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Building an Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline through Maker Education
Economic Development Department
Fremont, CA

“Building an Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline through Maker Education” 
Fremont Economic Development Department 
Fremont, CA 

PROJECT CONTEXT 

Fremont is a manufacturing powerhouse with more than 800 manufacturers across multiple advanced industries including clean tech and life sciences. Most notably, Fremont is home to Tesla’s auto factory, which is modeling new ways of production through digitization, robotics, and the convergence of hardware and software. Tesla is one of hundreds of such examples in Fremont, which makes it a crucial player in the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing. In Fremont, there exists the software and hardware engineering talent of Silicon Valley, coupled with an unparalleled manufacturing supply chain and facilities. However, there are significant hurdles to maximizing these market dynamics, including the challenge of building the workforce pipeline. Nurturing more “hardware-focused” talent is imperative to sustaining the manufacturing comeback. And that nurturing must happen before college. Kids need to be more fundamentally connected with making things again. To compete with coding, app development, and other software pursuits, kids need more tinkering time, access to tools like 3-D printers, and enhanced opportunities to learn by doing, which are all hallmarks of a strong “Maker Education” initiative. 

In December 2014, as an economic development initiative, the City of Fremont hosted a full-day “Ecolab” event to strategize about how to best position its new “Innovation District,” a showcase area of the city that highlights the city’s growing cluster of advanced manufacturing clean tech companies. At the top of the list of worthy projects was engaging youth to be an integral part of Fremont’s maker economy. This idea was met with enthusiasm by the Fremont Unified School District, a high-performing district of 35,000 students with an already strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies. District and city leadership have since formed an Implementation Leadership Team that has met with an array of education stakeholders including teachers, parents, students, and nonprofit organizations to discuss ways to leverage existing hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities, and how to create a sustainable approach to positioning Fremont as a national leader in “Maker Education.” 

Fremont Unified School District’s goal for its middle school students is to participate in an integrated, real-world, standards-based curriculum that promotes conceptual understanding, modern skills development, and knowledge acquisition. It is in this arena that the district would like to plant the seeds for Maker Education and illuminate the choices that adolescents might make as they enter high school. To support this work, the city will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level Fellow for one year to partner with district officials in the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan to create a Maker Education curriculum for the district’s middle schools. The fellow will work with an array of stakeholders to develop a roadmap that guides the way toward an actionable implementation plan with a potential operating structure, funding sources, and key program elements. 

PROJECT SUMMARY 

The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first month of the project, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the Fellow and the host agency. 

Starting in October 2017, it is proposed that the FUSE Fellow will begin by working to understand the current landscape of partners and programs focused on Maker Education, both within and outside the school district. Utilizing the existing stakeholder base along with potential new partners, the fellow will lead the development of a strategic plan with short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals to advance this community initiative addressing a potential operating structure, funding sources, and key program elements. The fellow will also identify a core working group that is willing to play a long-term leadership role in the initiative. 

The fellow will also devote time to a more detailed work plan for key strategy elements, which may include: teacher training, identification or creation of physical “maker spaces,” marketing of events, clubs, and projects, student engagement in sourcing “ideas of impact,” and opportunities for partnerships with Fremont’s Advanced Manufacturing companies (including exploration of a “teacherships” summer program.) 

Success in this project will be evaluated in terms of the fellow’s ability to quickly forge strong relationships with cross-sector stakeholders, a collaborative strategic planning effort, and identification and implementation of “short-term wins” that bring visibility and excitement for the new program. If successful, the fellow’s efforts will help kindle strong support for Maker Education in Fremont and position the city as a national model for Maker Education and workforce development goals related to the manufacturing/hardware industries. 

POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES 
 
  • Conduct a landscape analysis of partners and programs involved in the Maker Initiative – Meet with a broad range of city and school-district stakeholders to better understand their perspectives, priorities, and potential barriers with regard to building a Maker Ed initiative. Identify and build relationships with key local business partners including Fremont’s vast manufacturing industry and begin to identify opportunities for public-private partnerships. 
  • Create strategic plan for the Maker Education initiative – In partnership with the Implementation Leadership Team, develop a strategic plan that includes: 
    • Organization and governance structures 
    • Resources and professional development needs 
    • Metrics of success 
    • A timeline with deadlines 
    • An initial budget 
    • A sustainable funding plan 
    • Communication with neighboring districts on process and outcomes
  • Create a work plan for promoting Maker Education – Explore with stakeholders the marketing opportunities that promote and support the developing Maker Education activities and potential partnerships with external partners and businesses. 
  • Develop a sustainable two-way communications plan to engage families, school staff, and the Fremont community – Conduct outreach to teachers, administrators, students, and parents at the junior high level to identify programmatic possibilities in which to embed STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) practices as schools begin to shift to a middle school model starting in 2018-19. 
  • Implement short-term “wins” that bring visibility and excitement for the new program – Identify and implement the most likely early “wins” that can be accomplished within the year to establish the new initiative and set a path toward sustained impact, including, if possible, a pilot partnership with an external partner. Support the development and institutionalization of structures and processes that reinforce and help sustain the collaboration between the city and the school district. 

KEY STAKEHOLDERS 
 
  • Fred Diaz, City Manager, City of Fremont 
  • Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director and Chief Innovation Officer, City of Fremont
  • Linda Anderson, Director of Curriculum, Fremont Unified School District 

QUALIFICATIONS 
 
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in a relevant field, particularly with a strong background in management consulting, strategic planning, project management and/or data analytics. Familiarity with the fields of STEM/STEAM, education and/or workforce development would be a plus.  
  • Strong record of success engaging various cross-sector stakeholders and managing cross-functional teams. Ability to relate to a wide variety of diverse audiences with varying interests with strong emotional intelligence and empathy. 
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to use facilitative techniques to influence people into action without direct reporting authority.  
  • Superior critical thinking and analytical skills, and ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise recommendations. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in public presentations. 
  • Self-motivated, goal-oriented, entrepreneurial leader who is an independent worker, creatively resourceful in creating novel solutions to complex problems, persistent in obtaining information, and able to create direction and movement within potentially ambiguous environments. 
  • Flexibility, adaptability, persistence, humility, inclusivity, and sensitivity to cultural differences. 

TO APPLY 

Click the link below to upload a resume and complete the online application questions in lieu of a cover letter. The application process will allow you to indicate interest in more than one fellowship opportunity. You only need to submit one application. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selections will be made on a rolling basis and specific opportunities may close quickly. 

This role offers the opportunity to work full time for 12 months as an independent contractor of FUSE Corps with an annual stipend of $90,000 paid through monthly installments. 

The FUSE Fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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