Employer Profile: FutureMakers, Baltimore, MD

Future Makers

FutureMakers is seeking Support Coaches, Lead Coaches and a Office Intern.

www.kidsmakethingsbetter.com/

FutureMakers is the mobile makerspace for grade and middle school students in the counties surrounding Baltimore and Washington, D.C. FutureMakers ignite curiosity and build skills among young makers – hands-on problem solvers who tinker, build and thoughtfully play – using traditional tools and cutting-edge technologies. Developed by a team of educators and makers, FutureMakers brings maker education to public, private, homeschool and out-of-school time learning centers across the region. Kids need tools, not just toys.

Maker Educator – Support Coach
Part Time

FutureMakers is a growing team of maker education coaches – makers who teach, and teachers who make – with active practices as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, and exceptional educators. They partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area to provide immersive,  K – 8 learning labs where young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and technologies, in material-rich environments. FutureMakers’ in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences connect young makers and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators. Coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

Levels Taught: K – 8th grades, in and out of school time settings in schools and community centers.

Class size: Minimum 10, Maximum 25.

Instructional Team: FutureMakers Support Coaches work alongside experienced lead coaches at sites that have larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. On site, you report to the partner site manager. You are expected to communicate effectively with your lead coaching partner and partner site staff, FutureMakers admin, and the students you facilitate, using their feedback to guide the quality and improvements of your workshop.

Offices are located in the Motor House on North Ave in Baltimore City, but all programs take place in sites across two states and the District of Columbia. FutureMakers is seeking Support Coaches to work alongside their experienced Lead Coaches who are interested in being part of an exciting and diverse community of coaches as they grow their presence in greater Baltimore.

Class Schedules: Programs take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites.  The majority of the programs take place in the after-school hours of 3:00 – 7:00 PM, but some take place during school days, or on weekend days. Schedules are set by your availability, in advance, and are fixed. There are substantial opportunities, for those that are interested, to work throughout the school year and during the Summer, working between 10-40 hours a week.

Compensation: Support Coaches earn $15 per hour with opportunities to grow within the role to become Lead Coaches.

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Readiness to apply your skills as a Youth Developer to support the implementation of Maker Education workshops alongside a Lead Coach. Workshops include digital fabrication, product design, basic electronics, traditional woodworking, manufacturing technology, soft circuits and sculpture, sewing, physical computing and a range of tinkering and experimental programs.
  • Must be adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in informal settings.
  • Ability to assess your progress and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a co-facilitator.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed in advance).

Candidate requirements:

  • Cover letter stating what makes you a highly qualified candidate.
  • 1+ years of in-classroom or community instructional / coaching experience, education students encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with elementary and / or middle school student needs and interests./li>
  • Experience as a maker in a variety of media – a huge plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – with youth, peers, supervisors and parents.

Maker Educator – Lead Coach
Part Time

FutureMakers is seeking Lead Coaches – youth development experts with experience as designers, tinkerers, artists, technologists, or makers. FutureMakers coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

They partner with organizations and schools throughout the DC, MD, VA area to provide immersive,  K – 8 learning labs where young makers play, experiment, and innovate with real tools and technologies, in material-rich environments. FutureMakers’ in- and out-of-school-time learning experiences connect young makers and visiting experts, inspiring young people to see themselves as innovators. Coaches use their passions and expertise to design and build original workshops for diverse and varying communities, facilitating innovative, safe and active maker spaces for young people.

FutureMakers’ is  seeking makers and youth development specialists who consider themselves experts in technologies, fabrication traditions, STEAM and  maker education, and are ready to grow unique learning experiences that will change how a young person sees themselves in the world!

Levels Taught: K – 8th grades, in- or out-of-school time settings.

Class size: Minimum 10, maximum 25.
Instructional Role: You’ll lead the creation of unique workshop plans based on a theme, which develop and evolve throughout the workshop duration. Although many partner sites are facilitated by single coaches, FutureMakers coaches often work with a Support Coach at sites with larger teams of young makers, or have specifically requested multiple experts on site. Together, you will plan, instruct, and assess your project’s progress. On site, you report to the partner site manager.

Class Schedules: Programs take place in community centers, libraries, schools and community sites.  The majority of the programs take place in the after-school hours of 2:30 – 6:00 PM, but some take place during school days, or on weekend days.  Schedules are set by your availability, in advance, and are fixed. Highly eligible coaches will have the opportunity to teach in the immersion labs, an in-school program that pairs maker educators with public school teachers.

Position Type: Part-time; up to 5 to 15 Program Hours per week, depending on experience

Compensation: Coaches earn $40 to $50 per Program Hour, based on experience, with opportunities to grow within the role. The Program Hour Rate is compensation for all planning, preparation, and management required to successfully run your program and also your attendance at meetings. Program Hours are defined as any time spent in direct instruction for a program. Flexible schedules are available, and all team members choose coaching opportunities that fit their schedule and areas of expertise.  All training and ongoing professional development is covered by FuturerMakers.  Paid travel is available for locations more than 30 miles from your home region.

Job Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Readiness to apply your skills as a Maker-Educator to plan, prep, and present workshops that include digital fabrication, product design, basic electronics, traditional woodworking, manufacturing technology, soft circuits and sculpture, sewing, physical computing and a range of tinkering and experimental programs. Please visit FutureMakers website for examples of current workshops.
  • Adaptable, flexible, and enthusiastic while interacting with groups of elementary and middle school students in informal settings.
  • Ability to assess your progress and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a Support Coach
  • Daily and semimonthly check-ins and one-page progress reports for each program you lead.
  • Reliable personal transportation to DC, MD and VA locations – the majority of sites are not accessible by public transportation.
  • Pack and transport supplies to partner sites. Organize and request workshop-specific material needs
  • Afternoon availability, on school days and some weekends (all scheduling is agreed far in advance).

Candidate requirements:

  • 2+ years of in-classroom or community instructional / coaching experience, education students encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with elementary and / or middle school student developmental needs and interests.
  • Experience as a maker in a variety of media – a huge plus.
  • Description or images of your skills as a maker.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – with youth, peers, supervisors and parents.
  • Willingness to pack and transport supplies to partner sites. Attention to details and organization in requesting and planning for material needs.
  • References that tell your story as a teacher / maker – your students, supervisors or other instructors.

Office Intern
FutureMakers is offering an internship to a visual or performing arts student looking to gain exposure to the business of art and maker education. They’re hoping to hire a student that can assist with office duties (communicating with partners, collecting syllabi and newsletters, maintaining supplies) for 5 to 10 hours a week at the North Avenue location.

**This position does not qualify for MICA course credit**

For those interested in this position, please reach out to clarkson@kidsmakethingsbetter.com with your resume and cover letter.