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Decatur Makers Is Hiring: Community Education Manager

UPDATE as of Oct 25, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Morrison has accepted the position! We have changed the title to Manager of Youth Programming and Outreach.

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Sept 3, 2021

Join us to share the inspiring benefits of making that can change the lives of youth, creating the problem-solvers of tomorrow!

We are currently accepting applications: Community Education Manager

Applications: Reviews begin Sept 10 and remains open until filled

Please send resumes, references, and cover letters to Irm Diorio, Executive Director, at irm@decaturmakers.org

 

About the Position

Decatur Makers Community Education Manager

SALARY: $37K – $42K depending on experience

HOURS: Full-Time Position; 40 hours per week, including after-school, evening and weekend work.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: Start date Oct 1, 2021

LOCATION: 605 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030

Organization:

Decatur Maker is a welcoming, all-ages non-profit makerspace with a mission of empowering a community of creatives, builders and learners. 

Founded in 2013, Decatur Makers has grown into a valuable resource that directly addresses educational needs, builds community, and fosters economic opportunities for people of all ages, skill sets, and backgrounds through our programs. They include a makerspace, classes and free events open to the public, youth and teacher maker education outreach, and building solutions for our community partners. In our 3,000 square foot space, we have a wood shop, metal shop, computer lab, electronics shop, arts & crafts area, 3D printers and more all under one roof where experts and novices of all ages get hands-on, celebrating and learning from mistakes, to build, innovate, and explore ideas.

As of early 2020 (pre-Covid), our membership had grown to over 400 paying members and our reach is so much more. Through all of our programs and our many partnerships with organizations in the community, Decatur Makers has positively impacted thousands of people of all-ages in the larger mero-Atlanta area. We need someone to help us strategically and sustainably grow our youth and teacher education programming.

 

Position Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Community Education Manager will be responsible for managing the strategic development and operational success of Decatur Makers maker education programs supporting youth and educators in the larger metro-Atlanta area. In this role, the Community Education Manager will ensure development, delivery, quality control and evaluation, and seamless volunteer management for all youth and educator programs. The Community Education Manager will be a key internal face with youth members of Decatur Makers and external face of Decatur Makers in the community supporting K12 maker education. There is the potential to grow this role to include additional community engagement. The job will require availability during weekday evenings, and weekends.  This position includes a basic individual membership to Decatur Makers.

 

Responsibilities:

Leadership:

  • Lead the development and implementation of quality maker-led K-12 youth and teacher education programs.
    • Define mission, goals, and assessments with all outreach programs
    • Design programming that aligns with our mission
  • Work with youth and teachers to identify goals and/or needs for making experiences
  • Manage documentation for community education programs
  • Manage risks and issues and take corrective measures to ensure success
  • Define, secure, and manage volunteers for youth and teacher education programs
  • Cultivate relationships with community educational organizations (ie/schools, libraries, non-profits) to grow our reach in the metro-Atlanta area and Georgia 
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the resources available to provide programming and community engagement opportunities

Curriculum Development:

  • Develop and implement unique and creative hands-on programming ideas 
  • Collaborate with our community in development of programming, leveraging the skills of makers as educator leads 
  • Maintain detailed documentation of all programs

Community Partnership Development:

  • Identify and create connections/partnerships within metro-Atlanta and Georgia to sustainably grow the impact of our maker education programming
  • Identify and create connections/partnerships within our larger community, (i.e. artists) that support the maker experiences of youth and educators
  • Generally contribute to the growth of our maker education ecosystem through strong ambassadorship within the community

Youth Engagement Development within our Makerspace:

  • Lead the cultivation, growth, and retention of youth members within our community
  • Create and develop a Youth Advisory Board to understand youth interests and needs
  • Develop and host quality youth programming experiences including monthly clubs, youth workshops, and in-space kits

Volunteer Management and Development for Education Programs:

  • Recruit and manage volunteers for youth and teacher education programming
  • Develop and implement training for volunteers working with youth and teachers
  • Work with education volunteers to ensure consistent, high-quality stakeholder evaluations

Assessment:

  • Research, develop and implement assessment of our community education programs to better understand our overall impact
  • Develop and implement a feed-back system for our stakeholders

Communications:

  • Develop a community education communications plan
  • Provide quality and timely communications with stakeholders
  • Communicate with a smile, respect, and professionalism at all times

 

Qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with maker education experience to grow our existing programs. The successful candidate will lead in the development and implementation of quality maker education programs for K12 youth and educators. They will partner with the ED and work collaboratively with our Makerspace Manager for the betterment of our overall non-profit organization.

 

Specific requirements include:

  • Demonstrated success in leading the development and implementation of impactful maker education programs
  • Strong project management skills managing multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth
  • Proven experience as a collaborative team-player
    • Enjoy working with youth
    • Ability to interact professionally and inclusively with a diverse community
  • Knowledgeable of/experience with some aspects of the making field
    • Willingness and interest in learning to use the equipment/tools we have available
    Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and problem-solving attitude at all times
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • Must be flexible and willing to adapt and adjust as needed in a changing, fast-paced environment
  • Be passionate about sharing the benefits of making with our community
  • Perform with a positive attitude


Job Type: Exempt, Full-time (40 hours per week) 

Salary range is $37,000 – $42,000, commensurate with experience; benefits include designated paid holidays and paid personal time off. Decatur Makers provides the opportunity to work within a vibrant community dedicated to creativity, building and transformation.

Decatur Makers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women and people of color.

Interested candidates should email a resume, references and cover letter to Irm Diorio, Executive Director, at irm@decaturmakers.org. Review of applications begins Sept 10 and remains open until filled.

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