Director of the Carter Innovation Studio

Danville, California, U.S.A.


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, having just opened in fall 2018. 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. To lead this exciting initiative, Athenian seeks an inaugural director of the Carter Innovation Studio well versed in design, engineering, fabrication, and computational thinking. This position reports to the director of teaching and learning and begins on July 1, 2019—or earlier by mutual agreement.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Post Date:                               February 14, 2019

Application Deadline:           March 11, 2019

Decision Announced:            End of March

Start Date:                              July 1, 2019, or earlier by mutual agreement


Curricular work

  • Promote, oversee, and support all experiential learning in the Carter Innovation Studio (CIS)
  • With guidance from the director of teaching and learning and the division heads, develop and deliver learning opportunities that invite traditional classes to the CIS
  • Design and deliver faculty trainings, and serve as a faculty coach and mentor in the areas of design and fabrication
  • Teach a class in the field of design, fabrication, engineering, computational thinking, computer science, or applied science
  • Serve on the Curriculum Think Tank, which is led by the director of teaching and learning and includes department chairs and program directors

Non-curricular work

  • Supervise the CIS staff, which includes a part-time shop manager
  • Maintain ultimate responsibility for all operations of the CIS, including equipment maintenance, supply ordering, budgets, capital purchases, safety procedures, room scheduling, and volunteer coordination
  • Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national communities of design, engineering, and fabrication
  • Develop partnerships with external organizations to both support the mission of the CIS and provide additional learning opportunities for students
  • Serve in a public-facing capacity to represent the CIS to external visitors
  • Other duties as assigned


Professional Qualifications:

  • Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher in areas such as design, engineering, fabrication, computer science, or computational thinking
  • Experience overseeing or supporting the operations of a shop environment or fabrication lab
  • Experience planning curriculum and developing student learning outcomes for design and engineering, in partnership with teachers of other disciplines
  • Experience leading workshops, trainings, and projects to faculty, preferably for both middle and high school teachers
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • A track record of establishing successful partnerships with faculty
  • Experience designing and implementing project-based and experiential learning
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership
  • Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality
  • Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
  • Savvy communication and presentation skills
  • A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
  • Enthusiasm for students to pursue their passions, talents, and interests, both in and out of the traditional classroom
  • A vision that is aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty and staff
  • A passion for building community and facilitating adult learning


For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions: