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Youth Makerspace Coach – S1

Community Libraries of Providence

Salary: $40,872 annually/$20.96 hourly

Hours: Full-time 37.50 hours per week

Grant Funded: February 2024 – June 30, 2024 (with possibility of extension)*

Posted: February 8, 2024

Deadline: Internal applications accepted through February 16. All other applications accepted until the position is filled.

*Please note that this is a grant-funded position. CLPVD received funding through the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism to provide this service. This position is not guaranteed to exist beyond that date.

CLPVD is looking to hire a grant-funded Youth Makerspace Coach to play a leading role in makerspace programming for children and teens across our nine-library system, with a particular focus on middle school students. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with youth of all ages and will be passionate about creating an atmosphere that inspires innovation and creativity.

Position Description:

The Youth Makerspace Coach plans and leads youth makerspace programs, serves as a mentor for high school interns facilitating regular makerspace studios at multiple locations, and collaborates with library staff on maker-related projects and training.  The Youth Makerspace Coach will report directly to the Makerspace Program Coordinator.

Across our library system, the makerspace set-up is unique at each location, ranging from dedicated studio rooms to pop-up stations.  Primary pieces of equipment include: sewing machines, vinyl cutters, heat presses, dye sublimation printers, textile tools, 3D printers, and laser cutters, as well as a variety of other art-making tools and supplies.  The person serving in this position will provide instruction on these tools and help inspire youth to apply these tools in creative ways.

This position is funded by the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism and will build off of the PVD Young Makers initiative, which began in 2018 as an investment in maker education for youth across the city.  This position will require regular communication and collaboration with library staff within the organization as well as with external community partners, including staff at Providence Public Library.  The Youth Makerspace Coach will be responsible for working with Youth Services Staff as well as the Makerspace Coordinator to collect relevant quantitative and qualitative data in order to report program results and impact to the City of Providence and other program funders and partners.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as a mentor for high school interns facilitating after-school makerspace studios for youth at multiple library locations throughout the week.
  • Observes, assesses, and enhances the flow of youth makerspace access, with a special emphasis on fostering a welcoming environment that inspires imagination, creativity, and collaboration among middle school youth.
  • Provides instruction on a variety of makerspace tools, including laser cutters, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, dye sublimation printers, heat presses, and 3D printers.
  • Provides guidance and builds resources for youth services library staff across the system’s nine locations to help inspire the incorporation of maker activities into library programming.
  • Schedules, plans, and facilitates makerspace lessons and presentations for K-12 students in the library, at schools, and/or at recreation centers or other youth serving organizations.
  • Incorporates learning goals that align with the Providence Public School District’s middle school STEAM standards and the State of Rhode Island’s Social Emotional Learning Standards.
  • Develops strategic collaborations with youth-serving organizations.
  • Assists in monitoring inventory of supplies and equipment maintenance needs, and makes recommendations for purchases.
  • Assists with planning and delivery of makerspace-related professional development for school librarians from Providence Public Schools. Collaboration with school librarians may also include curricular alignment and program coordination for students across the city.
  • Collects, analyzes, and reports relevant program data in quarterly narrative reports to the city as well as other outside grant funders.
  • Upgrades skills by attending workshops, team meetings, and round-tables within CLPVD and those sponsored by related organizations.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with children and teens.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver presentations that hold the interest of children and teens, especially middle school youth.
  • Proficiency and comfort with technology, including experience with one or more of the following tools: 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, heat presses, sewing machines, dye sublimation printing, and coding/robotics.
  • Familiarity with out-of-school time learning, the maker community, and hands-on learning.
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for engaging in an artistic practice.
  • Ability to use and problem-solve with computer-aided design softwares.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse patrons, including different ages, languages, and cultures.
  • Ability to travel to different library locations and to off-site locations, such as schools and community organizations.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.
  • Manual materials handling required, up to 25 lbs.

Experience and Training:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with experience in technology, art/design, or youth development. A minimum of one year of experience working with youth in an afterschool or library setting.

Submit resume, cover letter and three references to:

Maria Melvin, HR Manager at mmelvin@clpvd.org

EEOC Statement: Community Libraries of Providence is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.