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Employment Opportunity

PVD Young Makers x FabNewport
Makerspace/ Youth Development Coach
 

Position Title: Makerspace/Youth Development Coach

PVD Young Makers seeks an energetic, community-minded person to work with youth in the Providence Community Libraries. This person will work with a team including full-time staff, teen interns and librarians supporting youth in developing their creative interests. This person should be excited about inspiring youth to pursue their lives as curiosity-driven adventures.
Ideal candidates are life-long learners, entrepreneurial, and eager to catalyze change.

PVD Young Makers supports students in part by providing access to technologies in a variety of areas including 2D and 3D design, coding, running small machines such as 3D printers and vinyl cutters. We are willing to train a person committed to supporting youth and growing a community of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists.

PVD Young Makers is a City of Providence funded initiative, involved with the Department of Arts, Culture, & Tourism, that started in 2018 to provide youth with access to 21st Century tools and technology. Programming runs in all Providence public libraries. Learning pathways are student-centered and self-driven. Students earn badges and are encouraged to make a
community impact.

Our Mission: To inspire the maker in all of us.

Our Vision: For all students to have the skills, confidence and commitment to positively impact their communities and make their lives.

Qualifications:

Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Passion for working with urban youth & community
  • Experience and passion for making

Preferred:

  • Interest in transforming the learning landscape through relationship building, making and community connecting. Active member of the Providence community.
    Spanish-speaking is a plus.

Site location for member placement:

In-person

  • Providence Community Libraries as assigned- 9 neighborhood locations
  • Providence Public Library – 150 Empire St. Providence, RI 02903

Virtual

  • At times we meet virtually with the rest of the team for curriculum planning and development
  • Virtual meetings with community partners

Responsibilities associated with this position include:

  • Executing partner based and library STEAM based programming for PVD Young Makers
  • Providing support for librarians and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
  • Creating safe physical and emotional spaces for students to explore and develop innovative learning opportunities as well as grow Agency, Identity & Competencies
  • Supporting our mission toward anti-racism, racial justice, equity, inclusion, access, and community collaboration
  • Growing relationships with our staff, students and potential community partners Documenting growth & success of our programs (data will consist of qualitative project examples and feedback from instructors, students, and families, as well as quantitative numbers ie. students served, events held)
  • Creating content, posting, engaging, and growing PVDYM’s social media presence with a team of interns and PVDYM staff.
  • Exploring additional skill sets through professional development and training with our staff

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have varied professional experience in art, design, entrepreneurship, teaching, mentoring, or community engagement
  • Demonstrate perseverance, resilience, and comfort with ambiguity
  • Enjoy spending time with 10-18+ year olds
  • Be flexible and willing to explore design process / multiple iterations of projects
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the educational and social development of middle & high school students
  • Exhibit a passion for developing, implementing and improving curricula that is informed by best practices and cultural relevance
  • Have prior knowledge or demonstrable willingness to utilize materials like wood, cardboard, styrofoam, paper mache, metal, hard tech (machines), programming, etc.
  • Interest in identifying students’ passions in order to help them engage in opportunities to further grow their skills
  • Be active in seeking and creating connections and partnerships in Providence and Rhode Island

On-the-job training opportunities:

  • Gaining proficiency in one or more of the following: 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, heat presses, sewing machines, coding, and Dash Robots
  • Assisting with collecting and maintaining attendance and program outcomes
  • Promoting PVD Young Makers programs and successes in and out of the library setting
  • Mentoring small groups of 3-10 students at a time
  • Addressing individual and group needs

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Interested?

Send your resume and cover letter to:
Rachel Dewey, Deputy Director
rachel@fabnewport.org