Job Opportunities

The mission of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars (RC) at the University of Washington is threefold: teaching, research, and service. The RC is a leader in the nation for developing programs that serve highly capable young pre-college and college students.

Through early entrance programs we prepare younger students for college and provide them with challenging, accelerated learning opportunities in a vibrant, intellectual community at the University of Washington. We also provide outreach through enrichment and summer programs that offer classes for highly capable Puget Sound students. The Robinson Center is a site for research and discovery of best practice in supporting highly capable young students, and maintains the UW’s position as an internationally renowned center of gifted education.

Saturday Enrichment Instructor

Position Description:

The Robinson Center (RC) is seeking candidates to teach classes for highly interested and motivated students in the Saturday Enrichment Program. The quarterly program will serve students currently in the
K-8th grade. This position involves curriculum development, class instruction, supervision of a teaching assistant, and working with the Robinson Center staff on activities related to dissemination.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Course development and instruction;
  • Preparation of course materials, syllabi, lectures and presentations. Some of these will be kept on file at the Robinson Center for dissemination with teacher consent as appropriate;
  • Preparation of student assessments to monitor student progress;
  • Class preparation time as required;
  • Communication with students and families;
  • Collaboration with the Robinson Center Staff on dissemination of class activities;
  • Approving teaching assistant’s timesheets;
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in subject matter;
  • At least two years teaching experience;
  • Experiencing teaching youth identified as highly capable;
  • Able to attend all class sessions and staff orientation;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with staff and students at the Robinson Center.

Desired:

  • Experience teaching academically advanced pre-K – 12th grade students.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment;
  • Work schedule with varying hours on Saturdays of each quarter.

Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, three (3) references, and abstract of the proposed class (100-150 words with subject matter and proposed title) to RCHire@uw.edu.

Saturday Enrichment Teaching Aide

Position Description:

The Robinson Center (RC) is seeking Teaching Aide candidates to assist Saturday Program Instructors in classes for highly interested and motivated students in the Saturday Enrichment Program. The quarterly program will serve students currently in the K-8th grade.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Attending all class meetings;
  • Assist in daily attendance taking;
  • Prepping and assisting the instructor in class activities;
  • Work with students individually and in group settings;
  • Copying of course materials;
  • Documenting class activities with RC equipment;
  • Entering and submitting accurate hours worked on the UW online timesheet;
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • Matriculating UW student status;
  • Genuine interest interacting and working with advanced elementary and middle-school students;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with staff and students at the Robinson Center.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Apply:

Submit a letter of interest, resume, three (3) references, and unofficial transcript to RCHire@uw.edu.

Summer Program Administrator

Position Description:

The Center is seeking a Summer Administrator to be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the summer programs, including supervision of teachers and teaching assistants, oversight and supervision of documentation for the summer programs. This person will supervise drop-off and pick-up of children, facilitate communication between families and the RC staff, and assist with orientation programs and professional development for teachers and teaching assistants. As needed, this person will assist with other tasks during the summer session, to be determined by the Director of Summer Programs or RC Director.

Responsibilities to be completed within the term of the appointment include but are not limited to the following:

  • Substitute in summer classrooms when needed;
  • Oversee daily attendance taking;
  • Assist with student discipline and behavior issues;
  • Oversee the documentation of classroom observations, along with the collecting and editing of raw media and materials from Robinson Center’s Summer Programs;
  • Review student progress reports. Oversee system for instructors to complete and submit reports, and records management for Summer Program staff;
  • Facilitate and supervise both the Before & After-classes;
  • Oversee methods to improve how the program can better serve students and parents;
  • Observe classroom instruction and conference with teachers regarding curriculum and pedagogy as needed;
  • Assist with other Summer Program tasks as needed.

Requirements:

  • Masters degree or higher in Education; prefer experience in administration;
  • Communicating in a timely manner with instructors, staff and families;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Proficient with computer programs, systems, and IT skills to work on projects independently;
  • Knowledge of gifted education;
  • Have at least three (3) years teaching experience with K-12 students;
  • Experience designing and facilitating educational program components;
  • Awareness of current research in teaching methodology.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references to RCHire@uw.edu.

Summer Program Assistant Coordinator

Position Description:

The Center is seeking a Summer Program Assistant Coordinator to be responsible for assisting the Summer Administrators with the day-to-day administration of the summer program, including supervision of teachers and teaching assistants.  This person will help to supervise drop-off and pick-up of children, facilitate communication between families and the RC staff, help run the staff and first day orientations for both Summer Challenge and Summer Stretch, and will be responsible for inventorying all supplies and sending out final progress reports at the end of the summer session. As needed, this person will assist with other tasks during the appointment duration, to be determined by the Summer Administrators and Director.  This position will report to the Summer Program Administrators.

Responsibilities to be completed within the term of the appointment include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist at the instructor/TA and parent/student orientations;
  • Oversee daily attendance taking;
  • Oversee the technology for the documentation of student learning and instructor progress reports;
  • Assist Summer Administrators in the collection and organization of weekly progress reports.  Will copy and file student reports, forms and permission slips;
  • Assist with both the before-class and after-class care programs;
  • Design methods to improve how the Summer Program can better serve students and parents;
  • Occasional chaperoning on Summer Program field trips, as needed;
  • Able to stand in and substitute in Summer classrooms when needed;
  • Conduct classroom observations and confer with teachers about curriculum and pedagogy;
  • Inventory and put away all Summer supplies, textbooks and materials at the end of the summer session;
  • Collect, review and mail out final progress reports in August;
  • Assist with other Summer Program tasks as needed.

Requirements:

  • Masters degree or higher in Education; prefer experience in administration;
  • Communicating in a timely manner with instructors, staff and families;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Proficient with computer programs, systems, and IT skills to work on projects independently;
  • Knowledge of gifted education;
  • Have at least three (3) years teaching experience with K-12 students;
  • Awareness of current research in teaching methodology.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references to RCHire@uw.edu.

Summer Program Instructor

Position Description:

The Center is seeking instructors to design and teach a multidisciplinary course appropriate for highly capable students and providing an academic experience for those who are participating in the Robinson Center’s Summer Program: Summer Challenge, a 3-week summer commuter program for students currently in the 5th -6th grade (July 6th – July 24th), and Summer Stretch, a 5-week summer program for 7th -10th graders (June 29th – July 30th).  This position involves day-to-day class instruction, supervision of teaching aides, and weekly and final individual progress reports.

The Summer Program Instructor will report directly to the Summer Program Director.

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attending staff orientation prior to the start of the Summer Program;
  • Designing and developing course curriculum, with advice of the Summer Program Director and Principal;
  • Preparing all course materials, including letters to be sent to students, syllabus, tests assignments, and informational handouts;
  • Classroom instruction;
  • Supervision of teaching aide(s);
  • Timely approval of teaching aide’s bi-monthly timesheets;
  • Coordination of all fieldtrips;
  • Assessment of students’ progress, and completion of weekly progress reports and final transcripts;
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in subject matter; at least two years teaching experience;
  • Experience teaching youth identified as highly capable;
  • Able to attend all class sessions and the staff orientation;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with staff and students at the Robinson Center.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, three (3) references, and abstract of the proposed class (100-150 words with subject matter and proposed title) to RCHire@uw.edu.

Summer Program Teaching Aide

Position Description:

The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars offers Summer Challenge, a 3-week summer commuter program for students currently in the 5th-6th grade (July 6th– July 24th), and Summer Stretch, a 5-week summer program for 7th-10th graders (June 29th– July 30th). These programs offer highly capable students a fast-paced, challenging curriculum in varying subject matters.  The Center is currently seeking temporary, hourly teaching aides to support summer course instructors in the daily classroom activities.

The Summer 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 directly to the classroom teacher and be responsible for completing time sheets.

Duties may include but are not limited to assisting the teacher with the following:

  • Supervising students inside and outside of the classroom (to include fieldtrips when applicable);
  • Classroom activities, evaluations and attendance taking;
  • Copying of course materials, running class related errands, etc.;
  • Organizing, inventorying, and storage of class materials;
  • Monitoring of students’ behavior to ensure safety;
  • Preparing progress reports and final transcripts;
  • Organizing, inventorying, and storage of class materials
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Background in subject area;
  • Able to attend all class sessions and the staff orientation;
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Experience working with youth identified as highly capable;
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Apply:

Apply online. Be prepared to submit a letter of interest, resume, three (3) references, and unofficial transcript.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting at the end of February. To ensure consideration, please apply early.

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.