K-8 Design, Build, Innovate Lab Specialist
3245 Sheffield Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with students, faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
Job Description and Desired Qualifications
The K-8 Design, Build, Innovate Lab Specialist will design and execute a robust Design & Innovation curriculum for our K-8 students and partner closely with our other Design, Build, Innovate Lab Specialist to develop and curate a comprehensive, effective, and cohesive K-8 curriculum. Working collaboratively as a team, the Specialists will also co-design and implement two week-long summer institutes – one institute for non-Redwood Day students who attend Oakland/East Bay charter and public schools and one institute for independent, public, and charter school educators.
During the school year, the K-8 Design, Build, Innovate Lab Specialist will teach various grade levels with a focus on tinkering, building, design thinking principles, computational thinking, coding, and robotics. This person will work collaboratively with a partner Specialist to develop new courses and curriculum to consistently keep Redwood Day at the forefront of emerging ideas in innovation and design and in the education sector.
The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a project-based K-8 environment and an understanding of developmental levels for each age. Additionally, the candidate should have experience with a variety of assessment strategies and implementing a balanced and integrated technology curriculum. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to meeting the learning needs of each student, a teaching style that supports differentiation of instruction, a collaborative spirit, and an interest in building a community.
Additional responsibilities include active involvement in student advisory, student activities, collaborative teacher meetings, supervisory duties, and supervising overnight outdoor education trips.
Schedule and Hours
This is a full time, exempt position and begins in August 2023.
● A minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience, preferably in S.T.E.A.M. related disciplines
● B.A. in related field; Master’s degree preferred
● Experience designing and integrating S.T.E.A.M. oriented curriculum
● Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
● Culturally competent, responsive, and sensitive to diverse populations
● Strong time management and organizational skills
● Strong classroom management skills
● Strong knowledge of child development, especially ages 5-14
● Design Thinking background and/or equivalent professional development
● Experience with scripting and coding languages
● Experience teaching robotics
● Experience with 3D design and production
● Experience in a Makerspace or FabLab
The anticipated salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the full-time position of K-8 Design, Build, Innovate Lab Specialist is between $66,352 and $103,916, depending on factors such as experience and education. An additional stipend is provided in recognition of the summer institute work.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form electronically by April 7, 2023 to DBILSpecialist@rdschool.org, Attention: Karina Momary and Johanna Aeschliman. No phone calls, please.
Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name, or pronoun
Authorized Employment Status
As required by federal law, all offers of employment are contingent on verification of an applicant or employee’s authorization for lawful employment in the United States at the start of their employment. Please note, the School does not sponsor applicants for employment-related visas.