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Robotics Coach

Position Type Coach
Start 10/11/2021
School Name University Prep
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 10/08/2021

Open Position: Robotics Coach

Reports to: Director of Middle School

FTE: Part-Time, Academic Year, 4 Days/Week, 2 Hours/Day

FLSA: Exempt

Supervises: N/A

Salary: $6,000 - $9,000, Depending on Experience

University Prep is seeking a talented, engaging and compassionate Robotics Coach to help us advance our vision of being an inclusive community of learners that provides an outstanding education for each individual in a diverse student population. We are looking for an individual committed to the academic, social and emotional needs and fluctuations of middle and upper school students; someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team. We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching robotics and who is passionate about teaching to middle and upper school students and enhancing student life. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, coordinates Middle School and Upper School Robotics programs, particularly organizing student teams to build and test robots to compete in VEX Robotics events. Creates a welcoming, inclusive environment for students from a variety of backgrounds and prior experience to engage in collaborative design and problem-solving.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervises and advises multiple Middle School and Upper School robotics teams
  • Orders and manages equipment to support robot designs
  • Takes teams to VEX competitions, typically on selected weekends from October through March
  • Supervises after-school development and practice schedule, typically 4 days per week from 3:00 – 5:00
  • Keeps the Makerspace organized and orderly
  • Keeps robotics programs visible in the school through announcements, posters, and social media
  • Communicates with team members and families in a clear and timely way about schedules
  • Develops student leadership within a team context
  • Works with the Transportation Coordinator to schedule a bus for competitions
  • Includes family volunteers to support teams as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • 2+ years of experience in school or youth environment

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with physical computing principles sufficient to advise students, not necessarily expert
  • Ability to review and understand VEX challenges and explain them to students
  • Ability to work with beginner and expert students alike
  • Skills of sustaining student motivation and engagement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with students, staff, faculty, coaches, and parents
  • Understanding of and commitment to the school mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Flexibility, maturity and a sense of humor
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to travel locally

If this sounds like you, please click on the link below, fill out the Apply Now section, and complete our online employment application.


Thank you for your interest in this position and in University Prep.

Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.


This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position.

It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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