JOBS AT EMPOW STUDIOS

At Empow Studios, we educate children ages 7-15 in coding, engineering, and digital arts
with a focus on fun, discovery, and building a life-long passion in STEM.

What We Do

We have won more awards for excellence, and offer more programs, in more locations, than any other STEM education provider in Massachusetts. Every year we provide:

  • STEM summer camps at 20 locations across Massachusetts
  • School-year STEM programs for students after school, on weekends, and during school breaks both directly and through partnerships, in more than 50 locations in Massachusetts
  • Support to schools and educational institutions via teacher training, our online learning platform and STEM curriculum, and field trips to our centers
  • More recently, we have leveraged our deep investment in our proprietary online learning platform and STEM curriculum, TalentBox, to provide live online versions of our programs.

Available Positions

Location: Newton or Lexington, MA

Reporting to the Greater Boston Senior Program Manager, you will be a key member of the regional program team that ensures that all of our STEM after-school classes and camps are delivered to our high-quality standards. With the guidance and support of the Senior Program Manager, you will lead particular programs (such as camps or school partnerships), geographies within our region, and/or particular parts of the program team’s efforts (such as recruiting and training teachers); your responsibilities will change and grow as you develop, with the intent of preparing you for more senior program roles. This is an ideal opportunity for a strong ambitious program manager with a passion for and background in STEM education and informal learning to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of young people in the state.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary for this position is $50,000 – $70,000 annually.  This position is full-time and eligible for benefits.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

Run high quality programs

  • Plan and manage program operations to ensure that our programs run smoothly: schedule classes and teachers, ensure compliance with regulations, and manage inventory of program materials
  • Lead specific elements of our program delivery by type (e.g., camps, classes, schools) or region across multiple key program functions (e.g., recruiting, training, customer service, and evaluation).
  • Manage and coach instructors to implement with fidelity Empow’s defined pedagogy, curriculum, and program designReview program metrics and student progress; identify risks and proactively solve problems to ensure high quality results for each student, teacher, and school
  • Review program metrics and student progress; identify risks and proactively solve problems to ensure high quality results for each student, teacher, and school

Build strong relationships with families and schools

  • Educate potential and current customers about the range of Empow programs; help them find the programs that best meet their needs
  • Ensure strong communications with families including instructor progress reports and tailored recommendations
  • Ensure that instructors build strong mentor relationships with their students
  • Manage relationships with school partners, ensuring that our instructors, technology, curriculum, and support staff are working together to achieve stated goals; proactively identify and solve problems
  • Address customer concerns quickly and effectively

Maintain a strong, engaged team

  • Collaborate with the Senior Program Manager to hire and retain an exceptional team of instructors and site directors
  • Train and coach instructors leveraging materials and resources provided by our national office
  • Help ensure that working at Empow Studios is an amazing experience
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE

At Empow Studios, we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for students, families and schools. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!

  • At least two years’ experience as an instructor, camp director, or program coordinator or manager in either K-12 or informal learning environment such as a museum, after-school program, or camp
  • Passion for STEM and/or digital arts and familiarity with much of the breadth of the technologies covered in Empow’s STEM curriculum
  • Proven project management skills including strong attention to detail and experience tracking and managing components of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness and ability to proactively identify and offer solutions to potential challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to achieve outstanding results
  • Ability to work through resistance and advocate internally for needs of self and team
  • Desire to provide quality customer service and help families and partners find the Empow programs that best meet their needs
  • Dedication to personifying that values at the core of Empow’s culture through nurturing and cultivating fun, creativity, collaboration, individuality, and discovery
  • Interest in and dedication to building authentic relationships, providing coaching and support to both staff and students, and ensuring families receive their best-fit education experience for their children
  • Actively seeks out opportunities for rapid growth including targeted and supported stretch assignments
  • Able and willing to review program quality and support program delivery which will require working some early evenings and weekends, and driving to locations throughout the Greater Boston area
  • A BA/BS degree or higher in education or a STEM field or appropriate equivalent experience is required
TO APPLY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love for you to apply at: bit.ly/EmpowPM.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity.  Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

Location: Newton or Lexington, MA; flexible to be partially remote

As a Senior Program Manager you will lead all or a large portion of the program function in your region, with the authority and accountability to achieve all program related goals, most importantly as regards quality. You will set annual program goals with your Regional Director, keep him or her apprised of our progress, proactively identify and solve challenges, and manage your team which includes Program Managers, Site Coordinators, and instructors to achieve your annual goals. Your responsibilities will change and grow as you develop. Opportunities for advancement include opening new regional offices, transitioning to lead larger regional offices, spearheading quality improving initiatives at the national office, and taking full control of the Greater Boston programs as current program leadership continue their in-progress transition to a national role. This is an ideal opportunity for a strong ambitious program manager with a passion for and background in STEM education  and informal learning to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of young people in the state.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

Empow’s pedagogy sits at the intersection of project-based learning and technology-mediated instruction; we help students explore STEM, find their passions, accelerate their learning, and build their long-term engagement. Our proprietary project-based learning management system enables us to provide learners a great deal of independence in the classroom, getting just-in-time individualized support as they tackle increasingly complicated projects, which allows our instructors to focus on inspiring, coaching, facilitating collaboration, and supporting students’ social and emotional needs. 

This past year we brought in the leadership team and investment capital needed for national expansion of our award-winning programs.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary for this position is $65,000 – $80,000 annually based upon experience. This is a full-time position with benefits.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

Run high quality Empow STEM after-school and camp programs on budget for thousands of students

  • Manage and coach instructors to implement with fidelity Empow’s defined pedagogy, curriculum, and program design
  • Review program metrics and student progress; identify risks and solve problems to ensure high quality results for each student, teacher, and school partner; achieve or exceed quality benchmarks
  • Manage program planning and operations. Balance minute details and high-level strategy. Make sound decisions under tight deadlines.
  • Leverage national and peer resources, share best practices, and identify and advocate for needed improvements in nationally provided curriculum, technology, and other program supports
  • Establish program budgets in partnership with your Regional Director and manage programs to budget

Build strong relationships with families and schools

  • Directly and in partnership with your Regional Director and team educate potential and current customers about the range of Empow programs; help them find the programs that best meet their needs
  • Ensure strong communications with families including instructor progress reports and tailored recommendations
  • Ensure that instructors build strong mentor relationships with their students, and students build friendships with each other
  • Lead your team to manage relationships with school partners, ensuring that our instructors, technology, curriculum, and support staff are working together to achieve stated goals

Build, develop and manage your team

  • Lead your team to recruit, hire, train, coach and retain an exceptional program team that includes one or more program managers, and dozens of STEM instructors and site directors
  • Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on instructors using direct observation, surveys, and other methods
  • Leverage your teaching, classroom management and STEM expertise, the expertise of your instructors, and national resources to continuously improve the capabilities of your team
  • Ensure that working at Empow Studios is an amazing experience

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE

At Empow Studios, we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for students, families and schools. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!

  • STEM and teaching
    • Familiar with much of the breadth of Empow’s STEM curriculum and deep expertise in at least one domain
    • High level of success teaching classes and developing teachers
    • Proven passion for STEM and/or digital arts, education and youth
  • Team
    • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to achieve outstanding results
    • Experienced recruiting, hiring, training staff, and gathering and analyzing data in support of professional development
  • Relationships
    • Demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including children, families, and school leaders
    • Proven ability to work with and marshal the support of a wide range of internal stakeholders including peers, subject matter experts, and team leaders
    • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Program Management
    • At least two years’ experience managing high quality educational programs in either K-12 or informal learning environment such as a museum, after-school program, or camp
    • Demonstrated success developing and managing complicated project plans with multiple initiatives on widely varying schedules; able to to zoom into the smallest details and zoom out to identify systemic issues
  • Culture Fit
    • Comfortable and excited to work in an entrepreneurial setting experiencing rapid growth
    • Able to authentically embody Empow’s values of fun, creativity, collaboration, individuality, discovery, and a passion for learning STEM
  • Other
    • Willing to commute to the different locations you manage on a regular basis (generally within 30 minute drive)
    • Ideally — but not required — interested in opportunities to open one or more new east coast locations in the next few years
    • Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including some evenings and weekends
    • A BA/BS degree or higher in education or a STEM field or appropriate equivalent experience is required; higher level degrees are a big plus
    • Demonstrated passion and commitment to working in education. Experience working in education or education technology is a plus.
    • A BA/BS degree or higher in education or a STEM field or appropriate equivalent experience is required; higher level degrees are a big plus
TO APPLY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love for you to apply at: bit.ly/EmpowSPM.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity.  Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

Location: Newton or Lexington, MA

Reporting to a Greater Boston Program Manager, you will be a key member of the regional program team that ensures that all of our STEM after-school classes and camps are delivered to our high-quality standards. In collaboration with the rest of our Program Management team, you will support or lead particular programs (such as camps or school partnerships), geographies within our region, and/or particular parts of the program team’s efforts (such as recruiting and training teachers); your responsibilities will change and grow as you develop, with the intent of preparing you for more senior program roles. This would be an ideal opportunity for a wide variety of candidates that would like to grow and develop their management skills and who have a passion for and background in STEM education and informal learning. You can play a key role in making a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of young people in the state.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary for this position is $40,000 – $55,000 annually. This position is full-time and eligible for benefits.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

Help Run high quality programs

  • Plan and manage program operations to ensure that our programs run smoothly: schedule classes and teachers, ensure compliance with regulations, and manage inventory of program materials
  • Lead and/or support specific elements of our program delivery by type (e.g., camps, classes, schools), regions, and/or key program functions (e.g., recruiting, training, customer service, and evaluation).
  • Supervise and support instructors to implement with fidelity Empow’s defined pedagogy, curriculum, and program design
  • Support Program Managers in collecting and review program metrics and student progress; identify risks and proactively solve problems to ensure high quality results for each student, teacher, and school

Build strong relationships with families and schools

  • Educate potential and current customers about the range of Empow programs; help them find the programs that best meet their needs
  • Ensure strong communications with families including instructor progress reports and tailored recommendations
  • Ensure that instructors build strong mentor relationships with their students
  • Support the Program Manager(s) and Regional Director in maintaining strong relationships with school partners, ensuring that our instructors, technology, curriculum, and support staff are working together to achieve stated goals; proactively identify and solve problems
  • Address customer concerns quickly and effectively

Maintain a strong, engaged team

  • Collaborate with other members of your Greater Boston area program team to hire and retain an exceptional team of instructors and site directors
  • Train and coach instructors leveraging materials and resources provided by our national office
  • Help ensure that working at Empow Studios is an amazing experience
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE

At Empow Studios, we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for students, families and schools. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!

  • At least two years’ experience as an educator in either the formal K-12 educational setting or informal learning environments such as museums, after-school programs, or summer camps – previous supervisory experience as a coordinator or manager is a plus!
  • Passion for STEM and/or digital arts and familiarity with much of the breadth of the technologies covered in Empow’s STEM curriculum
  • Demonstrated proficiency in several project management skills such as strong attention to detail and experience tracking and managing components of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness and ability to proactively identify and offer solutions to potential challenges
  • Willingness to learn to advocate internally for needs of self and team
  • Desire to provide quality customer service and help families and partners find the Empow programs that best meet their needs
  • Dedication to personifying that values at the core of Empow’s culture through nurturing and cultivating fun, creativity, collaboration, individuality, and discovery
  • Interest in and dedication to building authentic relationships, providing coaching and support to both staff and students, and ensuring families receive their best-fit education experience for their children
  • Actively seeks out opportunities for rapid growth including targeted and supported stretch assignments
  • Able and willing to directly oversee program delivery which will require working during the hours our programs are running (e.g., evenings and/or weekends) and driving to locations throughout the Greater Boston area
  • A BA/BS degree or higher in education or a STEM field or appropriate equivalent experience is required
TO APPLY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love for you to apply at: bit.ly/EmpowAPM

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity.  Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

Location: Lexington or Newton MA; flexibility to be partially remote within the Greater Boston area

Pay: $130,000 – $170,000 depending on capabilities. Strong benefits and potential equity.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As Lead Software Engineer, you will develop TalentBox, our existing project-based learning learning management system. Reporting to the CTO, and in collaboration with product management, you will lead a small team including a frontend engineer, plus QA and design resources through all phases of application development including designing, building, testing, and deploying. This position is ideal for a Python developer with at least 5 years of experience who wants to be largely hands-on, lead a small engineering team, and play a pivotal role in the company’s rapid growth. Imagine how great you’ll feel helping teachers deliver high quality multi-award winning STEM and coding education to thousands of young people!

The TalentBox roadmap includes:

  • Enable automated, course- and milestone-specific communications to parents that increase their visibility into their child’s projects and learning
  • Increase TalentBox’s ability to assess a student’s interim project deliverable and offer useful coaching
  • Increase TalentBox’s ability to deploy in Chromebook-only environments. (Many of the technologies we teach are PC-based.)
  • Improve integrations with website purchasing and backend financial systems
  • Implement data lake and analytics to accelerate and improve insights by learning and business teams
REQUIRED SKILLS
  • 5+ years of experience building highly available, scalable, secure and performant web applications
  • Proficient with Python, Django and PostgreSQL (not at the Django ORM level); experienced with the rest of our backend technologies
  • Proven ability to write high quality, testable code
  • 1+ years of experience leading engineering teams with direct reports; sufficient front end skills to manage a more junior front end engineer
  • Experience making and implementing build/buy decisions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
BACK END TECHNOLOGIES

experience required

  • Development: Python 3, Django, Falcon, (DRF is a plus)
  • Database: PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, Redis, RabbitMQ
  • AWS: Security Groups, ALBs, RDS, ElastiCache, ElasticSearch, EC2, S3, SES, SQS
  • Other/Operations: Linux, Nginx, Celery; Docker & Docker Compose, Jira, Datadog, Sentry, Gitlab
ADDITIONAL FRONT-END TECHNOLOGIES

only enough experience to manage Jnr Front-End Engineer is required

  • Development: JavaScript; Angular 8+, Typescript and CSS frameworks like Sass, Less; RxJs; SCSS; HTML5/CSS3; REST Web Services; Component library framework integration (e.g. Angular Material)
  • Other/Operations: Yarn, Git, and Webpack
TO APPLY

Please send your resume and cover letter to recruiting@empow.me with “Lead Software Engineer” and your name in the subject line.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity. Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

LOCATION

More than 20 throughout the Greater Boston Area including Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs west (several from Brookline to Worcester including Newton and Lexington), north (several from Somerville to North Andover) and South (including Milton)

JOB DETAILS

Empow Studios, an award-winning provider of tech classes and camps for kids 7-15, is looking for energetic and enthusiastic technology-loving instructors for its year-round education program. No prior experience teaching tech is necessary, but working with children previously is a must. Our paid training and curriculum will give everything you need to succeed!

This is a fun and rewarding job that is a great fit for college students, professionals (engineers, teachers, digital artists) who want a fun supplemental experience, and retirees seeking a rewarding part-time job. We offer a fun, supportive environment, with kids who love coming to class; amazing training and coaching; experience using best-in-class education technology and curriculum; flexible hours; and great pay.

WHO YOU ARE

Empow Studio instructors are motivated and engaging individuals who care about making a difference and delivering a quality experience for children.

WHAT YOU’LL DO
  • Teach our technology and digital design curriculum to students ages 7-15 either in schools or in our own classrooms
  • Receive outstanding training on our curriculum and approach to classes as well as ongoing coaching
  • Take notes on students’ progress and provide occasional updates to parents
YOU SHOULD HAVE
  • Strong experience working with children
  • Comfort with technology
  • At least some college education
  • Ability to clear background checks
WE HOPE YOU HAVE
  • Some experience playing video games and creating things with technology
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Strong social skills with both adults and children
  • Ability to engage and manage small groups in classroom settings
  • Ability to think on your feet and troubleshoot problems
WHAT OUR INSTRUCTORS SAY ABOUT WORKING AT EMPOW
  • One of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had!
  • The kids really are super excited to be in class which is amazing
  • The training and curriculum is great. I felt really well prepared.
  • Looks great on my resume and gave me lots to talk about in job interviews
  • What a great way to give back. Thank you Empow.
  • The highlight of my week!
APPLY TODAY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love to hear from you. Apply today – no resumé or cover letter required: bit.ly/EmpowInstructor.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity. Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

Location: Newton (Needham Street) and Lexington (downtown)

Hours/DatesWeekends: M – F 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM (full-time available summers)

Pay: $21-25 per hour

Are you a strong leader with great interpersonal skills? Do you have a passion for coding, tech, video games, and/or digital arts? Are you looking for a fun, high-paying and fulfilling part-time job? Come join us! As a Site Director with Empow Studios, you will lead a team of instructors to inspire and educate youth to create projects using today’s latest computer technologie, and create a positive environment for all.

We offer a fun, supportive environment, with kids who love coming to classes and camps; amazing training and coaching; experience using best-in-class education technology and curriculum; amazing colleagues; and great pay.

IMAGINE YOURSELF
  • Leading and coaching a team of instructors and dozens of students
  • Coaching instructors to create an experience that maximizes learning and fun for every student
  • Delivering amazing weekend experiences including classes and the best tech birthday parties around
  • Developing strong relationships with each student’s caregivers and actively communicating with them about their child(ren)’s successes, challenges and recommended next steps
  • Hosting showcases where parents see the amazing projects their children have created
  • Making sure that your team takes advantage of Empow Studio policies and best practices
  • Leveraging Empow’s regional resources including subject matter experts and instructional trainers to ensure that your site meets or surpasses Empow’s high quality standards
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • At least 4 weeks experience teaching children (paid or unpaid, formal or informal, any subject) or with camp
  • At least six months experience in a leadership role
  • Have or be able to complete training and certification in first-aid/CPR
  • Have reliable local transportation to at least one of our program locations
  • 21+ years of age (by first summer)
ADDITIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver amazing customer service and build strong relationships with children and their families
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and personal accountability in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to positively impact youth and address the varied needs of students
  • Demonstrated attention to detail as are needed to comply with all regulatory guidelines
  • Experience providing any form of instructor professional development including coaching
  • Experience delivering project-based learning and/or eager to learn how
  • Experience in one or more of Empow’s subject areas (e.g. coding, robotics, digital design & engineering, Minecraft and Roblox); eager to learn more
  • Able to find solutions and remain positive during challenging moments
  • Strong commitment to Empow Studios’ mission and culture
  • Degree preferred
TO APPLY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love for you to apply at: bit.ly/EmpowSiteDirector.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity. Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.

Location: Newton (Needham Street) and Lexington (downtown)

Hours/DatesWeekends: Saturdays 8:30 AM – 5 PM (full-time available summers)

Pay: $21-25 per hour

Are you a strong leader with great interpersonal skills? Do you have a passion for coding, tech, video games, and/or digital arts? Are you looking for a fun, high-paying and fulfilling part-time job? Come join us! As a Site Director with Empow Studios, you will lead a team of instructors to inspire and educate youth to create projects using today’s latest computer technologie, and create a positive environment for all.

We offer a fun, supportive environment, with kids who love coming to classes and camps; amazing training and coaching; experience using best-in-class education technology and curriculum; amazing colleagues; and great pay.

IMAGINE YOURSELF
  • Leading and coaching a team of instructors and dozens of students
  • Coaching instructors to create an experience that maximizes learning and fun for every student
  • Delivering amazing weekend experiences including classes and the best tech birthday parties around
  • Developing strong relationships with each student’s caregivers and actively communicating with them about their child(ren)’s successes, challenges and recommended next steps
  • Hosting showcases where parents see the amazing projects their children have created
  • Making sure that your team takes advantage of Empow Studio policies and best practices
  • Leveraging Empow’s regional resources including subject matter experts and instructional trainers to ensure that your site meets or surpasses Empow’s high quality standards
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • At least 4 weeks experience teaching children (paid or unpaid, formal or informal, any subject) or with camp
  • At least six months experience in a leadership role
  • Have or be able to complete training and certification in first-aid/CPR
  • Have reliable local transportation to at least one of our program locations
  • 21+ years of age (by first summer)
ADDITIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver amazing customer service and build strong relationships with children and their families
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and personal accountability in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to positively impact youth and address the varied needs of students
  • Demonstrated attention to detail as are needed to comply with all regulatory guidelines
  • Experience providing any form of instructor professional development including coaching
  • Experience delivering project-based learning and/or eager to learn how
  • Experience in one or more of Empow’s subject areas (e.g. coding, robotics, digital design & engineering, Minecraft and Roblox); eager to learn more
  • Able to find solutions and remain positive during challenging moments
  • Strong commitment to Empow Studios’ mission and culture
  • Degree preferred
TO APPLY

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love for you to apply at: bit.ly/EmpowSiteDirector.

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity. Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.