WE'RE HIRING!

Spark Central is seeking a dynamic Program Manager to work on our Creative Team, led by the Executive Director. The Program Manager will plan, develop, coordinate, publicize, and often teach a robust calendar of structured programs for youth (60%) and all ages or adults (40%) both at Spark Central and at key partner locations with support from volunteers. 

You will be provided with a laptop and a schedule based around our program offerings (Tuesday through Saturday with frequent evening programs).
 

Starting Date

Between September 30th and October 15th, 2018
 

DESIRED CHARACTER TRAITS & TEAM CULTURE

Like all members of our Creative Team, you will be expected to exert:

  • exceptional, demonstrated creativity

  • strong sense of ownership and integrity, from small tasks to large projects

  • collaborative spirit and flexibility

  • willingness to have candid and curious conversations and to leave personal agendas at the door

  • immaculate attention to detail

  • fabulous sense of humor and play

  • desire to do the extraordinary

While each Creative Team member focuses on their areas of expertise 85% of the time, each person steps outside their specified roles 15% of the time to do what needs to be done for the good of the team and Spark Central. This could mean stepping into another team member’s usual tasks when ill, giving a last-minute tour to a group, or cleaning the kitchen.

While each team member focuses on certain types of tasks, all are held accountable to fellow team members and the Executive Director, and each should be willing to step outside their usual roles in order to make incredible things happen in pursuit of our mission.

Developing projects of passion that will benefit the organization as a whole is strongly encouraged, with the understanding that team and board-set priorities come first. Self-management and individual initiative are expected, as is transparency and clear communication with the team.
 

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of our Program Manager are as follows, with the caveat that like an organism, the Creative Team flexes to meet critical demands and roles may evolve based on the needs of the organization:

  • Design, plan, execute, and publicize a balanced monthly calendar of structured programs, maintaining the quality and sense of play that sets our programs apart. You will be the primary teacher of some of these programs, and for others you will enlist skilled volunteers to teach as you assist. Our structured programs include:

    • Youth workshops/camps (some mornings, Saturdays, school breaks, and summer)

    • Youth West Central Express newspaper club for 5th/6th graders (1 afternoon per week, 12 sessions per school semester)

    • Offsite youth workshops at West Central partner locations (about 1 per month)

    • Community events for youth, adults, or all ages (1 or 2 per month)

    • Adult/teen workshops in collaboration with community partners (2 per month)

  • Ensure all structured programs meet our impact outcomes, quality standards, and hallmark practices; communicate these to volunteer teachers and community partners as necessary.

  • For each new program offered, create a curriculum that stands out from other local program offerings, and aligns with our structured program format and goals (or work with volunteer teachers to do so).

  • Enlist the support of program volunteers to assist and/or teach at structured programs OR assist with program administrative tasks (evaluation form data entry, reminder calls to attendees/parents for registration-based workshops with waiting lists, etc.)

  • Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations and coordinate collaboration programs with those partners when appropriate.

  • Use effective, trauma-sensitive behavior management practices with troubled youth, maintaining a sense of positivity and safety for participants.

  • For registration-based workshops, use our Eventbrite account to set-up and manage registration, reminders, and waitlists.

  • Track program attendance, outputs, and outcomes in our team data spreadsheet; this includes gathering and entering participant-completed evaluation forms after each program and enlisting volunteer help for data entry.

  • Purchase program supplies and technology in collaboration with the Creative Team.

  • As needed, use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to design appealing, re-usable graphics for new programs that adhere to our style guide and branding look.

  • On a monthly basis, update and publish our website program calendar (using SquareSpace) and our printed program guide (using Adobe InDesign) for widespread distribution.

MINIMUM Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience teaching, engaging, and inspiring large groups of youth in a fun-filled educational environment.

  • Strong relational skills, including the ability to build value and inspire confidence in volunteers, youth, and community members.

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills with a willingness to delegate to volunteers.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Comfort with various types of technology, from iPads to robotics to kid-friendly programming platforms.

  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe InDesign is a plus.

  • Ability to regularly work Saturdays and evenings.

  • AA degree or higher preferred.

  • This job is made far easier with a car due to offsite programming.

Hours

30 hours a week, Tuesday through Saturday including some evening programs.
 

FLSA Status

Non-Exempt
 

Salary

Hourly rate of $16/hour with merit-based advancement at annual reviews. 

Includes 1 hour of sick & safe leave for every 30 hours worked. Up to 40 hours of sick leave may be accrued and rolled over to the following year.

 

To Apply

Submit your resumé, cover letter, and at least two professional letters of recommendation to brooke@spark-central.org before midnight on September 23rd. In your cover letter, address how you meet the specific qualifications and vital attributes listed for this position. 

Letters of recommendation may be sent in along with resumé and cover letter OR sent individually by the authors to brooke@spark-central.org with the subject line, “Recommendation for [applicant name].”

Spark Central is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, gender identity, national origin, or other non-merit factors.


SEEKING OUR NEXT Americorps VISTA

Spark Central is also seeking our second Americorps VISTA to help us better serve the West Central community. This person will be our Resource Coordinator, helping us make our IT and technology more accessible with easy-to-use guides, tracking data to inform how well we serve the community, and continuing to grow our Level Up Creativity program and collection of easy-to-use Creative Kits.

You can read more about the position here, or click on the posting below to view the official Americorps VISTA posting.