Bay Area

Program Fellow

Candidate Profile & Core Values

Spark seeks Program Fellows for our regional team in San Francisco Bay Area.

Reporting to a Program Manager (PM), the Program Fellow (PF) will support implementation of Spark’s career exploration and self-discovery and mentorship programs to prepare 7th and 8th graders to help show students possibilities about who they can become. The Program Fellow is responsible for leading outreach, enrollment, and support for students, family communications, and program logistics. Other key responsibilities include supporting programmatic operations including student transportation, execution of opening and culminating events, and coordinating evaluation efforts. The role requires regular onsite visits at schools and workplaces, and collaboration with other Spark staff.

Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional relationship building, communication, and project management skills, fluency in innovative thinking, and a make-it-work mentality. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: being a student and a mentor, working with passion and compassion, committing to collaboration and diversity, aiming high and true, and trusting/respecting each relationship.

 

About Spark

Spark (sparkprogram.org) is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future.  We are leading The Possibility Movement by bringing together diverse communities of families, schools and companies who care, share, teach and inspire. Spark Lab, Spark Mentorship and Spark High School Pathways use workplace experiences, mentoring and guided support to help students explore careers, build skills and find the right path to a successful future. 

Spark’s supportive National Team is dispersed throughout all four regional offices – the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia – to provide coaching, cross-functional learning, leadership and resources. Innovation and creativity flourish in a culture that’s always learning and always teaching! Join the movement!

Qualifications

  • Expected and recent college or university graduates are welcome to apply
  • Have previous experience motivating and working with students (middle school aged preferred)
  • Be hard-working, accountable, and able to work autonomously
  • Be organized, prepared, and detailed oriented
  • Be comfortable with student behavior management
  • Be comfortable communicating with multiple stakeholders
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly
  • Strong oral and written communication, relationship building and people skills;
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided.
  • In addition, to be successful as a member of the Spark team in this role, you will:
    • Be an independent, results-focused, highly-organized self-starter;
    • Have a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming nonprofit organization;
    • Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, operating with a results-orientation and exceptional attention to detail;
    • Have a proactive personality; no work is ‘beneath’ you and you are eager to serve others, rolling up your sleeves when necessary;
    • Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
    • Have a sense of humor, even under stress;
    • Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback;
    • Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results.

 

Core Responsibilities

Program Logistics, Student/Family Engagement, and Evaluation

  • Build Relationships
    • Conduct student interviews to create meaningful mentor matches
    • Ensure consistent support of student engagement and safety.  Communicate any concerns to the school’s Program Manager.
    • Communicate directly with mentors and families regarding student attendance and behavior in real time.
  • Student Dispatch Support
    • Travel with students on school busses to and from the school and their mentorships and observe student-mentor relationships at apprenticeship sites.
  • Coordinate and attend Spark events
    • Match Days/Nights, Share Your Spark, etc.
  • Assist in inputting, tracking and analyzing data to ensure delivery of a high-quality, high-impact program.
  • Share stories, videos, and pictures of students and mentors with the Spark Program team for development purposes.
  • Liaison with school partners
    • Communicate and coordinate scheduling with school representatives
    • Ensure materials and technology are present and operable for workshops at school sites
    • Record attendance and organize participants at each session
  • Data Collection and Management
    • Gather workshop data via multiple channels (email, phone, in-person)
    • Collect and maintain all evaluation content forms, eligibility and enrollment data
    • Record and share workshop session reviews to help guide classroom management, school support, documentation, etc., best practices

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience.
  • Health Benefits: Full health coverage is provided, including medical, dental and vision no more 30 days after an employee’s first day. Spark covers up to 100 percent of monthly premiums, and a portion of the monthly premiums for dependents. Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care are offered. A life insurance policy providing $50,000 of coverage is also included.
  • Learning Benefits: Spark highly values staff’s personal learning pursuits. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue your choice of professional training opportunities, including workshops, conferences, and more.
  • Retirement Benefits: Spark offers a 401K plan for employees to make retirement planning investments. Spark has the option to make discretionary matches to retirement contributions.
  • Paid Time Off: Spark has a unique flexible time-off policy, which empowers staff to collaboratively determine and schedule time off as needed. Spark staff may take time off based on the status of their work- related goals and results within the organization. This policy is part of Spark’s focus on a balanced and healthy life for staff.
  • Non-Monetary Compensation: The opportunity to be an integral member of an energetic, innovative, hard-working and rapidly growing team, within an organization that has the potential to significantly change the trajectory of middle-school education nationwide.

 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a targeted start date of August 15, 2018. To Apply: Please navigate to http://sparkprogram.org/fellowships/ to submit your application.

Spark is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit; we strongly encourage and seek qualified applications from underrepresented groups.