Program Associate, LEAH

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Program Associate for the LEAH project who believes in and has supported youth leadership and youth development; has some STEM and/or teaching experience; and is flexible in a fast-paced environment.

Position Description:

HRiA’s core services include capacity building assistance (CBA) (e.g., training, technical assistance, technical services, and communications), grantmaking for biomedical research and community health initiatives, research and evaluation (including community health improvement services), and health and racial equity. Our CBA services help people, organizations, and communities build the competencies, infrastructure, and resources necessary to improve public health and achieve health and racial equity.

As part of our capacity building work and our deep expertise in youth development, HRiA manages and implements the Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Project. The LEAH Project is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), college access, and career readiness program for Boston area youth typically underrepresented in STEM fields. LEAH’s mission is to promote the power of youth, especially Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth, to diversify the STEM fields. Through paid STEM internships, dynamic college and career readiness programming, and meaningful youth leadership opportunities, LEAH cultivates the confidence of youth and equips them with the skills and connections they need to thrive. Participating youth have access to a variety of STEM internship opportunities including LEAH’s signature STEM Teaching internships, LEAH Knox Biomedical Research internships, STEM Exploration internships, and general STEM internships.

For more information about our organization and the LEAH program, visit http://leahproject.org/.

The Program Associate is responsible for managing LEAH’s STEM Teaching Internship track. This school year programming recruits and trains high school youth to teach STEM lessons in after school program sites. The Program Associate will be responsible for developing relationships with each youth cohort (36+ youth in both summer and school year internships), in conjunction with the rest of the LEAH team. The Program Associate, with team support, designs and leads regular workshops and meetings for high school youth, supports their academic and career readiness, and supervises them in their program site placements. The Program Associate leads the planning of some events (e.g., family orientation, STEM Career Nights, end-of year celebration); and supports the planning efforts of the entire LEAH team.

The ideal candidate for this position is someone who believes in and has supported youth leadership and youth development; has some STEM and/or teaching experience; and is flexible in a fast-paced environment. The Program Associate will be supervised by the LEAH Project’s Senior Program Manager.

This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range in the low to mid $50k, based on skills and experience. The Program Associate will be based in the HRiA’s Boston office, with the option of occasionally working from home 1-2 days a week. All HRiA staff who work in the office or who do in-person work activities are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management

  • Manage and implement the STEM Teaching Internship track, which includes working with LEAH Youth Leaders trained to teach STEM lessons at out-of-school time program sites.
  • Build and maintain relationships with out-of-school time program partner sites, in collaboration with LEAH leadership.
  • Supervise and build relationships with each youth summer and school year cohort (36+ youth).
  • Manage the Youth Leadership Team, a small group of youth who provide programmatic input, facilitate workshops, and plan events.
  • Recruit and manage academic/SAT tutors.

Project Work

  • Build trusting and safe relationships with youth through one-on-one meetings and weekly workshops.
  • Lead recruitment efforts and interview process to bring 36+ high school youth into the LEAH STEM teaching track.
  • Participate in and assist with facilitation of weekly LEAH staff team meetings.
  • Create agendas for, and facilitate, youth weekly workshops.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to augment programming and increase opportunities for youth, in collaboration with LEAH leadership.
  • Support recruitment ofnew out-of-school time program partner sites for youth placements.
  • Conduct site visits and maintain regular communication with site supervisors.
  • Lead or co-lead the planning of LEAH program events (e.g. family orientation, STEM Career Nights, and end-of-year celebration), in collaboration with other LEAH team members.

Thought Leadership

  • Contribute to blogs, website content, LEAH’s e-newsletter, and social media as well other sources to share and promote our expertise.
  • Present at conferences or events, as appropriate.
  • Contribute ideas for improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in HRiA teams and committees.

New Business Development

  • Contribute to proposal writing and/or submission as needed; this may include working with LEAH leadership to prepare scopes of work and budgets, reports, etc.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and passion for youth development, youth programming, education, and leadership development.
  • Experience facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups, including strong group management skills.
  • A commitment to racial and health equity, and diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience in public speaking, facilitation, and training delivery.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, initiative-taking, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional experience working with high school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first-generation college youth) OR four or more years of professional experience in education and/or experience working with high-school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first-generation college youth).
  • Familiarity with STEM subjects and career pathways preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Proficiency in or capability of learning new software (e.g., Zoom, Google Suite –Slides, Docs, etc.).
  • Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Haitian Creole, among others) a plus.
  • Familiarity with Boston Public Schools and/or prior experience supporting academic achievement of K-12 students a plus.

Typical hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are sometimes required to fulfil 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 their 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. The organization 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.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous annual vacation that starts at four weeks in addition to three weeks of annual sick time, 13 paid holidays, plus office closure time during the last week of December.

Generally, our interviews take place between 9am-5pm ET. If this is a barrier to you in any way, please let us know so we can work with the interview team to find a time that works for you.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.



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