“This is an exciting opportunity to join an organization to engage more students in STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning, as we cultivate the next generation workforce of innovative problem-solvers from diverse backgrounds and communities

Colin Lacy
Managing Director, Makers + Mentors Network

THE OPPORTUNITY

For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.

Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school, and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.

Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

Makers + Mentors Network:

Makers + Mentors Network, a STEM initiative of Citizen Schools, partners with communities and organizations to uplift STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning as essential tools to build a stronger, more diverse workforce. Recognizing that unlike talent, opportunity and access are not equally distributed, we focus on underserved and underrepresented students, including girls, students of color and youth from low-income communities. Makers + Mentors Network advances its mission through three primary models: National Community of Practice, Make For All, and Maker Fellows.

The Program Director will be particularly focused on advancing our Maker Fellows programs and our National Community of Practice.

THE ROLE

As our Program Director, you will have a central role in the management and oversight of the Makers Fellow program. You will also support the design and implementation of our National Community of Practice (CoP), in collaboration with the MMN Program Manager and other staff. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with key strategic leadership throughout the organization during an exciting period of growth.

The Makers + Mentors Network team has an entrepreneurial mindset, strategic thinkers, and our programming continually evolves to best address the needs of our partners and the field more broadly. The Program Director will have a leadership role in both managing this evolving programming as well as helping to design new approaches.

Ultimately, our role and that of the Program Director, is to support best-in-class, community-based efforts, leveraging Citizen Schools deep experience and assets. You will be an ideal candidate if you are an innovator, creatively seeking and designing new ways to engage partners in the Makers + Mentors model.

Maker Fellows

Citizen Schools, in partnership with community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, is proud to launch its Maker Fellows initiative. This program is designed to connect K-12 students to maker-centered learning opportunities that help students build the academic and social emotional skills key to their success in school, postsecondary enrollment and workforce placement. Maker Fellows, through service in their local communities and participation in targeted professional development, will become life-long leaders and champions of maker-centered learning and mentorship for under-served students.

National Community of Practice

We manage a learning network with 21 of the nation’s leading communities that advance STEM mentoring and hands-on learning through innovative, cross-sector coalitions. We support community-led solutions, and provide our partners with important tools and resources, including direct capacity and volunteer engagement support, as well as opportunities to learn and collaborate with each other. This academic year, our coalition partners will serve over 200,000 students and engage over 20,000 STEM volunteers.

Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Development & Management of the Maker Fellows Program:

  • Oversight of the recruitment process for 20+ Maker Fellows being placed across the country annually, including the design of a new recruitment model that engages community college partners
  • Design and management of Fellow training
  • Management of program impact and evaluation, to be designed together with other staff and Citizen Schools’ departments
  • Provide general support for Maker Fellows’ experience, including coordination with HR as needed
  • Develop a deep understanding of Maker Fellow host-site programming in support of continued program design, fundraising and storytelling
  • Support policy and advocacy efforts, as well fundraising calls and funder relationships and marketing and communications goals and projects

Oversee the National Community of Practice (CoP):

  • Work with MMN staff on the design and implementation of CoP offerings, including Covenings, virtual learnings, evaluation tools, marketing opportunities, volunteer matching technology, AmeriCorps service placements, and new special initiatives -- on schedule and on budget
  • Management of CoP expansion goals, including expansion plans in Ohio, and collaboration with Citizen Schools’ Catalyst team and programming
  • Development of relationships and deep understanding of all CoP members programming and needs, and continual development of new ways for MMN to support CoP member goals and uplift their stories of success and impact
  • Create new opportunities for CoP members to learn from each other and directly partner on both fundraising and marketing initiatives

RELEVANT SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. This said we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • 5+ years of program development and management experience
  • 3+ years of external partnership development and management
  • Position Location (National/Remote): Mid-west area with a preference for the Greater Cincinnati region
  • 10-20% travel (approximately 4-5 nights per month) required for this role
  • “Entrepreneurial Spirit”: Someone who currently has or can demonstrate a true passion for building something great from nothing and are willing to push themselves to the limits to achieve big goals.
  • Strategic Mindset: Someone who creates clear, effective plans that inform the team’s work and builds toward the larger vision
  • Communication & storytelling skills: Someone who understands the many audiences of our organization, both internal and external, and who can help to craft the right messaging and stories with our data and evaluation tools.
  • Curious and thoughtful about building partnerships and collecting impact stories
  • Highly organized and able to manage both across and up for the successful execution of projects
  • Proficiency in all MS Office & Google Suite applications
  • Excellent time management, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks/priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Confidence, Curiosity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Perseverance and Teamwork
  • High level of discretion and maturity
  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, while bringing an enthusiastic, collaborative approach to your work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a sophisticated understanding of how to convey complex topics to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated track record in troubleshooting, problem-solving, and follow-through
  • Commitment to Citizen School’s mission, desire to serve the needs of students in underserved communities, and the fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. We offer medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with a match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and more.


ABOUT CITIZEN SCHOOLS

Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is all students have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.citizenschools.org.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us and we will work to accommodate your needs.