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Program Director at The Practice Space

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El Cerrito, CA

The Practice Space


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Published 23 days ago

November 16, 2020
October 16, 2020
$70,000 - $90,000

The Practice Space is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization that seeks to build confidence and community through communication skill development to advance inclusion, develop empathy, and elevate underrepresented voices. Through this mission, The Practice Space envisions a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel free, cared for, and capable of manifesting their voices in the world. Central to this work is an in-depth coaching and curriculum approach that helps people develop their capacity to speak in a clear, engaging way that represents who they are and strengthen their ability to listen to others. Over time, the goal is to diversify who feels capable of speaking for others and actively disrupt inequities in terms of who gets to express their viewpoints in the world. For more about our mission, please visit our website: www.practice-space.org.

We are looking for a full-time Program Director to join our growing organization. The ideal candidate is a creative, upbeat self-starter, an experienced educator with a background in speech and debate, passionate about youth voice, public speaking, and community engagement. We are looking for someone who can take on a senior leadership role in our organization and be a collaborative thought partner with the Founder and Executive Director. As Program Director, you will lead our education work, from strategizing how to advance equity in schools through our programming, to rolling up your sleeves and helping coach educators on techniques to facilitate public speaking in the classroom. You are part non-profit manager, part facilitator of strong partnerships, part mentor, and part coach and workshop leader. You are a strong writer and communicator who thrives on getting things done and wearing multiple hats, so you work both quickly and thoughtfully, keeping meaningful relationships at the center of all your work. You are fearless when it comes to learning new things, especially related to working and teaching online. You know how to manage and organize your independent work while also able to collaborate with others, meeting deadlines and looking ahead to anticipate what is needed. You are nimble and adaptable and able to think creatively and analytically on how to accomplish our mission through a variety of media, both online and in person.

As Program Director, you will be central to collaborating with the Executive Director on decision-making around the following four strategic goals:

1.      Increase the number of people who have access to high-quality education around public speaking and communication skill development.

2.      Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, joyful, and multi-generational community that can foster strong personal connections and help people pursue previously unattainable goals.

3.      Empower strong community leaders who speak up for others, actively disrupt inequities, and serve as mentors to those who feel silenced or powerless.

4.      Become a financially sustainable organization capable of strategic growth, consistently high-quality work, and promoting affordable and accessible learning opportunities.


We are a small women-led organization with a young, tight-knit team who cares deeply about helping people find their voice, tell their stories, and advocate for themselves, increasing access to high-quality educational experiences. We work with people of all ages; to date, approximately 65% of our over 500 students are youth ages 8 to 18 and 35% are adults. Our work currently takes place online, reaching people all over the Bay Area, with a focus on our grant-funded programs in schools in West Contra Costa, Vallejo, and San Leandro. The majority of our students are women, girls, and LatinX; diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our focus on elevating underrepresented voices. We are looking for someone who can help us grow from an early-stage non-profit to a mature, sustainable organization with deep community ties. We need someone passionate who can help with community outreach and program recruitment, as well as collaborate on methods for bringing people together in person and online to practice their speaking and feel like they belong. The ideal candidate can think innovatively, act strategically, and teach inclusively, inspiring trust with educators and partners. The ideal candidate also possesses extremely strong writing skills, high standards for all work, hyper-awareness to detail, and a commitment to the nonprofit sector.

This is a remote position during the COVID-19 pandemic and all of our programs and internal work take place online. Once it is safe, we will return to a hybrid of online and in-person programs, with in-person work in schools and our El Cerrito office as well as flexibility for remote work and online instruction.

 Core Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership and Administration

·       Lead and facilitate our brand-new Leaders That Listen program, convening small cohorts of educators in a professional development program using our youth voice curriculum;

·       Manage and organize logistics across programs to support outreach, registration, communication with students and families, and data management;

·       Support the growth of youth speech and debate programs to expand access and opportunity for youth in underserved communities;

·       Write and communicate effectively about our mission and help improve messaging and outreach, networking with people who can benefit from our services;

·       Support writing and reporting, tracking and synthesizing progress, metrics, and results;

·       Be an effective spokesperson for the organization by networking with community leaders, families, donors, and funders; and

·       Collaborate effectively with the team to continue cultivating a strong, inclusive, “anti-deficit-thinking” culture where people can utilize their strengths.

 Teaching and Facilitation

·       In collaboration with the Executive Director, plan and implement professional development workshops for educators in the Leaders That Listen program;

·       Coach groups of educators to support their lesson planning and project implementation;

·       Lead select youth speech and debate programs through strong preparation and lesson planning;

·       Collaborate on planning and implementation of online programs and events; and

·       In collaboration with the Executive Director, help facilitate select public speaking classes and lessons for adults in local businesses and organizations.

Community-Building and Partnerships

·       Support the implementation of monthly “Practice World” events, where youth and adults attend fun, family-friendly showcases to practice their skills for an audience, receive real-time public speaking coaching, and connect with others in their local community;

·       In collaboration with the Executive Director, help build strategic partnerships to advance our mission and reach a broader audience; and

·       In collaboration with the Executive Director, build and maintain strong relationships with parents, families, and volunteers.

Qualifications:

Skills and Dispositions

·       Strong lesson planner and program designer, capable of giving high-quality specific feedback that is both encouraging and critical to develop confidence and skill;

·       Passion for working with both youth and adults, capable of building meaningful relationships;

·       Strong writing, storytelling, communication, and editing skills;

·       Energetic, clear, and relatable public speaker and storyteller;

·       Empathy for the struggle with public speaking, especially as an underrepresented voice;

·       Passion for working in non-profit and mission-driven organizations;

·       Love for speech and debate, especially in underserved communities;

·       Entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in working in early-stage small businesses;

·       Outgoing and fearless when tackling problems, learning new things, and engaging with others;

·       Independent, organized, reliable worker able to complete tasks efficiently and on time, with high standards and high degree of accuracy;

·       Energetic, upbeat, and creative self-starter with hyper-attention to detail; and

·       Expert who operates with humility and integrity, inspiring trust by others.

Experience and Interests

·       5+ years of experience in the education industry, especially in public schools

·       5+ years of teaching, coaching, or facilitation experience in areas such as youth voice, speech/debate, project-based learning, literacy, leadership, communication, or public speaking

·       Demonstrated success working in contexts such as schools, debate teams, education consulting, or non-profit management

·       Experience working with families, local community organizations, and schools, especially in under-resourced or low-income neighborhoods

·       Experience handling a diverse set of roles, projects, and responsibilities

·       Comfort/familiarity with using social media, online learning tools, and digital platforms

·       Preferred but not required: Spanish language ability; Strong networks and local connections in the SF Bay Area, ideally in the East Bay

Position Details:

This full-time role involves approximately 40 hours a week. Salary is based on experience, ranging between $70,000-$90,000. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision.

 

How to Apply:

Please send a 1 or 2-page cover letter and one-page resume to AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director at: admin@practice-space.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered and we require emailed job materials. Application materials are due no later than October 16, 2020 (we will review resumes and invite candidates for interviews on an ongoing basis until the position is filled, so early applications are encouraged). This position will begin as soon as possible.

In your cover letter, please touch on the following:

What interests you about our organization;

Specific stories from your work in education programs and/or coaching and what impact you have made; and

What you hope to achieve by being in this position.

The Practice Space is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization that seeks to build confidence and community through communication skill development to advance inclusion, develop empathy, and elevate underrepresented voices…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision.

Level of Language Proficiency

Preferred but not required: Spanish speaking ability

Preferred but not required: Spanish speaking ability

Location

El Cerrito, CA

How to Apply

Please send a 1 or 2-page cover letter and one-page resume addressed to AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director (pdfs preferred). Applications without a cover letter will not be considered and we require emailed job materials. Application materials are due no later than October 16, 2020 (we will review resumes and invite candidates for interviews on an ongoing basis until the position is filled, so early applications are encouraged). This position will begin as soon as possible.

  •  In your cover letter, please touch on the following:
  • What interests you about our organization;
  • Specific stories from your work in education programs and/or coaching and what impact you have made; and
  • What you hope to achieve by being in this position.

Please send a 1 or 2-page cover letter and one-page resume addressed to AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director (pdfs preferred). Applications without a cover letter will not be…

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