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Job Opening: Program Manager and Facilitator (2019-2020)
Position Title: Program Manager and Facilitator
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Type: Full-time, Non-exempt
This new position offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative learning center, whose mission of self-directed education for youth is at the cutting-edge of children's rights and education reform. We seek a passionate and capable person to join our young non-profit in a pivotal year of growth.
As we approach our fourth year in operation, Dida Academy is launching the position of Program Manager and Facilitator to grow our organization to a new level. This position will be responsible for the on-the-ground leadership of our learning center space on a daily basis. This role serves the dual purpose of creating and maintaining administrative / management tasks as well as engaging in and facilitating interactions with the students, their families, and the staff. This job offers the truly exciting potential of steering our organization as we expand from being a startup into a fully-developed organization.
This position will be full-time for the 2019-2020 school year (mid-September, 2019 through mid-June 2020). The ideal candidate would be available on a part-time basis (a few hours per week) between May-September 2019 to gear up for next year.
Please note, this is a hands-on management position during setup, school hours, and clean up (8:30am-3pm). The position has the additional responsibilities of:
being available daily for students, parents and staff outside of school hours
organizing and running facilitator preparation and reflection time
outside of school hours administrative work, staff meetings and trips
attending weekly staff meetings after school hours
This position reports to the Executive Director and manages 1-2 other facilitators and staff on site.
Dida Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor or working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Dida Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
Dida Academy is a self-directed learning center for teens. Dida students are registered homeschoolers who use homeschooling laws to enable freedom and flexibility of education. We operate Monday-Friday out of our learning space in Park Slope Brooklyn. We offer flexible enrollment options (1-5 days per week) to enable a student-centered, customized education.
Dida Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Understand, develop, and implement the philosophy of Self-Directed Education at the center, train other staff or set up trainings as necessary
Outreach to field trip destinations / volunteers / people to collaborate with for day-time activities (e.g., collaborations with other self-directed learning centers)
Manage budget for supplies and field trips in consultation with the Executive Director
Maintain and manage the physical space of the center (which is shared with another organization after hours) including purchasing and organizing materials and resources so that they are easily accessible to the needs of all using the space
Engage warmly and enthusiastically with students daily, helping them to discover and pursue their interests
Plan, manage, and lead the core programmatic elements of the learning center for the students and staff:
daily community meeting with students and facilitators
intention setting and reflection
project planning (optional for students)
field trip planning
"Bridge the gap" between the goal setting aspirations of students and their families with the reality of executing them
Manage the conflict resolution methods used in the space
Communications and Outreach
Maintain awareness of day-to-day issues that arise for students / families; serve as lead coordinator of responding to student/family concerns / issues, ensuring timely and appropriate responses that reflect our mission
Write quarterly narratives for each student (helping parents with their mandatory homeschool quarterly reports)
Liaison of communication between students, parents, staff, and Executive Director
Develop new programming (e.g. evening talks, weekend projects) to further develop the center’s community and outreach
Social media, marketing, media collection (photos/videos), primary writer of marketing materials
Experience working with adolescents and families (2+ years preferred, self-directed learning environment preferred)
Knows about / has a propensity towards the mindset of Self-Directed Education and children’s rights
Punctual, reliable, dependable, communicative
Enthusiasm for both hands-on play and administrative tasks
Self-organized and self-motivated
Confident, extroverted, storyteller
Extremely organized but flexible; has the ability to be spontaneous
Maintains a professional and accountable demeanor
Compassionate and empathetic but able to give honest critiques
Well-traveled; lots of unique and interesting experiences
Able to cultivate community in a multi-cultural, multi-learner setting
A genuinely interested and interesting person
Experience with various types of communal structures and forms of decision-making and knows their strengths and weaknesses
Comfortably models making mistakes and how to overcome them
Experience maintaining a budget and managing a grassroots organization is a plus
Experience with social justice and activism is a plus
Physical Aspects of the Job
This position requires the ability to climb stairs and be physically active throughout the day. Our center is located up a flight of stairs and we unfortunately do not have an elevator. In addition, the ability to physically travel around NYC is an important part of leading field trips.
This position will be salaried between the months of September 2019 - June 2020. This position includes four weeks of paid time off during school breaks. The salary will equate to $20-30/hour, depending on experience and funding. We are a small start-up organization and unfortunately cannot offer health insurance or other benefits at this time.
As we grow, there is room for salary increases and job advancement for the right person. Our organization is committed to mentoring and developing our staff to help them achieve their own personal and professional goals.
How to Apply
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Danielle Levine, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates will be considered immediately, and on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible for priority consideration.
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