What We Do
Brooklyn Robot Foundry introduces kids 2-13 to the magic of robotics, mechanics, and coding. We offer super popular classes, summer sessions, birthday parties, and so much more.
This is a woman-owned company focused on expanding kids’ ideas about what STEM can be, and who can do it. We empower children with the tools to build, the knowledge to create, and the freedom to imagine.
Who We Are
You will be joining a diverse and inclusive team! Brooklyn Robot Foundry recognizes individuality and creates equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, class, gender, disability status, ethnicity, sexuality, or age. We are kind, respectful and very team-focused. Our welcoming environment and inclusive culture is the backbone of the business and is the reason we have survived the pandemic and thrived in the current economic uncertainty. We approach challenges with compassion and a sense of humor. Laughing is an important part of how we communicate! We receive feedback with open arms and provide feedback with kindness and respect.
Who We Want
Individuals who are creative, active listeners, problem-solvers and interested in sharing their ideas on how to make the business grow and improve! We value and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workplace. Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, Disabled, Transgender, Genderqueer, Nonbinary, People Of Color are highly encouraged to apply.
We are currently hiring for the following positions:
Assistant Teacher (Virtual & Brooklyn Studio)
We are looking for more Assistant Teachers to join our team for Summer 2022!
When you hear the word robot, do you smile? Do you get excited when you get to use your hands to build things? Do you find joy in building with kid? Then this is the perfect job for you!
We are especially looking for people who are creative, DIY-lovers, great with kids, and deeply interested in learning more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). We need people who can take a hot glue gun to popsicle sticks and cardboard and create something that physically holds up and looks totally awesome all while having a blast!
Our Assistant Teachers come from all kinds of disciplines, including education, sculpture, carpentry, theater, and computer science. In this role you will be working with other teachers to teach a classroom basic engineering concepts and to guide groups of children in building their own robot. We will train you in all the unique skills, tools, and concepts needed for the position.
- Must be a graduating high school senior or older
- Are vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19
- Enjoy working with children
- Love to make things with your hands (e.g woodworking, sculpture, crafts, set construction, baking, cooking, etc)
- Extremely reliable
- Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
- Patient and friendly
- Like having fun
- Believe in diversifying the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) classroom
- Own a computer capable of smoothly running Zoom video conferencing app (Brooklyn Robot Foundry will not provide a computer) (virtual only)
- Excellent proficiency at using Zoom app (virtual only)
- Must be able to lift 35 lbs (in-person only)
- Must be able to pass a CPR/First Aid certification (we will offer a class in early June, 2022) (in-person only)
- Must be able to walk 1.5-2 miles per day (in-person only)
Preferred Experience (but not required):
- Teaching/leading a classroom
- Working with children in-person (teacher, camp counselor, babysitter, etc.)
- Working with circuits
- Using power tools
- Crafting/making things 3-dimensionally
- Using basic programming software
$20 per hour
25-40 hours per week
We are hiring teachers for virtual Zoom classes, as well as in-person.
In-person classes will be at our Gowanus location (98 4th Street, Suite 106, Brooklyn, New York City).
Virtual classes can be conducted from a home or studio space.
Applicants wishing to teach in both in-person and virtual settings should specify this in their cover letter/email.
Our teacher training program will be held between May 31 – June 10, 2022 (mandatory dates: June 7 & 9 to shadow a classroom – either online or in-person). Exact schedule TBD. Additionally, those teachers working at our in-person location will attend a half-day CPR training course provided by Brooklyn Robot Foundry (date TBD).
Summer Teaching Schedules
Assistant teachers will work only for the the Summer 2022 session (May 31 – September 2, 2022). This job is seasonal but there may be an opportunity to stay on as a full or part time employee after the summer.
Summer shifts are as follows:
In-Person (Gowanus, Brooklyn)
Shift A: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (1/2 hour lunch break)
Shift B: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch break)
Virtual (Zoom Videoconferencing)
Shift C: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EST (up to 2 hour break scheduled during this time)
Shift D: 12:00 pm – 7:30 EST pm (up to 2 hour break scheduled during this time)
Send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. You must include both to be considered for the position.
In your cover letter you have to:
1. describe why you think you would be a good fit
2. describe your previous work experience with children including in person and online
3. tell us about what types of things you like to build and make (pictures encouraged!)
4. detail your availability, including how soon you can start
If you don’t send a custom cover letter, your application will NOT be considered.
Make the subject of the emails “Teacher Position”.
Customer Service/Workshop Assistant
Are you a friendly individual who wants to ensure that the customer walks away feeling understood and appreciated? Do you have experience answering phones and replying to emails?
Are you good at making things? Are you self-directed and detail-oriented? Do you have an eye for aesthetics and enjoy a dynamic studio environment? Join the Brooklyn Robot Foundry team in this hybrid role.
We are looking for an extremely reliable and highly communicative individual who is excited to help our customers get the service they deserve as well as to help us fabricate materials, prep robot kits and ship them off to our students all around the world. You must be comfortable drilling and using simple power tools, as well as possess strong organizational skills. You must be computer savvy and friendly.
This is a part-time position with a commitment of 4 to 5 days a week. The hours are 1:00-5:30 Monday-Friday with occasional weekend shifts. If you do 4 days/week, you must work on Mondays.
Job starts in April. This position will start as a five-month contract. However, there may be an opportunity after the summer to stay on as a full or part time employee.
You will be working at our Gowanus, Brooklyn production facility, located near Whole Foods.
- You must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
- Experience doing customer service.
- Understands the importance of ensuring that the customer feels seen and appreciated.
- You must be friendly and kind.
- Experience working with your hands—We’re looking for makers. Some examples: Woodworking, sculpture, art, set construction.
- Experience using our most-used tools: drill press, glue gun, wire stripper, box cutter, screwdriver, heat gun, hammer.
- Familiarity with our occasionally-used tools: soldering iron, mitre saw, jigsaw, CNC router.
- You are detail-oriented, organized, and love solving problems.
- You can work in a precise, patient manner on a deadline.
- You have excellent interpersonal skills and love to work collaboratively.
- Must be able to pass a CPR/First Aid certification.
- Must be able to lift 35 pounds.
- You must be friendly, reliable and responsible.
$20 per hour
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include both to be considered for the position. Please make the subject of the emails “Customer Service & Workshop Assistant”.
In your cover letter:
1. Describe why you think you would be a good fit.
2. What is the best way to ensure a customer feels appreciated?
3. Tell us what you like to build/make and which tools you know how to use.
4. Detail your availability – which days can you work, when can you start, etc.