The STEAM Engine is a fast-growing 501(c)3 nonprofit STEM and Arts education startup and we are looking for a dynamic, results-oriented individual to join our growing team as a STEAM Instructor for our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) after-school clubs and summer day-camps. In this part-time role you will lead STEAM Engine programming at the STEAM Engine’s Community Partner Sites and Learning Studios across the greater Oklahoma City metro.
We are looking for a passionate individual who is ready to inspire kids to dream big while providing them with the tools, skills, and support necessary to reach their potential. In this role, you will have opportunities to grow your teaching skills, try out new methods in program facilitation, and have the flexibility and agency to bring new ideas to the table to advance our mission and vision. If you are ready to join a hard-working, fast-growing team with kind hearts and a big vision for the next generation of Oklahoma youth, please apply.
This job might be for you if:
You have a student-centered educational philosophy with a desire to introduce students to Science, Technology, Education, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) through the hands-on, inquiry-based, student-led pedagogy of project-based learning.
You are a champion for children—encouraging them to believe in themselves and their ideas until they achieve “Eureka” moments in their learning.
You are a reliable self-starter who is accountable and can follow through on your commitments.
You are a problem-solver – you are willing to take on new projects and challenges and collaborate toward creative solutions. You work well within systems and teams to accomplish the objectives of your organization.
You are comfortable with a flexible schedule of 3-5 afternoons per week in after-school programs within the OKC Metro area
What do we provide?
A strong work culture and environment that is founded in our values of Relationship, Ownership, and Stewardship
An intensive training program, including orientation, curriculum training, and select professional skill training
Up to 20 hours per week of scheduled work, including 5 hours of flexible training and preparatory time per week for you to schedule and complete at your leisure
Mileage reimbursement for covering shifts, transportation between work sites, and other related scenarios
Support from our Executive Director and Director of Program Operations
What will you do?
Lead the delivery of STEAM-based programs (we provide training!) in after-school programs for groups of 12-15 elementary and middle school students in the community to bring the fun and wonder of STEAM to children across Oklahoma
Promote and foster the educational, social, physical, intellectual, emotional, vocational, and professional growth among program participants
Maintain a structured learning environment aligned with the STEAM Engine philosophy
Learn the STEAM Engine’s questioning and coaching strategies to increase student engagement
Individualize your approach for unique classrooms and diverse students
Share your creative ideas and collaborate with the STEAM Outreach Specialist and Executive Director on projects and programs
Follow STEAM Engine guidelines and safety protocols and those of our community partners
Prepare for your camps and clubs by organizing materials, managing inventory, and reviewing the curriculum
Maintain clear records and assist with data collection
We take our students’ safety very seriously - you must be able to pass a Federal and State Criminal Background check to qualify for this role.
EITHER: Have a degree in an Education, STEM- or Arts-related field with at least one (1) year of experience working with elementary or middle school students in a formal or informal educational setting (youth programs, camps, volunteer, or classroom environments) –OR– Three (3) or more years experience working with elementary to middle school aged children in a formal or informal educational setting.
Possess a valid driver’s license and the state minimum automobile insurance, with access to a vehicle. You must have the ability to travel within the Oklahoma City metro.
Align with the STEAM Engine’s values of Relationship, Ownership, and Stewardship.
Be a self-directed lifelong learner with a willingness to learn new STEAM skills, facilitation techniques, and curriculum.
At times, this is a physically demanding job- you must be able to walk, run, jump, crawl, stand for extended periods of time, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
Classrooms can get noisy! You must be able to hear and respond to children in loud settings.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Kids are counting on us. You must be dependable and reliable.
Experience with online tools such as Learning Management Systems (LMS).
Experience working in low-income schools, communities, or organizations with children from a variety of age ranges and demographics.
Advanced degree in Education or STEAM field.
Valid Oklahoma teaching certificate
Compensation and Benefits:
HOURS and WAGES: This is a part-time, 3-20 hours/week, non-exempt position with a starting pay of $15/hr.
SCHEDULE: Weekday shifts run from 2:30-5:30pm or 3:00-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. Occasional daytime, evening, and weekend hours may be required. Possibility for increased hours available, depending success in funding, grant writing and program growth.
LOCATION & TRAVEL: This role will primarily work at partner site locations across the OKC metro. Location assignments will vary on an eight-week schedule. Instructors will be expected to attend staff meetings, trainings, and attend to other administrative tasks in the office located in South OKC.
ADVANCEMENT: Opportunities for advancement in a high-growth, start-up environment – you’ll have line of sight to future roles like STEAM Education Specialist, Program Coordinator, Program Manager, Program Director, or Director of STEAM Education.
For more information about employment benefits visit our website: https://www.STEAMengineOKC.org/careers
The STEAM Engine is a fast-growing 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to unlocking the potential of Oklahoma youth. We help kids, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), to develop the confidence and skills they need to pursue high-paying STEM careers. This creates one more opportunity to help kids across Oklahoma break the cycle of intergenerational poverty while developing a talent pipeline to close the STEM workforce gap in Oklahoma. For more information visit: https://www.STEAMengineOKC.org
The STEAM Engine provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.
With the STEAM Engine’s commitment to reaching kids who are from populations who are underrepresented in STEM*, we reiterate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring practices. Persons who are underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. (*Underrepresented in STEM: Female, Black, Hispanic, Native American, or from low-income or rural households.)