Maker skills and lesson planning and instruction. Works in partnership with teacher of record in classroom. Maintains and plans improvement for Maker Space. The Director of Technology will evaluate the performance of the Maker Specialists on an annual basis.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES


The Maker Space Specialist coordinates “Making” within the Maker Space. The Specialist will implement a learning framework that prompts a student to manipulate various tools, media and materials both in guided and free creation.


COMMUNICATION


Construct and update the scope and sequence of Making that advances higher order thinking.

Guide and celebrate the creative process without defining or limiting the child’s work

Stretch the learning potential with open-ended cues and questions

Gather and organize data regarding attendance and effectiveness of programs

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND COLLABORATION


Integrates Maker into PBL


Partners with teachers on how to add maker and engineering into PBL Projects

Model the language of learning and the critical thinking process intrinsic to the creative process

Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities

Demonstrate and share technical know-how

SOFTWARE


Sketchup

Inkscape

Assist teachers and students in understanding how to use software

Research and install new software as needed

MAKER EQUIPMENT


Troubleshoot and repair Maker tools and equipment including hardware and software

Develop and maintain a materials list which follows grant guidelines and anticipates needs in a

timely manner

Instructs faculty and students on safe use of tools

Documents and maintains inventory and service records

LIFELONG LEARNER


Consistently seeks new experiences and opportunities for learning  

Demonstrates deep reflection both verbally and in written form 

QUALIFICATIONS


Strong organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently; ability to work independently.

Strong written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.

Ability to represent underserved children of color for higher education and professional success

Openness to participate in Racial Equity to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens

Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty, integrity, flexibility and responsiveness.

Ability and willingness to innovate independently and try things out.

Ability and willingness to be flexible and responsive (within reason) to role responsibilities. 

High School diploma and related field experience

Excellent organizational, project management and communication skills

Familiarity working in diverse and multicultural and bilingual environments

Pass all required criminal and child abuse background checks

Possess a valid Washington State Driver's license

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE


Bachelors degree and related field experience

Knowledge of school and district organization and policy

Experience with additive and subtractive processes

Experience with Arduino and/or RaspberryPi

Experience with fabrication tools such as 3D printers and Laser Cutters

Program and/or Project management experience  

Classroom experience and/or relevant experience in the field of education preferred

Demonstrated ability to capture, analyze and make programmatic changes based on collected data 

Moderate to high proficiency and or aptitude in Microsoft Windows Operating System; and Microsoft Suite

Fluency in languages other than English is a plus

BENEFITS


Healthcare

Individual Retirement Account

Additional whole-staff week off

Vacation and Sick Leave

HOW TO APPLY


Covid Requirements:


To ensure we are in alignment with the governor's mandates, all candidates hired for school-based positions must be fully vaccinated.


TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.


Forward resume and cover letter to the Attention of HR at tafjobs@techaccess org. Your cover letter should express why you’re interested in this role and address the following questions:


What does it mean for you to have a commitment to anti-racism?

How have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at TAF?

For more information visit our website at www.techaccess.org/careers No phone calls please.


Job Type: Full-time


Pay: $23.00 - $25.00 per hour


COVID-19 considerations:

Covid Requirements:

  • To ensure we are in alignment with the governor's mandates, all candidates hired for school-based positions must be fully vaccinated by October 18th.

Job description

Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required

Compensation

USD 23 - USD 25

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Federal Way, WA
Associated Location
Federal Way, WA, USA

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