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Rosie Riveters, a non-profit organization that works with girls ages 4-14 to develop their confidence, problem solving, and critical thinking skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), is currently seeking after-school and weekend teachers at multiple locations in Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church. We offer a competitive hourly rate, training, and a flexible/seasonal schedule. If you are looking to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders in a fun and innovative environment that is focused on hands-on and interactive learning, we want to hear from you!

Program Details

  • Age groups: Rosie Riveters programs are split into three age groups K-1st, 2nd-5th, 6th-8th.
  • Class Duration:
    • Kindergarten -1st: 2 Hours (1 Hour of Instruction + 1 hour of setup and clean up)
    • 2nd-5th and 6th-8th: 3 Hours (2 Hours of Instruction + 1 hour of setup and clean up)
  • Program Duration (instructors can choose either program options):
    • 8-week after-school programs (typically delivered once per week over 8 consecutive weeks)
    • 4-week Saturday programs (typically delivered once a month for four months)
    • 10-week after-school or Saturday programs (typically delivered once a month for ten months)

Job Description

Using Rosie Riveters lesson plans, instructors guide participants through a short interactive group lesson and then move to the independent construction of a project embodying the scientific principle explored in the lesson. By stimulating discussion and embracing the Rosie Riveters' philosophy of learning by doing rather than listening to a lecture, instructors serve to support maximum understanding via hands-on activities. He/She also oversees the self-guided building environment, where participants interact with examples in order to choose materials and
develop a plan for constructing their individual projects. Our participants do not work from a list of instructions! Due to the hands-on nature of our programs, we often have volunteers in the classroom as well; instructors will also guide their interaction with participants, making sure it aligns with our “learning by doing” philosophy.

Required Skills

  • B.A/B.S. or expected B.A./B.S.
  • Proven experience working with children from kindergarten-8th grade. Classroom teaching experience is
    not required as long as the candidate has experience working with children
  • Interest in and passion for STEM
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to lead a group of 12-14 school-aged children. Effectiveness and patience in guiding
    classroom activities and thinking quickly/creatively in the face of unexpected questions or comments
  • Compassionate attitude and strong understanding of child development
  • Detail-oriented management of materials for programs at various sites
  • All prospective instructors must consent to a background check prior to beginning training

Application Process

To join us on our mission to inspire girls in STEM, please submit the following to

  • Current resume/C.V.
  • An outline of after-school and weekend availability.
  • In lieu of a cover letter, please answer the following questions (either in the body of your email or a
    separate document; please limit your replies to 1 or 2 paragraphs per question):
    • Why is increasing the number of young women who are interested in STEM important to you?
    • What is your experience working with school-aged children?
    • Do you have a background/career in STEM (not a requirement!). If yes, please describe.

Have questions about the instructor position, the application process, or our organization? Please email

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