UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars

Position Description:

The Robinson Center for Young Scholars is currently seeking temporary, hourly teaching aides to support our Saturday programming during Spring (April 1 - May 20) quarter. Each quarter runs for 8 weeks, and TAs will assist up to 3 hour-long courses a day (9am-12pm). TAs are expected to arrive 30 minutes before their first scheduled course and be prepared to stay 30 minutes after the final course, each day.

Saturday courses serve students in grades K-8, and are intended to provide intellectually ambitious students with challenge, inspiration, and fun, in a collaborative, supportive learning environment. Our classes are not intended to move students ahead in the standard curriculum but rather to explore topics not usually covered in the K-8 classroom. There is no homework, although optional activities may be suggested for outside of class.

PLEASE NOTE: Robinson Center Summer Programs are currently being planned for in-person instruction on the University of Washington's Seattle Campus. Should the University close campus in accordance with Washington Safe Start protocols, classes may be moved to online status. All University employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at time of employment.

The Saturday Program Teaching Aide is required to attend an orientation before classes start and will assist the classroom teachers with all aspects of instruction and supervision. The teaching aide will report to the Program Manager each session and work directly with instructors during class time. They will be responsible for recording hours bi-monthly in Workday.

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Facilitating small group conversations with students;
  • Participating in classroom activities, evaluations and attendance taking;
  • Documenting student work;
  • Performing experiments or classroom demonstrations;
  • Escorting students between campus locations during class change and generally monitoring student safety;
  • Assisting course instructors with daily set up and break down of classrooms and supplies;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to attend all class sessions and trainings/orientations;
  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age at start of the program;
  • Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by start of the program;
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.


  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting.

Hourly Pay:

  • $18.69/hr


Please email a resume and three (3) references to Kathryn Higgins, Program Manager, at kahigg@uw.edu with "Saturday TA Application" in the subject line. Students affiliated with the Robinson Center do not need to provide references.

The Robinson Center is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space to people of all genders, religions, national origins, races, disabilities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and documentation statuses. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.