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S.T.E.A.M. Lead Educator


The Site Lead develops, supervises, and teaches Digital Arts based curriculum at Square Root Academy. This includes digital sketching, animation, and other tech based creative mediums. This position is filled by a creative, adaptable, organized, and skilled individual who is proficient at Digital Arts fundamentals and is inspired to lead programs that empower all youth (our Scholars). This person works closely with Education team members and is vital for Scholar success.



AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 community members nation-wide, in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Headlines of this role:

  • Site Leads are educator-leaders; they communicate with partners in school and industry, and teach classes

  • They ensure a quality S.T.E.A.M./ Digital Arts Education program by curriculum building and implementation, classroom facilitation, and professional learning

  • They skillfully facilitate meaningful, engaging, and active learning of our Scholars, helping them to harness their own creativity

Compensation: $30,000 Yearly Living Allowance (~$2,500/Month) (returning SRA members: $32,400; $2,700 monthly) + $6,895 Segal Education Award and $3,105 California for All Education Award (upon completion of service)

  • You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans

  • Ongoing professional development opportunities

  • You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans

  • Ongoing professional development opportunities

  • You may be eligible for CalFresh food stamp

  • You may be eligible for Child Care Assistance

  • Mileage reimbursement when applicable

Commitment: 1700 hours/year (~ 40 hours/week) HYBRID; Start date: September 5th, 2023 – August 31st, 2024


Our adaptable, mission-oriented Site Leads, Digital Arts Education also engages in various specific tasks to support their work.

​Teaching of lesson plans, distribution to sites, training scholar mentors:

  • The distribution of lesson plans to sites

  • Teach courses (virtually or on-site) to Scholars in the realm of digital arts, rigorously promoting Scholar growth and empowerment

  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with site specific decision makers (Principal, admin, site partners etc.)

  • Verify lessons meet Academy standards prior to teaching date.

  • Communicate with parents/guardians specific site news and specific
    scholar news

  • Ensure proper worksheets, quizzes etc. are printed prior to class

  • Complete each lesson for quality assurance

  • Complete weekly reports on program attendance and overall success

  • Promote productive learning environments where Scholars respect peers and adults, continually grow, are safe, and build relationships

  • Learn continually through professional development workshops to expand their skills in: all STEAM content, project-based learning, equity, and Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Participate in collaborations, trainings, and weekly meetings, both in person and virtually

  • Know Scholars as individuals, building mentor relationships with them, and connecting them with additional learning opportunities

  • Represent Team #SquareRoot through professionalism and pride at various interactions, conferences, and events

  • Embody and promote the Square Root Academy’s STEAM and equity-driven culture and values.


Is Team #SquareRoot where you see yourself making a social impact? Successful Site Leads bring various qualities to the mission:
They generally:

  • Year or more serving with SRA with STEAM education experience

  • Our Site Leads take pride in their commitment to STEAM learning, validated by certification and have a Bachelor’s degree in a STEAM related field

  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED Certificate

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status

  • Have not completed more than three (3) prior AmeriCorps or VISTA service terms

  • Understand that this position is an AmeriCorps service commitment and are dedicated to national and community service

  • Dedicated to successfully completing a full term of service

  • Upon service, will pass statutory checks with the Department of Justice, medical clearance (such as TB tests)

  • Our Site Leads have an equity-oriented passion and are committed to eradicating disparities in outcomes for youth from marginalized groups. They generally either have experience in working with youth

  • Communicate professionally and effectively, through writing, speaking, and presenting

  • Have a team-oriented mindset and demonstrate the flexibility needed in a community-based non-profit

  • Schedule: Our STEAM Educators commute to local-area sites, or work virtually, dependent on the current needs of the program.​​

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