Lead Teacher

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Part time

Hourly Rate: $15 (Lead Teacher)

Lead Teacher Job Responsibilities:

Assemble Teachers are responsible for delivering engaging 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 organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission and vision.

To Apply:​ Interested applicants should submit a resume, 3 references including your most recent supervisor, copies of required clearances, salary requirements (as outlined above), and a letter of interest to jobs@assemblepgh.org by 11:59pm, EST July 21, 2017. References will be called. No phone calls, please, just emails​.

Job Duties and Expectations:

  • Facilitates the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) activities and lesson plans during regularly-scheduled program workshops
  • Writes and/or adapts workshop curriculum using existing best practices in STEAM and “Maker” education
  • Facilitates bi-weekly teaching team meeting and ensures ongoing collaboration with teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues at hand
  • Coordinates with the PPM regarding use of available materials at Assemble and digitally submits material requests
  • Fills out and submits weekly workshop debrief form with teaching team to reflect on and improve program
  • Collects and delivers 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 digital evaluation form is administered to individual students at each workshop
  • Attends all mandatory professional development (PD) sessions and monthly all-teacher meetings
  • Maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary set up and cleanup related to the program
  • Works with PPM to plan and facilitate at least one special project, event, or field trip per school year
  • Works with PPM to coordinate at least one Guest Maker-led workshop per semester
  • Manages classroom behavior while promoting a positive learning environment
  • Remains aware of program  timeline and adheres to established timeline
  • Maintains professional interaction with 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, explores new opportunities, and expands organizational capacity

Reporting Structure:

Assemble Teachers report to and are evaluated by the Platform Program Manager.

Job Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge is required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and or equivalent work experience in an out of school or educational setting
  • Effective mediation skills
  • Commitment to anti-oppression work
  • Attentive to culturally relevant pedagogy and restorative justice methods
  • Must have valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation
  • Must have current clearances for PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record, FBI PA Department of Education Clearance, and Mandated Reporter Certificate
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able to adapt to a flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Competent with Microsoft Office Suite, ChromeBooks, Email, Google Drive, Google Documents
  • Excellent written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Significant analytical ability and high degree of attention to detail are necessary as well as an understanding of process-based projects
  • Ability and skills to code switch to communicate with a range of people from Children, Teens, Parents, peer Assemble Teachers, and School Teachers
  • Experience with PPS youth and comfortable working with non-dominant youth.
  • Working knowledge of youth oriented programming language (e.g. scratch, minecraft, etc.), robotics, microcontrollers, rapid prototype methods like laser cutter and 3d printers, in a learning environment is preferred
  • STEAM education enthusiasm and knowledge

Teaching Apprentice

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Part time

Hourly Rate: $10

Teaching Apprentices advance Assemble’s Mission and Vision by meeting the fulfilling the following responsibilities, deliverables and requirements. Apprentices’ principal contact is the Platform Program Manager (PPM), to whom they submit any invoices, and any questions or concerns that may arise.

To Apply:​ Interested applicants should submit a resume, 3 references including your most recent supervisor, copies of required clearances, salary requirements (as outlined above), and a letter of interest to jobs@assemblepgh.org by 11:59pm, EST July 21, 2017. References will be called. No phone calls, please, just emails​.

Responsibilities:

  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Assists in facilitating the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) activities and lesson plans developed by Lead Teacher
  • Collaborates and contributes to the teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues at hand
  • Attends bi-weekly teaching team meetings to become familiar with upcoming curriculum
  • Helps to maintain a record of any necessary permission forms and contact information required for program participants
  • Facilitates the completion of digital student evaluation forms at each workshop
  • Meets with teaching team to fill out weekly digital debrief form
  • Assists individual students with projects as needed
  • Attends all mandatory professional development trainings and monthly all-teacher meetings
  • Assists Lead Teacher with classroom management as needed
  • Maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary set up and clean up related to the program
  • Maintains professional interaction with makers, students, on site contacts, parents and other points of contact necessary to conduct program
  • Promotes a positive learning environment
  • Remains aware of program schedules and any changes to them
  • Serves as a role model for program participants
  • Uses existing best practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) and “Maker” education to enhance educational experiences

Requirements:

  • Ability to appropriate curriculum from past lessons
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Attentive to culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Engineering, Technology, Education or a related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience with Google Drive and Docs
  • Experience working with Pittsburgh Public School students and/or diverse populations
  • First Aid/ CPR certification preferred
  • Good communication skills—verbal and  written
  • Interest in experiential learning and 21st century learning skills
  • Obtained Act 33/34 and FBI Clearances, dated within the past two years
  • Mandated Reporter Certificate
  • Reliable transportation to and from Assemble
  • STEM/STEAM education enthusiasm and knowledge
  • Valid driver’s license/ form of photo ID

About Us

Assemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering learning and creativity. Assemble envisions diverse neighborhoods of empowered people who create, connect, learn, and transform together. We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners  both in our space at 4824 Penn Ave and beyond.

Assemble is a platform that elevates ideas, activities, and relationships that build agency of the individual and empowers relationships that build a community.  Our platform is exciting, can change one’s disposition, encourages creativity, and removes barriers. It provides choices to construct a better future for oneself and invites engagement of learners of all ages, from little people (kids, teens) to big kids (young adults, grown ups). We accomplish this with creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) disciplines and learning opportunities to build valuable 21st century skills. We encourage creative problem solving and critical thinking skills through the tangible application of concepts, a hands-on participatory environment, and interdisciplinary engagement. Our culture of open-ended experimentation celebrates both successes and failures as opportunities to learn, grow, and try again.

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.