Hiring – Development and Networking VISTA!

Do you want to be part of a growing movement to improve the educational experience of  low-income youth in Oakland through experiential, hands-on learning?  The Lighthouse Creativity Lab has been integrating design and making into our school’s practice over the past four years giving students the opportunity to think through and create their own visions in a variety of contexts culminating with a showcase at Bay Area Maker Faire.  We also offer professional development and outreach for teachers who are interested in integrating design and making into their own practice.

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab in partnership with Maker Ed is looking for two talented candidates.  The Development VISTA will build a Creativity Lab donor base and raise funds to support the integration of design and making into low-income Bay Area schools, and the Networking VISTA will create a model network of makers and educators to support making in education.

We currently have two open positions:
Creativity Lab Development Coordinator – Work collaboratively with Lighthouse staff to inform the public about our work and to raise funds for continued operations.

Creativity Lab Networking Coordinator – Work with Lighthouse and Maker Ed to build a model network of makers and educators to support making in education.

For more information on making in education and VISTA visit:
Lighthouse Creativity Lab
Maker Education Initiative
Americorps VISTA

Apply through the Americorps Site and email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Aaron Vanderwerff – aaron.vanderwerff(at)lighthousecharter.org

Start date is February 9, 2015
Current Americorps VISTA stipend is $15,994/year
Hiring is happening rapidly, so if you are interested, submit your materials as soon as possible.

About Aaron Vanderwerff

Aaron Vanderwerff is passionate about engaging students in making and independent inquiry in the classroom, particularly students underrepresented in STEM fields. Vanderwerff currently oversees design and making programs at Lighthouse, which includes coaching teachers and facilitating professional development. This effort came out of his making class, which culminates in students exhibiting their independent projects at the Maker Faire. Vanderwerff has taught high school science in the Bay Area for the past ten years. Before joining Lighthouse, he taught ninth-grade physics and was science department chair at San Lorenzo High School, and taught math in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.