Bay Area

Program Fellow

Candidate Profile & Core Values

Spark seeks a Program Fellow for our Bay Area Region.

Successful candidates will demonstrate personal responsibility, relationship building, communication, and project management skills, as well as drive, motivation, high-energy, perseverance and a get-it-done mentality. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: be a student and a mentor, work with passion and compassion, commit to collaboration and diversity, aim high and true, and trust and respect in all relationships.  

Reporting to a Program Manager (PM), the Program Fellow (PF) will support implementation of Spark’s mentorship program to prepare 7th and 8th graders to be engaged, ready, and on-track for high school. The Program Fellow is responsible for leading outreach, enrollment, and support for students, family communications, and program logistics. Other key responsibilities include supporting mentorship operations including student transportation, execution of opening and culminating events, and coordinating evaluation efforts. The role requires regular onsite visits at schools and mentorship workplaces, and collaboration with other Spark staff.


  • 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:

                       o   Be an independent, results-focused, highly-organized self-starter;

                       o   Have a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming nonprofit organization;

                       o   Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, operating with a results-                                      orientation and exceptional attention to detail;

                       o   Have a proactive personality; no work is ‘beneath’ you and you are eager to serve                              others, rolling up your sleeves when necessary;

                       o   Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional                                    integrity and trustworthiness;

                       o   Have a sense of humor, even under stress;  

                       o   Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback;

                       o   Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior                                 results.

Core Responsibilities

Program Logistics and Engagement for Spark’s 7th Grade Students

  • 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, Discovery Day, 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.

Program Logistics and Administration for Spark’s 8th and 9th Grade Students

  • Support “High School Transition” sessions
    • Provide input on curriculum and process improvements
  • 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


  • Salary:  $2,500 monthly salary through May 2018. 
  • 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% 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, etc.
  • Retirement Benefits: For all contributions through Spark’s 401K plan, Spark will match retirement contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 4% of total salary in 2017-8.
  • 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 American middle school education.


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