Program Associate

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a dynamic and engaging youth development professional to join the Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Project team.  

Position Description:

As part of HRiA’s 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 Scholars Biomedical Research internships, and general STEM internships.  

For more information about our organization and the LEAH program, visit and

The Program Associate is responsible for providing overall support to the LEAH Project while implementing specific aspects of LEAH’s Biomedical Research internship track. The Program Associate will be responsible for developing relationships youth, in conjunction with the rest of the LEAH team, as well as implementing programming for these youth that works toward LEAH’s goals of STEM exposure, college access, and career readiness. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who believes in youth leadership and has a deep understanding of youth development, is flexible, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, resourceful, and detail orientedThe 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’s, based on skills and experience. The Program Associate will be based in the HRiA’s Boston when it reopens fully in fall 2021. Until then, HRiA staff can continue to work from home. 

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Support the development and implementation of a LEAH Biomedical Research internship program calendar (both summer and school year) 
  • Manage recruitment, selection, and supervision of college/post-secondary interns (when applicable)  
  • Communicate effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with the LEAH team 
  • Participate in and sometimes facilitate weekly LEAH team meetings 

 Project Work 

  • Recruit and supervise high school youth, with LEAH team  
  • Build trusting and safe relationships with youth through one-on-one meetings and weekly trainings 
  • Develop and facilitate workshops trainings for youth during the school year and summer  
  • Coordinate STEM events (e.g., career panels, field trips, and job shadow days) for youth to promote STEM career exploration  
  • Build and maintain relationships with local STEM corporations and community organizations to provide youth with STEM career exposure and place them in STEM summer internships 
  • Serve as main point of contact for STEM summer internship supervisors including orientation and training, site visits, and communication 
  • Work with evaluation team to collect and report data 
  • Coordinate LEAH Mentoring program including recruiting STEM professionals to serve as volunteer mentors, training and orienting mentors, leading monthly check in meetings, and providing mentors and mentees support 
  • Lead planning of events with team support, assist in planning when not leading (e.g., family orientation, STEM Career Nights, and end-of-year celebration) 

 Thought Leadership 

  • Contribute to blogs, website content, LEAH’s 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 teams and committees 

 New Business Development 

  • Contribute to proposal writing and/or submission as needed; this may include working with the Senior Program Manager or Program Director to prepare scopes of work and budgets, writing final reports, or preparing grant proposals for renewals or other new opportunities 
  • Contribute to HRiA and LEAH websites and social media accounts 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-4 years of professional experience working with high school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first-generation college youth) OR six years of professional experience in education and/or experience working with high-school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first-generation college youth). 
  • Knowledge of youth development, youth programming, education, and leadership development. 
  • Experience facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups, including strong group management skills. 
  • Enjoy working with young people, with a deep belief in youth leadership.  
  • Respect for and ability to connect with people who come from different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, 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. 
  • Sense of humor and flexibility within a dynamic program. 
  • Familiarity with Boston Public Schools and/or prior experience supporting academic achievement of K-12 students is preferred. 
  • Familiarity with STEM subjects and careers, particularly within the technology industry and/or technology career pathways is preferred. 

Typical hours are Monday – Thursday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm and Friday 9 am – 5 pm. 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. 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.  

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, flexible work schedules, and generous vacation starting at four weeks. 

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online. 

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

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