Job Announcement 2016-2017: Robotics Head Coach at Gateway High School

Gateway High School is seeking a dynamic individual with technical and leadership experience to serve as the Head Coach of the Robotics Team, Gator Gears, a growing team now entering it’s third year.

primary liaison between the Robotics team, Robotics volunteer mentors, FIRST Robotics, team families, Gateway staff and the

larger community.

Team and Logistic Management

  • Recruit a diverse group of students for the team that is reflective of the GHS student body
  • Follow and enforce all safety rules and guidelines of the FIRST Robotics program
  • Coordinate ongoing community outreach demonstrations

Coach leads students in developing the skills and knowledge to design and build a successful robot, while

fostering a spirit of teambuilding and professionalism throughout the process. The Head Coach plays a vital

The Head

role in the success of the team, serving not only as the team leader, but also as the

• Serve as the liaison between team members, volunteer mentors, parents and Gateway staff; clearly communicate expectations, updates and opportunities to all constituencies

• • •

travel arrangements and trip logistics Perform research into the design, operation and performance of the robot

Supervise and guide students in building, configuring, and testing the robot to ensure successful competition performance

Schedule and coordinate meets and competitions, including

Coaching / Teaching Students

  • Supervise students to ensure that they are safe, productive, and engaged
  • Work with students to help them seek innovative solutions to challenges
  • Coordinate multiple small groups of students and mentors who are working on a varying set of tasksat the same time; ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, be productive and take on

    leadership roles

  • Create team spirit and build cohesion through teambuilding and bonding opportunities
  • Instill ‘gracious professionalism’ in all aspects of the Robotics experience
  • Keep the team organized by clearly communicating goals/objectives and project status with studentsand volunteers
  • Nurture a sense of ownership among team members for their team’s robot, enrichment and values
  • Be a positive role model for students and lead by example; display kindness, patience, andprofessionalism
  • Oversee and support the student leadership board

Volunteer Management

Manage volunteer recruitment, supervision, training, scheduling, etc.

• Manage and collaborate with the volunteer professional mentors to best utilize their talents to

optimize student learning/growth and achieving team goals

Financial Management

Keep organized track of team income and expenses related to the budget the school has provided;

• Work with the Director of Partnerships and Development Department to engage local business/community to garner mentors and funding opportunities

efficiently manage team budget

Parent/Guardian Engagement

Send out regularly scheduled clear and concise parent/guardian communications; keep

parents/guardians informed and engaged
• Engage and encourage parents/guardians to get involved in a variety of ways: provide food during

build season, driving to competitions and events, volunteer, etc.

Plan and coordinate in-person events, meetings, celebrations, etc. for families and community


• Enthusiasm for STEM education and working with youth

  • Technical experience, such as engineering, programming, or industrial arts preferred
  • Ability to teach technical and non technical concepts and skills to students of various learning styles
  • Strong organization and communication skills

Stipend and Timeline:

This position provides a stipend of $5,000 for the full Robotics season from October 2016 to April 2017. The anticipated Head Coach schedule includes*:

October – December (3 hours/week)
Focus: skill building and team building
2 hours guiding students 1 day a week
1 hour of independent program planning and preparation, research, outreach, etc.

January – February (8 hours/week)
Focus: building the robot for competitions
2 hours guiding students up to 4 times a week

March (2 full weekend trips to local competitions with students, plus weekly team meetings) Focus: Participating successfully in local competitions
2 hours guiding students up to 2 times a week

April (1-2 hours/week)
Focus: Program debrief, celebration and closing procedures 1 hour guiding students up to 2 times a week
2 hours at end of the year community celebration

*This schedule is not final – these are the guidelines and anticipated schedule. We will work with the coach, students and families to create a schedule that works. Some scheduling flexibility is required for this position.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter specifically explaining your interest in the work we do at Gateway Public Schools and why you are a great fit for this position, as well as a resume, and letters of recommendation and/or references to the following:

jobs@gatewaypublicschools.org or Gateway Public Schools
Attn: Rachel Kamen
1430 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Gateway’s Mission: Gateway High School is a model, college preparatory charter school committed to academic excellence through personalized, student-centered learning. Gateway combines a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents and strengths of its students are identified and supported. Working with teachers committed to our mission, Gateway students will acquire the skills, habits, and knowledge necessary for academic and personal success in college and in adult life.

For more information about Gateway High School, please visit our website at www.gatewayhigh.org

Gateway Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in its hiring of employees on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship, marital or veteran status, age, or disability. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students.


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