Student Life (EPA) Robotics Instructor/ FIRST Tech Challenge Coach

Job Type

Part Time




1877 Bay Road
East Palo Alto
United States


About College Track

College Track is a national college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From the summer before 9th grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach them the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. In four years, a College Track student receives support equivalent to one extra year of high school.


College Track started in 1997 with a cohort of 27 students in East Palo Alto. Today, we serve over 1,600 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, New Orleans, Colorado, and Los Angeles. Over our 20-year history, 92% of our high school seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges and our college graduation rate is 2.5 times the national average for low-income students.

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Student Life (SF) Robotics Instructor/FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Coach

The FIRST Tech Challenge Coach will provide the opportunity for the College Track East Palo Alto FTC team to participate and compete in FIRST robotics tournaments by facilitating team activities related to district, regional, and state robotics competitions. The responsibility of the Coach is to form learning partnerships between students with different technology skill levels while providing engineering expertise about FIRST robotics programs.

This position’s responsibilities include: 

  • Organize and monitor the 2018-2019 College Track East Palo Alto FTC team
  • Strategize game plan for robot materials, equipment and implementation of robot functionality and design
  • Work with students to determine team leaders in specific interests within the team, i.e. build team, coding team, marketing team, etc.
  • Collaborate with students to research a given topic related to FTC initiatives and create a solution that is innovative and unique
  • Support team through building, configuring, and testing robots
  • Review and approve cost estimates and design calculations
  • Act as liaison between team members, mentors, parents, and volunteers
  • Communicate expectations to parents and students about what is expected of their team member’s commitment
  • Coordinate help for students to maintain equipment, communicate with sponsoring organization, purchase supplies, register for competitions, and create schedules
  • Keep accurate attendance records of all workshop sessions
  • Chaperone occasional field trips for STEM related activities 
  • Meet with the Student Life/ Wellness Director to review student performance, workshop progress, and discuss altering academic and enrichment services if necessary
  • Agree to be observed/evaluated occasionally by the Student Life/ Wellness Director, Site Director, and College Track Regional staff
  • Participate in/lead Unity Circle at the start and/or close of each day at the College Track center
  • Work with Student Life/ Wellness Director to make adjustments in student placement
  • Attend staff meetings and professional developments, as requested
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Student Life/ Wellness Director or College Track East Palo Alto staff


Must embrace College Track’s vision and mission for transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-year accredited college
  • Experience in one or more of the following technical areas is highly desirable: Leadership Management, Technical Management, Mechanical, Electrical, or Robotic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Industrial Fabrication
  • Previous teaching or workshop facilitation experience strongly preferred
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with strong attention to details
  • Detail-oriented, conscientious, and proactive
  • Collaborative team player who values diversity
  • Strong learning orientation; accepts and incorporates direct feedback
  • Goal-oriented and strong commitment to meeting goals
  • Demonstrated ability to meet and maintain federal, state, local and College Track guidelines
  • Clear criminal record check and TB test results

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to Susan Saleh at

We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.