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Assemble’s Studio Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing Assemble space rentals, birthday parties, Make N Takes, materials, and equipment. This person will collaborate with fellow Assemble teachers to deliver programming and lessons. They are the backbone of success for their Assemble programs. These programs are also revenue generators for Assemble and require excellent customer service skills.
In addition to Coordinator duties, this role serves as an Assemble Teacher, responsible for planning and delivering STEAM-based programs. They actively engage to build a culture of making and inquiry. They work with and report back to the Platform Program Manager (PPM) on Assemble’s current program offerings, to explore new program opportunities, and to help expand the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission and vision. They also are expected to work collaboratively with all staff as needed and are representatives of Assemble.
The Studio Coordinator and Teacher reports to and is evaluated by the PPM.
- Birthday Parties – Two hour Sunday programs for youth ages 4-14. These involve at least two making projects based on a STEAM theme.
- Space Rentals – Paid space rentals for our 4824 Penn Avenue location.
- Materials and Equipment – Consumable supplies and reusable equipment that Assemble has for programming. Equipment includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, Ipads, and other electronics. Materials include recycled materials, science and art supplies, and small electronics.
- Make N Takes – Hands-on STEAM activities that last 5-10 minutes. Typically occur off-site, as part of larger events hosted by other organizations. Most Make-N-Takes occur on weekends.
- Corporate Events – Paid, hands-on team-building workshops for local corporations and groups.
Job Duties and Expectations
- 15% – Coordinate Assemble’s Birthday Parties: Respond in a timely manner to parents and guardians to book birthday parties; responsible for planning, coordinating, and leading of all birthday party STEAM activities; remixes, writes, and develops birthday party projects and lesson plans; responsible for all material requests for events, including the assembling of party favor bags; leads the designing of goals and logistics for the birthday parties, working with Marketing and Development Manager for birthday party marketing; attends coordinator meetings; documents birthday parties through photos and collection of numbers served; sends follow-up and experience surveys to parents/guardians after the party; answers the phone; meets and collaborates with teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues to PPM.
- 5% – Coordinate Assemble’s Space Rentals: Acts as point person for all space rentals as well as opening and closing the space; responsible for booking all space rentals in Assemble’s space; responsible for collecting attendance when applicable; maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary set-up and clean-up related to the rentals; ensures guests understand Assemble’s peanut-free and other relevant policies.
- 15% – Coordinate Assemble’s Make-N-Takes: Acts as point person for all Make-N-Takes; responsible for leading and delivering Make-N-Takes as well as coordinating with fellow staff members; develops STEAM hands-on activities for Make-N-Takes; works with Marketing and Development Manager on all outreach materials and needs for the Make-N-Takes.
- 15% – Coordinate Assemble’s Materials and Equipment: Responsible for maintaining all materials, equipment, and updates in Assemble’s space; develops trainings for staff to use equipment; makes recommendations for equipment purchasing and updates; coordinates materials request form with other teachers; coordinates and maintains inventory for materials; works with PPM on buying materials and equipment for programs.
- 50% – Teaching: Facilitates the delivery of STEAM activities and lesson plans during regularly-scheduled program workshops and summer camps; writes and/or adapts workshop curriculum using existing best practices in STEAM and Maker education; attends and participates in teaching team meetings and ensures ongoing collaboration with the teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues to the PPM; coordinates with the PPM regarding the use of available materials at Assemble and digitally submits material requests in advance of specified program workshops or summer camps; meets and collaborates with teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues to the PPM; fills out and submits weekly workshop debrief form with the teaching team to reflect on and improve program; collects and distributes any necessary permission forms and contact information required for program participants and immediately informs the PPM of any changes; records and reports student attendance; ensures that all evaluation forms are administered to individual students at each workshop or camp, including photo documentation and other qualitative data; attends all mandatory training, professional development sessions, and all-teacher meetings; maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary set-up and clean-up related to the program; works with PPM to coordinate at least one Guest Maker-led workshop for programs; manages classroom behavior while promoting a positive and welcoming learning environment; maintains professional interaction with makers, students, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact necessary to conduct program; remains aware of program timeline and adheres to the established timeline; maintains professional interaction with co-workers, makers, students, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact necessary to conduct program; adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally; carries out other duties as needed in order to sustain programs and assist co-workers; adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally.
- Must have excellent customer service abilities, including in-person, digital, and over the phone
- Must be organized
- Must be comfortable in presenting in front of others, from children to adults
- Strong desire and ability to learn and share knowledge is required
- Must have a valid driver’s license or ID
- Have a car and be willing to drive teaching team members is preferred
- Must have current clearances for PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record, FBI PA Department of Education Clearance, and Mandated Reporter Certificate
- Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or equivalent work experience in an out-of-school or educational setting
- Competent with Email, Google Drive, and Google Documents
- Excellent and effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills.
- Lesson plan and curriculum writing experience preferred
- Attentive to detail as to uphold the quality and goals set for Assemble’s program
- Ability to communicate with a range of people from children, teens, parents, peer Assemble Teachers, Assemble managers, and other summer camp provider liaisons
- Effective mediation skills and ability to work through conflict
- Strong collaboration skills and must be reliable
- Commitment to anti-oppression work
- Background and comfort working with youth of diverse identities and experiences
- Experience with STEAM or Maker Education education preferred, both low and high-tech
- Attentive to culturally relevant pedagogy and restorative justice methods
- Attentive to detail as to uphold the quality, and goals set for Assemble programs
- Must be able to adapt to flexible work hours and the environment with evolving program priorities
- Working knowledge and interest in youth-oriented computer programming language (e.g. scratch, Minecraft, etc.), robotics, VR, AR, AI, microcontrollers (Makey Makey), rapid prototype methods like the laser cutter and 3d printers, in a learning environment is preferred
Assemble, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Assemble expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Assemble’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.