Robotics Program Coordinator

Washoe County School District - Reno, NV3.8

Full-time

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning & Reporting

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive, year-by-year, 5-year plan for the sustainable implementation of robotics programming across WCSD that ensures equitable access for all students.
  • Develops a data collection system that demonstrates student outcomes as a result of learning/participating in robotics education.
  • Implement processes and manages data to include collection, maintain required district and state records.
  • Performs annual program audits, as required, for compliance and improvement purposes.
  • Prepares and distributes monthly communication to stakeholders.
  • Prepares and presents periodic reports to share progress toward stated goals, challenges and areas for improvement.

Curricular and Competition Activities

  • Develops and implements processes and procedures for managing curricular and competition activities associated with Robotics programs to include, registration, volunteer advising, competition, travel, data collection and supervision (which includes traveling with groups and supervising students and coaches).
  • Works collaboratively with Risk Management, Activities and Legal to ensure safety, compliance and liability management.

Collaboration

  • Collaborates and manages relationships with stakeholders involved in robotics education to ensure community connection and buy-in.
  • Balances stakeholder needs with district vision, policies and procedures with a focus on student safety and education as the guiding priority.
  • Meets with stakeholders and District leadership as needed.
  • Collaborate with other districts, community college and agencies involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and workforce development.
  • Manage multiple stakeholders to ensure coordinated practices where initiatives overlap.

Staff and School Support

  • Acts as a staff liaison for teachers, administrators, District department members and others involved with robotic program development, implementation, competition and activities.
  • Provides on-site support to robotic teachers/coaches, as needed, to support curriculum implementation, competition preparation, etc.

Curriculum & Professional Development

  • Identifies curriculum connections between robotics and other content areas to facilitate long-term sustainable focus through classroom academics.
  • Coordinates and provides strategic professional development to elevate teacher understanding of robotics, improve teacher technical skills associated with robotics, and make connections between robotic activities, academics, and career opportunities.

Contract Management

  • Negotiates and executes annual Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOUs) with outside robotics agencies.
  • Monitors school/site compliance with MOU, providing support and intervention, as necessary.
  • Acts as liaison between agencies and schools for problem-solving to ensure that agency access, requests and behavior are consistent with district policies, procedures and expectations.

Grant & General Fund Management

  • Assists with administration of Nevada K-12 Investment funds, gifts & donations, and general funds associated with robotics-related activities, complying with all grant and district guidelines and requirements.

Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Experience: Any combination of education/experience that could likely provide the required knowledge in qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

and

Experience: Five (5) years of experience in project planning and implementation, supervision, and working with community stakeholders.

Licenses/Certificates: None.

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS
Support extends beyond WCSD to all northern counties that receive Nevada K-12 Investment funding for robotics implementation. This includes periodic travel to rural counties to provide on-site support.

Position requires a flexible work schedule, travel and supervision of staff/students, evening and weekend hours.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Grant or report preparation and budget management experience.

COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES
Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate competency/success in the following:

  • Project planning and management for scalable implementation

o Finding and aligning educational research to identify and support best practices
o Collecting quality data, accurately analyzing and using it to inform changes in practice
o Aligning programs, practices, and resources to support teaching and learning processes
o Understanding the job function and expectation of teachers, all levels (K-12)
o Thinking strategically about projects to ensure buy-in and not creating additional work for schools

  • Effective Communication

o Public speaking
o Preparing clear, concise reports and presentations for a variety of audiences
o Writing professionally with accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation;
o Translating and distilling complex information and technical subjects into effective, understandable language for effective communication to the intended audience

  • Relationships & Supervision

o Building/maintaining positive relationships within diverse contexts and personalities
o Collaboration and consensus-building aligned to vision and mission
o Conflict management
o Student supervision outside of a classroom environment
o Instructional leadership/coaching for improved student outcomes based on data

  • Executive Skills

o Independent time management and ability to complete tasks and meet deadlines
o Organizational ability and inclusive communication strategies with supervisors and colleagues
o Database management, excel and word processing
o Making connections between seemingly unrelated things to identify unique, creative solutions, processes and plans
o Making decisions in a fair, equitable, and timely manner
o Taking calculated risk, experience lackluster performance/failure, and rebound quickly
o Accepting constructive feedback and applying guidance for improved outcomes
o Thinking and planning strategically

  • Preferred: Familiarity or experience with robotics, computer programming/coding; mechanical skills in construction, machining, metalworking, welding.

Qualified candidates must possess knowledge of:

  • School district policies, procedures and strategic plan
  • Career pathways, community college function/offerings, STEM programs, regional/state workforce development priorities and initiatives
  • Survey and assessment development to accurately measure inputs and results
  • STEM goals and resources in Nevada and nationally
  • Existing robotic programs and curriculum
  • WCSD’s K-12 school community

Qualified candidates must demonstrate skill at:

  • Maintaining confidentially and ethical standards;
  • Working cooperatively with management, staff, and the public;
  • Determining procedures for handling unique administrative problems;
  • Managing multiple priorities and projects at once;
  • Dealing tactfully and diplomatically with difficult people and situations;
  • Working quickly and collaboratively under pressure;
  • Rapidly accepting and adapting to change with a positive attitude;
  • Honest, diplomatic, respectful communication while also being firm (when necessary)

Qualified candidates must possess the following attributes/dispositions:

  • Team player who takes initiative to support others;
  • Comfortable taking calculated risks;
  • Reflective and self-aware with commitment to constant improvement;
  • Committed to high expectations and standards for all members of the community: self, colleagues, stakeholders;
  • Results-oriented;
  • Pursues tasks with energy, drive, and the need to persevere;
  • Demonstrates self-control, diplomacy and calm during stressful/emergency situations;
  • Accepts responsibility and the challenges it brings;
  • Models inclusive practices and an appreciation for collaboration and diversity;
  • Consistently applies an asset mindset and perspective;
  • Views issues through a perspective of mutually beneficial outcomes;
  • Believes that all students and teachers can learn and be successful;
  • Values authentic, productive relationships;

WORK ENVIRONMENT/CONDITIONS
The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meetings and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items, such as paper, books, or small parts; or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $75,977.00 to $117,103.00 /year