Emerging Technologies Librarian

Emerging Technologies Librarian

Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is seeking an Emerging Technologies Librarian to identify new technologies appropriate for students to master in and out of the curriculum as well as manage the technology in several of the library’s innovation spaces and coordinate activities within these spaces. This position provides technical and programmatic support and guidance for these spaces and collaborates with and supports internal and external content experts in the use and integration of specialized technologies. Duties include maintaining, troubleshooting, and training users on technology and equipment; developing training materials; coordinating outreach activities; providing group/individual consultations; and working in collaboration with technologists and content experts to develop and host tutorials, workshops, and instruction sessions. This position requires knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of technologies to effectively support users’ needs.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a rapidly growing research intensive University offering over 28,500 students a variety of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in seven academic colleges. UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library is a comprehensive research library with over 1.9 million printed books, 930,000 e-books, over 400 databases, approximately 75,000 journals and an annual budget of over $10 million.

UNC Charlotte is located in the largest city in North Carolina, a beautiful southern city of 775,202 with over 1.5 million in the greater metropolitan area, in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Located on a 1,000 acre wooded campus, the University is accessible to the city’s performing arts and cultural and sports events and to recreational lakes.

Essential Duties:

  • Sets up, maintains, and troubleshoots technology and ensures the safe use of all Area 49 spaces, including the Technology Support Desk, Makerspace, EZ Video Studio, Gaming Lab, Multimedia Lab, Visualization Lab, and Photogrammetry Lab;

  • Manages the Photogrammetry Lab;

  • Stays informed of trends and best practices in library technologies, innovative technologies, and making;

  • Conducts individual, group, and/or classroom training sessions on technologies, digital applications, and tools;

  • Develops and conducts technology- and maker-focused workshops;

  • Collaborates with the Digital Pedagogy & Emerging Technologies Librarian, as well as Subject Librarians, to deliver innovation-focused instruction sessions that align with the curriculum;

  • Develops and maintains training modules and support materials, such as creating Libguides and user guides for library technologies and developing web content in areas of responsibilities;

  • Works shifts at the Technology Support Desk and other technology spaces;

  • Assists customers with public computing and printing services;

  • Represents Area 49 at events, such as maker faires and campus creative and informational events;

  • Drafts and recommends new, and edits to existing, policies and procedures;

  • Researches and recommends innovative technologies for adoption and obtains quotes from vendors;

  • Actively seeks resources and activities that support inclusive and anti-racist practices in Area 49

  • Tracks and maintains Area 49 supply and materials levels;

  • Builds strong working relationships with and develops collaborative partnerships with innovators, content creators, and experts within the library, across campus, and in the community;

  • Engages in professional development and scholarly contributions both locally and nationally;

  • Participates in faculty governance through representing library spaces, as well as through library and campus task forces and/or committees;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.

  • Graduation with master’s degree in a specialized area directly relevant to the position description may be an acceptable substitute in certain situations if approved by the Dean.

Preferred Education, Skills and Training Experience:

  • Ability to master new technologies quickly and thoroughly;

  • Experience in setting up, maintaining, troubleshooting, and training others in nontraditional and emerging technologies;

  • Evidence of experience building and maintaining collaborative partnerships and services with and for faculty, staff, students, and administration, including working across boundaries;

  • Committed to working as an effective member of a high-functioning team;

  • Knowledge of emerging trends in research libraries and higher education;

  • Experience designing and delivering both face-to-face and online instruction, including technical training, workshops, and classroom sessions;

  • Experience drafting policies, reports, documentation, and web content;

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex and diverse environment;

  • Ability to think creatively, strategically, and proactively;

  • Ability to communicate complex issues to diverse audiences;

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and to create an environment of mutual respect;

  • Commitment to continuous personal and professional improvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

To apply:

ONLY ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED: https://jobs.uncc.edu/ (Search Faculty Vacancies – Position # 008997) or use the direct link https://jobs.uncc.edu/postings/33355

The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume/CV

  • Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. The Search Committee will not contact references before verifying permission with the candidate.

  • Written statement of 250 words or less on your skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance UNC Charlotte’s diversity plan, including through digital scholarship programs. Applicants should attach their written statement in the “Other Documents” section of the application.

The review of applications will begin January 19, 2021. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. Appointment requires successful completion of background check.

Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender and sexual identities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social categories and backgrounds. These varied identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole. UNC Charlotte and Atkins Library strive to celebrate this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. For library-specific information, please visit the Atkins Library Diversity Page.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

Only an MLS or MLIS degree will be considered for this position, we will not accept an alternative degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their MLS or MLIS degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, please visit our Website: http://www.uncc.edu. For further details about Atkins Library, please consult our website: http://library.uncc.edu.

Manager, Makerspace Program

Location: Hong Kong

Position: Manager-Makerspace Program

Shuyuan Mission statement:
The ISF Academy Shuyuan is based on the classical Chinese learning sanctuary and the
Platonic Academy; the goal of which is independent study and enquiry under the guidance of a
master. Set in the 21st century, the courses that the Shuyiuan program offers aim to promote
deep and thoughtful scholarship in a multidisciplinary environment, allowing selected students to
pursue challenging branches of knowledge beyond the regularly-taught curriculum. These
courses require long-term dedication, as the skills being developed are cumulative and form the
foundation for rigorous, life-long learning. Our ultimate goals are the development of sound
scholarship, solid academic study, challenging research opportunities, intellectual curiosity and
practical wisdom.

Reports to: Director Shuyuan

Direct Reports: Makerspace Teacher(Primary), Tinkerers (whole school), Technicians

Regular Meetings:
Director Shuyuan
Shuyuan Team meetings
Lead and keep minutes for Makerspace Meetings
Attend Design Department meetings in Secondary, and planning meetings in Primary School
and Pre-School as required

Shuyuan MakerSpace Program Manager

Leadership/
Management

● Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Shuyuan
team and Primary and Secondary Heads of Faculty and teachers
● Develop the capacity of ISF teachers to implement makerspace
education through offering demonstration workshops, curriculum
planning sessions and the technical expertise needed to access the
makerspace technology
● Examine ATLAS and other curriculum databases to identify possible
curriculum connections with makerspace
● Recommend constructivist teaching and learning strategies proactively
to teachers
● Motivate Heads of Faculty teachers to implement constructivism in
their lessons
● Develop the Shuyuan Makerspace program through a sustained
review and evaluation of the program
● Provide clear, accurate and informed lesson structure and content with
respect to achieving authentic learning outcomes through a diverse
range of finished products, student performance and wellbeing goals
for teachers
● Manage the Primary Makerspace Teacher (or teachers) , use of the
space, and allocation of materials.
● Manage the makerspace technicians and administrative procedures.
● Actively manage, supervise and support all activities in the Secondary
Makerspace
● Coordinate the use of the Makespaces with classroom teachers,
assess the PD needs, and make curriculum recommendations.
● Plan, lead and attend the Shuyuan Summer FabLearn program at
Columbia (NYC) each year in conjunction with the Director of
Shuyuan
● Organise and oversee the TInkerer program for faculty across all three
sections of the school
● Motivate the Tinkerers to develop future focussed, authentic learning
experiences that will develop the skills, knowledge and values required
in curriculum based classes or beyond the classroom
● Monitor and implement school wide Health and Safety policies

Teamwork

● Membership of the Shuyuan Team meetings
● Works collaboratively with Director Shuyuan, and faculty across all
three sections of the school.
● Promotes the development of skills, knowledge and understanding for
teachers that are in line with the Academy policies and strategic
direction.
● Works collaboratively across the whole school to share resources and
promote academic performance, well-being and school spirit
● Support student projects, eg. personal projects, EE, IAs, CAS, Primary
School project day, etc.

Communication

● Well-developed public speaking skills and written communication skills
● Confident communicator and presenter
● Proven ability to present the program in public forums on behalf of the
ISF Academy
● Ability to share ideas and information clearly, concisely and accurately
and diplomatically to a wide range of audiences: students, parents,
teachers and friends of the Academy
● Ability to document clearly, concisely and accurately the curricula
program
● Ability to document clearly, concisely and accurately student progress
● Liaise with external specialists or service providers regarding
the planning and implementation of the curriculum
● Bilingual in English and Mandarin is desirable

Person
specification

● Experience with managing sustained change
● Proven strong team membership and management skills but not
necessarily as the team leader
● Interpersonal skills
● Proven self-motivated and self-directed curriculum research and
design skills
● Strong oral and written communication skills
● Commitment to valuing each student and providing an educational
environment in which they can flourish to achieve excellence
● Decision-making and problem solving
● Attention to details
● Willingness to work irregular hours, as some activities will take place in
late afternoon, evenings, or weekends
● Committed to developing own professional learning
● Resilient and self aware
● Teaching experience in a STEM field

Technical Skills

● Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or STEM field
● Strong IT skills
● Understanding of design and iterative process
● Willingness to learn new technologies
● Robotics experience in land based, air based, water based
technologies

Contact: dlibarra@isf.edu.hk

Manager of “The Hive”

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A

JOB TITLE: Manager of “The Hive”

DEPARTMENT: Cambridge Public Library              

JOB CODE/POSITION #: M661-001

CIVIL SERVICE: Not subject to civil service rules and regulations

HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours per week. A flexible schedule is required including working some evenings, Saturdays and Sundays in support of programs and events.

UNION AFFILIATION: None

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Manager of The Hive will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and maintenance of “The Hive,” the Cambridge Public Library’s new STEAM creativity zone/makerspace. They will provide support to and instruction for staff, volunteers, and patrons on equipment and resources in The Hive. Additionally, they will contribute to the collaborative efforts of the Library STEAM team and Cambridge STEAM Initiative. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

General Operations

  • Oversees the daily operations of The Hive, ensuring it is a safe and welcoming space for all, particularly for groups and individuals who are traditionally underserved or underrepresented in STEM fields
  • Engages library users in making, creating, and designing with technology and equipment
  • Ensures proper calibration, functioning, maintenance, and requisition of equipment and tools, and ventilation
  • Creates and manages the daily schedule, workflows, and duties, ensuring sufficient coverage from staff and volunteers
  • Maintains working knowledge of industry-standard graphic software applications, digital output software, 3D modeling, scanning, AR/VR production, and multimedia production, and other related technologies
  • Responsible for inventory for the space including tracking equipment and identifying and following up on any equipment needing repair or replacement
  • Improves processes and workflows to make an outstanding patron experience from project idea to execution
  • Maintains appropriate standards of behavior per the CPL Behavior Policy, ensuring mutual respect and safety in programs; enforces policies of the space and the library
  • Advises on operating budget for supplies, equipment, and services related to The Hive
  • Ensures spaces, equipment, and community use are compliant with safety measures

Extended Reality Lab and Recording Studio Space Management

  • Assists patrons in booking equipment and/or studio spaces
  • Manages patron check-in for studio bookings and set up/tear down AV recording studios between bookings
  • Ensures smooth transition and sanitization between users of the space

Instructional Services

  • Leads in-person and virtual instructions and provides assistance with use of the various technologies including 3D scanning and printing equipment, Augmented and Virtual Reality equipment, recording equipment and corresponding software programs
  • Trains staff, volunteers, and patrons on safety and operation of equipment
  • Oversees the badging process for users
  • Contributes to the development of STEAM curriculum across the libraries
  • Produces and updates educational manuals and resources for distribution to staff, volunteers, and patrons
  • Prepares and delivers technical workshops and trainings on equipment and processes
  • Advises patrons on utilizing equipment and processes for individual projects
  • Determines workshop and training needs each quarter
  • Assists in developing program and training schedule for technologies tied to The Hive across the library system
  • Creates, maintains, and disseminates The Hive instructional and appointment calendars
  • Provides technical assistance for special events and visiting maker instructors who utilize The Hive space and equipment
  • Creates an environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate for a range of learning activities
  • Supports “maker” programs in all library locations and travels to branches to assist with staff training and programs
  • Contributes to development of measurement tools and creation of reports to communicate outcomes and impacts of programs

     Leadership & Supervision

  • Supervises staff and volunteers who work in The Hive
  • Supports recruitment and hiring for staff and volunteers
  • Oversees the volunteer program for the space
  • Evaluates staff performance annually and sets goals with staff for coming year
  • Acts as a member of the Library Leadership team, attending meetings and disseminating essential information

    Communications & Training

  • Communicates effectively with the public, staff and administration and promotes both The Hive and overarching STEAM program philosophies, goals and results
  • Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships within the community to foster collaborative programs and services around creative making in the community
  • Assists with promotion of The Hive resources and services internally and externally through print and online tools
  • Hosts demonstrations for orientation and community engagement events
  • Creates content for professional development and represents the CPL on professional taskforces, at conferences, etc.
  • Attends continuing education and professional development opportunities

Strategy and Planning

  • Reaches out to the community to invite and engage a diverse group of people to participate in The Hive programs, especially residents who are under-resourced and/or underrepresented in STEM fields
  • Advances The Hive and the greater Library as destinations in the City to discover, learn, and experience new technologies and STEAM opportunities

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned for the good of the department and library. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in science, technology, education or related field. 2-4 years of experience working in a makerspace setting or equivalent. Proven successful experience in science/STEAM education with a solid foundation in science, engineering, and/or math; Proficiency with digital design and fabrication tools and processes including 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering, sewing, virtual and augmented reality equipment, and other makerspace technologies. Technical sophistication including comfort with graphics and CAD applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape, Tinkercad, and Fusion 360; Experience with audio and video recording equipment and software including Adobe Audition and Premier; Ability to independently pick up new technical skills as needed; Proven successful experience in makerspace or digital fabrication education; Appreciation of and sincere desire to work in a diverse, urban setting prioritizing groups and individuals who are traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented in STEM fields; Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups; Ability to thrive in a working environment with constant public contact with people from all backgrounds and age groups; Ability to identify and analyze a strategic direction and to develop and implement programs and activities to address areas of community interest/need; Outstanding project management skills; Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in an environment with a lot of change; Ability to train and lead others; Ability to creatively solve problems and negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner; Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate and establish effective working relationships; Ability to frequently adopt and teach new tools, software, and technology; Willingness to seek and develop an understanding of the role, mission and functioning of a large urban public library system; Able to anticipate needs, organize work, set priorities, use time effectively, work independently, and meet deadlines; Ability to multi-task, prioritize multiple competing demands; Exceptionally self-motivated and self-directed; Exceptional customer service orientation. Ability to work with non-technically orientated end users; Experienced in external outreach with potential vendors and collaborative partners; Excellent judgment    Tact    Empathy    Patience    Maturity    Sense of humor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Physically able to operate a variety of technical equipment such as computers, scanners, printers, and mobile devices; Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal, for extended periods of time; Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work; Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities to communicate effectively; Sufficient vision or other powers of observation to read printed and online materials.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:    Works in “The Hive” and other assigned areas, including branches as needed. Work is performed primarily in an indoor setting at the library, including public and shared-office spaces. Normal workshop exposure to noise, stress and interruptions.

RATE:                 $76,028 – $89,964 + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax (617) 349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 12/15/20. Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.   

Community Manager @ Hack Club

Location: Remote with travel

Hack Club is one of the most active online communities of high school hackers on the web.

We are seeking a full-time hire to own and grow the Hack Club community (11k students on our Slack) to create a wholesome, technical, and inclusive place for every burgeoning teen hacker worldwide.

Your goal: make the Hack Club Slack the best place on the internet for technical teenagers.

Founded in 2014 by a teen programmer, the mission of Hack Club is to prepare young people to make smart, ethical, and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them technical aptitude and the hacker values of collaboration, integrity, helpfulness, curiosity, and an anti-B.S. mindset. We’re built by hackers, for hackers. Currently, there are Hack Clubs in 22 countries around the world. Wall Street Journal wrote about us in 2019. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with donors including Elon Musk, Tom Preston-Werner, and senior founders and engineers from the tech industry.

Hack Club works toward our mission through creating and fostering a new identity in high schools worldwide. Alongside the soccer players and theater kids, we aspire to create a new type of high schooler: the teenage hacker. Our goal: to become as ubiquitous, as universal, and as culturally foundational for young people today as the Girl and Boy Scouts were 70 years ago.

Students in the Hack Club community sent 62,000 messages last week and there are 850 weekly active members. In total, Hack Clubbers have posted 225k messages in the last 30 days. To see some projects Hack Clubbers built, check out what we did this summer: https://summer.hackclub.com

Couple more things on your role. You’ll:

  • Be the leader at HQ for making the Hack Club Slack a special, magical, wholesome, and growing place on the internet for technical teenagers. You will be the architect for your position and the direction the Hack Club community will be going.
  • Lead Community Team, have daily communication with them, and be a mentor to every Hack Clubber within it. Work with them to plan and execute events.
  • Act as a mentor to our community of 10,000 teenage hackers. Have 1:1 conversations with students, help beginners on their code questions, and help and inspire advanced Hack Clubbers to further improve themselves and the community
  • Hang out on the Hack Club Slack and be a positive, trend-setting influence within it, leading by example
  • Help students form meaningful friendships within the Slack. Read more on how this has happened in the past: https://gist.github.com/zachlatta/6583e7c7f80c32ba8f5b4e824180d00a
  • Be a point of contact for inquisitive parents and people who expect an adult to respond when they email

About you:

  • You’re technical, self-taught, and began learning in high school or earlier
  • You embody the values of a model Hack Clubber: collaborative, kind, high integrity, helpful, and curious
  • You’re excited to work 1:1 with high school students every day
  • You have the traits of a wonderful mentor: never condescending, never telling students how to do things, answer questions, but don’t lock students into any one specific course of action, genuinely want to see students learn and figure out things on their own
  • You played an important role in an online community when you were a teenager. You could have ran a trend-setting Tumblr, grown up on the Minecraft modding forums, created fanfiction on AO3, sold Runescape bots, ran a Club Penguin blog, been an artist on DeviantArt, been a moderator in an online MMO, created a YouTube channel when you were 12, helped grow an IRC network, or anything else along the same vein. These are all things we’re looking for, but even if you don’t think you hit these, you should apply anyway! We’re looking for a broad range of things.

Remote is OK, but you must be willing to travel on a regular basis. If remote, must have excellent communication skills with prior remote experience. If you haven’t worked remotely before, that is OK – we have an in-person office in Burlington, Vermont with 4 staff that you can join us at after quarantining for 14 days and passing a negative COVID test.

To apply, email us at slackalacker@hackclub.com with “white rabbit” in the subject line with a 1 page cover letter on your background and why you think you’d be a great fit for this position.

Compensation range: $60K – $100K, depending on experience and fit. We offer healthcare.

– Christina Asquith, COO, and Zach Latta, Executive Director

Experience Design Specialist

Location: Exploration Commons at 50 East, Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland

Experience Design Specialist

Position 1 (2 openings)                Position 2 (4 openings)

Full-time                                        Part-time

37.5 hours per week                     20 hours per week

$45,825 annually plus benefits    $24,440 annually plus benefits

Overview:

Are you enthusiastic about learning new things and teaching others? Are you looking to be a member of a customer service-oriented team that will help our community achieve their professional, educational and personal goals?

Join our team! Carroll County Public Library’s new space, Exploration Commons at 50 East (https://explorationcommons.carr.org), is seeking full and part time Experience Design Specialists who are passionate about new technologies and/or have professional cooking experience.  You will create and implement trainings and programs for a thriving maker and culinary community in our innovative and state of the art makerspace and teaching kitchen. The successful candidates will be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as with a team focused on providing superior customer service, and able to learn and share new technologies and skills.

Experience Design Specialists will plan, prepare and present training on makerspace, teaching kitchen and meeting room resources; conduct programs on a variety of makerspace and cooking concepts; create content and showcase applications of new technology for the community; work closely with educational, workforce development, and other community partners to develop content; and engage the public through a wide variety of technologies and professional-grade kitchen equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree and 1 – 2 years directly related experience
  2. Requires 90 contact hours of approved in-service training through Library Associate Training Institute (LATI) within first 2 years of employment or 9 hours of formal academic course work in library science
  3. Instructional experience preferred
  4. Proficiency with design software (Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk)
  5. Familiarity with the makerspace and/or kitchen equipment
  6. Highly effective communicator via email, telephone, and in person
  7. Or equivalent technical training, education, and experience

How to Apply:

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Applications must be submitted online at https://library.carr.org/careers/careers.aspx.

The Carroll County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Library’s policy is to treat all employees and applicants equally and without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era. This policy is applicable to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and promotions. Carroll County Public Library is a drug free/smoke free workplace.

Middle School Design Thinking Specialist

Location: Chester Springs, PA, U.S.A.

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree
in educational technology and experience in
teaching and implementing 21st century
technological skills. Advanced training in coding
and Design Thinking is preferred. Primary duties
include but are not limited to teaching middle
school Design Thinking classes and providing
guidance to students on their capstone design
project. The candidate should be able to provide
expertise in integrating advanced technological
tools and Design Thinking into the curriculum.
Additionally, the candidate should be flexible,
positive, innovative, and have a strong
commitment to professional growth. The
candidate will be expected to be available to
students outside of class time and perform other
duties assigned by the Head of School.

Job Responsibilities:
• Instruct and guide middle school students
on the use of a variety of tools to increase
technology fluency and fulfill curricular
goals
• Collaborate with the director of
technology, educational technology
coordinator, and middle school faculty to
design and implement innovative lessons
around Design Thinking
• Oversee the Design Thinking curriculum
and look for new ways to promote
innovation, critical thinking, and problem
solving skills
• Actively seek partnership with
organizations and institutions of higher
learning to bring in the best practices in
Design Thinking

• Teach Design Thinking classes 5
hours/week
• Report to the Head of Middle School

Minimum Skills and Qualifications:
• At least one year of classroom teaching
experience
• Desire to work with middle school
students
• Proficient in Google Apps for Education
• Willingness and ability to learn new
programs to instruct students and
teachers
• Ability to collaborate frequently and
extensively with faculty in other
disciplines with the purpose of enhancing
the curriculum
• Experience utilizing 3D printers, laser
cutters, and other design tools
• Good presentation and written skills

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
• 3+ years of classroom teaching experience
in an independent school
• Engineering, computer science,
architecture, or design degree or previous
work experience in these areas
• Knowledge of multiple programming
languages
• Familiarity with Design Thinking framework
• Experience in a fabrication lab or designing
and prototyping products in a fabrication
lab such as
MakerSpace/DREAMLab/IDEALab

 

Contact:
Paulsson Rajarigam
Head of Middle School
prajarigam@montgomeryschool.org

Education Manager

Location: Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.A.

Innovation & Makerspace Coordinator – National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium 

 Full-time term position; initial 18 month appointment with strong potential to become permanent.  Flexibility on weekends, holidays and evenings is required.

Exempt/Non-Exempt:                       Non-Exempt
Department:                                         Education
Reports To:                                           Education Manager (Onsite Programs)
Staff Reporting to This Position:     Educators; Volunteers (as assigned)

 

The Innovation & Makerspace Coordinator is responsible for the educational oversight of the River Museum’s new River of Innovation exhibit. The new 9,000 ft2 gallery will open in phases. The first phase, a fully functional 19th-century belt-driven machine shop, opened in spring 2020. The second phase includes a series of hands-on interactive displays (“Innovation Currents”) as well as a makerspace/classroom.

 

The Innovation & Makerspace Coordinator will be tasked with creating new STEM-based and history-focused curriculum, and other educational materials, that can be utilized by all of the River Museum’s Educators for tours, programs, outreach, and visitor engagement. Quality programs will highlight connections to the Mississippi River through history, conservation, and STEM topics, utilizing dynamic resources of the NMRMA campus to forge meaningful connections with all audiences. Strong candidates will have a desire to use their curriculum development, interpretation, and leadership skills to support the mission and vision of the NMRMA and the entire Dubuque County Historical Society, while successfully executing new and existing education programs.

 

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

 

Primary Duties

  • Assemble and create source material for the historical interpretation for the belt-driven machine shop, develop a STEM-based interpretational strategy for the entire River of Innovation exhibit and makerspace, and work directly with consultants, education team, volunteers, and external partners.
    • Identify signage, consumable materials, and other onsite interpretive needs, and work collaboratively to coordinate their creation and acquisition.
    • Collaborate with teammates to identify relevant training and procedural needs, writing protocols as appropriate.
    • Collaborate with Education Manager to align curriculum to core standards and mission.
    • Initiate development of K-16 formal education curriculum materials for River of Innovation, and to support makerspace topics.
    • Provide training and coordination to team of 30 educators about how to use the machines, convey safety protocols, and provide instruction on interpretive scripts and outlines.
    • Mentor staff to ensure that interpretation and makerspace curriculum are effectively delivered.
    • Implement comprehensive evaluation program in collaboration with other Education staff and evaluation consultant(s). Incorporate results-based evidence with STEM and history education programming.
    • Support daily volunteer management and training needs of interpretive volunteers in STEM-focused areas.
    • Maintain the Museum’s ongoing partnership with Dubuque Community Public Schools as it relates to this exhibit and K-12 curriculum and programming.
  • Develop and initiate a method to evaluate the success of educational programming related to the River of Innovation, specifically the Belt Driven Machine Shop, Innovation Currents exhibits, and Makerspace.
  • Assist with supervision of the Education department staff and volunteers.
    • Ensure staff acts in a cohesive manner.
    • Ensure staff follows procedures and upholds the Education Department Code of Conduct.
    • Assign responsibilities to Education staff, assist with daily tasks, and provide alternate coverage for team members as needed.
    • Coach, motivate, train, and instruct staff and volunteers.
    • Act as a visible mentor and role model at all times.
    • Provide alternate coverage for other team members as needed.
    • In collaboration with Education Manager, perform annual performance reviews for direct reports listed above.
    • Engage all Education staff and delegate as appropriate to maximize their unique and individual talents and skill sets.
    • Act as Educator On Duty (EOD) as scheduled.
    • Attend department meetings.

 

Additional Duties

  • Create, schedule, present, and evaluate exceptional and dynamic guest experiences in formal and informal settings, with an emphasis on the River of Innovation exhibit and makerspace.
    • Assist with Education programs, including but not limited to youth camps (summer camps, school’s out ed-venture, group overnights, etc.), educational events (parties, education-themed events, etc.), and group tours (guided and unguided tours, school groups, cruise boats, leisure groups, etc.)
    • Develop, coordinate, and implement education programs, events, and activities for diverse audiences of all ages, including classes, camps, overnights, volunteer programs, tours, etc.
    • Incorporate small and medium sized live animals, biological specimens, and/or historical artifacts and replicas whenever possible.
    • Lead educational programs that include options such as: arts and crafts, live animals, games, activities, artifacts, props, etc.
  • Remain comfortable, competent, and invested in history, conservation, and STEM topics to ensure redundancy and cross-training are in place.
  • Attend mandatory, prescheduled training sessions.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practices and departmental policies.
  • Keep all education areas clean, organized and hazard free, report maintenance needs, and perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Engage in continued learning about animals, plants, historical artifacts, and STEM components of institutional collection.
  • Maintain working relationships with local and regional educational organizations to foster collaborations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Requirements

  • Relevant college course work and/or a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in museum studies, education, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, ecology, history, anthropology, or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Prior exposure to history, conservation, and STEM education concepts and curriculum development in PreK-16 school and/or informal learning setting is strongly preferred.
  • Will typically have paid education experience in formal education and/or informal learning (aquarium, zoo, nature center, science museum, history museum, makerspace) setting.
  • Must possess natural curiosity to identify and creatively facilitate strategies which engage audiences with making and design.
  • Must possess passion and interest in design, the arts, design and making across multiple fabrication domains.
  • Must show an interest in developing themselves and demonstrating leadership within the informal education field.
  • Must have familiarity with computers and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Must hold or be able to possess an Iowa, Wisconsin or Illinois driver’s license within 3 months of hire.
  • Must be capable of holding certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must demonstrate superb team-building skills with an ability to instill a positive and productive attitude in others.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess exemplary decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work with all people in a positive and productive manner at all times.
  • Must possess the ability to adapt quickly and be flexible in any scenario, as well as maintain considerable patience.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be comfortable around the water, and indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview;
  • Exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, manufacturing, technology, government, natural resources, education, etc.;
  • Demonstrate respect for committing to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities; and
  • Understanding of Iowa’s unique history, heritage and culture; aptitude and capability to work closely with communities large or small, rural or urban, etc.

 

How To Apply

To learn more, visit www.rivermuseum.com/apply.  Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001.  Please contact Jonathan Ismail, jismail@rivermusuem.com or 563.557.9545 ext 212 with any questions about this position or for more information.

Makerspace Technical Specialist

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Opportunity

AET Labs is a New England area company, which designs and outfits technical labs for the education market. We are currently seeking a professional, energetic and creative individual with a passion for cool technology to provide installation and technical training services for a #1 selling line of 3D printers and other digital fabrication equipment.

The Responsibilities

– Install, set-up and provide training to customers on new equipment at high schools, colleges and universities
– Provide post-sales technical support for new customers
– Work with marketing team to assist in developing applications and use cases for various makerspace equipment
– Conduct technical sales seminars, workshops, training sessions and presentations
– Support outside sales representatives for machine demonstrations or other sales-related activities

The Requirements

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:
– Excellent presentation skills with professional demeanor
– Good problem-solving skills with an electro-mechanical aptitude
– Previous teaching experience or other work in a fab lab or makerspace
– Understand how to operate/repair 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC machines, 3D scanners, etc.
– High-fluency in CAD/CAM software such as Solidworks or Fusion 360. Experience with Corel or other 3/2D design software a plus
– Good verbal, communication, presentation and phone skills along with a customer-service-oriented and caring attitude
– High-level of proficiency with computers, basic networking and MS Office
– Have the ability to work independently from a home office and travel anywhere in New England
– Have the strength and fitness to work with heavy loads
– Not intimidated by technology and willing to put in the time to learn something new

Additionally, the ideal candidate will reside in the North Shore-Metro Boston area for convenient, occasional travel to our Essex, MA office. However, extensive travel (mostly day trips) will be required to other points throughout New England. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

The Reward

– Health insurance
– Retirement plan
– Bonus incentives
– Paid Vacation
– Paid training
– Company vehicle/allowance
– Cell phone/allowance
– Competitive wages ($45k-$65k starting salary)

We are a small, well-established, professional organization, seeking a charismatic individual who believes that hard-work and determination should be rewarded. For an overview of our company and products, please visit our website at www.aetlabs.com

Please submit resume via email to Makerspace Technical Specialist

Maker Space Teacher

Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Solar Preparatory School for Boys we work each day to prepare boys for success in a challenging, inspiring, and inclusive performance-based learning environment. It’s our mission to inspire boys across Dallas ISD to live and lead with passion and purpose. We live by the Solar Six:

  1. Curiosity: I ask questions and have a strong desire to learn and discover new things.
  2. Self Awareness: I reflect on my strengths and limitations and possess a sense of confidence and optimism
  3. Empathy: I listen and seek to understand the feelings of another.
  4. Humility: I act in a way that reflects a spirit of inclusion and respect for others.
  5. Leadership: I nurture abilities in myself and in others in order to have a positive impact on my school and community.
  6. Grit: I bounce back after failure and persist in the face of obstacles.

WHO WE ARE

At Solar Prep, instruction and culture is designed intentionally to meet the needs of boys and ensure educational equity for all. Solar Prep is an open-enrollment campus with scholars coming from across the city. We use a 50/50 socioeconomic diversity model to ensure that 50 percent of student enrollment is made up of economically disadvantaged scholars, and the other 50 percent is composed of non-economically disadvantaged scholars. We employ a weighted lottery to achieve this balance. As research has shown, the likelihood of a school’s overall success is considerably reduced when the student body exceeds 50 percent low-income. We also know that high-income scholars benefit from balanced diversity through interactions with a more diverse class of scholars, increasing their empathy and social abilities. At Solar Prep we work tirelessly to ensure that all scholars succeed in life, school and beyond.

TEACHING @ SOLAR PREP

At Solar Preparatory School for Boys, teachers will work collaboratively with scholars, parents, and staff to provide engaging, performance-based learning experiences designed to meet the needs of each boy, with a strong focus on STEAM and character development.

Teaching in a Solar Prep classroom requires not only foundational teaching skills, but also supplemental competencies to ensure that educators are ready, willing, and able to co-create cross-curricular, performance-based learning experiences. Teachers must also have competencies necessary to build a strong classroom and campus culture of social emotional support for boys from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.  As a Responsive Classroom school we are also committed to a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. You can find more about our teaching tools and technologies by visiting our website.

As a Maker Space Teacher, you’ll serve as the facilitator of hands-on learning experiences in a space where children and families create, make, discover, investigate and invent. The space gives our scholars a chance to apply problem-solving skills, test and revise their ideas, experiment, collaborate, and just have fun. The Maker Space allows children and families to use real tools and different materials to design, make, tinker and create projects on their own while concentrating on the process not the product. This lab is where we encourage learning, prototyping, sharing of ideas, productive failure, thinking and collaboration.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are passionate about our model and pathways to create a sustainable excellence in public schools. We are looking for talented, innovative, motivated educators who:

  • Value intentional social and emotional leaning and strategically implement best practices to inspire our boys to build self-awareness about their emotions and actions.
  • Believe that building capacity and understanding about race and equity is necessary to provide a culturally responsive environment for all of our scholars and staff.
  • Prioritize our scholars’ growth and learning through our blended learning model and strategic, targeted instruction.
  • Challenge our boys to build leadership skills to fight for a better world for all. for every person.
  • Believe that incorporating project-based STEAM instruction makes learning relevant and prepares our boys for the 21st century.
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset, with a willingness to continually improve their competency by participating in professional growth and learning opportunities
  • Work autonomously and who are self-starters, able to take risks in a progressive school environment
  • Can work effectively with a diverse group of students and families

Teachers at Solar Prep are required to be able to demonstrate skill in the following, while be willing to work toward mastery:

  • Developing and implementing cross-curricular unit plans to reflect knowledge of individual student’s skills, language proficiency, backgrounds, cultures, interests, learning styles, and special needs, including needs of boys
  • Maintaining commitment to student-led exploration of content, selection of resources, and development of collaborative solutions and outcomes
  • Demonstrating extensive content expertise, prerequisite knowledge, and interdisciplinary content and deliver content with appropriate tools, language, and best practices for teaching boys
  • Measuring student mastery through checks for understanding and interim assessments and use data to adjust future instruction and/or reteach objectives based on data
  • Establishing relationships with families and community and use language that is respectful and non-judgmental when speaking about students, their families, and the community
  • Maximizing instructional time through efficient routines, seamless transitions, and positive behavior narration
  • Embracing the active nature of boys by incorporating movement and hands-on learning tools into the lessons
  • Maintaining high student motivation through a use of a variety of engagement strategies and goal setting with students
  • Maintaining a nurturing and safe classroom environment targeted to the needs of boys from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Proactively seeking and engaging in professional development and implementing new learning in the classroom.
  • Collaborating weekly with colleagues to plan lessons, discuss student needs, and seek feedback on instructional strategies

In addition to the above, the ideal Maker Space teacher will:

  • Demonstrate an interest for subject integration and applied learning.
  • Develop and grow the program through authentic applications, competitions, and relevant learning opportunities including before and after school creations and opportunities.
  • Serve as the protector of the space in terms of proper inventory, care for the furniture and equipment, and teaching the students to respect and honor the space.
  • Have varied professional experiences, both in classroom settings and outside of schools. Former entrepreneurs encouraged to apply, having demonstrated ability to independently develop professional connections and skills.
  • Have knowledge or demonstrable willingness to use diverse materials to create like wood, cardboard, styrofoam, paper-mache, metal, programming, as well as experience with robotics, coding and 3D printing, photography, etc.
  • Understand that the role of the Maker Space teacher will be as a facilitator and champion for learning, and the ability to be comfortable not having all the answers.

HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM

TalentED Advisors is currently recruiting educators on behalf of Solar Preparatory School for Boys and is actively searching for one Maker Space teacher supporting grades K-4 for the upcoming school year. Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree from accredited university as well as a valid teaching certificate with required endorsements or required training for subject and level assigned.

Our primary application deadline is May 1st. Please submit your application online including a resume, cover letter, essay question response, references and copies of your certifications/ endorsements. Should you have any questions as you complete your application or about Solar Preparatory school, please don’t hesitate to contact us at candidates@talentedadvisors.com.

 

Please apply here:https://talentedadvisors.com/current-openings/

The Athenian School is hiring an Innovation Studio Shop Manager

Position: Innovation Studio Shop Manager

Location: Danville, California, USA

Innovation is at the doorstep of The Athenian School—or perhaps more accurately, at the base of Mt. Diablo. Athenian is a school where virtually every part of its 75-acre campus near the beautiful San Francisco East Bay hills is a space for discovery and experimentation. But what makes Athenian truly unique is the role of the student in the learning process. Students don’t just own their learning, they live it—whether spending three months building an airplane or spending three weeks camping in the wilderness.

The Carter Innovation Studio (CIS) is part of the newest learning commons on campus. This 5,200 square foot design lab features a shop area with metal and woodworking tools, an industrial arts area, a computer/CADD/3-D printer space, and three classrooms. Its central location at the heart of Athenian’s campus is no accident. Athenian wants the CIS to be a hub of experiential learning activity for both middle and high school students.

Job Title:
75% Carter Innovation Studio (CIS) Shop Manager/User Supervisor (100% during the academic school year)

Accountability:
Reports to the Director of the CIS

Job Summary:
The Athenian School’s Carter Innovation Studio is looking for a Shop Manager/Supervisor. The CIS is a combination of makerspace/woodworking and machine shop. Current classes taught in the CIS include Engineering, Architecture, Applied Science, Imagineering, and Art and Science of Making, and students served range from 6th to 12th-graders. The CIS houses tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, a soldering station/electronics bench, power tools including saws and sanders, a Shopbot, a lathe, a mill, hand tools, and more. We are looking for individuals who have experience running a makerspace or shop in an educational setting and prefer those who have expertise in woodworking, metalworking, and/or facilities management. A sense of humor, humility, growth mindset and an inviting attitude are musts for success in this role.

Under direct oversight by the Director of the CIS, the CIS Shop Manager ensures that all equipment inside the CIS is in working order, creates and enforces safety policies, and supervises users in the safe and responsible operation of CIS tools. In all of the above as well as additional areas to be defined, the CIS Shop Manager works closely with the Director of the CIS to meet user and institutional needs.

FLSA: Non-exempt. Job Classification: Staff

Duties:

Facility Management

  • Maintains an organized and safe facility by performing daily clean-up and inspection of all CIS areas: Digital Fabrication Studio, Electronics Bench, Wood and Metal Shop/Open Studio, Classrooms, and storage areas
  • Manages the upkeep and timely maintenance of equipment (for example, oil application and blade replacement) and raw materials/supplies (for example, wood, metal, fasteners, electronics, and other consumables) in all CIS areas; documents maintenance work in Maintenance Manual/Log
  • Defines, implements, and effectively publicizes the CIS Safety Program, including but not limited to displaying proper signage, maintaining first aid kits and personal protective equipment, and user education and enforcement
  • Collaborates with Facilities Department to maintain systems including HVAC/dust collection, electrical, and fire safety; prepares CIS for and follows up on annual fire inspections
  • Purchases and organizes supplies and equipment; regularly take inventory of and replenishes CIS supplies as well procures special items for CIS teachers
  • Provides timely communication on the working status of tools to facilitate teacher planning and safe operation
  • Regularly invites feedback on facility organization and be open to making changes to best serve users including adults and students
  • Assigns storage space to teachers and other users

Supervision and Training of Users/Informal Education

  • Maintains constant physical presence within CIS and supervises the safe operation of tools during class and open shop times, including maintaining user ID badge system and providing support to teachers
  • Provides Safety Orientation and Training to all users of CIS, including students and teachers
  • Recognizes role as an informal educator and models safe and responsible tool/facility use
  • Prepares weekly plan of tasks to be completed by CIS Community Service students
  • Participates in the development and implementation of project-based learning as needed

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attendance at faculty, department, class team meetings and/or other meetings as required by Director of the CIS, and/or the Academic Leadership Team (Division Heads and Director of Teaching and Learning) in dialogue with Director of the CIS
  • Participation in orientation, professional development days, and graduation
  • A willingness to help cover a colleague’s class for the day when absences occur
  • Attendance at special all-school functions, e.g. Back to School Day, Equity and Inclusion Week
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Director of the CIS and Division Heads
  • CPR / AED TRAINED AND CERTIFIED – must have up-to-date certifications in both cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and proper operation of a defibrillator (AED).

Please email Vivian Liao at vliao@athenian.org if you have questions. Apply for the position here.