I am a mentor for FRC team 3135, the Robotic Colonels, and FTC team 3507, Robotheosis, located at the Francis W Parker School in Chicago. We are looking for a new Lead Coaching Mentor for both our FTC and FTC teams. This is a position at our school with a paid stipend. Details on the job opening can be found here: http://www.fwparker.org/document.doc?id=1582
That’s not what the listing says, though – it reads, “12-15 hours per week; September 2013-April 2014”. That suggests to me that the commitment is 12-15 hours per week each week from September through April.
That’s 384 hours at 12 hours a week. I would still say that is reasonable estimate for most teams if you remove the build season and you don’t do anything in the summers. I am still shocked at the level of compensation. Is this normal from FIRST coaches up north?
I get $1450 for 10 month contract.
FYI: I estimate I give ~800 hours a calendar year to my team.
Wait you guys are getting paid to do FIRST? Wish I had that. I usually end up in debt at the end of the season since my teams school district only gives us 2500 to build a robot, build prototypes, buy T-shirts, buttons, etc. We also have to get permission to ask for a donation from sponsors then if we get money from them we have to get permission from the district to accept the money. Too much red tape.
Seconding arizonafoxx’s comments, people get paid to coach FIRST? I’ve been at it for 6 years coaching FRC and the last 2 also coaching FTC. We don’t get paid here. Frankly, I don’t think I’d want to get paid to do this…
In our school district (in Louisiana) teachers get a small bonus check (I believe $400) for being the teacher sponsor for any club. Teachers that are sports coaches also get a bonus check, but it is significant larger. Since we are a ‘extracurricular activity’ and not a ‘sports team’ our teacher sponsor gets the smaller bonus. Since robotics is much, much more involved than most other clubs, we have tried to gift our teachers money through our booster club, but we can’t because there are school board rules about outside sources paying teachers.