SEEKING EDUCATION/PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

EDUCATION/PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

Engine’s Education/Programming Coordinator strategizes, develops and delivers innovative programs that provide youth support in S.T.E.A.M., reaches out to underserved audiences, increases awareness, excitement and interest in learners of all ages and advances Engine’s commitment to rigor, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Engine creates collaborative pathways between other educational institutions, the homeschool and alternative education community, and non-profits that serve youth. The Education/Programming Coordinator seeks to develop initiatives to create a continuum of sustainable programs that integrate best practices, develops local and national partnerships, and leverages opportunities to pursue funding.

Function: Oversee the implementation and growth of the S.T.E.A.M. youth education program, including both the Compass Project and Engine’s maker space, Maine FabLab. The Education/Programming Coordinator will be responsible for developing and delivering innovative maker programming, and sourcing/supervising/training any teaching artists or makers.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Engine staff and outside partners to create maker related programming and develop Engine’s programs as a resource for out-of-school S.T.E.A.M. learning.
  • Coordinate all aspects of workshops and programs including development, implementation and training staff and after school and summer programs.
  • Supervise, train and schedule teaching artists/makers to assist in the facilitation of programs.
  • Assist in maintaining budgets, reports, and statistics that correspond to Engine’s programs and attend meetings and conferences to increase public awareness of Engine’s programs.
  • Research, develop and prototype innovative maker activities and maintain all program materials, tools and equipment including hardware and software.
  • Staff Engine’s gallery and maker space as needed.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: BA/M. Ed/MAT or equivalent degree in appropriate field. Candidates without a degree but with extensive relevant field experience will be considered.

Experience: A minimum of 2 years experience working in a formal or informal educational setting in a managerial role.

Required: Computer aptitude both Mac and PC platforms. Knowledge of Google Drive file management.

Knowledge:       

  • Understanding and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Engine.
  • Experience with project-based learning and curriculum development.
  • Passion and knowledge about the maker culture, fablabs, and use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning. Experience developing innovative and novel content for informal settings.
  • An experienced practitioner and mentor in the making processes.
  • Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective programming.
  • An effective collaborator, coordinator, team builder, and mentor and who is skilled at leveraging the talents of others and solving problems.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications and capacity to use social media.
  • A maker space, FabLab, science center or children’s museum background is a plus.
  • Experience with curriculum development and Maine’s public school system is preferred.
  • Comfortable with a hands on approach, particularly an ability to improvise with audiences of varied ages, the use of hand tools, electronics, computer software, hardware and various other technologies
  • Interest/abilities in physical computing, open source hardware and software, video and audio production, and desktop fabrication.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education, skills, and experience. Approximately a 20 hour a week position to start with potential for full-time employment as program grows and funding allows.

HOURS: This is an on-site position, ideally 1pm-6pm Tues-Fri with some evenings/weekends necessary.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements via email to director@feedtheengine.org. No calls please. Please include job title in subject line.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

Targeted Start Date: October 1, 2016

Engine, Inc. supports diversity in the workplace. Engine, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.

ENGINE BACKGROUND: Founded in 2010, Engine is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission, “To foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.”

Engine does this by operating a contemporary art gallery, retail venue, a maker space, and a digital fabrication facility, the Maine FabLab. Our programs include summer and after school arts and design activities, and operating the Compass Project, a boatbuilding program for youth. Engine is the only art and design focused organization in Biddeford, and southern Maine, that is focusing on the A/D in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts/design, math) in supporting youth in developing skills and discovering career paths in the visual arts and applied arts fields, such as illustration, graphic design, animation, programming, 3D design, digital fabrication, woodworking, boatbuilding, and precision machining. Engine exhibits work of emerging and mid-career artists, providing opportunities for professional development of artists as well. Engine programs music, film, and community events. Engine’s Marble Block, a 20,000 square foot historic building donated to the organization in 2011, will eventually house our maker space and gallery, along with a 150-seat performance hall.

Since our founding in 2010, Engine has earned a statewide reputation as an alternative art space and leader in the makerspace/digital fabrication arena with the Maine FabLab. Engine is provider of teaching artist professional development, maker space resources, project-based activities, and out-of-school programming.

Engine currently has one full-time director and two part-time program staff dedicated to the Compass Project.

Social media sites:

ENGINE FACEBOOK

COMPASS PROJECT FACEBOOK

MAINE FABLAB FACEBOOK

A helpful link: The Fab Foundation

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