The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Robotics Coach will lead a team of students in the FIRST Tech Challenge this year. They will develop a cohesive team of learners and facilitate practices and activities to prepare students for district, regional and other robotics competitions..
Position Responsibilities Include:
· Organize and monitor the 2019-2020 FTC robotics team.
· Aid with design and construction of the robot.
· Advise students on the safe use of tools and safety procedures.
· Guide students through a collaborative process of design, testing and iteration.
· Analyze and evaluate prototypes and robotic systems.
· Provide technical support to the team throughout the design, build and test phases, and competition season.
· Perform research into the design, operation and performance of robotic mechanism components, or systems.
· Act as liaison between team members, mentors, parents and volunteers; communicate expectations to parents and students in terms of their commitment to the team, 4 – 6 hours per week to prepare for team meetings, coordinating help, maintaining equipment, communicating with your sponsoring organization, purchasing supplies, registering for competitions, creating schedules and team building.
· Use guidelines from team brainstorming to build a robot that can accomplish the team’s desired missions
· Access partnerships with business/community to garner mentors and funding opportunities.
· Nurture a sense of ownership among team members for their team’s robot, project, and core values.
· The team meets 2-3 times a week during the FIRST FTC Season (September-December for official events; January-April commitment is based on advancement through competitions).
· Practices run from 3:45-5:45 on two weekdays and 1-2 Saturdays a month.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
Display kindness, patience, and professionalism
Experience with mentoring or coaching students
Ability to communicate at an above-average level in both written and verbal form.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, parents and colleagues.
· Experience leading a competitive FIRST FTC team or an equivalent robotics program.
· History of leadership with robotics team budgeting, fundraising, and purchasing.
· Experience in one or more of the following technical areas is also highly desirable:
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.