Senior Program Manager, LEAH

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a passionate advocate of youth development and youth voice, racial equity, and social justice, and is a strong project manager who is deeply rooted in community and family engagement approaches to be a Senior Program Manager for the LEAH Project.

Position Description:

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 the following STEM internship opportunities:

  1. STEM Teaching Internship: LEAH trains and supports high school students to teach hands-on STEM lessons, provide homework support, and act as role models to elementary school students in afterschool programs, such as the YMCA of Greater Boston and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB). Youth gain public speaking and youth development skills through this experience.
  2. Biomedical Research Internship – LEAH Knox: Rising high school juniors and seniors participate in a five-week paid biomedical research internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Youth participate in STEM events and receive Mentors during the following school year. Then, youth are placed in external internships the second year to further advance and hone their lab skills and interests.
  3. STEM Exploration Internship: Youth involved in this pilot internship program will spend their first summer at Lab Central designing and creating genetically modified organisms, purifying recombinant proteins, and troubleshooting their research with the support of teachers trained by MassBioEd. Each week, youth will engage with Lab Central resident companies and shadow STEM professionals. Youth participate in STEM events and receive Mentors during the following school year. Then, youth are placed in external internships the second year to further advance and hone their lab skills and interests.
  4. General STEM Internship: When youth continue with LEAH for more than a year, youth are offered opportunities to participate in external internships to expand their exposure and interest in STEM fields.

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

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will be part of the leadership team for the LEAH Project, managing and supervising project staff for the successful delivery of all programming. Additionally, the SPM will have oversight of all program tracks – STEM Teaching Internships , LEAH Knox Biomedical Research Internships, STEM Exploration Internships, College Readiness Program (CRP), and College Persistence Program (CPP).  The SPM will work closely with LEAH’s Director to provide administrative oversight, including but not limited to program evaluation, budget management, supervision and strategic planning.

The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of youth development and youth voice, racial equity, and social justice, and is a strong project manager who is deeply rooted in community and family engagement approaches. In addition, they should be experienced in facilitation and curriculum building for youth and adults who serve youth. The SPM will support the team to increase youth and family engagement; create and maintain community partnerships; and have strong decision-making, management, and organization skills. We are seeking someone who has worked in and with communities that are historically excluded and underrepresented – specifically with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations, and economically and socially marginalized communities. The SPM will report to LEAH’s Director.

This is an on-site position requiring work out of our Boston office at least three days per week and travel in the greater Boston area. It may be possible to work some days a week from home. All HRiA staff who work in the Boston office and/or conduct in-person work activities must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. The SPM will be required to show proof of vaccination upon hire (unless eligible for a religious or medical exemption).

This is an exempt, full-time position. The salary range is mid to high $70Ks based on skills and experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management

  • Supervise three staff who supervise LEAH’s high school Youth Leaders and interns.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, including identifying host internship sites.
  • Communicate effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with the team members and leads, youth and families, and supervisor.
  • Manage family engagement efforts and events.
  • Observe and evaluate team members’ facilitation/training.
  • Support Program Director as needed in budget management, supervision, and strategic planning.
  • Support Program Director with program evaluation, including working with evaluation partners, collecting data for final grant reports, and using data for program improvement.

Project Work

  • Support the LEAH team’s recruitment efforts of 60+ BIPOC youth.
  • Develop and ensure the implementation of program calendar for both summer and school year programming.
  • Develop and facilitate program specific curricula and workshop agendas, in collaboration with LEAH team.
  • Facilitate trainings on practices that are reflective of the lived experiences and identities of BIPOC youth, (e.g., leadership, communication and organization skills, and college and career readiness skills).
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to increase programming and opportunities for youth.
  • Build trusting and safe relationships with youth through one-on-one meetings and weekly workshops.
  • Lead or co-lead the planning of LEAH program events (e.g. family orientation, STEM Career Nights, and end-of-year celebration)

Thought Leadership

  • Increase STEM community’s understanding of and commitment to the mission of dismantling institutional and structural deterrents of BIPOC persons in STEM careers.
  • 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 and events, as appropriate.
  • Suggest ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in internal HRiA teams and committees.

New Business Development

  • Lead or support proposal writing and/or submissions of grant renewals, as needed.
  • Leverage existing networks and foster new relationships in service of program goals.
  • Co-lead LEAH’s annual appeal for individual donors.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and passion for youth development, youth programming, education, and leadership development.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus four to six years of relevant experience managing youth leadership programs, preferably high school aged youth; in absence of Bachelor’s degree, six or more years of similar professional experience).
  • Commitment to and strong passion for working with young people and families.
  • Commitment to health and racial equity and addressing racism as a public health crisis.
  • Ability to create a vision and think conceptually, balanced with the ability to be detail-oriented to support program and logistics.
  • Experience creating curriculum and facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups, including strong group management skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated experience in public speaking, facilitation, and training delivery.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, initiative-taking, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement, relationship building, and connecting to community-based networks.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Ability to work with people across a diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Teams).
  • Proficiency in or ability to learn new software (e.g., Zoom, Google Suite).
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

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.

For this position, evening and weekend hours are common and will be required. 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.

HRiA 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 EST. 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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