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.

Administrative Assistant 3

Position Description:

The Robinson Center (RC) is seeking a candidate to execute a variety of complex clerical and administrative support assignments. The position’s primary responsibility is to assist the Director in carrying out duties consistent with the mission of the RC. Under the Director’s supervision, the candidate must independently perform reception tasks, assist in program registration and support, website and social media updating, and customer service to inquiries which require substantive knowledge of the Center’s programs, policies, and procedures. This position will provide general support to the Center’s Administrator, Program Heads, and students. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform complex administrative, special projects, and secretarial support to the Director;
  • Maintain Director’s calendar and appointments;
  • Serve as the initial contact and reception for the RC, providing information regarding program activities, and performing a variety of public relations functions. Will be responsible for answering telephones, receiving and referring visitors, resolving problems and responding to inquiries regarding Center’s programs; 
  • Perform complex word processing tasks such as merging and sorting, integrating text with graphics, and creating charts and database files; 
  • Compose correspondence, documents, and/or printed materials related to program activities, editing materials for accuracy, appearance, readability and style. Responsible for proofreading materials, making corrections in sentence structure, spelling, grammar and punctuation; 
  • Design and edit outreach communications. Disseminate information to RC constituents and community via social media, website; 
  • Establish and maintain record and file systems, including databases, to record statistical information and compilation of documentation; 
  • Monitor and maintain office equipment operations; 
  • In performing tasks, apply knowledge of supervisor’s work commitments, including status of projects and nature of contacts; 
  • Under general supervision, must be able to establish priorities and deadlines; 
  • Order, receive and maintain general office and program specific purchases; 
  • Assist in Center’s event and activity planning; 
  • May direct the work of others; 
  • Assist in preparing course materials, research documents, grants, and manuscripts; 
  • Performing the duties of an Administrative Assistant and other related duties as required. 

Requirements:

  • High School graduation or equivalent AND two years of increasingly responsible clerical experience;
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to employment.

Additional requirements include: 

  • Strong computer skills, including an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office and database management programs; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with a diverse array of constituents including University staff, faculty, students, and constituents; 
  • Demonstrates customer service, team collaboration, and problem resolution skills; 
  • Demonstrates ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and work effectively under pressure of overlapping deadlines; 
  • Experience interpreting policies and procedures; 
  • Ability and desire to be flexible and work in an environment with young and energetic scholars. 

Desired:

  • College degree preferred;
  • Experienced communication and copy editing skills, artistic and graphic designing, and use of multimedia; 
  • Enjoy a vibrant, collaborative and dynamic work environment.

Conditions of Employment:

Work schedule of Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM.

Apply:

Apply to Req# 179145 on the UW Jobs website: https://hr.uw.edu/jobs/.

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.

UW Academy Teaching Assistants (2)

Position Description:

A temporary, hourly appointment, this position reports to the UW Academy Director. The UW Academy Teaching Assistant (TA) is an undergraduate Academic Student Employee (ASE). The TA is required to attend Academy Camp in mid-September and will assist the Bridge instructors with all aspects of instruction, supervision and mentorship. This position will also provide support to the RC staff with outreach and program events. The TA is required to attend all sections of ACADEM 197, as well as one of the ENGL 199 sections. In this position, the TAs will also be required to hold regular weekly office hours, schedule appointments with individual students as needed, work alongside the instructors to help facilitate in-class activities, and complete online timesheets in a timely manner.

Duties may include but are not limited to assisting the instructors and staff with the following:

  • Assessing, evaluating and providing feedback on student work;
  • Assisting with classroom activities and attendance taking;
  • Holding weekly office hours for drop-in student support;
  • Meeting with and mentoring individual students or groups of students;
  • Copying of course materials, running class related errands, etc.;
  • Planning and facilitating study sessions and group conferences for tests and assignments;
  • Attending Academy Camp and Bridge in September, assisting staff with activities during these events;
  • Assisting staff with information/recruitment;
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements:

  • Enrolled as a UW student during the academic year;
  • Able to attend all class sessions and required events. ACADEM 197 will meet at 2:30-4:20PM on Thursdays; TAs must also be able to attend the MW 11:30-12:50PM and/or TTh 1:00-2:20PM section of ENGL 199;
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.  

Desired:

  • Background in the subject area (Neurobiology or College Writing);
  • At least a 2nd year Academy student.

Apply:

Send a letter of interest (specifically indicating which ENGL 199 section you can attend), resume, an unofficial UW transcript, and three (3) references to RCHire@uw.edu.

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.