Robotics Coach

(Part-time – hours vary depending on season) $22 to $25 per hour

Job Summary

Castilleja offers an exciting part-time opportunity to be a Robotics Coach.  The Robotics Coach is part of the coaching/mentoring team that is responsible for the mentorship and supervision of students in our upper school robotics program, Gatorbots Team 1700, which participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. In partnership with the robotics faculty advisor and the student leadership team, the Robotics Coach helps the team achieve its goals.

The ideal candidate will be someone who has an interest in working with students in an educational/mentorship setting and enjoys encouraging them in the math, engineering sciences, and technology studies.   The ideal candidate will have prior experience in Engineering and robotics as well as some woodshop/machine shop experience.  This position is a part-time position for the 2018-2019 academic year with a potential to be continued into future years. 

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Teach and Robotics Workshops throughout the year.
  • Oversee and enforce safety policies of the lab and of the school. In case of injury, use appropriate emergency procedures and notify parents and faculty advisor immediately.
  • Assist and when necessary, train students in the safe and proper use of lab equipment.
  • Work with robotics faculty advisor to obtain the necessary training in equipment usage, CPR/first aid, and school safety procedures,
  • Provide access to the Bourn Lab, securely lock up the lab, and ensure that equipment is being used safely and appropriately.
  • Research topics help students solve for solutions that are innovative and unique.
  • Nurture a sense of ownership and collaboration among team members.
  • Serve as the official school-employed chaperone for the team.  Note: competitions may be out of town.

July through August Summer Responsibilities

  • Work with the incoming student leadership team to plan and organize summer and fall workshops
  • Collaborate with student leadership on any summer robotics special projects, such as a major shop reorganization, etc.
  • Hours would not exceed 80 total hours.

September through December Pre-Season Responsibilities (Estimated 5 to 10 hours per week)

  • Work with student leadership team to plan and organize fall semester robotics workshops to teach and train new/returning team members.
  • Maintains organization and may help establish goals and timelines
  • Helps to maintain open communication and team spirit.
  • Attend off-season, local competitions that the team will participate in, e.g. Chezy Champs, CalGames.

January through April Build Season Responsibilities (Estimated 20 to 25 hours per week)

  • Attend all-day Kickoff event in San Jose and Castilleja (usually on the first Saturday of January).
  • Work with the student leadership team to plan and organize the build and competition season.
  • Mentor, teach, and chaperone students on the robotics team during the build season to guide them in building a robot for this year's FRC challenge during the months of January and February - the team meets on evenings and weekends during this period.
  • Travel with the team to competitions during the months of March and April - the team usually attends one out-of-town competition, one local Bay Area competition, and if qualified, the world championship.
  • Maintain regular communication with robotics faculty advisor and update advisor regularly.

May through June Post-Season Responsibilities

  • Attend post-season debriefing meeting and transition meeting to onboard new student leads for the following year.


  • Bachelors in Engineering highly preferred.
  • Prior Robotics Experience is helpful.
  • Prior experience working with students in an educational environment preferred.

For Consideration

If interested, please provide a completed application, resume and cover letter to and indicate ROBOTICS COACH in the subject field. Compensation is commensurate with experience. No recruiters, please.