Tinkering School

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Tinkering School Manager

Tinkering School operates a wide range of camps and workshops for young people ages 6 to 18.  The programs are based on the belief that kids can build anything, and through building learn anything.  The use of real tools to tackle real problems creates a unique atmosphere of trust and responsibility. From six-year-olds to high schoolers, we empower our tinkerers with tools, autonomy and space. Big responsibilities build competency and leave lasting memories.

Since our founding in 2005, Tinkering School has grown from a single week of summer camp to multiple year-round programs and has transformed how thousands of kids see their own abilities. We’re now seeking a passionate leader to guide the program’s development and expansion as we pursue our mission to help kids become the creative problem solvers their generation is going to need.

As the Manager of Tinkering School, you will be responsible for the overall leadership of all Tinkering School programs.  You will work closely with the founder and staff to develop, plan, and deliver deeply engaging high-impact Tinkering experiences.  You’ll manage budgets and operations to ensure that Tinkering School delivers programs that kids and parents rave about, with an excellent safety record, within budget.  You will guide the sustainable growth of the programs so that we can reach more and more kids.

This is a full-time permanent position based in San Francisco, California.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overall management of all Tinkering School programs.

  • Management of program budgets and operations.

  • Maintenance of quality and safety standards for all Tinkering School programs.

  • Recruiting, hiring, and management of staff and volunteers.

  • Regular reporting to the Board of Directors regarding program enrollment, profitability, and the satisfaction of participants and parents.

  • Management of Tinkering School registration and enrollment processes.

  • Management of the services provided by Tinkering School to Brightworks during the school year.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to identify new areas of expansion, then work to prioritize and streamline those projects to promote sustainable growth of Tinkering School.

  • Manage Tinkering School fundraising activities.

  • Manage Tinkering School policies regarding enrollment, communication, and program management, and ensure that all policies are followed.

  • Oversight of the Tinkering School Partner program, which enables motivated individuals and organizations to operate programs branded as “Tinkering School” in other locations.

  • Work closely with the day, overnight, and workshop staff to design and deliver consistently engaging hands-on learning experiences.

Interested applicants should send resume with cover letter to: hiring@tinkeringschool.com

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