“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
Managing Director, Makers + Mentors Network
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.
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.
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.
Program Development & Management of the Maker Fellows Program:
Oversee the National Community of Practice (CoP):
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:
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.