Bay Area

Program Fellow – Bay Area

Candidate Profile & Core Values


Spark in the Bay seeks an energetic and passionate Program Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Fellow (PF) will support the implementation of Spark’s career exploration and self-discovery program that helps middle school students understand, experience, and pursue what’s possible.

Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional relationship building, communication, and project management skills, fluency in innovative thinking, strong adaptability, and a passion for service. They will fit well into Spark’s entrepreneurial culture and meet challenges with enthusiasm and initiative. 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.

Given the ever-changing circumstances that COVID-19 has placed us in, the Fellow must be prepared to transition some or all of their work online. This includes developing and facilitating virtual programming and playing an active role in helping the organization adjust to delivering a quality program through a digital format. To this end, flexibility, knowledge of basic technologies such as Zoom and the Google Suite and enthusiasm for learning and innovation are necessary qualities of any candidate. 

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Education and Experience:

    • Expected and recent college or university graduates
    • Have previous experience motivating and working with students (middle school-aged preferred) and facilitating workshops or teaching
    • Are comfortable with student behavior management for groups of up to 50 students 
    • Aspire to work in education, non-profit, public service, or youth development spaces
    • Bilingual applicants (particularly in Spanish or Chinese) are preferred but not required

Independent Working Skills:

    • Hard-working, accountable, and able to work autonomously
    • Organized, detailed oriented, and able to multitask
    • Comfortable adapting to communicate with multiple stakeholders
    • Flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Strong relationship building and people skills, particularly with students and educators
    • Demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for youth development, public education, and accessibility for all communities
    • Demonstrated cultural competence and commitment to equity and inclusion
    • Knowledge of basic technologies such as Zoom, the Google Suite, and Microsoft Office 
    • 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:

    • 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 ambition and an interest in networking, growing your resume, and seeking out professional opportunities
    • 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

Direct Student Engagement and Support

    • Lead recruitment efforts for student participation in Spark’s year-long after school program
    • Regularly, formally and informally, connect with students to support their ongoing success in Spark and navigate challenges and concerns
    • Build trust and relationships with Spark students both during programming and at school, representing Spark within the school community
    • Conduct student interviews to create meaningful mentor matches for Spark’s mentorship curriculum
    • Ensure consistent support of student safety, communicating any concerns to supervisors and/or local leadership
    • Lead student travel on private buses to and from the school and company sites
    • Monitor student behavior, participation, and engagement during Labs and Mentorship sessions

Program Coordination and Development

    • Liaison with school partners to support student engagement and program implementation
    • Coordinate and attend Spark events, including student and family information sessions and orientations, Match Nights, and Share Your Spark
    • Facilitate High School Pathways workshops and continue development of Spark’s high school preparedness programming for 8th graders at partner schools
    • Assist with inputting, tracking and analyzing attendance and impact data to ensure delivery of a high-quality, high-impact program
    • Manage the Spark Leaders program, including facilitating workshops for 8th grade Spark alumni and tracking student progress 
    • Provide input on ongoing program adaptation and development 
    • Advocate on behalf of students and schools and represent program within the Spark team 

Family Communications

    • Communicate directly with mentors and families regarding student attendance and behavior in real-time
    • Engage student’s families to support their consistent participation in Spark programming through Textline (texting platform) and regular phone calls.
    • Note: Most of our Caregivers are Spanish or Mandarin speaking. A bilingual candidate would be ideal for the position, but not required.  

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 for employees, 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 will match 100% of the first 4% of employee contributions.

Paid Time Off: Fellows receive 10 Paid Time Off days during the 10-month Fellowship.

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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Please note that unless otherwise noted on the job description, Spark requires employees to be located in one of our operating regions and does not provide relocation assistance.

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