Bay Area

Program Associate, Part-Time

Candidate Profile & Core Values

Spark seeks a Part-time Program Associate for Spark’s Bay Area team.

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.


  • 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 flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly
  • 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

Reporting to a member of the regional program staff, the Program Associate (PA) will support implementation of Spark’s career exploration and self-discovery program that helps middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible. The PA is responsible for 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.

Program Logistics, Student/Family Engagement, and Evaluation

  • Build Relationships
    • Regularly, formally and informally, connect with students to support their ongoing success and navigate challenges and concerns
    • Communicate directly with families regarding student attendance and behavior in real time.
    • Engage student’s families to support their consistent participation in Spark programming
  • Ensure consistent support of student safety. Communicate any concerns to supervisors and/or local leadership.
  • Support student travel on private busses to and from the school and company sites.
  • Manage and support program quality through formal observations, surveys, and other tools.
  • Support coordination of Spark events, including Share Your Spark.
  • Assist in inputting, tracking and analyzing attendance and impact data to ensure delivery of a high-quality, high-impact program.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Compensation: $25 per hour; 15-20 hours per week
  • 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.
  • 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.
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