Nonprofit

Program Coordinator

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
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Published 9 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
September 3, 2024
Application Deadline
June 24, 2024
Experience Level
Intermediate
Salary
USD $52,500 - $62,500 / year
The starting salary for this position is $52,500-$62,500. This salary range is based on CE’s current compensation structure. CE practices putting forth our best and most competitive offer first to alleviate the pressure on candidates to negotiate up.

Description

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Program Coordinator will primarily work to facilitate programming with DC youth of color so that they have the tools to transform communities and schools into connected, safe, resourced places. This position requires working in partnership with young people, including facilitating youth-led cohorts, to engage adult decision-makers in the school system and the city to bring about tangible local change. Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to centering youth leadership while working toward justice.  

CE seeks to fill two full-time Program Coordinator positions, initially reporting to the Program Director. The Program Coordinator is an experienced facilitator, organizer, and project coordinator who can juggle multiple priorities while maintaining thoughtful systems. They are highly skilled at recruiting and building relationships with young people through programs, workshops, classes, or other group facilitation or training forms. 

This position is non-exempt, based in the DC metro area, and entails remote and in-person work. At this time, we expect the Program Coordinator to work in the office or at a program site at least three times per week. In-person work may fluctuate depending on team meetings or program activities that benefit from an onsite presence. 

ROLE OF ADULT STAFF 

For long-term, structural change to occur, those impacted most directly by an issue must lead the fight for solutions. Our team of adult program staff develops the capacities of young people so they can work collectively to effect change around issues of educational and social injustice impacting their lives. Critical Exposure does not provide social services to youth or advocate on behalf of youth.

QUALITIES OF A SUCCESSFUL STAFF MEMBER

  • Passion for developing the power and agency of DC youth of color to affect social change
  • Commitment to undoing internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized oppression and bringing an intersectional approach to the work 
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, reflection, and desire to contribute talents and develop new strengths
  • Ability to build healthy, balanced relationships with high school-age youth of color
  • Ability to be self-directed and thrive in a highly collaborative team environment 
  • Ability to create and adapt processes to strengthen how teams and the organization operate
  • Commitment to supporting adults and decision-makers within DC schools to be accountable to youth
  • Love for infusing laughter, creativity, and play into social justice work and life

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Critical Exposure Programs occur at our main office and partner schools. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that Critical Exposure’s programs meet the following outcomes: (1) develop youth power & agency, (2) teach photography & storytelling skills, and (3) facilitate youth-led organizing campaigns. 

Program Facilitation - (45%)

  • Co-facilitate in-person programs (2-3 cohorts of 10-20 young people), acting as a lead facilitator on at least one program per season and accountable for the program's objectives to build youth identity development, political analysis, and organizing skills. Support youth in selecting issues, developing and implementing campaign plans and timelines, practicing reflection, and incorporating changes to their plan.
  • In partnership with the co-facilitator for each assigned program, co-create curriculum arcs, tailor and facilitate weekly program sessions, and collaborate on pre-meeting prep sessions, after-session debriefs, and weekly planning meetings. 
  • Maintain and update curriculum materials and resources in each program to ensure they are responsive to emerging needs and incorporate lessons learned.
  • Build strong relationships with youth through consistent communication and follow-up, proactively engaging young people through modeling openness, curiosity, and deep listening.

Program Operations - (35%)

  • Ensure seamless program administration, including:
  • Track attendance for all programs and compensation for youth in paid programs.
  • Track inventory and deployment of cameras and devices for assigned programs.
  • Track and archive young people’s photograph collections.
  • Document the progress of all programs through photography and narrative reports.
  • Plan and coordinate youth engagement opportunities, such as training, conferences, meetings, field trips, and events, that are aligned with campaign goals and capacity.
  • As part of CE's external community engagement strategy, attend meetings, hearings, and events in DC education, advocacy, and organizing spaces. 

Organizational Collaboration (20%)

  • Participate in program team meetings and other meetings relevant to more extensive program planning and strategy.
  • Collaborate with the CE team to provide content for grants, newsletters, social media, and promotional materials.
  • Engage in all staff meetings, gatherings, training sessions, hiring, and other organizational processes as appropriate.
  • Contribute positively to organizational culture and reflect Critical Exposure values.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • 2-3 years of experience working with high school youth of color from historically marginalized communities; effective in building relationships while able to hold healthy boundaries
  • At least 2 years of facilitation experience, including group facilitation and interactive training, workshops, or programs focused on social justice. 
  • Familiarity with DC’s Public and Charter school educational systems and political landscape.
  • Experience working on community organizing campaigns or state/national policy campaigns.
  • Ability to travel to and from DC program sites to CE’s main office. 
  • Ability to work a flexible, non-traditional schedule, including after-school hours Monday through Thursday and occasional Fridays and weekends for CE programs and events.
  • Physical ability to transport and set up exhibits (some lifting required).
  • Basic working knowledge of Google Workspace databases and digital collaboration tools.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Self-aware, self-reflective, and demonstrates warmth and good humor; shows up with empathy, curiosity, and enthusiasm in co-worker relationships and work with young people. 
  • Flexibility and eagerness to work in a collaborative environment on a small, growing team; openness to collective decision-making processes, giving and receiving feedback, and shared accountability.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, activities, and actions with competing deadlines and levels of urgency; reliable and consistent in follow-through.
  • Proactively recognizes needs and opportunities and takes the initiative to work toward solutions.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in photography and willingness to grow visual presentation/storytelling skills.

DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Prior experience as a participant in a youth development program
  • Digital photography skills

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Program Coordinator will primarily work to facilitate programming with DC youth of color so that they have the tools to transform communities and schools into connected, safe, resourced places. This position…

Benefits

We offer a flexible benefits package that includes employer-sponsored health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan with an employer contribution, access to an FSA plan, generous paid time off (including paid personal leave, a two-week winter office closure, and a one-week summer office closure), paid parental leave, and a technology stipend. We are committed to staff leadership development and prioritize continuing education opportunities for all staff. 

We offer a flexible benefits package that includes employer-sponsored health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement plan with an employer contribution, access to an FSA plan…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
1816 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States
3rd Floor

How to Apply

Submit your resume and a PDF of your responses to the questions below via email to hiring@criticalexposure.org with “CE Program Coordinator” or "CE Program Manager" in the subject line, depending on the position you are applying for. 

  1. Critical Exposure trains DC youth to harness the power of photography and their voices to fight for educational equity and social justice. Why are you interested in joining CE to support this work?
  2. What relevant skills and experiences would you bring to this role that would be important for us to know about that we can’t already gather from your resume? (There is no need to repeat what we can see from your resume, but you are welcome to provide more context for what is on your resume.)
  3. If you have had campaign experience with young people, what have you found to be unique about working on organizing campaigns with young people? (OR: If you have not had campaign experience with young people, what have you found to be unique about working in partnership with young people?)
  4. (Optional) Is there anything else you want to share?

Your responses don't need to be formally addressed or formatted as a cover letter. A PDF with brief answers (1-2 paragraphs per question) will suffice.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline of Monday, June 24th for priority review.

Submit your resume and a PDF of your responses to the questions below via email to hiring@criticalexposure.org with “CE Program Coordinator” or "CE Program Manager" in the subject…

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