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Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 535 students located east of Boulder on a beautiful 112-acre campus, seeks a (part-time) Upper School Head Robotics Coach starting August 1, 2023. This position will work with students after school hours and on weekends as needed. The anticipated time commitment is roughly 410 hours, not including competitions, with the weekly time commitment varying greatly depending on the time of year. During the build season, in January and February, the team will meet at least two hours after school and 15-20 hours on weekends. In March and April the commitment will be more like twice a week for two or three hours after school. The rest of the year will likely be once a week for two to three hours. The new head coach will help determine the exact schedule after they are hired. Dawson is a growing and passionate educational community dedicated to the healthy development and education of all of its students. 

Dawson School Mission Statement

Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world.

Professional Qualifications

  • Teaching experience preferred

  • An undergraduate degree in related field of education, engineering, computer science, or related field  is required; a graduate degree is preferred 

  • Experience with FIRST Robotics

  • Strong classroom management skills 

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work productively with technology

  • Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for work with all school constituencies

  • Model school virtues of respect, compassion, courage, and integrity

  • Collaborate and work positively as a member of a team

  • Personal warmth and friendliness

  • Attitude that exemplifies teamwork and personal responsibility


  • Report to Director of Upper School

  • Organize and monitor the high school FIRST Robotics team.

  • Serve as a liaison between team members, mentors, parents, and volunteers while communicating expectations to parents and students.

  • Inspect and maintain all equipment, overseeing the issuance and collection of equipment.

  • Communicate with sponsoring organizations, purchasing supplies, registering for competitions, creating schedules and team building.

  • Facilitate the team building a robot that can accomplish the team's desired missions.

  • Access partnerships with business/community to garner mentors and funding opportunities.

  • Manage team budgeting, fundraising, and purchasing.

  • Inspire and lead students in science, technology, engineering, and math through establishing goals and timelines.

  • Ensure all youth have an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the project.

  • Establish ground rules to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Additional duties as deemed necessary by the School.

The salary range for this position is $10,000-$15,000/year. Compensation is commensurate with experience, relevant skills, and number of hours being committed to the program. This position is not eligible for benefits. 

Interested candidates should go to the Dawson website (, and click on About Us at the top of the page, click on Employment, scroll to the middle of the page, click the link under JOIN OUR TEAM!, and select the Upper School Head Robotics Coach posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. No phone calls please.  Visit:

Dawson School Diversity Statement:

Dawson actively promotes and embraces the exchange of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds through curricular design, community involvement, and the integration of our four virtues –- respect, compassion, courage, and integrity — into every aspect of our community life. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, or religion, as well as to cultivate in each student the ability to make empathetic, socially responsible decisions.