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We hire part-time facilitators throughout the year. You can apply for a facilitator role at any time. Email Danielle Levine, Executive Director at danielle@didaacademy.org with a resume and cover letter.


Job Opening: Program Manager and Facilitator (2019-2020)

Position Title: Program Manager and Facilitator

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Type: Full-time, Non-exempt

Job Overview

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.

About Dida

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.

Responsibilities:


Program Management

  • 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


Learning Facilitation

  • 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

  • goal setting

  • 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

Qualities

  • 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.

Compensation

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 danielle@didaacademy.org. Candidates will be considered immediately, and on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible for priority consideration.


Volunteer

We are currently accepting volunteers who would love to share their interests and enable the love of learning for these topics:

Academics

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Algebra

  • Statistics

  • Pre-Algebra

  • World History

  • Government

  • Writing

Workshops

  • Graphic Design

  • Game Design

  • Photography

  • Product Design

  • Film Production

  • Photography

  • Programming

Send an email to danielle@didaacademy.org with your resume and tell us how you would like to get involved!


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