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Job Description: Program Specialist 

Position Summary: The Program Specialist supports and assists the Program Manager in the fulfillment of AHS’ mission and vision, while also assuming a leadership role in the implementation of the Hamilton Empowerment program and curriculum growth. 

Classification: Full Time 

Starting Salary: 40,000 with opportunities for internal promotion

Benefits: full health/dental after first 90 days, professional development fund, partial remote work, flexible schedule, DEI training, paid travel

Reports to: Program Manager

Organization Description:

Inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s legacy of leadership through service, Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) empowers high-achieving, underserved young leaders to thrive in college and beyond. We envision a community of ethical leaders who break barriers to build an equitable society. Our five-year program provides underserved students with a comprehensive network of support and guidance as they transition from high school to college, and college to whatever those next steps are, be it career, gap year, or grad school.

Alexander Hamilton Scholars operates within oppressive systems that disproportionately impact our scholars; we strive to intentionally disrupt these systems through opportunities that empower underserved students while furthering our collective pursuit of a more just and humane world. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff that reflects the students we serve.

Position responsibilities and qualifications:

In line with our commitment to disrupting systemic racism, we acknowledge that research shows that Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) and women are significantly less likely to apply for some positions, believing they must meet every qualification as described in the job description. At AHS, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We recognize that a fitting candidate may come from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications described below.

If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please do not hesitate to reach out by emailing program@hamiltonscholars.org.

Primary Responsibilities: 

1. Youth Development and Support: Maintains and strengthens the network of support and mentorship provided to each individual Scholar and cohort.

  • Oversees and manages curriculum to ensure each Scholar receives holistic support and communication throughout the year. Keeps track of all Scholar activity to ensure eligibility for Hamilton opportunities like Leader Weeks or internships.
  • Communicates one-on-one with students for them to fulfill program requirements, including providing mentorship through check-in calls to promote positive personal well-being.
  • Contributes to growth of professional network by recruiting and training mentors in professional fields relevant to Scholars. Provides Scholars opportunities for professional connections.
  • Supports the implementation of the Summer Internship program by nurturing organizational partnerships and researching new opportunities. Commands the independent internship application process. 
  • Collaborates with marketing team to promote Scholar and partner recognition through thank you gifts, social media posts, and Scholar Spotlights.
  • Coordinates wrap-around support for Scholars by identifying on-campus, community, or organizational resources to address concerns/barriers, including mental health counseling, internships, scholarships, etc. 
  • Leads Scholar Mentor Program, including the mentor matching process and participant engagement.  

2. Program Research and Growth: Supports, executes, and grows the Hamilton Empowerment Program while researching and developing opportunities for program growth and new programming.

  • Upholds and maintains AHS’ curriculum philosophy based on the organization’s core values, pillars of success, and ethical leadership. Researches ways to expand Hamilton Empowerment curriculum. Improves and updates existing curriculum with attention to AHS’ five curriculum areas and Years 4 and 5.
  • Supports the promotion and marketing of the annual Hamilton Award and finds additional avenues for scholarship promotion and growth to reach underrepresented areas.
  • Oversees annual Application and Award Cycle, including the scholarship application platform, recruitment & training of volunteer judges, and the selection process. Focuses on increasing number of submitted applications and diversity of schools/states of both applicants and awarded Scholars.
  • Researches and attends professional seminars or events to build partnerships with peer organizations and learn/share program best practices.
  • Continually identifies strategic partnerships for internship placements, informational webinars, and opportunities for Scholars.
  • Creates Leader Week and program evaluation summaries to provide recommendations for program improvement.
  • Participates in AHS’ culture of philanthropy by communicating with potential supporters about program implementation and impact.

3. Program Logistics & General Administration: Works with all AHS staff on the marketing, promotion, and delivery of quality educational programming.

  • Oversees volunteer coordination for all Leader Weeks regarding logistical needs.
  • Supports the implementation of Hamilton Leader Weeks, including coordinating student travel, room and board, recreational activities, and recruitment of event speakers and participants.
  • Accurately reports in the student database (Salesforce) all Scholar interactions (check-in calls, emails, watch list, etc.) to account for the extent to which each Scholar is supported.
  • Curates a quarterly dashboard which provides data about program progress to key stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with AHS staff members via platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Slack, Notion, Zoom, & Microsoft Outlook.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • In Greater Seattle area or willing to relocate prior to beginning position
  • Organization skills involving ability to take on multiple projects, organize large events, mindfulness to detail, and consistent follow-through
  • Communication skills with understanding of intersectional identities of staff and Scholars
  • Commitment to equity & cultural humility
  • Life-long learner
  • Flexible and able to adapt
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism, bias, and impact on underserved and underrepresented communities

Desired Requirements:

  • Multilingual
  • Background in related academic or professional field
  • Experience with event planning
  • Experience working directly with youth and young adults from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Background similar to the students we serve

Application Materials:

A cover letter and resume should be submitted through online portal or directly emailed to program@hamiltonscholars.org by Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 12 PM PT.

Job Description: Program Specialist 

Position Summary: The Program Specialist supports and assists the Program Manager in the fulfillment of AHS’ mission and vision, while also assuming a leadership role in the implementation of the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Compensation

USD 40,000 - USD 40,000
40,000 with opportunities for internal promotion

Benefits

full health/dental after first 90 days, professional development fund, partial remote work, flexible schedule, DEI training, paid travel

full health/dental after first 90 days, professional development fund, partial remote work, flexible schedule, DEI training, paid travel

Level of Language Proficiency

Minimum Requirements: Fluent in English

Desired Requirements: Bilingual or Multilingual

Minimum Requirements: Fluent in English

Desired Requirements: Bilingual or Multilingual

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
Seattle, WA, USA

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Instructions:

A cover letter and resume should be submitted through online portal or directly emailed to program@hamiltonscholars.org by Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 12 PM PT.


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