JOB TITLE: Lead Instructor & Curriculum Specialist
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships
STATUS: Full-time, 3 Year Grant-Funded Position
Generator, Burlington, Vermont’s premier makers, is a combination of business incubator, artist studios and classroom at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We aim to provide the tools, expertise, education, and opportunity to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and bring ideas to fruition.
The Lead Instructor and Curriculum Specialist will further Generator’s current Workforce Development Programs and develop new programs in order to meet the needs of our community. The Specialist will design and deliver program curriculum, inclusive of assessment strategies to measure the success of our programming against recognized education standards and technical industry credentials. A successful candidate will lead and instruct the Design Lab and Digital Modeling & Fabrication Programs; provide administrative and specialized program leadership and support to advance our workforce initiatives; and contribute to the development of Generator’s credentialing program.
The Lead Instructor & Curriculum Specialist is responsible for providing skill training to middle school, high school, and adult learners. The Specialist should be passionate about engaging youth and adults in programs that explore technical skills and design methodologies for emerging innovation. A successful candidate will have experience with STEAM lesson design and hands-on learning methods. They will ensure that Generator’s programs not only serve, but create pathways to lifelong learning and equal opportunity for underserved communities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and deliver curriculum for Generator’s workforce development programs: Design Lab, Train-the-Teacher, Digital Modeling and Fabrication, Fabrication Internship Program.
- Design and implement relevant curriculum utilizing input from local employers that includes technical skills, transferable skills, and STEAM standards; enhance workforce pathways for both youth and adults.
- Establish and maintain a learning environment that promotes learner growth and skill mastery and ensures safety; this includes workplace safety as well as social-emotional safety that fosters a sense of belonging.
- Design and implement a system for tracking learning outcomes, evaluations, and analysis to grow Generator’s impact for serving our community, to ensure that we are serving underrepresented members of our community and meeting our students where they are at.
- Develop hands-on fabrication projects and curriculum for youth programming to meet both transferable and technical skills sought out by local employers and Vermont standards.
- Contribute to Generator educational programs by fostering a culture of safety and community; acknowledge the power of failing, iterating, problem solving; thinking critically and exploring; integrating the arts and the power of creativity; being fun, playful, and engaging.
- Support the development of credentialing programs by articulating the academic and technical competencies and contributing to the assessment process.
- Support Generator’s strategic planning, grant applications, and fundraising initiatives by identifying opportunities for growing Generator’s workforce development programs.
- Research and innovate; seek new paths in makerspace education; stay on the forefront of emerging technologies and transferable education.
- Grow with our Core Staff Team! Be part of our creative braintrust for Generator’s overall curriculum. Be prepared to make great things happen.
- Attend staff meetings.
- Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships and/or the Executive Director.
- 2+ years experience teaching middle and/or high school aged youth.
- 2+ years experience writing curriculum and/or developing hands-on project-based curriculum.
- Experience with digital modeling and fabrication processes using rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters & vinyl cutters, and CNC (computer numeric control) machines.
- Software experience and knowledge in CAD/CAM systems, for example: AutoDesk, Fusion 360, Solidworks, OnShape, MasterCam, NX, Rhino/Rhino CAM, Prusa Slicr, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Familiarity with Vermont’s Flexible Pathways Initiative, specifically student-centered learning approaches and work-based learning programs that enhance career development for students.
- Interest in being part of a makerspace community (shared collaborative workspace) grounded in interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, entrepreneurism, and emerging technology.
*Interested applicants are invited to send 1) resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) three references to Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships, Veronica Newton, at: [email protected]. Applications open until March 18th, 2022 or until the position has been filled. Please send pdf files titled using the following format: LastName.Resume.pdf
Generator is committed to building a community that is inclusive and represents a vibrant diversity of background, experience, perspective and thought. Candidates across all markers of identity (age, race, gender, ability, communication styles, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.