The Director of Making and Engineering at Castilleja is a committed educator with a passion for maker education, design thinking, and engineering who is responsible for the school’s making and engineering program and associated maker spaces, including the Bourn Idea Lab and Middle School Tinkering Nook. S/he has exceptional program management skills, the capacity to imagine and implement curriculum, and a deep interest in the power of making and hands-on learning to build student agency. The ideal candidate is one who embraces ambiguity and thrives when working at the intersection of creative thinking, collaboration, and innovation.
As Director, s/he is well-versed in articulating the vision for the program and its philosophy to a wide variety of audiences and constantly works to align programming to strategic goals. S/he develops and teaches making electives and engineering courses in both the middle school and high school levels, researches and implements opportunities for students to participate in hands-on projects, as well as consults and collaborates with colleagues in other disciplines to create interdisciplinary curriculum threads across the middle and upper school. The Director also serves as the faculty advisor for our high school FIRST Robotics team, designs professional development opportunities, and advocates for the program both internally and externally.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching and Curriculum Development
Work with teachers across all curriculum areas and grade levels to design project-based learning opportunities for students that can be integrated into core classes, flexible learning periods, and other venues
Design, develop, and teach courses offered in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, senior mini-courses, and support upper school students in Independent Study projects
Coordinate making, engineering and design curriculum development and education in both the middle and upper school
Create a framework for offering middle school courses, units, or interdisciplinary projects incorporating making, design, and engineering concepts that will build an audience for the upper school course offerings
Continue work on the school’s Making and Engineering Curriculum Framework in collaboration with stakeholders
Collaborate with Castilleja’s Institutional Researcher to create and design tools and best practices for assessment of hands-on learning
Oversee Castilleja’s middle school and upper school robotics programs
Serve as the faculty advisor for upper school FIRST Robotics team, which involves meeting regularly with student leads, managing and recruiting team coaches and volunteer mentors, working with the team to organize logistics such as purchasing, budgeting, travel, shipping, etc.
Travel with and support robotics team during both out-of-town and in-town competitions
Keep abreast of team progress via the team’s internal communication channels (currently Slack) and check-in regularly with both student leads and adult mentors/coaches
Collaborate with team coaches and mentors to keep the team on schedule to meet various deadlines
Advocate for the team within the broader context of the school and local community
Support the team in their fundraising efforts including partnering with Castilleja’s Advancement Team to seek out new corporate sponsors
Serve as the liaison between the school community and the team, including ensuring that team is following all safety procedures, after-hours access policies, etc.
Program and Lab Management
Oversee the daily functioning of the Bourn Idea Lab and Tinkering Nook, including workflows, scheduling, inventory, purchasing, budgeting, safety policies, equipment maintenance/repairs, and maintaining a consistent lab presence during school hours
Manage the Bourn Lab/Tinkering Nook team, including lab volunteers and student assistants
Develop relationships with other partners to enhance the making, design, and engineering program at Castilleja
Educate students and faculty on the use of design thinking and problem solving
Promote the lab and its use through the school’s various communication channels, including website, social media, etc.
Collaborate with other Program Directors and Leadership Team to ensure alignment of program with Castilleja’s overall mission and strategic goals
Research and communicate external design and engineering opportunities, such as summer programs and internships, to Castilleja students
Professional Development and Outreach
Design and run workshops for teachers internally at Castilleja at various times during the school year, such as Opening Week, faculty meetings, year end Summer Institute
Coordinate and direct the Bourn Teacher Fellows program, a year-long professional development fellowship for Castilleja teachers
Host external visitors for tours to share our program and best practices
Research external professional development opportunities related to making, design thinking, and/or STEM education, and publicize these opportunities to Castilleja faculty
Organize and plan the annual Design, Do, Discover summer institute, in partnership with Marymount School of New York (hosted in Palo Alto and NYC in alternate years)
Represent Castilleja at relevant conferences and events, e.g. Maker Faire, FabLearn
Other Faculty Duties
Attend weekly faculty meetings
Serve as a member of Curriculum Council
Participate in Program Directors’ meetings to coordinate alignment between programs
Represent the Program at internal events, such as Admissions Open Houses, Back to School Night, etc.
Serve as faculty advisor for ACE Orgs hosted in the Bourn Lab
Opportunity to serve as a grade-level advisor
Other duties as assigned
BA/BS and/or industry experience in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or other related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred
Passion for maker education and working with youth in both formal classroom as well as informal co-curricular settings
Prior teaching experience, either in or outside of classrooms
Strong communication skills and ability to speak to a wide variety of audiences, from students to parents to fellow educators
Collaborative and enjoys working in a team-based environment
Extremely organized and detail-oriented
Commitment to ongoing professional development and ability to model lifelong learning for, and sometimes in front of, students
Experience with digital fabrication technology and/or shop tools is a bonus
Resilient, flexible, tech-savvy, and creative
Position will involve some evening/weekend hours and (infrequent) travel
Director position with attractive compensation
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Castilleja School is a non-sectarian independent college preparatory school for young women located in the San Francisco Bay Area near Stanford University and in the heart of Silicon Valley. Founded in 1907 by Stanford graduate Mary Ishbel Lockey, the school has an enrollment of girls in grades six through twelve, and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Castilleja educates young women by fostering their intellectual, physical, creative, and emotional growth through an exemplary college preparatory experience within a diverse and supportive community.