Seeds Of Independence Brunswick, ME, United States
Oct 04, 2016Full time
SEEDS OF INDEPENDENCE Nurturing Youth Through Mentoring POSITION DESCRIPTION: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Seeds of Independence (“Seeds”) is a non-profit organization based in Brunswick, Maine that has worked successfully for 20 years to put thousands of underserved youth on a path toward becoming independent, included, and secure members of their homes, schools, and communities. Seeds’ objective is to provide at-risk mid-coast Maine youth with mentoring programs and other resources that build self-awareness, confidence, empathy, accountability, and productivity. Combined, these characteristics lead to greater security in life. Seeds’ mission is closely focused on: Teaching youth resilience Enhancing the bonds between youth and their communities Advocating for children’s personal and academic welfare Providing them with strong role models Guiding them on their way to adulthood Seeds offers three mentoring programs for underserved youth; the “Grit Leadership Initiative,” an afterschool program for underserved 6 th and 7 th graders; “Navigate,” an in-school mentoring program for freshmen high school students, and “JumpStart,” our court-diversion program for first-time offending students between the ages of 14 and 18. Our overall goal is to promote self-advocacy, physical and mental health, and an appreciation of and engagement in education among youth. We show our youth paths in life that are more promising than what they may have imagined for themselves. Seeds serves roughly 300 students each year in Brunswick, Topsham, and Freeport. At a time when its work is in greater demand than ever, Seeds is seeking to hire its first full-time Program Director to oversee all programs. This seasoned, compatible professional will manage and grow Seeds’ core programs; conceptualize and organize this complementary programming for a single overarching cohort of 11- to 18-year-old youth; develop, coordinate, administer, and assess all aspects of Seeds’ programs; and manage one recently introduced program supported largely by a trained volunteer corps. Seeds of Independence is a core component of the nonprofit Seeds Campus Collective conceived and executed by Thomas Wright, co-founder of Seeds. Our physical proximity to relevant non-profit partners—including Child and Family Services, Family Focus, Opportunity Alliances, Goodwill, the YMCA, and other social service organizations with like-minded services—creates a rich, creative, and gratifying workplace. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SEEDS PROGRAM DIRECTOR This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with program and management experience to grow and further develop proven programming. The successful candidate will lead programs, partner with the ED, and work collaboratively with a highly motivated and performing management team and Board of Trustees. The Program Director will report directly to the Seeds Executive Director, and will also work closely with other staff, including the Director of Community Outreach. The appropriate candidate will be a passionate advocate for youth development. She or he will be an innovative thinker with a demonstrable record of successful program outcomes. The successful candidate will also have experience stewarding stable programming as well as nurturing and incubating recently introduced programs. The Program Director will exhibit excellent management and relationship-building skills, and will have a comfortable public presence. He or she will be self-directed, driven, and palpably energized about building broad, sustainable change. The responsibilities of the Seeds program director will include but may not be limited to the following: Develop and Organize Seeds Programs Plan the quality delivery of The Grit Leadership Initiative, the Navigate program, and JumpStart in alignment with Seeds’ mission and goals Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with staff, families, schools, facilitators, volunteers and community partners Liaise with other staff to ensure effective and efficient program delivery Ensure that program staff receives an appropriate orientation and training regarding Seeds and its specific program goals and requirements. Develop forms and records to document program activities Oversee the collection and maintenance of select student information for qualitative and quantitative purposes. Ensure maximum enrollment potential Lead Seeds Programs Manage communication with educators and community resources Supervise program staff by providing direction, coaching, and timely feedback Lead weekly Grit Staff Meetings and monthly Navigate Facilitator Meetings Be engaged during Grit program hours as well as during staff meetings and program-related special events Attend and arrange appropriate staff development Train and Provide timely feedback to volunteers directly Work with Director of Community Outreach to interview volunteers interested in engaging as mentors and facilitators Implement and consistently apply Seeds policies and procedures Facilitate monthly parenting groups and trainings Establish a formal performance evaluation process for direct reports Oversee and Evaluate Programs Ensure a consistent recruitment pool and process for new Grit students Track budget for Program Grit and Navigate, ensuring they are operating within budget Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to immediately mitigate any risks Work with Seeds’ identified student assessment and valuation tool (the Holistic Student Assessment developed by the PEAR Institute at Harvard University) to generate youth- and program-specific data Ensure that any incidents involving students or mentors and facilitators are promptly and thoroughly investigated and resolved Proactively communicate any program-related information that may affect other Seeds staff or programs Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant licensure compliance, legislation, and professional standards. Engage in systematic and effective program evaluation, including short- and long-term outcome tracking Provide program-evaluation reports to the board and funders. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Either Masters Degree or relevant experience; or Bachelor's Degree with relevant experience in education, social work, or related field 10 years’ experience coordinating youth development and/or youth enrichment programs Knowledge of client groups and/or issues related to providing youth-development opportunities for underserved or otherwise at-risk students Experience working with middle-school children and high school students Experience supervising professional staff Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills, including the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds Strong written and verbal communication skills Effective organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills Demonstrated experience in evidence- based program development and evaluation WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS Occasional evening or weekend work expected. Programming includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Working with in-need students and occasional related behaviors is expected. TO APPLY Please submit a cover letter, a current resume, your salary history, and thoughtful responses to the two questions below (all in Word format) by email only to Kelly McMahon, Operations Manager of Seeds, at email@example.com How would you go about ensuring that youth in Seeds programs are “heard” among their families, peers, and the community at large? What are the ingredients you depend on in terms of research methods and other strategies to determine your approach in working with underserved youth? Application packages must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 28th, 2016. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of Seeds of Independence’s leadership team. Seeds is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you encounter technical difficulty when submitting your application, please call Kelly McMahon, at 207-406-2365. For more information, please go to seedsofindependence.org .