Now Hiring: Full-Time Project Designers

updated 10/3

Project Designers develop and lead hands-on learning experiences for youth of all ages who participate in Beam Center's programs and school partnerships. Based out of Beam Center's Red Hook shop and studio, Project Designers are part of a team of artists and engineers with diverse technical and creative backgrounds. They have a passion for learning new skills and for sharing their knowledge, skill, and insight with their collaborators and students.

Project Designers divide their time between multiple programs and sites. At our partner schools, Project Designers collaborate with teachers to design unique curriculum-inspired projects that are implemented in K-12 classrooms, which includes coaching teachers through the process of leading projects in the classroom as well as working directly with students. Project Designers also contribute to the design and implementation of projects in Beam Center's Youth and Summer Programs.

At Beam Center, Project Designers:

  • Prototype projects, write materials lists, and write lesson plans in collaboration with teachers and Beam Center staff

  • Learn new skills as required by project goals

  • Share knowledge and skills with Beam Center staff, partners, and youth

  • Lead and co-lead professional development sessions for teachers and partners

  • Lead and co-lead hands-on learning experiences for youth enrolled in Beam Center's Youth Programs

  • Manage a complex schedule with multiple sites across the five boroughs 

  • Maintain communication with various teams or partners 

  • Work as part of a team to maintain the shop and studio


Work at Beam Center involves a great deal of teamwork and requires strong communication skills and the ability to empathize. Successful applicants enjoy collaborating with others, learning new skills, and figuring things out. A master's degree and/or 3+ years of experience working with youth are preferred. Beam Center Project Designers bring to their position a personal practice and a set of technical expertise in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Digital Fabrication

  • Electronics

  • Coding (web-based and/or physical computing)

  • Woodworking

  • Metalworking

To apply, please email a resume, portfolio and explanation of any relevant activity in education, collaboration or working with young people to