Current Employment Opportunities

The COMO is currently seeking:

Youth Outreach Coordinator | Program Coordinator (STEAM) | STEAM Instructor | Ceramics Art InstructorSubstitute Assistant TeacherGeneral Contractors

Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO employment application, along with a resume in addition to the application, and submit to employment@thecomo.org unless otherwise specified.


Youth Outreach Coordinator

This highly responsible year round position is part of the COMO Leadership Team. The primary function of the Youth Outreach Coordinator (50%), with the support of the Education Director, is to lead the continued growth and success of the COMO’s state licensed child care programs in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of CT Dept. of Public Health and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Such programs include: COMO Kids before and after care; School’s Out school vacation childcare; and Summer Camp. Duties include building and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum, maintaining a positive and safe learning environment, effectively communicating with parents and supervising assistant teachers. Duties also include coordinating and expanding upon enrichment activities/events, such as youth Dodgeball Nights. This position also provides direct programming and administrative support to the COMO’s preschool program (40%). Additionally, the Youth Outreach Coordinator recruits, leads, mentors and inspires youth age 13-17 in the COMO’s Junior Leadership Program (10%). The Junior Leadership Program (JLP) is designed to build leadership qualities, providing leadership training, volunteer experience and philanthropic opportunities to engage our young leaders with both the COMO community and greater area nonprofits. Given the nature of this position a flexible schedule is required with some evening and weekend hours.

The ideal candidate in an outgoing self-starter with a genuine desire to work with youth ages 3-17. Learn more about the full qualifications and required skills for this position.

Qualified candidates should contact:

Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers, Principal, Excellere

merogers@excellereinc.com | 860-992-3490


Program Coordinator (STEAM)

This full-time year round position works under the supervision of the Education Director and in direct collaboration with the Advancement Director, Pottery Studio Manager and Head Teachers to engage both youth and adults in STEAM programming in support of the COMO MakerSpace classroom. The COMO MakerSpace equipment list currently includes a Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer, Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer, LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer, (14) Mini 3D Printer (IIIP), (8) Dell Precision T3500 workstation and a Silhouette Studio Software. The STEAM Program Coordinator’s primary responsibilities include: develop, lead/support STEAM programming and events; assist with the management of the MakerSpace equipment and supplies; ensure safety protocols are enforced; and incorporate STEAM activities into the COMO’s childcare, preschool and summer camp.   .

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, highly organized, passionate about technology and enjoys inspiring and leading learners of all ages. Learn more about the essential skills and qualifications for this position.

Qualified candidates should contact:

Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers, Principal, Excellere

merogers@excellereinc.com | 860-992-3490


STEAM Instructor

The COMO MakerSpace is outfitted with the following equipment and software:

  • Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer

  • Flashforge Creater Pro 3D Printer

  • LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

  • (14) Mini 3D Printer (IIIP)

  • (8) Dell Precision T3500 workstation

  • Silhouette Studio Software

Ideal candidates are familiar/experienced with operating current MakerSpace equipment, comfortable learning new technology, and have a desire to introduce MakerSpace skill sets to people of all ages.

Will provide training and instruction, as well as coordinate with Education Director to build creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) educational curriculum using MakerSpace technology. Opportunity to develop workshops and programs to match candidate’s interest and skills while simultaneously meeting community needs.

  • Established record of expertise in using MakerSpace technology including 3D printers, laser cutters and design software

  • Expertise in the proper use, maintenance, and care of all equipment, materials, and tools

  • Knowledge of best practices for MakerSpace operations and equipment management

  • Skilled communicator

  • Organized, efficient and detail oriented

  • Energetic and positive personality with a passion for learning new technology

  • Ability to train and instruct people of all ages in STEAM skills

  • Ability to successfully represent the COMO brand and integrate with the team culture

Interested candidates should send a resume to employment@thecomo.org.


Ceramics Art Instructor

Background
The Stonington Community Center, Inc., a nonprofit known locally as the COMO, campus includes a Pottery Studio which has a long legacy of serving as a community resource to the area's potters. The Studio welcomes all levels of interest, from the beginner to the experienced potter, age 3 and up. The primary goal of the Pottery Studio is to encourage individual creative expression. The primary Studio objectives include: providing educational opportunities for personal growth through structured classes and comradery and share an affinity for ceramics.

Position Summary
This contractor position provides ceramics art instruction, beginning through advanced wheel and hand building, at the COMO Pottery Studio, through workshops, classes, socials and event rental. Ceramics Art Instructors, as contractors, work in conjunction with the Studio Manager to ensure a positive, engaging and creative learning experience for COMO participants.

Essential Functions

  • Develop curriculum and instruct ceramics art classes

  • Maintain class and studio records

  • Monitor and enforce all studio policies and procedures

  • Work collaboratively with the Studio Manager

  • Facilitate a positive and safe learning environment

  • Maintain a clean and organized studio space

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Established record of expertise in ceramics – hand build, slab and wheel work

  • Expertise & aptitude in the proper use and care of all equipment, tools, glazes and clay bodies

  • Knowledge of studio safety best practices

  • Familiarity of kiln firing, high and low techniques (Studio Manager loads, fires and unloads kiln)

  • Skilled communicator

  • Organized, efficient and detail-orientated

  • Energetic and positive personality with a love of ceramics and art

  • Ability to maintain a harmonious studio environment

  • Ability to successfully represent the COMO brand and integrate with the team culture

Qualifications
Experience: A minimum of one year experience as a ceramics art instructor within a pottery studio and demonstrated proficiency and knowledge of ceramics are required. A higher degree is preferred. 


Substitute Assistant Teacher

Part-time before and after school child care staff, under the supervision of the Head Teacher, is responsible for implementing curriculum and programs in the child care program in accordance with the guidelines set forth by The State of CT Dept. of Public Health. Immediate opening: 7:00-9:00 a.m. Competitive pay. Year round hours available.

Key Roles (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Program Development
Assist in implementing the curriculum and activities that support youth development and are in accordance with the State of CT, Dept. of Public Health regulation for school age group.
•    Work in conjunction with Head Teacher to provide and implement daily programs and activities.
o    Assist in the implantation of day-to-day curriculum and activities in the assigned areas.
o    Encourage children to participate in a variety of program activities. 
•    Provide guidance and role modeling for children to assist them in making appropriate choices.
•    Complete any other duties as assigned by the Head Teacher or Education Director

Safety and Security
•    Help maintain a workspace that is clean and safe.
o    Help establish a program setting that ensures the health and safety of all the children.
o    Help children keep their area neat and clean.

•    Help keep accurate attendance forms for children in the program.
o    Is aware of the location of all the children assigned to your activity area at all times.
o    Assure that children are signed in and out by parent/guardian.
o    Check IDs of pick-up people as necessary.
•    Report all incidents and problems to the Head Teacher.
o    Properly handle accident and incident reports.

Supervision and Implementation of Program
•    Help set up activities every day at the interest centers according to curriculum.
o    Make sure that supplies are available and organized for children’s use.
•    Be aware of adult to child ratios.
•    Assure that any written communication with parents is approved by the Education Director. 

Additional Responsibilities:
•    If over 21 years of age with a Public Service license, may be required to drive the Como van for children’s functions.
•    Attend and contribute to all scheduled staff meetings.
•    Complete and minimum of 1% of total number of hours worked per year for professional development.
•    Obtain CPR and First Aid Certifications.
•    May be asked to participate in special programs and/or events (i.e. Family Nights, field trips, parent workshops, organization-wide activities, etc.)
•    Complete staff orientation
•    Adhere to dress code. 

Job Requirements:
•    Must be 16 years of age.
•    Experience working with children desired.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work with other adult in a group setting.
•    Be aware of individual children’s needs, i.e., limitations, allergies, medications.
•    Have a current physical (current is no more than 1year old), be willing to have TB test, and be fingerprinted along with background check.
•    Have transportation and be willing to travel to another school site.

Disclaimer:
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employee in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives require of employees assigned to this job.


General Contractors

The COMO is actively looking for instructors in all areas - from art, pottery and technology to dance, fitness and sports! Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO Employment Application, with the option of including a resume in addition to the application and submit to employment@thecomo.org.