Generocity Philadelphia Robotics Coalition, Inc. | Program Coordinator

job description

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is looking to hire a full-time Program Coordinator who will work with the Program Manager and other staff to provide training and support to robotics coaches and teams, and to support planning and l execution of robotics events.

Please review the application requirements in full. Applicants who do not submit all requested documents may not be considered.

ABOUT THE COALITION

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition’s vision is that every student in Philadelphia’s public schools will have access to a high-quality robotics program in their school or community. Our mission is to build an ecosystem that supports the next generation of STEM and community leaders through skills development, collaboration and mentorship. We seek to foster equity and diversity within STEM education.

Coalition robotics teams participate in the FIRST program (“For the inspiration and recognition of science and technology”), which is a global network with a progression of team-based robotics challenges. The interdisciplinary model of robotics combines computer programming, mechanical and electrical engineering and applied mathematics, as well as design and manufacturing. The team-based competitive approach develops students’ ability to problem-solve collaboratively, communicate effectively, and develop their leadership capacity. The combination of hard skills and life skills creates a learning environment that leads to success in college, career, and life.

The Coalition partners with underfunded Philadelphia public schools that otherwise could not afford robotics programs. Our core program helps schools start and maintain their own after-school robotics teams through administrative support, team funding, tools and supplies, coach training, and mentorship. The Coalition also welcomes FIRST competitions and events for the whole region. Coalition programs increase access for those historically excluded from the STEM pipeline, including low-income youth, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) youth, and women/girls.

The Coalition was started as a project by high school students in 2016 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2018. We have strong partnerships with the Philadelphia School District, Division of Philadelphia from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics, FIRST Mid-Atlantic, and many schools and organizations that make our programs possible. Learn more about roboticscoalition.org.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Program Coordinator reports to the Program Manager. The coordinator should work collaboratively with the program manager and other staff to:

  • Provide advice, guidance and information via email, phone or in person to coaches to promote team success.
  • Maintain regular communication with coaches to monitor and support team activities virtually and in person.
  • Participate in the planning and delivery of coach education.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of Coalition events.
  • Monitor team mentoring needs, mentor availability, and mentor engagement.
  • Maintain coach, participant and coalition databases
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset by creating a supportive, positive, highly collaborative work environment that is open to giving and receiving constructive feedback.

The role requires a commitment to community building and a passion for bringing ideas to life. Applicants should have experience in youth programs, STEM education, and/or Philadelphia public schools. Applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent computer skills, which includes knowledge of spreadsheets, Google Drive, etc., comfort and some experience working with students and adults from kindergarten to 12th grade. Experience with FIRST Technological challenge or FIRST LEGO League or similar robotics programs a plus. Post-secondary educational experience (diploma/s, courses, certificate program, etc.) is preferred. This position requires extensive weekend and evening work.

Starting salary is $40,000 to $45,000 per year, depending on experience, with PTO, flexible hours, and part-work-from-home opportunities. Benefits include health and disability insurance and a pension contribution of 7% of salary.

The position requires a presence in Philadelphia and the ability to travel around the city to visit schools. Permissions/background checks required, per Pennsylvania school laws. Estimated start date: December 5, 2022.

TO APPLY

To apply, please submit:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in this position and how it relates to your qualifications and experience
  • A CV
  • 3 references

By clicking on this link (preferred method). Applicants may also email their information to the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition Executive Director, Dr. Dia L. Jones, at [email protected] by November 25, 2022. No phone calls, please .

The Coalition is committed to building a diverse team that represents our participating students. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, women, LGTBQ people and other underrepresented communities. The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, disability, or identity of gender.

About Us

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition’s vision is that every student in Philadelphia’s public schools will have access to a high-quality robotics program in their school or community. Our mission is to build an ecosystem that supports the next generation of STEM and community leaders through skills development, collaboration and mentorship. We seek to foster equity and diversity within STEM education.

The Coalition’s robotics teams participate in the FIRST program (“For the inspiration and recognition of science and technology”), which is a global network with a progression of team-based robotics challenges. The interdisciplinary model of robotics combines computer programming, mechanical and electrical engineering and applied mathematics, as well as design and manufacturing. The team-based competitive approach develops students’ ability to problem-solve collaboratively, communicate effectively, and develop their leadership capacity. The combination of hard skills and life skills creates a learning environment that leads to success in college, career, and life.

The Coalition partners with underfunded Philadelphia public schools that otherwise could not afford robotics programs. Our core program helps schools start and maintain their own after-school robotics teams through administrative support, team funding, tools and supplies, coach training, and mentorship. The Coalition also welcomes FIRST competitions and events for the whole region. Coalition programs increase access for those historically excluded from the STEM pipeline, including low-income youth, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) youth, and women/girls.

The Coalition was started as a project by high school students in 2016 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2018. We have strong partnerships with the Philadelphia School District, Division of Philadelphia from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics, FIRST Mid-Atlantic, and many schools and organizations that make our programs possible. Learn more about roboticscoalition.org.

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