We are seeking a Program Associate for the The Leaders in Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project. Hope. The LEAH Project is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, college access and career readiness program for low-income high school students of color in Boston Public Schools. The Program Associate will be responsible for implementing and supporting aspects of the LEAH Knox Scholars Program, including maintaining relationships with MIT partners and working with LEAH Knox Scholars (26 high school students trained to teach and serve at afterschool programs during the school year and work in biology labs at MIT over the summer). This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience, provide leadership, and make a significant contribution to a youth program serving Boston teenagers and children. This is a full-time, exempt position.
The Leaders in Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), college access and career readiness program for low-income high school students of color in Boston Public Schools (BPS). LEAH recruits and trains high school students, known as LEAH Mentors, to teach hands on STEM lessons and provide homework assistance to BPS elementary school students in afterschool and summer programs throughout Boston. The LEAH Project provides its high school Mentors with valuable work experience in STEM, education and mentorship, in a near-peer model. The LEAH Project has different tracks within its programming, one of them being the LEAH Knox Scholars (LKS) Program. The LKS Program seeks to create a diverse group of new scientific investigators by igniting a lifelong commitment to science among interested high school students in Boston and Cambridge. To achieve this goal, LKS supports low-income, youth of color interested in careers as scientific researchers by connecting them with lab placements and providing them with the knowledge, skills, experience, and mentorship needed to succeed.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience, provide leadership, and make a significant contribution to a youth program serving Boston teenagers and children. This is a full-time, exempt position.
The Program Associate is responsible for supporting the LEAH Project overall while implementing specific aspects of the LEAH Knox Scholars Program, including maintaining relationships with MIT partners and working with LEAH Knox Scholars (26 high school students trained to teach and serve at afterschool programs during the school year and work in biology labs at MIT over the summer). In their second summer as LEAH Knox Scholars, youth are eligible to be placed in pairs in a lab and the Program Associate will be responsible for identifying eligible students and helping them to find those placements. While the Program Associate is responsible for implementing LEAH Knox Scholars Program, they will also provide overall support to the LEAH Project during the summer and school year which will include the LKS youth. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who believes in youth leadership, is flexible, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, resourceful, and detail oriented. The Program Associate will be directly supervised by the LEAH Program Director who works remotely.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Recruit and supervise 26 high school youth for MIT lab placement
- Support 8-26 high school youth in their second-year lab internship placements
- Assist with coordinating and facilitating twice weekly trainings for the youth during the school year and weekly trainings in the summer
- Coordinate and oversee 4-5 STEM focused lectures/workshops a year (in collaboration with stakeholders at MIT and LEAH)
- Meet with youth individually and in a group to support them to grow in leadership ability, teaching and youth work skills, professionalism, and academic success
- Design and lead regular meetings for youth and support them to succeed throughout their placements
- Build and maintain relationships with MIT staff and laboratories where youth will be placed
- Build and maintain relationships with BPS science teachers to serve as youth recommenders
- Conduct site visits and communicate with site supervisors (both MIT during summer and afterschool placements during school year)
- Lead planning of some events with team support, assist in planning when not leading (e.g. family orientation, STEM Career Nights, and end-of-year celebration)
- Oversee and update LEAH Knox Scholars website and support other development and marketing efforts
- Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of professional experience working with high school-aged youth (ideally teens from low-income, communities of color) OR 5 years of professional experience in education and/or experience working with high-school-aged youth (ideally teens from low-income, communities of color)
- Knowledge of youth development, youth programming, education, and leadership development
- Experience facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups, including strong group management skills
- Love of young people and deep belief in youth leadership
- Ability to engage multiple outside stakeholders and hold partners accountable
- Ability to connect well across differences (of culture, age, etc.) and respectful of cultural differences, backgrounds and perspectives
- Excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience in public speaking, facilitation, and training delivery.
- Excellent written communication skills and an ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium
- Strong organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities and timelines.
- Ability to work as part of a team, but also to work independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
- Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions.
- Familiarity with Boston Public Schools and / or prior experience supporting academic achievement of K-12 students preferred
- Ability to support youth through the college application and financial aid process preferred
- Familiarity with STEM subjects and careers preferred
Typical hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9am – 5pm; Tuesday/Thursday 10:30am – 6:30pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are sometimes required to fulfill the duties of this position.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.
How to Apply:
HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. HRiA encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.
Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation. The salary range for this position starts in the high 40’s and is commensurate with experience.
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